40 star-studded Russian dancers perform Olympic-worthy leaps and lunges, astonishing lifts and magnificent partnering throughout Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Performed to Tchaikovsky's timeless score for over twenty years in the U.S., the Great Russian Nutcracker tells the traditional story of a young girl meeting her Prince and includes a tribute to world peace and harmony. The Stahlbaum's Christmas party is lively and includes magical toys from the family's beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer. Masha is enchanted with her strange Nutcracker Doll and enters a dream world with him...a "Dove of Peace" escorts Masha and her Nutcracker Prince to the "Land of Peace and Harmony" (in contrast to the traditional "Land of Sweets"). In Act II dancers from the world's ethnic heritages; Hispanic, African, Slavic-Russian, Asian and European, entertain the young couple bestowing symbolic gifts in the form of playful, 10-foot tall silk puppets. The best of Russian ballet and the beauty of the holidays combine to make Moscow Ballet's magnificent Great Russian Nutcracker!