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New in 2013, Moscow Ballet brings Dove of Peace to life and more!
The feather-winged Dove escorts Masha and her Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Peace and Harmony. Kids and adults alike are captivated as 2 dancers move as 1 bird. The unique Dove of Peace costume and other specialty props are designed by Moscow Ballet’s Arthur Oliver. Uncle Drosselmeyer’s “Table of Tricks” foreshadows the Nutcracker Christmas story, the streets of Moscow come alive with guests carrying towers of teetering packages, holiday vendors stroll, and Uncle Drosselmeyer’s life-sized magic dolls appear unexpectedly. Get your tickets to the Great Russian Nutcracker and keep the family traditions alive!
Moscow Ballet’s corps de ballet as Snowflakes
Girl Scouts Invited to the Show and Earn a Badge too
Moscow Ballet values the service of the Girl Scouts of America! Thousands of Girl Scouts across the country have attended Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker over the years. Exposure to a new culture and new art form can be a very enriching experience. From facilitating fundraisers to attending a great holiday show, Moscow Ballet staff will help create the perfect event for your troop. Moscow Ballet Girl Scout Troops get up to $20.00 off per ticket. Call 1.800.320.1733 to reserve a block of seats.
Young dancer with company members in Minneapolis
Is your Child’s Dream to Dance side-by-side with a Real Ballerina?
Calling girls and boys, from 7 to 16 years old! For over a generation Moscow Ballet has put student dancers on stage and side-by-side with the company of 40 professionals in the Dance with Us program. Young dancers perform choreography that is created exclusively for them and wear professional costumes too! Click to find a Moscow Ballet audition near you and to register.
Bring just 10 Church members, Girl Scouts, or friends to the Great Russian Nutcracker and save up to 20% on tickets too!
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the perfect event for friends, colleagues and families to share the season of peace and goodwill. It’s the holiday outing that everyone loves! Moscow Ballet’s unique Nutcracker features a Dove of Peace and the “Land of Peace and Harmony” conveying a message of peace and love at this special time of year. Appealing to all ages, you can bring Church members, Girl Scout and Brownie Troops, Military, Seniors, AAA members or groups of 10 or more friends get up to 20% off per ticket when ordering in advance! Ballerinas spin, danseurs leap until there is cheering form the crowd and kids gasp as the tree grows and animals come to life. Share the joy of the season with your loved ones. Call 800-320-1733 today to arrange for your group tickets for Christmas
“Breathtaking athleticism … storybook-style backdrops…exceptional” Minneapolis Pioneer Press
Christmas, children and choirs = Triple Holiday Cheer
New in 2013, five talented Youth Choirs will sing at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker as part of the ballet’s “Musical Wunderkind” arts enrichment program. All of the choirs are accomplished musicians and some are also world traveled! Minneapolis Youth Chorus, recorded with Owl City’s Adam Young and “Call Me Maybe” Carly Rae Jepsen on the 2012 international #1 hit song “Good Time.” Other choirs include Dallas’ Southwest Children’s Chorus, Little Rock’s Central Arkansas Children’s Choir, Spokane’s Crescendo Community Chorus and Wichita Community Children’s Choir. The Youth Choirs will welcome patrons by performing holiday repertoire in the lobby before curtain and then, faithful to Tchaikovsky’s score, sing acapella to the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” in Act I. The children range in age from 7 to 18 years and study with experienced and award-winning music directors. Enjoy the young choristers in Moscow Ballet performances this November and December.
“Amazing …gravity-defying lifts” The Bakersfield Californian
“Dance with Us” and work 1-on-1 with Moscow Ballet soloists
Dance with Us offers young dancers personal exposure to the highly skilled Russian dancers and experience with a professional performance, an especially unique opportunity for students in smaller markets. Dance with Us Audition Directors travel to 50+ North American cities in September and October auditioning and rehearsing children ages 7 to 16 years. Cathy Napolitano-Mucci, Dance Center North owner in Syracuse NY, has participated in Dance with Us since the first Great Russian Nutcracker tour in 1993. She remarks, “I know from watching my students grow and advance since the very first Moscow Ballet tour, that this is one of the most significant experiences a young dancer can have. It lifts them up and humbles them all at the same time.” Dance with Us is underwritten solely by Moscow Ballet. Partnerships with local dance studios in performance cities are carefully developed by Producer and Choreographer Mary Gianonne Talmi who also developed the children’s choreography in the Dance with Us program with Moscow Ballet’s Ballet Masters. Click to find an audition near you and to register.
Ekaterina Uksusnikova is a highly trained dancer and accredited dance/movement pedagogue. She attended Moscow State Academy of Choreography and Pedagogy, graduating with degrees in both tracks in 2012. In addition to dance and movement, Ekaterina studied piano at the Music School of Frederic Chopin, English at the Institute of English, and is a certified Pilates and Yoga teacher. Click for more.
Svetlana Todinova is a soloist and teacher for Moscow Ballet’s educational programs including Summer Intensives and “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life,” in addition to Audition Director. She trained at the Rudolph Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy (formerly Ufimsky Choreography School) and she worked with now retired Yuri Grigorovich, legendary for his virtuosic productions at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Click for more.
Nataliya Miroshynk graduated from the esteemed Kiev Academic Choreographic School and is expertly trained as soloist and teacher. Upon graduation Nataliya was invited to join the Odessa State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Ukraine, most recently touring internationally with Moscow Ballet. Click for more.