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Calling local student dancers to audition to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in cities on the 2016 North American tour

“In addition to featuring local youth dancers as [small] mice and snowflakes...this acclaimed version of the perennial ballet from Russia includes special touches.” Chicago Tribune

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in cities on the 2016 North American tourMoscow Ballet Soloists/Audition Directors tour the country conducting auditions for student dancers at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studios from August through October. Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.  The selected children rehearse at the local Host Dance Studios and perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker in their city. Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us” program has brought tens of thousands of student dancers on stage to perform in a professional environment annually for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children! “It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” Calgary Herald, Stephan Bonfield, 2014.Sign up to audition at More info

Soloists/Audition Directors:

Olga Aru received her degree in ballet and dance pedagogy from Kiev State Ballet College, Ukraine, in 2008. Since graduation, Olga has had a whirlwind of performance and teaching experiences; from dancing in ballet’s greatest classics to the most contemporary and to traveling around the world in those performances. She is a Laureate and award winner of the “Crystal Shoe - Dance Beyond Boards” competition and she performed at the “Mikkeli Ballet Festival” in Finland. Click for more

Mariia Skoruk was awarded "Honorable Mention" at the Fifth Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev.She graduated with a Choreographic Teaching Degree from the National Dragomanova Pedagogical University and 2014 is Mariia’s second year as Moscow Ballet Audition Director. At just ten years old she was invited to attend the famous ballet school of the Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theater from which she graduated with a “Diploma of Distinction.”  Click for more

Lana Popova is new to Moscow Ballet in 2016. The multi-talented Lana is a very experienced ballerina, teacher and artist. Lana performed on ballet tours to New Zealand, Australia and China, Mexico, Europe; including Spain, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden; India, and more countries. She was the Head Assistant of the Delegation of the North-East of Moscow to the Para-Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014. Click for more

Anna Radik hails from Kiev in Ukraine and was trained in the Ukraine State Ballet and Choreography School. She performs many roles including the Chinese Variation, Russian Variation, Act I ‘s magical Kissy Doll and the demanding acro-balletic Arabian Variation. Canada’s Calgary Herald Dance Critic Stephan Bonfield comments, “The standout Arabian Variation pas de deux, [was] danced breathtakingly beautifully by Anna Radik and Artem Kadurin, with sinewy grace and exquisitely contortioned smoothness of line.” Click for more 

Olena Nalyvaiko is a 2011 graduate of the Kiev State Ballet and Choreographic College in Ukraine with the title of accredited Artist of Ballet and Teacher of Professional Ballet Disciplines. Olena is also a ballerina and assistant teacher in the “The Young Kiev Ballet” theatre company.  She has toured and danced with the renowned and historic Kiev National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theater, as well as with Chisinau Opera and Ballet Theatre.  Click for more


Announcing Moscow Ballet’s 24th season of the celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan Lake tour to U.S and Canadian cities from November 8 through December 30, 2016 
Direct from Russia, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas. Experience the exceptional dancing of a company of almost 40, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, new and spectacular hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver, and stunning sets hand-painted in Russia and designed by multi-Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague. Moscow Ballet consistently garners critical acclaim for performances in cities from New York to Los Angeles, and Miami to Calgary. The production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose shooting cannon, and a stunning 2-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. Moscow Ballet also presents Swan Lake in 2016 staged by Ballet Master Vladimir Troschenko, a former partner to legendary Russian ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva and an honors graduate of both the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet academies. Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake is based on the Ivanov/Lev version with changes by Yuri Grigorovich for the Bolshoi in 1967. The company features almost 40 Vaganova trained dancers that are praised by the critics. “Perhaps one of the most magical moments of all, was delivered by a truly excellent...corps, a veritable highlight excelling in both synchrony and grace. Both male and female corps were outstanding all night.” from Calgary HeraldRegina Herald writes, “Breathtaking...magical touches...a thrilling experience.” Revered as the epitome of classical ballets, Swan Lake is a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and the triumph of good over evil. The dual role of Odette/ Odile in which the ballerina first appears as the tragically ethereal Swan Queen and later as the alluring but deceptive Odile (Black Swan) is one of the most dramatic and technically challenging roles in all of classical ballet.

2015 Season ends on a high note!

The tour, which was in 80+ US and Canadian cities, premiered in Houston and San Francisco to critical acclaim. The Moscow Ballet company, with award winning principal dancers, large corps de ballet and extravagant costumes and sets hand-crafted in Russia, attracts audiences of all ages filling theatres large and small. New in 2015 were 2 set designs by Art Directors' Guild multi-award winner Carl Sprague, who has worked in the art department of more than 30 films, with a combined total of 22 Oscar wins, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” and best production design for Wes Anderson’s "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

As of the end 2015, the Moscow Ballet Dance with Us program has brought more than 96,600 student dancers, ages 7 to 16 years, on stage with the professionals since 1993. Maria Whaley with Ashland Youth Ballet says, “Wow! What a tremendous experience we (Dance with Us students) had!” The Musical Wunderkind program thrived in 28 cities in which pre-professional string musicians and the Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina performed Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan’ live and New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life reached out to children in many tour cities creating healthy physical, nutritional and creative habits in children through interactions with the Russian role models.

More special programs in 2015 included...

  • Houston’s Free the Captives and Moscow Ballet partnered to raise $28,000 to help prevent trafficking of local Houston youth at the Great Russian Nutcracker performance.
  • Moscow Ballet soloists performed in El Paso, Edmonton and Bowling Green in honor of International Peace Day. Moscow Ballet has dedicated its tours to peace since 1993 and Act II is named the "Land of Peace and Harmony" (as opposed to traditional "Land of Sweets”).
  • The Kids by Kids Holiday Party at Spokane’s INB Center was created by kids for kids and their families and benefitted Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. The event’s performances were executed by children including Spokane’s Crescendo Community Chorus and Spokane Ballet Arts Academy and there were photo opportunities with Moscow Ballet ballerinas; 10-foot-tall puppets; and games and activities for all provided by 7 local children’s organizations.


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    the biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Great Russian Nutcracker is called a “Knock Out..and... Hot Ticket!” by the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in your city! Click to get the Best Seats in your city.

    Also see Swan Lake in Nampa ID, Nanaimo BC, and Victoria BC on the 2016 tour. Moscow Ballet’s renowned company of 40 dancers performs the greatest ballet of all time Swan Lake... “Brimful with feeling” says the New York Times and “Technically supreme dancing, dazzling moments,” from the Calgary Herald. Moscow Ballet’s traditional telling of the tragic Swan Lake story includes award-winning dancers, authentic costumes and lavish sets.

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  • Expansive…brimful with feeling… elegantly generous!

    New York Times’ Chief Dance Critic
    Alastair Macaulay
  • Hot ticket...magnetic sense of theater

    New York Times, 2015
  • Technically supreme dancing, dazzling... authentically opulent...

    Calgary Herald