"To call this Nutcracker old fashioned is to compliment it. It doesn't look for Freudian messages or secret meanings, doesn't add video games and the like to the toys under the central Christmas tree. Instead it presents the ballet as a beautiful and traditional Christmas present, filled with charming dancers, spare but bright
costumes, and wonderful music."

 -Orange County Calendar
       Nutcracker 2008 Tour
McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts
Palm Desert, Ca
Tuesday, December 16th at 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 17th at 7:00pm
Box Office:  760.340.ARTS


Ruth Eckerd Hall

Clearwater, Florida

Saturday, December 20th @ 2:00pm & 8:00pmSunday, December 21 @ 2:00pm


Ballet British Columbia

Vancouver BC, Canada

December 28, 29, 30 @ 7:30 pm
& December 29, 30, 31 @ 1:30pm


The Moscow Classical Ballet's Nutcracker

"The troupe boasts a cluster of phenomenal young dancers...
and its corps performs in an uncluttered, streamlined style."
-The New York Times   

"Come early... There won't be empty seats in the back for
late-comers to slip into."
 -Daytona Beach News Journal
             About The Moscow Classical Ballet                                                           
The Moscow Classical Ballet came into existence as the Young Ballet, the USSR State Choreographic Company, in 1966. It was established by the USSR Ministry of Culture as a ballet troupe whose role was to tour the Soviet Union and foreign countries performing Russian classical ballet in its traditional form.

The company, under the artistic direction of Igor Moiseyev, gave its first performance in 1968. Its repertoire consisted of excerpts from classical ballets and choreographic miniatures produced by such choreographers as Vinogradov, Goleizovsky, Messerer and Moiseyev himself.

In 1977, Vladimir Vasilyov, Asaf Messerer's pupil, and Natalia Kasatkina, Marina Semyonova's student, assumed the roles of artistic directors. Their arrival on the scene transformed the ballet company into the troupe it is today. The troupe has emerged from its earlier role as a concert company into that of a touring ballet theater, exhibiting a theatrical approach to the most traditional masterpieces of Russian Ballet and the newest achievements in modern choreography. Kasatkina and Vasilyov have been dancing and choreographing together since 1959, and have produced more that 55 of their librettos in the USSR and abroad. Their philosophy of the company, however, has always reflected the public's interest in classical performances.

In 1986, the company acquired a new status and its present name. This brilliant troupe has won more than 15 Gold Medals from international competitions and three prizes at the Paris Academy of dance. Recently, the company was granted the title of "Academic Theatre" by the Russian government, a prestigious title only granted to a few top Russian ballet companies. The Moscow Classical Ballet remains one of the few Russian ballet companies still supported by the Russian government. Regularly performing at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses in Moscow, they have also performed in more than 30 countries around the world and over 200 cities in Russia. They have toured their production of "The Nutcracker" every year for nine years, debuted "Cinderella" in the Spring of 1998, and is adding Swan Lake to their 2002/2003 tour!

The Artistic Directors have enjoyed significant individual recognition as well.  In addition to being listed in Who's Who, Natalia Kasatkina became a member of the Order of International Ambassadors of the American Biographical Institute in 1996 and was included in the Presidential Edition of Five Hundred Leaders of Influence, which was published in 1997.  In 1995, Vladimir Vasilev was awarded the title of People's Actor of Russia, a title that had previously been given to Ms. Kasatkina.