Dancers from Maine will join professionals from the Moscow Ballet for “The Great Russian Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the State Theatre in Portland. The ballet is traveling across the United States, and it will complement its cast of 40 in Maine with two dozen young dancers from Dance Studio of Maine in Gorham. Local dancers will fill about 30 roles suited for their ages and skill levels.

They will dance as Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes and Snow Maidens, among other roles.

Moscow Ballet has toured the United States for 26 years. This fall, local dancers auditioned for a Moscow Ballet ballerina, who cast roles on the spot. They’ve been rehearsing at Dance Studio of Maine through the fall, and will join Moscow Ballet dancers on stage for two run-throughs and the performance on Dec. 1.

Tickets cost $28 to $68. For more information: (800) 745-3000 or