New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life
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 participate in movement and creative expression workshops. They develop positive self-imaging, healthy lifestyle habits and a personal understanding of the contributions they can make to their communities.
LIVE PERFORMANCE~ Experiencing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker performance is an integral part of the New Horizon experience. It opens children’s awareness to the fantastic physical prowess of the dancers and the celebration of peace and cultural diversity in the ballet.
In addition, experiencing the aesthetics of the world class Great Russian Nutcracker performance takes the children to a new place in their minds, a place where imagination becomes real, empowering their own sense of self and will.
NEEDS ASSESSMENT~ New Horizons combats obstacles that hinder today’s children’s healthy development and receiving a multi dimensional education, including inadequate funding for the arts and lack of exposure to world class cultural events.
In addition, 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.
New Horizons can be experienced as a “Day of Immersion” or a “Week of Immersion” and can be can be arranged for schools, after-care programs, clubs and other organizations. Please contact: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or 800.320.1733 x21.
In Latta, S.C., Moscow Ballet ballerina works one-on-one over 2 days with 500 children, aged 4 to 18 years old, in the public school system. Click to read more .
PHOENIX, AZ Nadaburg Elementary - In 2014 Moscow Ballet soloist Mariia Skoruk brings a day Russian Cultural Immersion to Nadaburg Elementary Schoolchildren in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. The children take a movement class with a ballet basis, are introduced to Russian language through word play using animal names and sounds, and learn about Russian traditions through hands-on activities.
Mariia Skoruk was awarded "Honorable Mention" at the prestigious Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev, has a Choreographic Teaching Degree from Dragomanova Pedagogical University in Kiev and graduated with a “Diploma of Distinction” from the state ballet academy. Local host dance studio West Valley Conservatory of Ballet arranged for the Day of New Horizons at Nadaburg Elementary.
ROCHESTER, NY St Rita and Holy Cross Schools - Moscow Ballet’ Olga Aru brought Russian Cultural Immersion to elementary school children at St Rita School and Holy Cross School where they participated in Russian folk dancing class, Russian language games, and more hands-on activities with Olga.
Olga is a soloist with Moscow Balletand 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 ~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 Trystan [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
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