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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



20th Anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker Tour a Resounding Success!

Moscow Ballet’s 20th Anniversary tour a hit with patrons, the press & President Obama himself!

Thank you for a wonderful 20th Anniversary year! 100 performances, in November and December: sold-out multiple shows across the country, from Washington DC to Los Angeles, Chicago to Ft. Myers. The tour also received artistic recognition…Honored Artists of Ukraine Olga Kifyak and Viktor Shcherbakov were invited to speak at the National Press Club in Washington DC, and multi award-winning West principals Karyna Shatkovskaya and Vladimir Tkachenko were praised in the press, including the St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press.... “[Karyna]'s a lithe, smoothly flowing ballerina who dominated every scene she graced.”


We are also proud to say that three of Moscow Ballet’s education programs engaged over 9,000 children across North America this year! 1) President Obama visited daughter Sasha, who performed as a mouse in Moscow Ballet's ‘Dance with Us’ program that puts student dancers on stage dancing side-by-side with the 40 professionals.  Moscow Ballet works with a Host Dance Studio in almost every city in order to provide this opportunity to local ballet students, some studios have been with the tour for the full 20 years. A big shout-out to the many hours of work and dedication to our 50 dance Host Dance Studios. Click to see photos from North Charleston (SC)'s auditions this fall. 2) 6,000 school kids each spent a week of immersion in ‘New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life.’ alt The interactive program develops children’s confidence, coordination, and creativity, and provides a world-class performance experience while working one-on-one with Moscow Ballet soloists! A super opportunity for non-dancing kids across the country. 3) ‘Musical Wunderkind,’ winners of major symphony orchestra youth concerto competitions in several cities, brought Dying Swan to life on stage and a snippet of classic ballet to thousands of audience members. altSeven super talented young musicians accompanied a Moscow Ballet principal dancer in this classic ballet adagio prior to Great Russian Nutcracker performances.

Were you one of the 2,000+ who attend one of the 23 free “Meet the Masters” events, co-partnered by Moscow Ballet and Capezio? alt Moscow Ballet dancers, whose feet were measured and personally fitted by Capezio Master Fitter Paul Plesh, greeted fans, posed for photos and demonstrated the proper care and use of pointe shoes. “We had a really great turn out…and everyone was really excited to meet Svetlana,” reports Baltimore’s Artistic Costumes. Moscow Ballet partner Capezio, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012, continues to revolutionize the dance world with dancewear and footwear innovations for every dancer from beginner to professional.

Also in 2012, Moscow Ballet partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) to raise funds at local children’s hospitals.  Ballerinas visited hospitalized children, Svetlana Todinova was invited to a photo shoot with founders Donny and Marie Osmond, and Natalia Miroshnyk graced the Dallas Tea Party. altaltMoscow Ballet’s Olga Aru shares, “It was difficult to see those small babies that least we brought some positive moments in their lives.” CMNH touches the lives of 17 million children and their families every year, more families than any other children's charity. 


This winter we will offer contests with very special prizes, add videos and slide shows to the web site, set up Summer Intensives and New Horizons programs in a city near you and prepare for the 2013 season!


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