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dsc 01821Celebrate the women in our lives on March 8 – Women’s Day!

Did you know that in Russia the idealized woman is the ballerina? She is considered a living sculpture, an accomplished and highly trained artist and that the most important holiday for Russian women is March 8? It is similar to Mother’s Day inthe U.S., except that all women in a man’s life are celebrated, from mothers to sweethearts to small girls.

This is the day when men pay all their attention to their beloved, their mothers, sisters, and daughters and some Russian men take on the women’s share of the housework that day as a sign of deep love and appreciation. Since March 8 falls on a Tuesday this year, both Monday and Tuesday are days off for Russians! Historically, March 8 has long been associated with women’s rights, beginning with a famous protest in New York on March 8, 1857. In Russia, the day was first celebrated as Women’s Day in St. Petersburg in 1913, but it did not become an official state holiday, and day off, until 1965. Most likely, however, the greatest historical significance of the date for Russians is as the date that Russian women first gained the right to vote: March 8, 1917, American women gained the right to vote three years later. This week we celebrate our Moscow Ballet ballerinas, audition directors, and all women on the Moscow Ballet team!

You can find a special gift for the women in your life at the Moscow Ballet store. Choose from logo-ed dancewear, Russian specialty items, CDs, DVDs and photos of young dancers too. And our gift of appreciation to you…all orders placed this week will receive a complimentary women’s charm bracelet!

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the unique telling of the classic story of Masha (Clara) and her Nutcracker Doll told with true Russian flair. In 2012, Moscow Ballet celebrates its 20th year of touring this performance across North America, and to much critical acclaim! The whimsical fantasy of Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker is legendary, with the piece firmly enshrined as a Christmas staple for audiences across the country and in Canada. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite, and Moscow Ballet’s company of 40 Vaganova-trained dancers are the perfect combination for a holiday celebration for all.

Nutcracker.com is your source for all things Moscow Ballet and all things Nutcracker! See Great Russian Nutcracker and other story ballets’ historical photos in our gallery, watch videos of the Master Teachers working with their American students, listen to interviews with our soloists, and so much more!
Young dancers - you can dance with the pros! Learn about the Great Russian Nutcracker audition process in your city.

Visit the Studio Blog for the latest news and stories of the Great Russian Nutcracker and other productions. And our Fine Art Gallery will introduce you to Russia’s newest talent in the visual arts.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed in over 60 cities in 2012. Find a performance in your state below, or visit Your City to find out when we will be in your area. This holiday season, experience Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker– acclaimed by the press and adored by audiences everywhere. Get your tickets now!

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