Nutcracker Ballet - Great Falls (MT)

Mansfield Theater
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour in Great Falls on Nov. 15

120 Ballerinas and Danseurs, 115 Cities, New Costumes and Backdrops

Moscow Ballet announces Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker performances featuring Principal Dancers and Balletmasters of the highest caliber and hailing from the world’s top ballet schools. The three tours feature award winning and celebrated Principal Dancers: Ekaterina Alaeva and Kostyantyn Vinovoy on East; Tatiana Nazarkhevich and Andrey Batalov on Central, and Alisa Voronova and Dmitry Kozhemyakin on West, all graduates of the top ballet schools in the world, perform Swan Lake and the Great Russian Nutcracker. Balletmaster, Principal Danseur and Honored Artist of Russia Andrey Batalov has, “made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena” reports the national Russian newspaper Kommersant; Ballet Master and Honored Artist of Ukraine Nobuhiro Tekada is the first and only Japanese person awarded the titles of Honored Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, two of the highest state awards. Balletmaster Vladimir Troschenko, an honors graduate from Vaganova Academy at Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, has partnered ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Bolshoi’s Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva of Mariinsky Ballet. These honored artists create the 3 companies of 40 dancers each who entertain audiences from coast to coast with Russian skill and passion from November through December. (See detailed tour list below) New sets designed by multi Academy-Award nominee Carl Sprague include the opening promenade scene highlighting Moscow’s legendary St. Basil's Cathedral and is considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art; the icy Snow Forest has sparkling crystalline snowflakes everywhere, which melt away in Act II to reveal Moscow Ballet’s signature “Land of Peace and Harmony” – a scene filled with exotic Firebirds, Unicorns, Tigers, and Lions who entertain Masha and Nutcracker Prince. New costumes designed by Arthur Oliver, include a dazzling cerulean and ivory bedazzled Ded Moroz, aka Father Christmas, and Snegurochka, aka Snow Maiden, highlight the traditional Russian folklore style and more.

Seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for families since the first North American tour in 1993! The 2016 tour runs from November 6 to December 30 in over 100 U.S. and Canadian cities. Moscow Ballet’s Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Great Falls at Mansfield Theatre on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00pm. Tickets go to

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

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker on November 15 at the Mansfield Theater. Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olena Nalyvaiko will conduct auditions Thursday, October 13, 4:30  p.m. at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Live 2 Dance Studio, 1201 10th Avenue S. Suite 204, Great Falls, MT 59405, for dance students from the area. Student 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.  Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us” program brings 6,000 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, Stephan Bonfield, 2014.Sign up to audition today at . Performance tickets are at

Live 2 Dance Studio offers Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip-Hop. We have classes for dancers who just love to dance and classes for dancers who want to compete with their dancing! Classes run from September to April with a recital at the end of the year. The studio also offers workshops during the summer, and now there are ballroom lessons for adults and a date night once a month for couples to get out and dance for a good time!  Live 2 Dance Studio partners with Beach Body so the studio is open to adults who want to come and work out during the summer.  There are many different classes and they sell equipment in order to workout at home at a discounted price.

About The Great Falls Civic Center

The Great Falls Civic Center was built in the 1930s under the Works Progress Administration created by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential order and funded by Congress with passage of the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act on April 8, 1935. Almost every community in America has a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency and the City of Great Falls has the Great Falls Civic Center as a result of the WPA. The plush Mansfield Theater, located at the front of the Civic Center, showcases its historic elegance through intricate architecture and acoustics that are unrivaled in the state. The intimate 1,782-seat venue is adaptable for concerts, ballet, grand opera, road shows, country and rock music spectaculars, musicals, stage productions, travelogues, conventions and lectures.