Announcing Moscow Ballet Tutorials for ballet students!
Use these video lessons to advance your technique
A free ballet opportunity just for you to grow and improve your ballet skills! Moscow Ballet principal dancer, Karyna, demonstrates the center floor exercises that she uses to keep in top shape and to excel in her performances world-wide. And now you can benefit from them as well! Be sure to warm up every muscle at the barre before attempting the intermediate to advanced level exercises shown here.
Multiple award-winning principal ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya debuted with Moscow Ballet in 2011. Karyna is Laureate of the 2009 Second International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, and in 2010 was awarded “State Prize Winner” at the same competition. Karyna graduated from the Kharkov State Choreographic School in Ukraine and was immediately invited to join the Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theater. In 2006 Karyna graduated from the Kharkov Academy of Culture with a degree in Classical Choreography. Her repertoire includes the leading roles in the most coveted ballet repertoire including Coppelia, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Don Quixote, and more. She has toured extensively in Europe, Russia, and North and South America.
Tutorial #1 –
Center Floor Tutorial #1 gives aspiring dancers intermediate to advanced level exercises to practice and emulate. The exercises are demonstrated by award-winning principal ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya, trained in the world renowned, Russian Vaganova style. Moscow Ballet's "Dance with Us" program includes student dancers in ancillary roles in the professional performances. This session includes Adagio, Battement Tendu, Attitude Renversé, Pirouettes, and Grand Battement.
“[Moscow Ballet principals]…partnered beautifully and executed their solos with aristocratic finesse” Cleveland Plain Dealer, Donald Rosenberg
Tutorial #2 –
Center Floor Tutorial #2 continues with exercises to strengthen leg muscles, develop fast footwork and leaps, and more. Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya demonstrates using proper leg, arm and body positioning. Click for more information about participating in the “Dance with Us” program, which is offered in over fifty cities on the annual tour, and to sign up to audition as a student dancer. The session includes Tombe, Assemblé, Jeté Temps Leve, Echappe Sissonne Ouvert, Sissonne Fermé, Grand pas Assemble, Entrechat and a final Reverence.
“Kaleidoscopic costumes…crystalline dancing…the dancing was paramount.” Dallas Morning News
*Please note: Boys may be used wherever possible.
Act I: Party and Forest scenes
12 Party Guests
6 girls & 6 boys (or girls dressed as boys)
No taller than 5 feet.
12 Little Snowflakes
Must have ballet training.
12 Angels Ages 8–11
Graduated heights from smallest to tallest.
No taller than 5 feet.
4 Butterflies Ages 12–early teens
Must be taller.
Off Pointe unless very strong on Pointe.
Act II: Variations
Corps de Ballet with Moscow Ballet Soloists
*Student dancers cannot be taller than 5'2".
2 dancers, ages 8–10
Optional: 2 older dancers, ages 12–16, on Pointe
2 dancers, ages 8–10
Optional: 2 older dancers, ages 12–16, on Pointe
2 dancers, ages 8–10
Optional: 2 older dancers, ages 12–16 (allegro dancers)
2 dancers, ages 12–16
Involves floor work
2 dancers, ages 7–8
DRESS REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Please have your child arrive at dress rehearsal(s) already dressed in tights, camisole
or leotard wearing a sweat suit or robe over them to speed up the costuming process.
PLEASE NOTE: Make sure your child’s sweat suit does not leave “pill” marks on their
tights. Have your child wear a cardigan type top; this will save time in fixing hair
because it is not pulled off over their heads.
- Clean ballet shoes (Pointe or soft shoe)
- Camisole or tank-top leotard(s) and tights (please see Moscow Ballet’s Costume
- Cardigan type top, Sweat suit or warm up suit. (Nothing over the head, cannot mess up
- Pink lipstick & blush (please no red lipstick), no false eyelashes & no eye shadow
- Pony tail holders and/or rubber bands, hair pins, hair net, brush, comb
- Hair spray or gel
- Small packages of tissues, safety pins
- Child’s name on all personal items & keep baggage at a minimum
- No jewelry of any kind, i.e. earrings, rings, bracelets, etc
Party guests wear their hair down with sides pulled back in a ponytail
Mice wear their hair in a flat twist to accommodate headpiece.
All others have a bun determined by headpiece.
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE POLICY
Moscow Ballet’s policy for missed rehearsals and costume fittings is as follows:
Dear Parents: Your child must attend all rehearsals and costume fittings. Please:
1. Be on time for rehearsals.
Moscow Ballet only permits one (1) missed rehearsal (with written excuse and notice). If
rehearsals are missed without notice, Moscow Ballet will stand by a teacher’s decision to
remove a child from a cast.
2. Be on time for costume fittings on the day of show.
3. Be on time for performance calls.
4. Do not leave the theater without permission. Teachers will be given
information sheets on costuming needs, and fitting procedures.
5. Pick up dancers from all activities on time. PLEASE!
Our host coordinators have their regularly scheduled classes to attend to during this
rehearsal period. Some may have to leave the rehearsal facility to travel to another site
to teach. Your promptness in picking up your child from Moscow Ballet rehearsals is
Costume, Shoes and Tights Information
All costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet.
Each child must provide her/his own tights, ballet slippers, pointe shoes, and a leotard
• Girls: Pink tights, pink slippers, short sleeve leotard in basic pink, white or beige
• Boys: White tights, white slippers
• Hair: Girls: Down at back sides pulled back in ponytail, bangs are acceptable.
Boys: Plain hair, neat.
Girls playing Boys: Hair in either French braid or low bun @ nape of neck.
• Pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a high ballet bun (this will support a headpiece)
• White or beige tank leotard as undergarment
• White tights and white slippers
BLACK short-sleeve leotard, black tights, black ballet slippers
NO jazz shoes or PANTY HOSE PLEASE!
• Place head piece on first to determine height of twist
White, Pink or Beige tank top (NO DARK LEOTARDS)
• Pink tights and ballet slippers. Hair is in low bun
BEIGE or pink Camisole
• Pink tights, slippers or Pointe shoes
• Hair is in low bun
ALL 2nd Act VARIATIONS;
Older Cast: NUDE CAMISOLE OR TANK-TOP LEOTARDS
Younger Cast: NUDE leotard or camisole. These costumes HAVE a SHORT VEST
AND the stomach area might be exposed.
Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Arabians and French will wear:
• Girls: pink tights and pink slippers
• Boys: white tights and slippers.
• Hair: Younger: Try the head piece on first to determine height of bun or twist.
Older: In high bun.
Make-up: PLEASE: NO RED LIPSTICK, COLORED EYE SHADOW or FALSE LASHES,
NO BODY GLITTER
NOTE: If ALL the children in a particular dance already have white tights and white
slippers instead of pink, that is fine. Though we prefer the MICE wear black leotards and
tights with black ballet slippers, if this presents a financial burden, ALL Mice may wear
pink. NO JAZZ SHOES or PANTY HOSE.
Meet Our Audition DirectorsMoscow Ballet’s Vaganova-trained master teachers and audition directors are integral to the success of the Great Russian Nutcracker performances. These accomplished soloists audition and rehearse over 5,000 ballet students in cities on the tour each year, helping to prepare them for their debut alongside Moscow Ballet's 40 professional Russian dancers. For many aspiring dancers, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
"This [opportunity] would be comparable to working one-on-one with an Olympic athlete…you are working with the best of the best," says Jenny Karl, owner of In Motion Dance Studio in Tiffin, OH and a Moscow Ballet host coordinator.
Victoria Chiriac has performed as a soloist with Moscow Ballet for almost a decade and, for the first time in 2013, she will travel across North America ahead of the performance tour as Moscow Ballet Audition Director. When not on international tours with Moscow Ballet Victoria is also a ballet teacher at the prestigious private school Prometeu-Prim in Chisinau, Moldova, familiarly known as Nicolae Lorga Lyceum. Ranked high among Moldovan schoolson an academic track, the school also providesa significant proportion of pupils for the national Olympic teams.
Victoria studied at Moldova’s National College of Choreography specializing in Ballet for four years and continued her studies for another four years at the Chisinau Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts with an emphasis in Choreography. Upon graduation she was invited to join the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Chisinau Moldova. Victoria has toured the world as a ballerina including traveling to: Spain, England, Ireland, Germany, Portugal and Italy in Europe, and to Canada, Romania and throughout Russia. Victoria’s solo repertoire includes the Moor Doll in Act I and the Russian, Chinese and Spanish Variations in Act II of the Great Russian Nutcracker, the Pas de Trois and Dance of the Small Swans in Swan Lake, and the Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty. She has also performed in Giselle, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Snow White, Chipolino (based on Gianni Rodari's fairy taleabout vegetables), Coppelia, and La Bayadere. She speaks fluent Romanian, English and her native Russian.
Upon graduating for the first time in 2003, Ekaterina joined an internationally touring company and traveled the world for four years performing in all of the classic ballets including Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and more. Now, when she is not on tour, Ekaterina teaches Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga for adults and children in Moscow. She continues to choreograph as much as possible, teaches dance and English, and creates choreography in the English Nursery School in Moscow.
Ekaterina joins Moscow Ballet for the 2013 tour as a soloist and Audition Director in the Great Russian Nutcracker 70 city North American tour.
Nataliya has danced as a soloist with Moscow Ballet for over six years and is also an Audition Director traveling across the U.S and Canada, auditioning and rehearsing young dancers to perform alongside the professionals in the Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet. She is also a Moscow Ballet Summer Intensive teacher giving Vaganova method training for advanced and pre-professional American ballet students and a teacher for Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life.”
In 1999, she joined Russia's renowned National Academy of Theatrical Arts, aka “GITIS,” founded in 1878 by theater pioneer and founder of the Stanislavsky acting method, K. Stanislavsky. The school was formed specifically as a training ground for choreographers and directors, and to preserve the heritage of Russian classical ballet. There she specialized in pedagogy and repertory for children.
Known for her high speed jumps, turns and strong accents, Svetlana is known affectionately among her colleagues as "The Baby Swan" for her role in the classic Swan Lake. Along with Swan Lake, her repetoire includes Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, and more. As Moscow Ballet Audition Director, Svetlana visits dozens of American cities in September and November annually, where she auditions and rehearses hundreds of aspiring dancers to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Following this, Svetlana joins her colleagues for the 20th Anniversary production of the Great Russian Nutcracker.
1. Click on the "Audition Sign-Up" link.
2. Fill out the form. (You will get a confirmation email.)
3. PRINT and SIGN the emailed form and bring it to the audition.
Moscow Ballet casts dance students from ages 7 to young teens in ancillary roles for the Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Student dancers will perform alongside the full corps of Russian dancers.
Applicants must have at least one year of ballet experience and must bring their signed Registration Form to the audition (see instructions above). Applicants must be dressed in ballet attire (black leotard and pink tights) - please bring pointe shoes if on pointe. A prepared piece will NOT be needed. Applicants will be notified at the audition if they have been selected. Please be prepared to stay after the audition for rehearsal.
Auditions are held in most of the 70 cities on the tour. The audition schedule is updated regularly starting in late summer. For more information, please contact the local dance teacher coordinator in your area.
(Above) Youth dancers audition for the Great Russian Nutcracker with Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Svetlana Todinova..