Artistic director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko
In 1988 the USSR's first private ballet troupe was founded, the Moscow City Ballet (MCB), known in Russia as Smirnov-Golovanov Theater of Classical Ballet. It's founder and permanent leader for 25 years was Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, a former soloist and choreographer of the Bolshoi Theater, one of the the choreographers of the famous ballet "Anna Karenina" (together with M. Plisetskaya and N.Rizhenko), founder of the genre of teleballet, the author of the first performance of "The Masquerade" to the music of A. Khachaturian. Smirnov-Golovanov was also for many years the chief choreographer of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater.

Over the 26 years of existence of his own theater, Victor Smirnov-Golovanov presented to the Russian and world public new productions of the most famous classical ballets, such as The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker by P.Tchaikovsky, Giselle by A. Adam, Don Quixote by L. Minkus, Cinderella by S. Prokofiev, as well as the author's ballets Love and Death of Anna Karenina to the music by R.Shchedrin, Carmen Suite to the music by Bizet-Shchedrin and The War and Peace to the music by V.Ovchinnikov. The choreographer's last large-scale work was the famous author's version of Romeo and Juliet by Prokofyev, which he dedicated to Lyudmila Nerubaschenko, his life partner, friend and associate, the main teacher-tutor of the theater. After the death of V. Smirnov-Golovanov she was the one to take over as the artistic director of the company. The teacher is gone, but his disciples are still there, continuing the work of the Master!
MCB aesthetics is the preservation of the Russian ballet traditions, combining the purity of choreographic pattern and the virtuoso technique with intense spiritual life on stage and deep dramatic solution of the role. One of the features of the company is a strong corps de ballet.

The company includes 50 young dancers, graduates of Moscow, Leningrad, Perm, Kiev, and Almaty Choreographic Schools. Some of them had worked for famous theaters, but attracted by a new idea, joined the new company. The performances of the "young stars" (MCB's nickname) at different times involved world-class soloists: Nadezhda Pavlova, Yuri Posokhov, Tatiana Terekhova, Lyudmila Semenyaka.

The first tour of the theater took place in Seoul in 1989. After that, the company went on tour to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Portugal, the Philippines, Singapore, the United States and other countries. The UK was the country the theater visited most of all: in 2014 it opened it's 25th season there, having played its 3830th performance in the country. In total, the theater has produced 10 ballets and played a total of over 20,000 performances.

MCB has repeatedly taken part in "The Summer Ballet Seasons", and this year it returned to the project again. In August 2018 Russian Academic Youth Theater will show the classic performances of The Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov.