Nutcracker Ballet - Fairfax (VA)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 7:00 pm
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 888.945.2468

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker coming to Fairfax at GMU's Concert Hall on December 20 and 21 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Fairfax on Wednesday, December 20, 7:00 pm and Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm at George Mason University's Concert Hall. Tickets On Sale Now.

All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score. 

Tickets start at $28.00. Platinum Experience tickets feature artist Meet N Greet and branded gift items; Gold Circle Gift Packages include branded gift items. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Discounts for Seniors 65+, Active and Inactive Armed Services, and Motorclub members are available from www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets .  Single tickets in Fairfax are available April 10 at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets or call (888.945.2468). 

Fairfax and area Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Anna Radik on Monday, October 30 at Host Studio: Gift of Dance Academy

Fairfax and area  ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition on Monday, October 30, 6:00pm for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Ballerina Name at Ballerina Anna Radik at Gift of Dance Academy, 4521 Plank Road, Suite B, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.  The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training.

Ballerina Anna Radik leads 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 that were created exclusively for their age and skill levels such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens and more. Anna 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 in its 25th year of auditioning and rehearsing student dancers in each tour city to perform with the professional company. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/auditions.

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Wednesday and Thursday, December 20 and 21, 7:00 pm at GMU's Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Find Tickets here www.nutcracker.com/your-city.

Gift of Dance Academy is a pre-professional dance studio located in Fredericksburg, Virginia that is setting a new standard for excellence in the community! It is owned by Stephanie Tetreault, who received her BA in dance education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and has over fourteen years teaching experience.

The studio’s program focuses on quality dance education, offering a wide range of dance classes in which accurate and proper technique are continuously enforced. Instructors follow a consistent and precise syllabus and employ many methods of learning that are designed to fully engage the dancer in each class in order to encourage artistic and technical development. Gift of Dance Academy is committed to providing highly educated and motivated dance instructors who have the ability to “unwrap potential” in each student. They believe in positive reinforcement to instill a love and passion for dance and in providing guidance that students can carry with them throughout all aspects of life. The extensive curriculum provided enables students to become well-equipped if they wish to pursue dance at collegiate and professional levels.

The Gift of Dance Academy also offers many performance opportunities to present students work and talent in a variety of professional atmospheres including dance competitions. Students also have opportunities to take master dance classes with professionals in the industry, perform with current artists, have easy access to information on auditions and conventions, as well as opportunities to be exposed to professional performances at prestigious venues.

Fairfax’s Young Musical Phenom Hannah Whitlock Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on December 21 at GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Fairfax’s young phenom, violinist Hannah Whitlock, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm at the GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall, for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Whitlock will perform Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” which is a major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Wunderkind educational program selects local youth to perform based upon their commended skills and outstanding talents. The pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. The “Musical Wunderkind” program is presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides experiential 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.

Fairfax’s Hannah Whitlock is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at George Mason University and studies with Professor June Huang. She has held the leadership positions of Principal Chair of Second Violins in the Mason Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Mason Opera Orchestra. In 2016, she was a winner of the concerto competition and performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra. During her first two years at GMU, she was selected to perform on the Honors Recitals.

A native of Hampton, Virginia, Hannah began playing the violin at the age of 4.  At the age of 12, she received a full merit scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Camp and made her solo debut the following year playing the third movement of Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto with the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra in Williamsburg, Virginia. Other solo performances featured Ms. Whitlock as the concerto competition winner with the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia, York River Symphony Orchestra, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as guest soloist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra on their Young People’s Concert Series and was the first place winner of the American Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts Competition. Hannah has attended the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. She received a leadership award at Sewanee Summer Music Festival where she earned positions of Principal Second Violin, Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Whitlock as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.           

 

About the GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Since opening its doors in 1990, the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall has played a key role in bringing culture and the arts to northern Virginia and the greater Washington (DC) metro area. The venue hosts community events as well we a variety of performers, such as the Virginia Opera, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the American Festival Pops Orchestra, and the Mason Dance Company.