Next Generation Ballet's The Nutcracker, The Great Imperial Ballet

Next Generation Ballet's The Nutcracker, The Great Imperial Ballet

The Family Holiday Tradition Continues!  

From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with marching toy soldiers, a growing Christmas tree, giant mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

-- Guest artists from New York City Ballet and Boston Ballet 
-- More than 100 dancers with featured gymnasts and specialty performers 
-- Stunning sets with 2,500 hand-painted ostrich feathers on the larger-than-life growing Christmas tree 
-- "Marvelous" costumes "with inventive, whimsical touches" (John Fleming, Tampa Bay Times)

"…This Nutcracker is a standout among the many." (Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

Holiday Treat! Soho Images will be on site during the three performances of The Nutcracker (Dec. 22-23) 90 minutes before curtain and during intermission to take holiday photos for you and your family! Stop by and see them in the lobby during this time to get a keepsake of your family holiday tradition. 

Dec. 22 - 23, 2012 Carol Morsani Hall
  • Tickets go on sale to:
    Center Circle members
    Aug. 6

    Center Friends members
    Aug. 23

    Sept. 12

    Become a member and buy online during the priority period!


On-Site Dining

Enjoy a meal before the show.

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Show Dates & Times

Sat., Dec. 22, 2 and 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 23, 2 p.m.


Regularly priced tickets start at $20.50.

Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. Please call 813.222.1016 or 813.222.1018 to speak with Group Sales.


  • Educator discount: 50% off, present ID at ticket office window. Limit of 2 tickets per ID.
  • Student discount: 50% off 90 mins before show, present ID at ticket office window. Limit of 1 ticket per ID.
  • Military discount: 50% off 90 mins before show, present ID at ticket office window. Limit of 1 ticket per ID.

What to Expect


JEFFREY CIRIO (Guest Artist) has won multiple international dance competitions including Tanzolymp Ballet Competition in Germany, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Youth America Grand Prix in New York, USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Seoul International Ballet Competition, Helsinki International Ballet Competition, World Ballet Competition and the prestigious Princess Grace Award. Hailed as "simply sensational" by the Boston Globe, he is a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, where he has danced numerous roles in the classical, neo-classical and contemporary repertoire. He is a former student of Peter Stark.


MISA KURANAGA (Guest Artist) Misa Kuranaga began her training at the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School and later continued at the School of American Ballet. Kuranaga joined Boston Ballet in 2003. She was promoted to second soloist in 2005, soloist in 2007 and to principal dancer in 2009. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a gold medal in the Junior Division of the Moscow International Ballet Competition, a scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne competition, and the gold medal in the senior division of the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition coached by NGB ballet mistress, Ivonne Lemus. Ms. Kuranaga has danced numerous principal roles with Boston Ballet, and is a frequent guest artist around the globe, including New York City Ballet and the Vail International Dance Festival. She was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2006.

ERICA PEREIRA (Guest Artist) from Northport, New York began studying ballet seriously at Ballet Academy East in NYC and continued at School of American Ballet. Ms. Pereira became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in December 2006. While an apprentice, Ms. Pereira danced the role of Juliet in Peter Martins' Romeo + Juliet. She joined NYCB that May. In December 2009 Ms. Pereira was promoted to soloist. Ms. Pereira has danced featured roles in Ballo della Regina, Chaconne Divertimento No. 15, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (Sugarplum, Dewdrop, Marzipan and Dolls), Jewels (Emeralds), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Butterfly), Scotch Symphony, Stars and Stripes, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Symphony in Three Movements, Tarantella, and Walpurgisnacht.

DANIEL ULBRICHT (Guest Artist) from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, and began his dance training at the age of 11. At age 16, Mr. Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), to continue his training. As a student at SAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company. In January 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was romoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007. During his time there, he has danced featured roles in a number of Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, and Wheeldon ballets. Mr. Ulbricht has also danced Tarantella at the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors to celebrate the Balanchine Centenary. A sought after guest artist, Mr. Ulbricht is also a guest teacher at a number of well-known national dance schools, private schools, and universities. Mr. Ulbricht is currently the Artistic Advisor of Manhattan Youth Ballet. Mr. Ulbricht is also the Associate Artistic Director of New York State Summer School for the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY. Mr. Ulbricht is also founder and director of "Daniel Ulbricht and Friends", a touring group focusing on high art, education and outreach.

Run-time: Approximately 117 minutes including intermission