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Russian Tea Party Release - Dallas


Moscow Ballet’s “Russian Tea Party,” on Nov 10, 2 – 4pm at the Hilton Anatole, raises funds for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Moscow Ballet soloist Natalia Miroshnyk is Guest of Honor at the Russian Tea Party

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 (Berkshires, Mass.) October 24, 2012 – Moscow Ballet (MB), Children’s Miracle Network Medical Center (CMNH) and 103.7 Lite-FM announce partnership to raise funds for Dallas’ Children’s Medical Center at “The Russian Tea Party” Saturday, November 10, 2-4pm at Hilton Anatole.  The Russian Tea Party celebrates the centuries old Russian tradition of afternoon tea service with special guest of honor–Moscow Ballet’s Natalia Miroshynyk, soloist with the internationally touring ballet. The Russian Tea Party, the only one of its kind in North America, is in the elegant Wedgwood Room at the Hilton Anatole. The white linen and china tea service includes finger sandwiches, scones, other desserts and, in addition to serving traditional Russian tea, champagne and hot chocolate.  The event includes photo opportunities with the ballerina and other family-friendly activities as well as silent auction items: dance themed, giclée prints by contemporary Russian artists; an authentic, hand-made Moscow Ballet tutu costume and more.  100% of proceeds benefit Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.   Tickets to the Saturday, November 10, 2 to 4pm Russian Tea Party are $25, limited to 100 guests, and available online: .

New this year, Moscow Ballet is fund-raising in partnership with 14 children’s hospitals across the country all part of Marie Osmond’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH).   Today at just one Children’s Hospital: 200 children will visit the emergency department; 32 children will receive cancer treatments; 28 will be treated for heart problems; 4 will be admitted after a serious injury. As of 2011, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion—most of which is donated a dollar or two at a time.  Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker includes award-winning principal dancers, a corps of 40 Russian professionals, a Christmas tree that grows to 5 stories tall; and 200 all new, hand-made costumes all set to Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker SuiteMoscow Ballet patrons get discounted  tickets to Friday or Saturday, November 16 and 17 performances at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium when using code HELP.  In addition, a  portion of  ticket value goes to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.  Call 800-745-3000 or go to

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) has grown dramatically, since its founding in 1983 from a televised fundraiser in a small studio, to one of the North America's leading children’s charities. CMNH was founded with two simple goals: 1) to help as many children as possible by raising funds for children’s hospitals and 2) to keep funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children.  The organization touches the lives of 17 million children and their families every year, more children and their families than any other children's charity. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat children with cancer, pediatric AIDS, muscular dystrophy, heart disease, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, asthma and accident trauma.

About the Great Russian Nutcracker, originally directed and choreographed by Bolshoi Theatre soloist Stanislav Vlasov in 1993, it debuted to rave reviews from the press which continues to this day. In 1993 from the Durham Herald Sun, “Impeccable technique, quicksilver footwork…expressive gestures carried to eloquent length” to 2010 NY TimesChief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, “Knockout…expansive…brimful with feeling.” Over 20 years the tour expanded from eight to seventy+ cities across North America with two simultaneously performing troupes of 40 Russian dancers each. The Great Russian Nutcracker is unique among Nutcracker ballets featuring Russian culture throughout. Father Christmas (Ded Moroz) and Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) escort Masha (aka Clara) and the Nutcracker Prince through the Snow Forrest in Act I and the “Dove of Peace” brings them to the “Land of Peace and Harmony” in Act II.  The company also performs Swan LakeRomeo and JulietSleeping Beauty and other story ballets. Student dancers audition in many cities on the tour to perform in ancillary roles alongside the Russian professionals. . 

Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which tours annually to sixty+ cities across the US and Canada. ATP was founded by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer, conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi.  ATP produced the “Cynthia Gregory Celebration Tour” with Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chair; “From the Top” PBS TV special featuring NYCB’s Violette Verdy and Itzhak Perlman, “Alexander Godunov” national tour and more. . 


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