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Tickets are On Sale for Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker in Most Cities on the 2015 North American Tour!

Real beauty,”New York Times; “DazzlingCalgary Herald;“Powerful,” D.C. Metro Theater and Arts;“Breathtaking;” Cleveland Plain Dealer andSpectacularDenver Post ~ 2014

Tickets are on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker on most cities on the 2015 North American tour! It’s the ultimate holiday tradition from the youngest to the seniors in the family.  See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and create memories for a lifetime. The company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, turns and drops. The production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose shooting cannon and a stunning “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at the Great Russian Nutcracker  through the romantic costumes and shimmering backdrops splashed with highlights of Russian history. Additional fanciful effects include life-sized Matrushka Dolls; 3-headed Rat King and authentic Troika Sleigh escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden through the magic Snow Forest.

Tickets start at $30.00 and groups of ten or more, Girl Scout troops, and church groups receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+ and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification.Militaryand families receive discounts through Ticketmaster’s GOV-X or at the venue’s Box Office.For Gold Circle Gift Package and single tickets click on www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets!


Moscow Ballet coming to the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn


Moscow Ballet is honored to bring the Great Russian Nutcracker to the premiere season of Brooklyn’s newly restored community treasure, Kings Theatre, on Saturday December 5, 3:00pm. The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. For tickets call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or click here.

A Dancer Tells Us How to Prepare for a Night at the Ballet


Ballet is one of the oldest art forms around, dating back to the Renaissance courts of the 15th century. This long tradition is part of ballet’s enduring appeal, though it also explains why modern audiences are sometimes unsure of how to behave in the world of pirouettes and pointe shoes.

As a soloist and audition director with the Moscow Ballet, Olga Aru is a veteran of this glamorous world. Aru debuted at the National Academy of Dance in Kiev and has since performed in cities throughout the world. “As a dancer, I love expressing myself on stage,” she says. “It’s something very special for me.”

Moscow Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet….an exquisite rendering of Shakespeare’s classic love story

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Moscow Ballet premiered Shakespeare’s classic love story in 2011 with all new choreography by Ballet Master Andrei Litvinov to critical acclaim. “Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager,” Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic, NY Times, “Moscow Ballet [men] perform with strength and weightlessness at the same time,” Cheryl Callon, TheatreJones.com, Dallas and “When performed by [Moscow Ballet] masters like these, ballet seems effortless, elegant, and easy,” Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minneapolis. Litvinov choreographed the new production drawing from his experiences dancing for legendary Yuri Grigorovich and modernist Radu Poklitaru. The production features all new opulent costumes designed by nationally renowned expert and Moscow Ballet Resident Designer Arthur Oliver and hand-painted sets created in the style of the Italian Renaissance in one of St Petersburg’s oldest theatrical shops. The company of nearly 40 dancers are award-winning professionals, and the principals are acclaimed by press and public alike.

“New Horizons” cultural immersion with Olga Aru in Rochester NY


Moscow Ballet’s Olga Aru visits St Rita School and Holy Cross School children in Rochester NY. Audition Director and Soloist Olga led “New Horizon” cultural immersion classes with the Rochester children including movement, Russian language and traditions, and art projects. Olga Aru and 3 more Audition Directors travel to tour cities in September and October auditioning local dancers for the Dance with Us program meeting with school children, visiting hospitals, and getting to know the community before the full company arrives to perform the Great Russian Nutcracker in November and December!

Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” is a cultural immersion opportunity for school children providing personal role modeling with the highly trained Russian dancer as well as movement class, Russian language and culture sessions, and a world class performance experience. Across the nation the need to address children’s physical, nutritional and creative health  is great and immediate. Recent studies report that children nationwide spend close to 25% of their waking hours in front of an electronic screen and 49% are overweight. Moscow Ballet has 40 years experience presenting children’s programming. The Moscow Ballet dancers are of the highest caliber in the world and are happy to share their expertise.  Akin to teenagers shaking the hand of the president,  so too can “New Horizons” affirm and inspire young minds and bodies to a great future for themselves and their community.


MB blogger Elena asks, “Who exactly is ‘Agrippina Vaganova’?”


Moscow Ballet and almost all Russian dance companies study the Vaganova ballet method. Did you ever wonder how this method came to be and how is it different from other ballet methods? This renowned dance style has produced legendary dancers and choreographers including Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Oleg Vinogradov, Yuri Grigorovich, Tatiana Predenia, Viktor Shcherbakov and Svetlana Zakharova, to name just a few.

MB blogger Elena is an expert in this area and she fills us in on dancer/paedagogue Agrippina Vaganova. Read all about her on the latest MB blog.

Moscow Ballet Testimonials


“We saw the Nutcracker on December 7 and we are in love! Thank you so very much. It was beautiful, magical, and captivating.” - From Cleveland

“What a glorious performance of grace, technique, physical prowess, and amazing story. I totally immersed myself into the opulence and grandeur. It has been decades since I've felt the thrill of this kind of energy and joy of creativity!” - From Butte

“Thank you again for the opportunity to see the Moscow Ballet's performance. The young [student] dancers from Idaho Falls were SO excited to perform with the ballet company a number of them came up to be after the show and said their dreams came true tonight. It was such a pleasure to watch.” - From Idaho Falls News Anchor

“Thank you Moscow's Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker for your beauty, grace and elegance and precision and for sharing this with this old man. I am humbled and very grateful.” - From Little Rock

“We want to thank the Russian ballet for the opportunity provided our daughter as a Musical Wunderkind…[MB] provided her the opportunity to shine of which she took full advantage. Thank you.” - From Memphis

“I just wanted you to know I was thoroughly impressed [with Moscow Ballet].  Outstanding!  Wow!” - From Bristol Communications General Manager

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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the unique telling of the classic story of Masha (Clara) and her Nutcracker Doll told with true Russian flair. In 2012, Moscow Ballet celebrates its 20th year of touring this performance across North America, and to much critical acclaim! The whimsical fantasy of Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker is legendary, with the piece firmly enshrined as a Christmas staple for audiences across the country and in Canada. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite, and Moscow Ballet’s company of 40 Vaganova-trained dancers are the perfect combination for a holiday celebration for all.

Nutcracker.com is your source for all things Moscow Ballet and all things Nutcracker! See Great Russian Nutcracker and other story ballets’ historical photos in our gallery, watch videos of the Master Teachers working with their American students, listen to interviews with our soloists, and so much more!
Young dancers - you can dance with the pros! Learn about the Great Russian Nutcracker audition process in your city.

Visit the Studio Blog for the latest news and stories of the Great Russian Nutcracker and other productions. And our Fine Art Gallery will introduce you to Russia’s newest talent in the visual arts.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed in over 60 cities in 2012. Find a performance in your state below, or visit Your City to find out when we will be in your area. This holiday season, experience Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker– acclaimed by the press and adored by audiences everywhere. Get your tickets now!

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