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Save up to $20% off each ticket you order in July!


While ballerinas Svetlana, Olga and Carolina enjoy summer in the sun swimming, rock climbing and more, Moscow Ballet management is turning up the heat for you! It’s a good idea to plan ahead now to make your Christmas holiday outstanding, so here is a Christmas in July Specialfor our special friends! It guarantees great seats for the holiday and saves time and money too. Use code SAVE for up to 20% off Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker tickets right now! Click here and save today.

Not ready to order tickets yet? Check out the Moscow Ballet Gift Store for everything from hand-crafted Russian specialty items to MB logoed dance wear to huggable Valentin Bear!  Order $30 or more from the MB Gift Store by July 31 and receive a free MB pen and poster too! First come first served.

Disclaimer: There is no discount for Moscow Ballet’s Platinum Experience and VIP tickets; SAVE code is not available in all cities on the 2014 N American tour, see page for info on each city; and SAVE code is not available for all price levels.

“Dance with Us” in 2014 ~ Sign up to Audition this Fall!  

altMoscow Ballet partners with new Host Dance Studios in several cities on the 2014 tour. Please welcome Miami’s Evolution Dance and Performing Arts; Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts; Sarasota’s Stage Door Studios; Santa Rosa’s Windsor Dance Academy and Memphis’ Studio B Dance to name just a few! The local studios help make the dream of performing in a professional ballet a reality for about 5000 young ballerinas/danseurs each year!

Click to hear what Jennifer has to say about performing live with Moscow Ballet and click to find a Moscow Ballet audition near you (more are added all summer).


Elena blogs about “Ballerinas and Summer Training Suggestions” 


The profession of a ballet dancer is associated with ongoing training, but in summer ballet schools in Russia and the U.S. are usually closed. Students who are serious about their ballet lessons wonder, “How can we stay in good shape in the summer? What can we do?” First of all, some rest is necessary because the life of a professional ballet dancer is full of physical activity and psychological pressure too.  On the other hand, Agrippina Vaganova noted that ballet exercises in the summer can be very useful, provided students have good coaching. It is true that students must exercise to maintain their flexibility and stretching, otherwise even 2 weeks are enough to lose some physical shape gained over the year. But if students try to improve their stretch without an instructor, they can get injured.

“Knyazev’s Gymnastics” is popular in Russia and is a specific set of floor exercises that develop flexibility, stretching and strengthen muscles.  It is suitable for beginning students and pre-professionals, and it can be implemented without a teacher but be sure to follow the sequence of Knyazev’s exercises.  For developing strength and endurance it is useful to jog (between 1 and 2 miles).  It is also useful to eat well but lightly and to stay slim. “Summer Intensives” are very popular because they provide ballet students the opportunity to make progress under the supervision of highly qualified teachers. Similar goals can be achieved through private ballet lessons. Despite all these opportunities, summer and holiday students should not forget that taking a break on holidays is necessary, as this will help to release new powers and positive emotions so essential in the art of ballet!

Don’t have a dance lessons this summer? Moscow Ballet is an advocate for the President’s Challenge program which gives guidelines for everyone to get in shape.


New in 2014

Moscow Ballet premieres in hot Miami, cool Philadelphia with Musical Wunderkind and more in 2014

Moscow Ballet principals Ekaterina Tikhonova and  Viktor ShcherbakovHello City of Brotherly Love and Hot Miami! Moscow Ballet is pleased to premiere the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker in Philadelphia December 6 and in Miami December 26. The company is honored to perform in Philadelphia, known for its long-standing appreciation of ballet and the arts. Violinist Wunderkind Hae Sue Lee, a student of the Curtis Institute of Music, will open the performance accompanying the principal ballerina in Saint Saens “Dying Swan” – a sweet treat for the eyes and ears!

Moscow Ballet’s performance at the historic Jackie Gleason Theater is also a first in Miami, a hotbed city of ballet greats including protégé of Cuban Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso and Miami City Ballet, founded by American  icon Edward Villella, the only American ever asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi Theatre!

Arrange with family and friends to create the Christmas experience to remember forever with Moscow Ballet in a city near you. Other new cities on the tour include: Birmingham, Casper, Ft Wayne, Gillette, Kalamazoo (with live orchestra!), Lawton, and Waco. Click to find Your City and get the best seats now!

Hear from ballet student Jennifer about “Dance with Us” and being On Stage with the Pros

Student dancers perform on staeg with the company of 40 prosIn addition to new cities on the 2014 tour, Moscow Ballet welcomes new Host Dance Studio partners in some cities. These dedicated Host Dance Studios help make the dream to perform in a professional ballet a reality for about 5000 young ballerinas/danseurs each year! 

Click to hear what Jennifer has to say about performing live with Moscow Ballet and click to find a Moscow Ballet audition near you (more are added all summer).

Don’t have dance lessons planned this summer? Moscow Ballet is also an advocate for the President’s Challenge program which gives guidelines for everyone to get in shape.


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

Young Agrippina VaganovaMoscow 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 method has produced legendary dancers and choreographers in the world 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 can fill us in on “Vaganova” and “Agrippina.”

Founder Agrippina Vaganova graduated in the early 20th century from the Saint Petersburg Theater School – Ballet Academy and was accepted to dance with the Mariinsky Theatre (known as the Kirov Theatre during the Soviet era).  Agrippina Vaganova and young ballerinaWhen she performed in the corps de ballet, she was keenly observant and studied the guest stars’ styles and manner of dance. Rehearsals with these live custodians of the Italian and French ballet schools, helped Vaganova improve her own performing skills and gradually her repertoire was enriched with solo roles and variations from the classical ballets. Performing these roles demanded masterly  pointe technique, strong jumps and good coordination skills and she eventually got the unofficial title of “The Queen of Variations.” Up to present day variations from the Grand Pas in “Don Quixote,” “La Bayadere,” and many others are called “Vaganova Variations.” Vaganova was very demanding of herself and gradually principal roles began to appear in her repertoire:  Queen of Dryads in “Don Quixote,” “Odette – Odile in “Swan Lake,” and Giselle in “Giselle.” But these principal roles came shortly before the end of her dance career and she is not remembered for them.

Vaganova at work with Imperial ballet students 1940'sIn the early 20th century the Russian School of Ballet was not yet well established in a particular pedagogic practice. But  Agrippina wanted to understand the “science of dance” and in that way the foundation and development of the Russian Ballet School became Agrippina Vaganova’s life work.  Vaganova began teaching  in 1921, when the elimination of ballet as a learning method was a distinct possibility. Gymnastics, “eccentric” dance and “acrobatic” dance were offered to young students instead. Because of that Vaganova’s system was established in connection with stage practice and from 1931 to 1937 she headed the ballet company of the State Opera and Ballet Theater in St Petersburg , her dancers being the first to perform the choreographic style now called the Vaganova Method. Critics of the time noticed the deeply individual talent of each ballerina and Vaganova’s  students became living demonstrations of the Vaganova method.  The publication of her book “Basics of Classical Dance” allowed the Vaganova Method to become the property of the world. There have been seven editions of it and it has been translated into many languages.  Founded in 1738 by decree of Empress Anna I, of Russia, the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg is now known as the Vaganova Ballet Academy and just celebrated its 275th Anniversary. Agrippina Vaganova taught at the Academy from 1921 until 1951. Since that time, the Academy has continued to develop and advance the syllabus that has created so many exceptional artists.


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