Nutcracker Ballet - Columbia (MO)

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Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts- Jesse Auditorium
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00 pm
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*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***

Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Columbia, MO!


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For twenty-five years Moscow Ballet has been consistently embraced by audiences and the press on their North American tours. “The Russians remain the principal keepers of the classical ballet tradition.” Eric Harrison, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2016.The Principal Dancers receive accolades, “Danced exquisitely by...Ekaterina Bortiakova, her technical prowess, especially in her footwork and turns, coupled with an endearing smile and girlish innocence, was…truly great," from Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014. Canada’s Stephan Bonfield, with the Calgary Herald, writes, “Great Russian Nutcracker …resplendently detailed, colourful production…technically supreme dancing, dazzling moments, authentically opulent and beautifully detailed costumes.” The New York Times Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, 2010, sums it up, “The Russian ballet style is expansive… elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager.” 


Columbia area Ballet Students called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Maria Morari Tuesday, August 29 at Host Studio School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Columbia area ballet students ages 7 to 17 are invited to audition on Tuesday August 29, 5:00pm for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Maria Morari at Host Dance Studio School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet, 110 Orr Street, Suite 102 Columbia, MO 65201. 

The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training. Ballerina Maria will lead auditions and rehearse the young dancers in their assigned roles. Successful auditionees perform side-by-side with the Moscow Ballet company in the Great Russian Nutcracker in roles which were created exclusively for their age and skill levels such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens and more. Maria also leads the young dancers at dress rehearsal with the Russian company the day of the performance. This is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for aspiring young dancers. The Dance-with-Us program is entirely underwritten by 501c-3 Cultural Resources Foundation. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Sign up to audition today at .

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 4 at University of Missouri Theatre of the Arts.

The mission of the not-for-profit School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is to cultivate the artistic and personal development of all students by providing a supportive environment of dance study which motivates and inspires. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s vision is to develop the skills of the student both professionally and artistically by introducing both traditional and innovative dance technique. This vision is supported by two fundamental principles: continual growth and the pursuit of excellence. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is guided by the strategic ideals of Missouri Contemporary Ballet; providing education, promoting involvement in the arts, and enriching the community. These goals require hiring the highest caliber instructors, developing a competitive yet supportive class structure, and retaining students dedicated to the study of dance. Attaining the vision requires diligence, creativity, confidence, and fortitude from staff, instructors, students, and supporters.

About Township Auditorium

Township Auditorium was constructed in 1930 and is a great example of Georgian Revival architecture. The theater has hosted a variety of events, such as concerts, boxing matches, political rallies, theatrical productions, and more. Upcoming events and performances include Merle Haggard, the annual Columbia Blues Festival, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Known as the "community auditorium," the Township has undergone renovations in recent years to bring it back to its original splendor, before the building's slow decline over several decades. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.