New Horizons

PROGRAM ~ Moscow Ballet’s ‘New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life’ is a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity providing thousands of children a day, or week, of cultural immersion; personal role modeling with the highly trained Russian dancers; and a world class performance experience.

During the immersion sessions, children work 1-on-1 with a Moscow Ballet ballerina in movement and creative expression workshops. Through these activities they can develop positive self-imaging, healthy lifestyle habits and a personal understanding of the contributions they themselves can make to their communities.

LIVE PERFORMANCE~ Experiencing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker performance live is an integral part of the New Horizon experience. It opens children’s awareness to the fantastic physical prowess and artistry of the company as well as the celebration of peace and cultural diversity in the ballet.

Experiencing all of the aesthetics of the world class Great Russian Nutcracker takes the children to a new place in their minds, a place where imagination becomes real. And interacting with the dancers at the performance empowers their own sense of self esteem by association.

Day of Immersion

Week of Immersion

NEEDS ASSESSMENT~ The New Horizons program combats obstacles that hinder today’s children’s healthy physical and emotional development.  In many situations children’s schools today have inadequate, if any, funding for the arts and lack of exposure to world class cultural events.

Recent studies suggest that children spend close to 25% of their waking hours, in front of an electronic screen and that 49% of all school age children are significantly overweight. Intolerance of others (90% of the students in grades 4-8 reported being bullied) and direct anti-social behavior is another aspect of an unhealthy lifestyle that New Horizons works to remedy


ROCHESTER, NY - Moscow Ballet Soloist Olga Aru brings Russian Diaspora Cultural Immersion to elementary school children in 4 elementary schools where the students participate in Russian folk dancing, Russian language games, hear the Great Russian Nutcracker story told and listen to Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece and more hands-on activities.

Olga is Audition Director and a Soloist with Moscow Ballet and has a degree in ballet and dance pedagogy from Kiev State Ballet College. Moscow Ballet host dance studio Dancing with Denise sponsored Olga in Rochester.

TESTIMONY ~Click to read more from the students in Rochester, NY 2014

TESTIMONY ~ “Thank you for all that you have done to make the Moscow Ballet event happen.  Wow! Svetlana did a great job with the students. Parents have told me that it is all their children would talk about when they picked them up from school. I wish you could have seen the eyes of the children and could have heard the squeals and applause. Please know how much everyone in our school district appreciates this marvelous experience.  Svetlana is definitely a superstar in the eyes of our students and staff.”

-Eleanor Powers, Director Ellis Performing Arts Center, Latta Schools, Latta SC 2013

TESTIMONY ~ “Wanted to let you know that we had celebration for Lights on Afterschool and one of our children demonstrated one of the dances that he learned from Vladimir [Moscow Ballet New Horizons Director 2012]. He was so excited. He did an excellent job.”

-Karla Graziano, Pasco County FL, PLACE Child Care Program Coordinator 2012

New Horizons can be experienced as a Day or Week of Immersion and can be can be arranged for schools, after-care programs, clubs and other organizations. 

Please contact:  or 800.320.1733 x21.