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There's a Dancer's Dream come true! Spend a week of intensive training with Moscow Ballet soloist ~ Inland Valley Conservatory, Temecula-Murrieta
Moscow Ballet and Inland Valley Conservatory (IVCCA) announce Summer Intensive training program in Murrieta, CA from July 11 to July 15. Calling all southern California pre-professional dancers for the opportunity of a lifetime! Moscow Ballet brings Russian soloist Svetlana Todinova to Murrieta to teach the Vaganova method to pre-professional students. Todinova will teach daily classes in technique and variations from classic ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty at the state-of-the-art facility. Classes are accompanied by IVCCA's Veronika Huggins, a Kirov trained musician and pianist.
The Intensive culminates in a gala performance Friday night July 15 at the 750-seat Murrieta Mesa Theater. The Moscow Ballet Summer Intensive program offers young American dancers, who otherwise have limited access to the classical Russian style, a unique opportunity to work closely with a professional Russian ballerina. The Intensive is presented in collaboration with the City of Murrieta and Murrieta School District. Sign up for one class daily $325 or two classes daily $600 for the week. To register and for Gala tickets go to www.ivcca.net or call 951-286-1376 or 951-696-9800.
Inland Valley Conservatory, a non-profit 501c3 corporation, offers Classical Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical Dance classes in an educational setting. The Conservatory also offers music, both vocal and instrumental, theater, and sports programs. Visit www.ivcca.net for information on year-round programs and classes.
Get discounted tickets for Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker right now and guarantee the best seats for an authentic experience of Russian culture too. Performing to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, seeing this holiday favorite is like traveling to Moscow without leaving town!
As the curtain rises we see the famous onion-domed Moscow skyline and guests making their way to a Christmas Eve party where magical, life-sized dolls dance in the grand room that features a painting of the Troika. Exclusive to Russia, the Troika is a sled drawn by three horses which reaches speeds of up to 50km an hour! Masha receives a Nutcracker doll from Uncle Drosselmeyer, and later defends him in an attack by the Rat King. In the battle the Nutcracker’s cannon, inspired by statues in the glorious gardens of St. Petersburg, defeats the Rat King by shooting roses! Masha and her Nutcracker Prince then travel through the enchanting Snow Forrest accompanied by Russian Father Christmas, Ded Moroz, and the Snow Maiden, Snegurochka. Dressed in magnificent, hand-made costumes, these folk figures are the traditional Slavic figures of Christmas, winter and present giving.
The couple continues their adventure and are led by the Dove of Peace to the Land of Peace and Harmony. The land is exclusive to Moscow Ballet and was created during the time of Glasnost (openness) in Russia. The Dove, Firebird and Bluebird, Russian symbols of peace, life and happiness, are featured in the show’s backdrops. Masha and the Nutcracker enjoy the virtuosic dancing of emissaries from heritages the world over, each couple accompanied by life-sized puppets symbolizing their respective culture. The Russian variation features the Bear of Strength playing the Balalaika, a Russian three stringed instrument with a triangular body, of course! But the most Russian aspect of the Great Russian Nutcracker is the dancers themselves – all trained in the world renowned Vaganova method, many award-winning and of the highest caliber in the world!
Get the best seats for your “journey” to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! When you order in June, use the SAVE2 code (online or by phone) and receive the largest ticket discounts offered as well as the official Moscow Ballet Tote bag! Click here to order tickets.
Summer Gear with the Moscow Ballet logo…Did you know that the Moscow Ballet Store has logoed Tote bags, caps, T-shirts and hooded sweat-shirts too? Summer is the perfect time for new casual wear for the beach, evening campfires and summer dance classes. Click here to see the selection.
Summer Intensives across the US for aspiring dancers…there are still some spots left in Moscow Ballet’s Summer Intensive programs across the US. Find one near you and sign up now to participate in the learning opportunity of a lifetime!