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Christmas is the season for giving….

Harlequinn at the Stahlbaum's Christmas PartyChristmas is the season for giving, spending quality time with family and friends, and following treasured traditions. And going to see Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker brings all of these elements together! This holiday performance thrills all ages with its magical toys that come to life, falling snow and growing Christmas tree, and the stunning, professional ballet dancers.  The company of almost 40 Russian dancers performs Olympic-worthy leaps and astounding ballet moves. “Knock-out,” says the New York Time

Treat your loved ones to VIP tickets which include a hand-crafted Nutcracker Doll emblazoned with the Moscow Ballet logo and Moscow Ballet’s all new, 60 page, Limited Edition Souvenir Program Book filled with stunning color photos. You will take home treasures and memories of a lifetime.

Celebrate Russian ballet and the beauty of the holidays with VIP tickets to Moscow Ballet’s grand production of the Great Russian Nutcracker!


“Breathtaking athleticism on display…the prima ballerina was invariably exceptional” Pioneer Press, Rob Hubbard, Minneapolis MN

Got a group? Get a discount online!

Did you know that groups of any size can get discounted tickets without having to put them on hold ahead? Just use the code SAVE by September 30 when ordering online for one to 100 friends and save up to 20% for your tickets too! What an easy way to see Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker with your best buds. The holiday ballet with award-winning dancers travels to over 70 cities in the US and North America. Find the city nearest you (or the farthest and make it a vacation?) and make a date for holiday fun.

Creative Development Residency

15 local dance students create new steps with hands-on help from the Russian Ballet Master!

Soloist Svetlana Todinova working with studentsMoscow Ballet’s Ballet Master Anna Nekhludova, and Choreographer-Producer Mary Giannone Talmi worked 1-on-1 with 15 local ballet students, ages 7 to 16, creating new choreography for 2013 tour of Great Russian Nutcracker this August .  The 21 year old “Dance with Us” program has always included student dancers in the professional performances, as was done in the original productions in Russia. Young ballerinas-to-be audition, rehearse and then dance side-by-side with 35-some professionals in a once in a lifetime experience. The student dancers perform roles such as Party Children, Mice and Little Snowflakes in Act I and Snow Maidens and more in Act II. The roles are ancillary to the production and were developed explicitly to fit different age and experience levels.  Each year over 5000 young dancers participate and perform, that’s about 100,000 great experiences over the past 20 years of touring!

The residency was held in western Massachusetts over 5 intense days of work. Moscow Ballet Master Anna Nekhludova, a graduate of Moscow State Academy of Choreography commonly known as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, began her career at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses and brings the best ballet training in the world with her to this CDR. Producer and Choreographer Mary Giannone Talmi, a graduate of the Julliard School,  has choreographed for American Ballet Theatre II under Baryshnikov, Boston Ballet II, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, among others. Together with young ballet students in Albany/Western Massachusetts, the group will create new steps for “Dance with Us” children to perform on the 2013 tour. Find out more about auditioning here.

Meet Broadway Dance Center!

Broadway Dance Center in NYC


Moscow Ballet is pleased to partner with New York City’s Broadway Dance Center (BDC) this season. Since 1984 the mega-dance center in the heart of new York City has earned a reputation in the global dance community as a beacon of excellence in dance education. BDC is renowned for its unparalleled faculty and for offering a diverse array of dance disciplines under one roof. The continued dedication to the international dance community, state-of-the-art studios, and central location in the heart of the Broadway theater district in New York City make this studio the ultimate destination for dancers around the globe. BDC offers many programs and workshops including Children & Teen Program (CTP), International Student Visa Program (ISVP), The Professional Semester, Summer Intern Program, The BDC Training Program, Work-Study Program as well as many ongoing workshops such as the Absolute Beginner Workshops and Rockette Experience.

For more information visit


May with Moscow Ballet – Tickets On Sale, New Tutorials to View and a Mash-Up Video Contest

Tickets are On Sale now in many cities on the 2013 Moscow Ballet tour!

Now is the time to get the best seats for the best holiday experience!

Great Russian Nutcracker Snow Forest scene with Troika Sleigh

Celebrate the quintessential Christmas with Moscow Ballet’s world famous Great Russian Nutcracker and get the best seats right now! Tickets are now on sale in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as many more cities from north to south and east to west.

Bring the whole family for this classic and wondrous holiday experience. 40 amazing Russian artists perform Olympian feats in the holiday favorite seen by millions. Don’t let your family miss the performance of a lifetime, full to the brim with magical toys, falling snow, growing Christmas trees, and astounding Russian dancers. The best seats will go fast so get your tickets now!

“[Moscow Ballet principals]…partnered beautifully and executed their solos with aristocratic finesse”  Cleveland Plain Dealer, Donald Rosenberg

Announcing Moscow Ballet Tutorials for ballet students!

Use these video lessons to advance your technique

Principal Dancers Karyna Shatkovskaya and Vladimir Tkachenko

Principal Dancers Karyna Shatkovskaya and Vladimir Tkachenko

Moscow Ballet introduces a free ballet opportunity to grow and improve your ballet skills! Award-winning Principal dancer Karyna Shatkovsaya demonstrates the center floor exercises that she uses to keep in top shape and to excel in her performances world-wide. Now you can benefit from them as well!

The first Moscow Ballet Tutorial gives aspiring dancers intermediate to advanced level exercises to practice and emulate as demonstrated by Karyna. The second Tutorial continues with exercises to strengthen leg muscles, develop fast footwork and leaps, and more.

Want to dance with the 40 professionals?  Click for more information about Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, which is offered in over fifty cities on the annual tour, and about auditioning.

Beautiful Karyna is trained in the world renowned, Russian Vaganova style. She is Laureate of the 2009 International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, and in 2010 was awarded the “State Prize Winner” at the competition.  Karyna graduated from the Kharkov State Choreographic School in Ukraine and was immediately invited to join the Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theater. In 2006 she graduated from the Kharkov Academy of Culture with a degree in Classical Choreography. Her repertoire includes the leading roles in the most coveted ballet repertoire including Coppelia, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Don Quixote, and more. She tours extensively in Europe, Russia, and North and South America and enjoys modeling work as well.

 “A magical dream world of awe-inspiring music and graceful, poised ballerinas” Grand Rapids Herald-Review


A sweet Great Russian Nutcracker mouse from Little Rock

Get ready for the all new “Recital Highlights Mash-up Contest” and enter to win Great Russian Nutcracker tickets for your whole ballet class!

The contest goes like this…show us all the best moves from your recital, mash them up and enter a 3 minute “punch piece” showing off your studio and fellow dancers! We will post the top 10 recital Mash-Ups on  and one Grand Prize winner will receive tickets to the 2013 Great Russian Nutcracker for you and your pals…20 tickets in all! Look for details and guidelines on Facebook, Twitter and .

A sweet Great Russian Nutcracker mouse from Little Rock



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