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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!


From DC to LA, six “Musical Wunderkind” score with Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers

From DC to LA, six “Musical Wunderkind” score with Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers

       Xavier Wilson                  Ben Solomonow            Rachelle Smith            Eddie Pogossian              Fedor Ouspensky           Fedor Amosov

Six musical “Wunderkind” earn coveted spot performing with Russian superstar ballerinas. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Great Russian Nutcracker, five hand-selected “Musical Wunderkind” in cities across the country accompany Moscow Ballet ballerina in St Saen’s Dying Swan. The six, each in their respective cities, perform “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, prior to the curtain rising on the Great Russian Nutcracker. Moscow Ballet created the cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind,” as a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners. Unique to Moscow Ballet, the program is an unprecedented cooperation between the internationally renowned ballet company and up and coming student musicians. Los Angeles Philharmonic winner Edvard Pogossian’s reaction to performing with Moscow Ballet is, “Of course I would love to do it…I am very much looking forward to…this incredible opportunity!” The experience develops young musician’s interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. From Washington D.C. to Los Angeles: see Dallas’ Xavier Wilson, Cleveland’s Fedor Amosov, Chicago’s Ben Solomonow, Minneapolis’ Rachelle Smith, Los Angeles Edvard Pogossian, and in Betheda and Fairfax’ Fedor Ouspensky.

Cleveland - Fedor Amosov and Moscow Ballet soloist present a special collaboration at the December 1 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at Cleveland’s Music Hall... Fedor Amosov, an exceptionally talented young Russian cellist, was born in 1988 into a musical family in Moscow. Fedor was awarded First Prize in Concertino Prague 38th International Competitionand has studied with renown cellists including Stephen Geber, Suren Bagratuni, and Natalia Gutman. Moscow Ballet celebrates Fedor and his many achievements! Read more about Fedor A.

Chicago/Rosemont - Ben Solomonow and Moscow Ballet soloist present a special collaboration at the December 2 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Akoo Theatre... Ben Solomonow is a student of Hans Jensen and is currently playing on a cello made by William Whedbee in 1998. In 2010 Ben won the top prize of the senior division in the Walgreen National Concerto Competition, and played the Piatigorsky “Variations on a Paganini Theme” with the MYA Symphony Orchestra. Moscow Ballet celebrates Ben and his many achievements! Read more about Ben.

Minneapolis - Rachelle Smith and Moscow Ballet soloist present a special collaboration at the December 7 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Orpheum...Rachelle has received several honors including the National Fine Arts Festival in 2009 and being a finalist in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Concerto Competition (GTCYS) in 2010 and 2011. Moscow Ballet celebrates Rachelle’s many achievements! Read more about Rachel.

Los Angeles - Edvard Pogossian and Moscow Ballet soloist present a special collaboration at the December 14 7:30pmperformance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Wiltern...In 2011 Cellist Edvard won the L.A. Philharmonic Young Artists Competition and performed with Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Music Director Thomas Wilkins who comments, "I've had the pleasure of knowing Edvard, since he was a little bright eyed boy...he has grown to become a tremendously gifted musician." Moscow Ballet celebrates Eddie and his many achievements! Read about Eddie.

Bethesda, Fairfax and N.P.C.  - Fedor Ouspensky and Moscow Ballet soloist present special collaborations at National Press Club, Washington D.C. Dec 14; Dec 16 7:30pm performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at Strathmore Music Hall in Bethesda and Dec 19 performance at GMU Concert Hall in Fairfax…Violoinist Fedor Ouspensky has already won First Place in 11 competitions and has appeared as a soloist performing with Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra and Capitol City Symphony. Moscow Ballet celebrates Fedor and his many achievements! Read more about Fedor.

Click here to see legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya in Saint Saens' "The Dying Swan”

Over 20 Years 50,000+ Children Receive Arts EnrichmentMoscow Ballet’s 20th anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker celebrates the 50,000+ student dancers (an average of 50 students in 50 cities over 20 years time) who have performed along-side the Russian cast of 40 on annual North American tours.  The commitment to deliver children’s programming, in tandem with acclaimed ballet performances, began twenty years earlier when Moscow Ballet producers, then working with Connecticut Dance Theatre, invited Dance Theater of Harlem directors to work with their Hartford students. Among those dedicated students was Charmaine Hunter who went on to become star of Arthur Mitchell’s Fire Bird.  Other children’s programming includes 1984 “Cynthia Gregory Celebration Tour” with the “Just Say No” campaign as it’s official message and chaired by First Lady Nancy Reagan; Russian-Cultural Ballet program produced in museums and art institutions; “Cinderella Around the World” dance and literacy program; and “First International Glasnost Festival Tours” included symposiums, screenings, poetry readings, and more for students and public at Dartmouth, Yale, and other colleges.  Today Moscow Ballet offers all children New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Lifeaddressing diet, exercise and creative expression through interactive experiences with Moscow Ballet dancers, Musical Wunderkind, Summer Intensivesand more.


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