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Experience the magic of Esmeralda with Russian Ballet Orlando at the Polk Theatre

Esmeralda Russian Ballet Orlando 2021 Lakeland

This fall, your family can join Esmeralda, Phoebus, and Quasimodo – The Hunchback of Notre Dame – as you experience the dramatic story of Esmeralda at the historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland.

Based on the novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, Esmeralda is the story of a beautiful gypsy girl who marries the poet Pierre Gringoire to save him from a certain death. Esmeralda makes it clear that it is a marriage of convenience only, for although she is sought after by three suitors, Esmeralda loves only one. A story of love, infatuation, and betrayal come together to form this stunning ballet.

Esmeralda will be performed by the professional company and students from Russian Ballet Orlando, a premier ballet school in Central Florida. Adults and children alike will enjoy this performance featuring a favorite classic story and talented professional dancers. Girls and boys will love seeing other children dancing on the stage.

Russian Ballet Orlando performs 20-30 shows each year across Florida. They wowed local audiences in Lakeland with two sold-out performances of The Nutcracker, and again this spring and summer with Cinderella and Swan Lake.

This article and all giveaways are sponsored by Russian Ballet Orlando.

Season Tickets for Russian Ballet Orlando

Season Tickets for 2021 – 2022 at the Polk Theatre are now available for a limited time! Enjoy seasonal presentations of Esmeralda, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and La Bayadere each with a live orchestra. The cost is $165 for all 4 shows, a $15 savings over individual ticket prices! Each season ticket will include one reserved seat in the VIP section for each of the four ballets.

Highlight from a previous performance of Esmeralda

You can see other performances on Russian Ballet Orlando’s YouTube Channel.

Tickets for Esmeralda at The Polk Theatre

Esmeralda Russian Ballet Orlando 2021 Lakeland

Purchase tickets now for your family to experience a memorable performance this fall.

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 7pm
The Polk Theatre – 121 South Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Seating at the Polk Theatre is limited and appropriately spaced for social distancing. Larger groups desiring to sit together please call the box office at 863-682-7553 for group seating. Ticket prices range from $27-$47.

Swan Lake Lakeland Russian Ballet Orlando

More about Russian Ballet Orlando

Russian Ballet Orlando includes a Professional Ballet Company, a Pre-Professional Trainee Program, and a ballet academy for ages 3 and up. They train students in the Russian “Vaganova” method, with many who go on to become professional dancers. Their ballet students have the opportunity to perform on stage throughout the year, providing real-world training experiences with a focus only on ballet and point.

Russian Ballet Orlando has a unique Polk County connection… in the fall of 1996, Vadim Fedotov, Principal Dancer of the National Theater of Ukraine, came to the US temporarily and accepted an offer to choreograph a 30 minute Nutcracker on Ice at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. He was offered a resident position with Orlando Ballet and went on to open Russian Ballet Orlando in 2000. His daughter, Katerina Fedotova, is now Artistic Director and President. It all started with The Nutcracker here in Polk County!

Visit the Russian Ballet Orlando website to learn more about their unique history or their dance programs.

Future shows at the Polk Theatre include The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and La Bayadere, and we look forward to enjoying Russian Ballet Orlando performances here in Lakeland.

Esmeralda Ticket Giveaway

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Russian Ballet Orlando has provided us with a pack of 4 show tickets to give away to Lakeland Mom readers!

Submit your name and email below to enter to win tickets for the 7pm performance of Esmeralda on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Polk Theatre.

The deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, October 6. Winners will be contacted via email or text. Full contest rules are at the end of this post.


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