Nutcracker Ballet - St. Petersburg (FL)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 7:00 pm
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Mahaffey Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Friday, December 27, 2019 - 7:00 pm
T: 727.300.2000

The Gift of Christmas Tour Comes to Tampa Bay's St. Petersburg December 26 and 27

This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg in Tampa Bay! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic as you and your loved ones journey with Masha and her Nutcracker Prince through the Snow Forest. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the family tradition perfect for all ages! Celebrate this cherished Holiday experience set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and create memories that will last a lifetime. Get tickets in St. Petersburg for family and friends today!

About The Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in St. Petersburg! The Mahaffey 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/Tampa Bay Area Ballet Partnership: Judith Lee Johnson Dance School

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Florida children from Judith Lee Johnson Dance School. Judith Lee Johnson Dance School 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. 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. More than 20 of Judith’s students have been accepted into New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet!