Nutcracker Ballet - Detroit (MI)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Fox Theatre
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 12:00 pm (noon)
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Tickets on Sale now for Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker this holiday season in Detroit!

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Detroit at the Fabulous FoxTheatre Sunday December 18 for 3 performances:  12noon, 4:00pm and 8:00pm.

Direct from Russia to Detroit, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas.   Experience the exceptional dancing of award-winning principal artists and a company of nearly 40 classically trained dancers. With a 60-foot growing Christmas tree; hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver; stunning, hand-painted sets designed by Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague, Detroit audiences are sure to be delighted.  Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” receives critical acclaim in the over 100 cities they perform, from New York to Los Angeles, Miami to Detroit.

The production is dedicated to achieving world peace.  Act II is named “Land of Peace and Harmony” and features a rose-shooting cannon and stunning two-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20 foot wingspan.

yelplogo.originalTickets in Detroit start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local Michigan Girl Scout troops receive a special interactive program.  Contact smi@nutcracker.com or more information.  Seniors, Military and MotorClub members are eligible for discounts at the theater box office.  

For Platinum Experience featuring a Meet N Greet; Gold Circle Gift Package; and single tickets call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Detroit!

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Detroit

Fri, Oct 21, 5:00pm at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio  MDM Dance Project,  6060 Collection Drive, Shelby Twp, MI.  48316 (no Moscow Ballet Audition Director)Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Anna Radik will be present 

Tues, Nov 8, 6:00pm at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio  Performers Edge Company, 133 West Main Street, Suite 190  Northville, MI  48167  

tStudent dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, and who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.  The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 18 at Fox Theatre. Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us” program has brought thousands of student dancers on stage to perform in a professional environment annually for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children! “It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” Calgary Herald.Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions . Performance tickets are at www.nutcracker.com.

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.

Detroit’s Gabrielle Hooper accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Fox Theatre

Detroit pre-professional teen cellist Gabrielle Hooper accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Bortiakova in a pre-curtain performance of Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” now known as the major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, onSunday, December 18, 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.  The local Wunderkind youth is chosen to perform for their proven expertise and have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. This performance within a performance is part of the Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program which is brought annually to cities on the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides interactive art enrichment for youth in communities in which it performs via Musical Wunderkind, New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life and Dance with Us programs. More information and tickets at www.nutcracker.com/your-city.

Gabrielle Hooper fell in love with the cello’s sound and repertoire when she was in the second grade. She is the principal cellist of the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the assistant principal cellist of the Michigan Youth Ensemble Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan. Currently, she studies under the tutelage of Robert Bergman of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra while she pursues her International Baccalaureate Diploma at the International Academy West. Gabrielle intends to pursue a career in academia as a professor of cello performance.

About the Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre was constructed in 1928, as the first movie palace in the world to be equipped with sound systems for films. It presented feature-length films, shorts, orchestra performances, and later hosted some of the biggest names in showbiz history—Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Shirley Temple—as well as the famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. 

Today, the Fox Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as an exquisite backdrop for a variety of live productions, including another renowned Christmas show—Moscow Ballet’s incredible, critically acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker.