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Celebrate 20 Years of Great Russian Nutcracker with New Gifts, Special Deals!

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Moscow Ballet celebrates 20 years of Great Russian Nutcracker
With new, unique, exclusive gift store items!

All new 50-page Great Russian Nutcracker Storybook, Snow Maiden Doll, Party Dress, and more!

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Contact: Sally Michael Keyes
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(Berkshires, MA) October 1, 2012 – In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of its Great Russian Nutcracker tour across North America, Moscow Ballet is introducing some new, unique items! Among them.....the 20th anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker Story Book, featuring 50 pages of colorful illustrations painted exclusively for Moscow Ballet by Olga Larionova of St. Petersburg Academy of Art Repin Institute! This book and the Great Russian Nutcracker ballet are based on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffman.

The 20th anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker Story Book features 50 pages of colorful, dynamic illustrations, painted exclusively for Moscow Ballet by Olga Larionova of St. Petersburg Academy of Art Repin Institute. The book is based on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffman, with elements of the Great Russian Nutcracker tale (which is also based on Hoffman's story) incorporated. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker story is set in turn-of-the-century Moscow. It follows the young Masha (known traditionally as Clara), as she travels through a wondrous, dream-like Christmas Eve. She is accompanied by her Nutcracker Prince along the journey through the Land of Peace and Harmony, and with Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden). This is the perfect winter story for readers of any age, children and adults alike! $25

New Russian Nutcrackers, of all types! Choose from Moscow Ballet-branded Nutcrackers, which are wooden, hand-painted, and hand-assembled, for your collection. In addition, Moscow Ballet introduces an extensive selection of Ulbricht Nutcrackers. Crafted using the 300-year old Ulbricht family tradition, these Nutcrackers are hand-painted, traditional, wooden, and one of a kind—definitely a must-have for any collector! The Ulbricht collection includes the (adorable) buck-toothed Rat King, the magical Uncle Drosselmeyer holding a miniature Nutcracker Prince, and a traditional Red Soldier Nutcracker. From $25 and up.

Capezio Bundle of leotards, tights, slippers, dance bags, and more! It's easy to be ready for Great Russian Nutcracker youth auditions and rehearsals with discounted prices on Capezio's best selling Ultra Soft-Footed Tight, Short Sleeve or Tank Leotard, and Ballet Slippers. Capezio, an icon since 1887, continues to revolutionize the dance world with dancewear and footwear innovations for every dancer, from beginner to professional. Individual items start at $11.50.

Great Russian Nutcracker Party Dress for your princess! Made for Moscow Ballet by Pegeen (committed to making every child’s special day unique and happy, and producing couture quality children’s formal wear at amazingly affordable prices), this all-taffeta Party Dress is available in 5 lovely shades, and features a lace collar, sleeve ruffles, and a contrasting wide grain ribbon around the waist. Each dress is made-to-order; delivery takes 2-3 weeks. $160.

Matrushka Dolls...so many choices! Moscow Ballet’s many Matrushka (nesting) doll sets are painted in traditional jewel-toned Russian colors. Each five-piece set is made from carved wood and hand painted in fine detail. Many portray authentic Russian fairy tales, while others feature Aria Ballerinas, and a Hannukah Family, too. The ornate, artisan toys decorate at Christmas and illuminate Russian folk culture all year long. From $20 and up.

Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) doll—new this year! Made exclusively for Moscow Ballet, the porcelain Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) is one of the most beautiful characters in Russian culture; she assists Ded Moroz (Russian Santa Claus) in bringing gifts to children. This 15” doll is adorned with an intricately ornamented traditional blue and white satin gown, with a beaded headdress. It is a perfect gift for children and collectors! $45.

About Moscow Ballet
Moscow Ballet’s 20th Anniversary production of the Great Russian Nutcracker overflows with a spectacular new “Dove of Peace,” leading Masha and the Nutcracker Prince to the “Land of Peace and Harmony.” The performance also features award-winning principal dancers and a corps of 40; 200 all-new, lavish costumes; a Christmas Tree that grows to five stories tall; towering, falling snow; and more. Unique to Moscow Ballet’s production are Russian cultural elements, such as a Troika-styled sleigh escorted by Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), hand-made silk puppets made in the centuries-old Russian tradition, and nine, fanciful hand-painted backdrops, all set to Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score.
For 20 years, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker performances have introduced the finest Russian ballerinas and danseurs to audiences across North America. From former Bolshoi soloist Stanislov Vlasov and partner Lilia Sabitova in 1993, to danseur and upstart choreographer Anatolie Emelianov and Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Predenia in 2002; IBC Gold Medalists Cristina and Alexei Terentiev in 2006; and acclaimed partners Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov in 2010 (to name a few).
From the press: “Bold and vital” Virginian-Pilot (1994); “Delight to watch” Washington Post (1996); "Whimsical, charming, vibrant classical style” New York Times (2002); “Aristocratic finesse” Cleveland Plain Dealer (2010); “Brimful with feeling…expansive” Chief Dance Critic, New York Times (2010); “Sheer splendor and elegant dancing” Baltimore Sun (2011). Great Russian Nutcracker—20 years of acclaim, 20 years of soaring holiday spirit! For tickets visit www.nutcracker.com. Group rates are available for 10 or more; call 800.320.1733 x15 to reserve yours!

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