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Local Pre-professional “Wunderkind” Accompany Moscow Ballet Ballerina Live in Cities Coast to Coast


Moscow Ballet proudly presents 20+ Musical Wunderkind violinist and cellist prodigies, critically-acclaimed choirs, and nationally-renowned orchestras performing with the company in the Great Russian Nutcracker. These pre-professional musicians auditioned to perform as part of Moscow Ballet’s educational Musical Wunderkind program, which focuses on the development and encouragement of talented pre-professional musicians. Pre-professional string musicians open the Great Russian Nutcracker by accompanying the principal ballerina in Saint-Saëns classic “Dying Swan.” Across the country, participating youth choirs will close Act I of the Great Russian Nutcracker while accompanying the ballet in Tchaikovskys famous Waltz of the Snowflakes. To the delight of audiences, selected Wunderkind orchestras who have mastered Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite will perform it live while Moscow Ballet performs onstage. These performances are a rare opportunity for audiences to experience the combined talent of principal ballerina and danseurs with musical prodigies. For more information and tickets go to

“Musical Wunderkind” string musicians featured: Oklahoma City Nov. 25: Shalini Abeyewardene; Rochester, NY Nov. 27: Sarah Wager; Albany, NY Dec. 2: Hannah Jieun Sohn; Memphis Dec. 2: Allison Kerr; Birmingham Dec. 3: Haeun Kim; Milwaukee Dec. 3: Hannah White; Tucson Dec. 13: Sophia Rightmer; Cleveland Dec. 17: James Hettinga; Charlottesville Dec. 18: Isabella Gorman; Detroit Dec. 18: Gabrielle Hooper; Knoxville Dec. 20: Jerry Zhou; Bethesda, MD Dec. 23: Brent Davis and Johnny Chen; San Antonio Dec. 26: Victoria Klaunig; Lakeland, FL Dec. 27: Serena Colon; Jacksonville, FL Dec. 28: Anastasia Letkemann; North Charleston Dec. 30: Karl Pless, violinist and cellist Lydia Pless.

Musical Wunderkind Choirs featured: Spokane Nov. 14: Crescendo Community Chorus; NYC Dec. 3: Brooklyn High School of the Arts; Kalamazoo Dec. 6: Gagie School Good Vibrations Chorus; Baltimore Dec 17: American Kodály Children’s Chorus’. 

“Musical Wunderkind Orchestras featured: Bowling Green, Dec. 12, Paducah Dec. 13, and Louisville Dec. 16: University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Director John Nardolillo; Kalamazoo, MI Dec. 6: The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra was named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in Downbeat 


Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Premiere of Limited Edition 18” Kissy Doll

For the first time ever – Moscow Ballet is proud to announce the Limited Edition Kissy Doll - a 2016 Premiere! This beautiful collector’s style doll wears the one-of-a-kind Ribbon-Candy Tutu which is exclusive to the ballerina Kissy Doll in the Great Russian Nutcracker andcomes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The 18” Doll has long curly hair and green eyes that open and close. Her tutu is made of woven red, green and gold satin ribbons and includes a matching hair barrette, bejeweled necklace, ribbon bracelet, white tights and red satin ballet slippers with long satin ribbons tied around her ankles. (Clothes are removable) The stage version of the Kissy Doll costume’s bodice is woven from almost 100 yards of decorator ribbon and 30 yards of tulle make up the tutu skirt and is one of 200 costumes that travel to 100+ cities for the annual tour.

$100  Limited Quantity Premiere EditionClick to Order today! This item is a Pre-Order and will begin to be shipped out November 1st. Patrons receive shipping confirmation via email once your order is processed and shipped.


Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour Nov. 6 to Dec. 30
120 Ballerinas and Danseurs, 115 Cities, New Costumes and Backdrops


(Berkshires, MA) Nov. 1, 2016 – Moscow Ballet announces Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker performances featuring Principal Dancers and Balletmasters of the highest caliber and hailing from the world’s top ballet schools. The three tours feature award winning and celebrated Principal Dancers: Ekaterina Alaeva and Kostyantyn Vinovoy on East; Tatiana Nazarkhevich and Andrey Batalov on Central, and Alisa Voronova and Dmitry Kozhemyakin on West, all graduates of the top ballet schools in the world, perform Swan Lake and the Great Russian Nutcracker.

Central Tour Balletmaster, Principal Danseur and Honored Artist of Russia Andrey Batalov has, “made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena” reports the national Russian newspaper Kommersant; East Tour Ballet Master and Honored Artist of Ukraine Nobuhiro Tekada is the first and only Japanese person awarded the titles of Honored Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, two of the highest state awards. West Tour Balletmaster Vladimir Troschenko, an honors graduate from Vaganova Academy at Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, has partnered ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Bolshoi’s Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva of Mariinsky Ballet. These honored artists create the 3 companies of 40 dancers each who entertain audiences from coast to coast with Russian skill and passion from November through December. (See detailed tour list below)

New sets designed by multi Academy-Award nominee Carl Sprague include the opening promenade scene highlighting Moscow’s legendary St. Basil's Cathedral and is considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art; the icy Snow Forest has sparkling crystalline snowflakes everywhere, which melt away in Act II to reveal Moscow Ballet’s signature “Land of Peace and Harmony” – a scene filled with exotic Firebirds, Unicorns, Tigers, and Lions who entertain Masha and Nutcracker Prince. New costumes designed by Arthur Oliverinclude a dazzling cerulean and ivory bedazzled Ded Moroz, aka Father Christmas, and Snegurochka, aka Snow Maiden, highlight the traditional Russian folklore style and more.

Seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for families since the first North American tour in 1993! The 2016 tour runs from November 6 to December 30 in over 100 U.S. and Canadian cities. Moscow Ballet’s Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will be in 115 cities from November 6 to December 30, including NYC, LA, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Atlanta,  and more. Tickets at


Calling local student dancers to audition to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in cities on the 2016 North American tour

“In addition to featuring local youth dancers as [small] mice and snowflakes...this acclaimed version of the perennial ballet from Russia includes special touches.” Chicago Tribune

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in cities on the 2016 North American tourMoscow Ballet Soloists/Audition Directors tour the country conducting auditions for student dancers at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studios from August through October. Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.  The selected children rehearse at the local Host Dance Studios and perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker in their city. Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us” program has brought tens of thousands of student dancers on stage to perform in a professional environment annually for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children! “It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” Calgary Herald, Stephan Bonfield, 2014.Sign up to audition at More info

Soloists/Audition Directors:

Olga Aru received her degree in ballet and dance pedagogy from Kiev State Ballet College, Ukraine, in 2008. Since graduation, Olga has had a whirlwind of performance and teaching experiences; from dancing in ballet’s greatest classics to the most contemporary and to traveling around the world in those performances. She is a Laureate and award winner of the “Crystal Shoe - Dance Beyond Boards” competition and she performed at the “Mikkeli Ballet Festival” in Finland. Click for more

Mariia Skoruk was awarded "Honorable Mention" at the Fifth Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev.She graduated with a Choreographic Teaching Degree from the National Dragomanova Pedagogical University and 2014 is Mariia’s second year as Moscow Ballet Audition Director. At just ten years old she was invited to attend the famous ballet school of the Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theater from which she graduated with a “Diploma of Distinction.”  Click for more

Lana Popova is new to Moscow Ballet in 2016. The multi-talented Lana is a very experienced ballerina, teacher and artist. Lana performed on ballet tours to New Zealand, Australia and China, Mexico, Europe; including Spain, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden; India, and more countries. She was the Head Assistant of the Delegation of the North-East of Moscow to the Para-Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014. Click for more

Anna Radik hails from Kiev in Ukraine and was trained in the Ukraine State Ballet and Choreography School. She performs many roles including the Chinese Variation, Russian Variation, Act I ‘s magical Kissy Doll and the demanding acro-balletic Arabian Variation. Canada’s Calgary Herald Dance Critic Stephan Bonfield comments, “The standout Arabian Variation pas de deux, [was] danced breathtakingly beautifully by Anna Radik and Artem Kadurin, with sinewy grace and exquisitely contortioned smoothness of line.” Click for more 

Olena Nalyvaiko is a 2011 graduate of the Kiev State Ballet and Choreographic College in Ukraine with the title of accredited Artist of Ballet and Teacher of Professional Ballet Disciplines. Olena is also a ballerina and assistant teacher in the “The Young Kiev Ballet” theatre company.  She has toured and danced with the renowned and historic Kiev National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theater, as well as with Chisinau Opera and Ballet Theatre.  Click for more


Announcing Moscow Ballet’s 24th season of the celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan Lake tour to U.S and Canadian cities from November 8 through December 30, 2016 
Direct from Russia, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas. Experience the exceptional dancing of a company of almost 40, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, new and spectacular hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver, and stunning sets hand-painted in Russia and designed by multi-Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague. Moscow Ballet consistently garners critical acclaim for performances in cities from New York to Los Angeles, and Miami to Calgary. 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 2-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. Moscow Ballet also presents Swan Lake in 2016 staged by Ballet Master Vladimir Troschenko, a former partner to legendary Russian ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva and an honors graduate of both the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet academies. Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake is based on the Ivanov/Lev version with changes by Yuri Grigorovich for the Bolshoi in 1967. The company features almost 40 Vaganova trained dancers that are praised by the critics. “Perhaps one of the most magical moments of all, was delivered by a truly excellent...corps, a veritable highlight excelling in both synchrony and grace. Both male and female corps were outstanding all night.” from Calgary HeraldRegina Herald writes, “Breathtaking...magical touches...a thrilling experience.” Revered as the epitome of classical ballets, Swan Lake is a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and the triumph of good over evil. The dual role of Odette/ Odile in which the ballerina first appears as the tragically ethereal Swan Queen and later as the alluring but deceptive Odile (Black Swan) is one of the most dramatic and technically challenging roles in all of classical ballet.


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    the biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Great Russian Nutcracker is called a “Knock Out..and... Hot Ticket!” by the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in your city! Click to get the Best Seats in your city.

    Also see Swan Lake in Nampa ID, Nanaimo BC, and Victoria BC on the 2016 tour. Moscow Ballet’s renowned company of 40 dancers performs the greatest ballet of all time Swan Lake... “Brimful with feeling” says the New York Times and “Technically supreme dancing, dazzling moments,” from the Calgary Herald. Moscow Ballet’s traditional telling of the tragic Swan Lake story includes award-winning dancers, authentic costumes and lavish sets.

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  • Expansive…brimful with feeling… elegantly generous!

    New York Times’ Chief Dance Critic
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    New York Times, 2015
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    Calgary Herald
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    Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2014