(Berkshires, MA) September 12, 2017 – Ballet Students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition from now through October 31 for one of Moscow Ballet’s Soloist/Audition Directors at designated Host Dance Studios in 120 cities from coast to coast, including Canada.
Ballet Students 6-18yrs Across the Country Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet Ballerinas to Perform in Great Russian Nutcracker
“The inclusion of…local children in the ballet as part of Moscow Ballet's "Dance with Us" program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those dancers,” Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dance-with-Us students perform side-by-side with the pros
High-resolution images: http://www.nutcracker.com/promo
(Berkshires, MA) September 12, 2017 – Ballet Students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition from now through October 31 for one of Moscow Ballet’s Soloist/Audition Directors at designated Host Dance Studios in 120 cities from coast to coast, including Canada. The Moscow Ballet Dance-with-Us program, which holds open auditions for local students with a minimum one year of ballet training, is in its 25th year of putting student dancers on stage side-by-side with the professional company in each tour city. Successful auditionees perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker in ancillary roles that were created exclusively for their age and skill levels such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens and more. This is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the aspiring dancers. Auditions are free, there is sometimes a casting fee of $50. Children’s costumes are provided at no cost. To Find Audition locations and dates, go to www.nutcracker.com/auditions. The selected children perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker. Find performance cities here www.nutcracker.com/your-city.
The 7 Moscow Ballet Audition Directors/Ballerinas are award winning, highly skilled ballerinas who also lead the young dancers at dress rehearsal in their city with the full Russian company on the day of the performance. They are:
Dance-with-Us is the Moscow Ballet education program which has brought over 100,000 (about 5000 per year) North American student dancers on stage to perform side-by-side with the company of 40 Russian professionals since 1994. Ballerinas from the company arrive in early fall and travel to cities on the tour to audition and rehearse the young dancers in 6+ student roles. Dance-with-Usis underwritten by Moscow Ballet. Partnerships with local Host Dance Studios in tour cities are developed by producerMary Gianonne Talmiwho also developed the choreography for the Dance-with-Us program.Click for more
Moscow Ballet – 2017 marks Moscow Ballet’s 25th consecutive year touring North America performing the acclaimed story ballets the Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. The company is known for presenting award-winning Ballerinas and Danseurs, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Predenia in 2002 to Andrey Batalov, former Principal Danseur with the Mariinsky Theatre in 2016. The company performs more than 100 engagements annually across Canada and the United States’ to sell-out audiences in the some of the finest performing arts venues. In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet’s North America tours have always included community engagement programs. “Dance with Us” shares the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 6000 American dance students annually bringing them on stage in ancillary roles to perform side-by-side with the professionals. Underwritten by Moscow Ballet, the program was developed by choreographer and co-producer Mary Giannone Talmi. “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” is a cultural immersion program benefitting thousands of children across the country annually and Musical Wunderkind also connects the Russian dancers directly with American children and young adults. In addition, many Moscow Ballet performances have a fund-raising component for organizations such as hospitals, children’s museums and more. www.moscowballet.com.