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Moscow Ballet – in the news for 20+ years and counting



“Using music that is usually wasted, [the choreographer] created a sweet "Dove of Peace" duet in which each [dancer is] outfitted with one enormous wing…. the result is disarmingly poetic…faultless mastery of the steps… bravura expertise,” Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times, LA CA, 2013

“President Barack Obama attends a dress rehearsal of Moscow Ballet's “Great Russian Nutcracker,” in which his daughter, Sasha, portrays a mouse…and works on remarks he is scheduled to give later that day.”Pete Souza,Time Magazine, NYC, NY, 2012


“Kaleidoscope of colorful costuming…Eye-popping emissary for the [ballet] form …climactic pas de deux and solos and…[Alexandra] Elagina and [Anatolie] Ustimov were exceptional” Rob Hubbard, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minneapolis MN, 2011

“Knockout…Brimful with feeling…Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager. Kids…were wide-eyed with delight.” Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, NYC NY, 2010


“Ekaterina Bortyakova, epitome of a classical ballerina…to say that I was impressed would be an extreme understatement. Her performance was flawless” Alt Daily, Virginia Beach VA, 2009 

“Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of Russian classical dance to make the Great Russian Nutcracker a unique performance not to be missed!”News Blaze, Stockton PA, 2008

 “A magical dream world of awe-inspiring music and graceful, poised ballerinas,” Grand Rapids Herald-Review, Grand Rapids MI, 2007

“Principal [Anatolie] Emelianov as the Prince sculpted the air with sharp, Russian-style muscularity” Kansas City Star, Kansas City KS, 2006

"The dancing of [Tatiana] Predenia and Maxium Klekovkin was quite beautiful in the Grand Pas de Deux," Knoxville News, Knoxville TN, 2005

“The Moscow Ballet dancers were full of childlike energy…Masha [Natalia Koungourtseva] …was carefree and her fouettes seemingly were unrestricted by the floor’s friction” Shreveport Times, Shreveport LA, 2004

“Natalia Koungourtseva, as Masha, delivered both childlike wonder and radiant eleganceher pointe work was effortless…her port de bras was graceful the dancing sparkles in Great Russian NutcrackerDana Gavin Frank,Dallas Morning News, Dallas TX, 2003


"Whimsical ideas... charming tone...Tatiana Predenia [Masha]…set the standard as an assured ballerina with vibrant classical style and perfect body placementclassy and classical.” Anna Kisselgoff,New York Times, NYC NY, 2002  

 “The Great Russian Nutcracker has storybook sets, stunning costumes and top Russian dancers who convey all the majesty you would expect from the Moscow Ballet” Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque NM, 2001

“Say goodbye cute and hello genius with the Moscow Ballet's kick-ass rendition of the Nutcracker”Anna Ditkoff, Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore MD, 2000

 “Masha danced with ethereal grace… the perfect balance between delicacy and strength…four stars (out of four)” Syracuse Herald Journal, Syracuse NY, 1999

 “The dancers’ impeccable technique, and reverence for tradition made the great classic gleam,” Herald-Sun, Durham NC, 1998

“Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, sweet and restrained…the Nutcracker Prince, Dmitri Dmitriev…combining a classically pure line with power and elasticity… a most elegant and dashing Prince,” Margaret Putman, Dallas Morning News, Dallas TX, 1997

 “The hold [Moscow Ballet] has on Washington proved its strength once again…Marina Alexandrova, Vitaly Zabelin and Alexandre Troubitsyn are highly trained, expressive and a delight to watch.” Washington Post, Washington DC, 1996


 “Led by a superlative ballerina [Marina Alexndrova] who is both lyrical and soulful… [Moscow Ballet] presents a Nutcracker that gives dance fans a treat” Providence Journal-Bulletin, Providence RI, 1995

“Nothing could diminish the sheer luxuriousness of the production… bold and vital choreography” Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk VA, 1994

 “Moscow Ballet…to all performers, we say bolshoi spasiba…big thanks!” Post Standard, Syracuse NY, 1993


Highlight reviews for Moscow Ballet engagement programs


Musical Wunderkind - Strings


“[Moscow Ballet Musical Wundrerkind] and locally based, award-winning teen violinist Annelle Gregory….an expressive account of the Saint-Saëns score and Mikhail Fokine’s [choreography to] "The Dying Swan." Lewis Segal, Los AngelesTimes, LA CA, 2013



New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life


“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.” Eleanor Powers, Director, Ellis Performing Arts Center, Latta, S.C. 2013


Dance with Us

 “New this year is a breathtaking prop called the Dove of Peace, a bird with wings that span over six metres. [Two] dancers take up the wings during an adagio in Act Two, soaring and dipping across the scenery. These magical touches make this a thrilling experience for the student dancers, says [Moscow Ballet Audition Director and soloist] Natalia Miroshynk, And it’s also a great opportunity for them to get up close and personal with the principals and soloists.” Barbara Woolsey, Regina Herald, Regina Canada, 2013


 “In addition to featuring local youth dancers as mice and snowflake roles, this acclaimed version of the perennial ballet from Russia includes some special touches…one highlight occurs when two dancers become one as The Dove of Peace, a "bird" with a 20-foot wingspan, in a prayer for world peace.” Chicago Tribune, Chicago IL, 2013


New Costumes, designed by Arthur Oliver


“Moscow Ballet, overflowing with pristine technique, intricate costumes, and an overall holiday atmosphere…Every single tutu was to die for, but the tutu for the Kissy Doll outshined them all. The green, red, and gold tutu was so mesmerizing that it created a spotlight for the Kissy Doll’s minor role. Performed with impeccable unity and grace…such flawless technique paired with smiling faces and festive costumes left the audience eager for the following year’s performance…truly, a magical night,” Dance Life blog, Los Angeles CA, 2014

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