Nutcracker Ballet - St. Petersburg (FL)

NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet
Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater
Friday, November 25, 2022 - 3:00 pm
Friday, November 25, 2022 - 7:00 pm
NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet
Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater
Saturday, November 26, 2022 - 12:00 pm (noon)

Experience NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet 2022 in St. Petersburg, FL

This Christmas, bring the whole family back to a simpler time with NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! The acclaimed holiday tradition is LIVE in theaters for the 30th Anniversary tour. Gather friends and family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique. Share in the message of Peace and Harmony at Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg!

The Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg:

Welcome to the home of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in St. Petersburg:The Mahaffey Theater. The theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts first opened as part of the Bayfront Center entertainment complex in 1965. It is a 2,031-seat venue that also features European box-style seating as well as a ballroom space. The theater has hosted various performances, such as the Florida Orchestra, Riverdance, and several traveling Broadway tours, and is a supporter of the Class Acts program, which allows St. Petersburg-area children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances and in-school programs. The Mahaffey will soon present Kenny Rogers, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Martina McBride, among others.

St. Petersburg Partner Ballet Studio: Pinellas Studio of Dance

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing alongside the full international professional cast are local Florida children from Pinellas Studio of DancePinellas Studio of Dance is the longest continuously operating studio in St. Petersburg and is one of the longest operating and best-known dance schools in Central Florida with more than 40 years of guiding scores of dancers into America's most prestigious ballet companies. Former students have danced with many ballet companies including three dancers invited to the New York City Ballet, and others to Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and many others. Founder Judith Lee Johnson studied as a child with one of St. Petersburg's few dance teachers, Lois Eborn who took Judith for her first audition at NYC Ballet where she was invited to return every summer thereafter. She also went to Cuba and studied at the world-renowned Alicia Alonso School in Havana. She was one of 60 teachers nationwide to be invited by NYC Ballet to attend a week-long teacher's seminar with George Balanchine. Daniel Ulbricht was Judith’s first student to be accepted into New York City Ballet where he is now a Principal dancer. Wendy Selleck and Lisa Walker took over the studio rather than see it close when Ms. Judy retired in 2016 and they have increased classes offered in the city Recreation centers of St. Petersburg and Gulfport each year since that time.