Moscow Ballet Brings the Gift of Christmas Tour to Philadelphia December 19 at The Met

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Moscow Ballet brings the Gift of Christmas Tour to Philadelphia with Great Russian Nutcracker performances bringing holiday magic to life and creating unforgettable memories for all ages. The company performs at The Met Philadelphia on Thurs., Dec. 19, 7 p.m. only. Tickets are on sale now!

Moscow Ballet makes Christmas gift giving easy with the holiday performance that delights all ages from the life-sized Kissy Doll to the fierce, red-eyed Rat King; and the Russian Troika Sleigh bringing Masha through the Snow Forest to the Land of Peace and Harmony which is populated with 10 foot tall dancing puppets, exotic flying birds and dancing couples from the world’s five great heritages. Go to to get tickets for the whole family. Special pricing is available for groups. Call 800-320-1733 or email

The Great Russian Nutcracker features award-winning Principal Ballerinas and Danseurs from the top ballet academies in Russia and a large corps de ballet. Three groups travel simultaneously to 140+ cities across the US and in Canada in November and December.

In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker and other classic ballet performances, Moscow Ballet advocates for community engagement in the arts and sends advance dancers to tour cities. These dancers audition local ballet students for children’s roles in the performances, click Dance-with-Us for more information on this program. The dancers also audition local Musical Wunderkind to accompany the Principal Ballerina in a special pre-performance duet and they execute the New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life program which engages school children and youth groups in interactive arts awareness. All are provided gratis.

The Met Philadelphia was built in 1908 by opera impresario Oscar Hammerstein. The once– lavish Metropolitan Opera House is recognized internationally for its superb acoustics and once served as a recording hall for the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Met’s historic value is certified by the Philadelphia Historic Commission and by its listing on both the Pennsylvania State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Met Philadelphia is currently undergoing a $56 million restoration in partnership with Live Nation, Eric Blumenfeld and Holy Ghost Headquarters to transform the historic theater into the crown jewel of North Broad Street’s renaissance.

Moscow Ballet – 2019 marks the 27th annual North American tour of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and more classic Russian ballets. In many tour cities Moscow Ballet implements its signature Community Engagement programs, “Dance with Us,” “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life,  and Musical Wunderkind, engaging American children of all ages and abilities in interactive art experiences.

Principal dancers include Iryna Borysova, recipient of Bronze from Kiev’s International Ballet Competition;   Alexandra Elagina  noted as “brimful with feeling” by NYTimes Chief Dance Critic  Alastair Macaulay; and Natalia Gubanova, graduate of the St Petersburg Vaganova Ballet Academy. Kostyantyn Vinovoy has been named Honored Artist of Ukraine; Sergey Klyatchin, 2017 Gold Prize winner of Italy’s Teatro Greco Festival; Rustem Imangaliyev won Best Arabesque at Russia’s International Ballet Competition in Perm.

Talmi Entertainment – is the exclusive representation for Moscow Ballet’s North American Tour which occurs annually in more than 130 cities, from NYC to LA, and Miami to Calgary. Under Talmi Entertainment management, Moscow Ballet delivers unparalleled Russian artistry in the classic story ballets Great Russian Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake and more. Talmi Entertainment was founded by Akiva Talmi;  producer, composer and recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Richard Rodgers, and Leonard Bernstein


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Thursday., Dec. 19,2019 at  7 p.m. | one performance only
The Met Philadelphia, 858 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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