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Great Russian Nutcracker goes On Sale and meet Moscow Ballet blogger Elena Ovchinnikova

Great Russian Nutcracker tickets are now On Sale in most cities ~ and MB friends and fans get a discount code to save up to $20/ticket!

Great Russian Nutcracker tickets go On Sale!Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this Christmas and tickets are On Sale now in almost all 77 cities! Celebrate beloved Christmas traditions with the whole family as 40 world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life from New York to Los Angeles, and Miami to Calgary. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” and LA Times, “Brilliance.” Only MB friends and fans have access to the best discount code of the season. Use SAVE to order your tickets at – and save up to $20 per ticket! (If your city is not On Sale yet, don’t worry, just check back)

Great Russian Nutcracker tickets go On Sale!

Get to Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio spring recitals and prepare for fall Dance with Us auditions

Dance with Us students accompany French Variation soloistsWould your aspiring dancer be overjoyed to be on stage with Moscow Ballet in the Dance with Us program? Now is the best time to plan for the local fall auditions. First, Find the MB Host Dance Studio in Your City and let them know you are interested in auditioning. Plan to see their spring recital, which showcases students’ talent and the studio’s expertise. By getting involved now, you will be prepared for the Moscow Ballet Audition Director’s visit to town and Great Russian Nutcracker auditions in the fall!

Dance with Us students accompany French Variation soloists

“A thrilling experience for student dancers…a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the principals and soloists,” Regina Herald, Canada

Meet MB ballet blogger Elena!

Moscow Ballet company in  great form at the barreElena Ovchinnikova is THE most educated Vaganova ballet scholar and teacher we know and now she is blogging for Moscow Ballet! Elena will let us all know how to prepare for a first recital, what it is like to dance lead roles in Swan Lake and Giselle, how she medaled at 3 International Ballet Competitions and more! Let us know what you want to know about Russian ballet, Vaganova method, how to become a principal ballerina and more.

Elena’s favorite roles include the starring role of Gamzatti in La Bayadere; Odile in Swan Lake, choreography by Petipa and staging by Grigorovich, and the Sylph in La Sylphides (known as “Chopianna” in Russia) with choreography by Mikhail Fokine She has won 3 International Ballet Competition Awards…one from Zagreb in 2012, from Rome in 2007, and Vienna in 2007. She is the author of the “Breath in Choreography” program and book which has the honor of being approved by the Academic Council of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy). The innovative method has been used in educational ballet lessons since 2002.

Elena has a Ph.D. in Theory and Methods of Dance from theMoscow State Academy of Choreography (also known as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy); in 2009 she graduated as Ballet Pedagogue, with honors, from Moscow State Academy of Choreography (Bolshoi Ballet Academy); she also graduated as Joint M.Sc./M.D., Medical Cybernetics, in 2004, (that is Medical Doctor studies combined with scientific training) form the Russian  State  Medical University, Moscow; AND she is a professional ballerina graduating from theMoscow Academy of Dance, Russia in 1999. Quite a talented woman, don’t you agree?

Photos, DVDs and 2013 Tour Highlights

Get your Great Russian Nutcracker performance on DVD! All cities are now up!


Dance with Us students and parents – The last DVDs are now finished and available for sale from most 2013 tour cities. What a great memento to have of the holiday season and dancing with Moscow Ballet.

Click here to find your city and order DVDs today. Orders take about 1-2 weeks to be fulfilled. (Not all performances in cities on the 2013 tour were filmed)



Moscow Ballet and Olympics ~ where Ballet and Sports Intersect

Moscow Ballet ballerina and Gabby Douglas

Congratulations! to After answering questions relating to the Winter Olympic Games on social media, Neil S of Wichita won the Gold Prize of 10 tickets to a 2014 Moscow Ballet performance, Eugene W of MacLean VA won Silver Prize of 10 hand-made, Christmas ornament globes featuring Moscow Ballet scenes, and Reginald R of Alexandria VA won the Bronze Prize of 10 Moscow Ballet T-shirts! Have you seen Moscow Ballet’s Facebook and Pinterest posts of side-by-side images showing just how much ballet and sports reflect each other? One can easily see results of ballet training in many of the Olympic athletes, and athletic strength and versatility in the Moscow Ballet dancers. Many people cross boundaries from dance to sports and vice versa. A world class athlete for 17 years, Peter Donohoe, who competed in 2 Winter Olympic Games and on the International circuit as a Track and Field Athlete, recognizes that dancers and performers are also athletes and that building a strong body and core, helps to produce great performers. In addition to coaching Olympic athletes and race car drivers, he has been the Fitness & Conditioning Specialist for the Boston Ballet since 2007. Olympiad and three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir was spokesperson for NBC at the Sochi Games. Weir, who spent 16 years in competitive skating and is a Russophile, has said he was inspired to become a figure skater by watching the great Russians perform and that he was coached to much of his competitive success by Soviet-trained Galina Zmievskaya. The Russians train their gymnasts in ballet from the beginning. Watch Viktori Komova’s 2012 Olympic floor exercise routine for her balletic leaps, turns and feet.

Moscow Ballet danseur and Olympic diver

Stuck inside this winter? You can still stay fit and healthy!

Dance with Us students with principal Ekaterina Bortiakova

You can shed the winter blues and unwanted pounds too! Moscow Ballet works with about 60 American Host Dance Studios nationwide in the “Dance with Us” program bringing student dancers on stage to dance side-by-side with the professional company when we are in town. Right now you can join the “Dance with Us” program by taking ballet classes locally or get your work-outs at home with Moscow Ballet Tutorial videos. According to Canyon Ranch health experts, “it doesn’t matter what type of dance you enjoy, as long as you are moving to the beat, your body benefits.” Dancing makes exercising fun, requires no special equipment (you don’t need spandex, sequins or a spray tan, but click here to get MB discounts on Capezio Dancewear) and is suitable for all ages. Whether you would like to lose weight, boost your mood, maintain flexibility or keep your mind sharp, dancing does it all! Click to find a Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio near you and shake off those winter blues!

More sport oriented? That’s fine – Moscow Ballet is honored to be an advocate for the Presidents Challenge, a national program to get and keep Americans fit! The do-it-yourself PALA+ program requires physical activity: 60 minutes/day for kids, 30 minutes/day for adults, five days a week for six out of eight weeks; and the nutrition component adds a weekly healthy eating goal for a six-week period. Individuals who achieve the physical activity and healthy eating goals will receive a certificate signed by the Council co-chairs. Sign up to earn your PALA+ certificate today! Click here to download the PALA+ Moscow Ballet Nutrition Log to help you stay on track!

Savor the Memories of Moscow Ballet 2013!

Attention Dance with Us students and parents – Photos and DVDs from most 2013 tour cities are now online and for sale. Click here to find your city.  If your city DVD is not posted, please check back weekly because DVDs are added on a continuing basis.

French Variation with "Dance with Us" studen

French Variation with “Dance with Us” student

Record Breaking Tour

Moscow Ballet announces a record-breaking season in 2013 and is honored with a second visit by the First Family in Washington D.C.  Audiences from NYC to LA and from Puerto Rico to Calgary came out to see 4 classic ballets: “Great Russian Nutcracker,” “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty” or “Swan Lake.” Big cities including LA, NYC and Chicago sold-out as well as heartland towns Kearny, Shreveport and Cedar City, to name a few. Press reviews confirm artistic excellence: LA Times, “Disarmingly poetic…bravura expertise,” Minneapolis Pioneer Press, “Sweeps you up in the bliss of beauty” and Arkansas’ Democrat-Gazette, “Stunning visuals, effortlessness dancing…full of joyful energy.” 

Moscow Ballet's Cinderella

Moscow Ballet’s Cinderella

Community Engagement is half the fun!

Moscow Ballet is all about community engagement outreach which, this year, included a Creative Development Residency with local student dancers, the full company and Broadway director James Warwick and a 2-day New Horizons-A Children’s Program for Life in Latta S.C. for 500 school children, and Moscow Ballet dancers visited 4 children’s hospitals. In 2013 Moscow Ballet was honored to become an Advocate for the President’s Challenge program; Musical Wunderkind – Cellists accompanied Moscow Ballet ballerina in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” in 8 tour cities and live youth choirs sang in 7 more cities.

Carolina Siscanu and young patient atChildren's Hospital of Michigan

Carolina Siscanu and young patient at Children’s Hospital of Michigan alt


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