Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour. Moscow Ballet Audition Director Yuriy Kuzo arrives in Detroit to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!
Yuriy Kuzo will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Local children will meet and work one-on-one with talented Moscow Ballet Soloist/Audition Directors who have toured the world; have degrees in Masters of Choreography, Economics and Journalism; won awards at International Ballet Competitions, and performed with super stars including Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vyshneva and Vladimir Vasiliev! Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/auditions
Friday, October 19 at 5:00pm
MDM Dance Project
6060 Collection Drive, Shelby Twp, MI 48316
Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:30am
Performers Edge Dance Company
133 West Main Street Suite 190 Northville, MI 48167
The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Sunday December 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon) matinee, 4:00 matinee, and 8:00, at Fox Theatre. Buy Tickets.
MDM Dance Project Director Mark McCleese has been teaching for 12 years and dancing for 20. Mark was the head of the Dance Department at the Center Stage Studio Performing Arts Studio in California. He has judged several dance competitions including Showbiz and Primetime over the last decade. His students have placed first overall at many competitions and he has also won many choreography, costume and special awards. Mark has taught master classes at many studios throughout the United States and has performed professionally in many shows including Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Deborah Alrutz has been dancing for over 50 years and teaching since the early 80's. She taught ballet in Wisconsin and Michigan and has taught with Mark since they both began with Andrea Redman Dance Academy (now MDM Dance Project). Her focus is on classical ballet technique and proper body placement. Deborah has 2 daughters and is an engineer at GM.
Performer's Edge Dance Company was voted the Best Dance Studio byreaders of the Northville Record in 2012! The studio is known for teaching kids and adults dance staples such as jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop. There are also specialized classes, including the kids' Jumps, Leaps and Turns class that focuses on technique, and a core-strength class. The studio also has an award winning dance competition team.