Nutcracker Ballet - Little Rock (AR)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Robinson Center Music Hall
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Moscow Ballet is honored to be included in the premiere season of the renovated, restored and expanded Robinson Center Music Hall

“The Great Russian Nutcracker certainly lived up to its name…It was the Nutcracker, it was Russian and it was great.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, AR by Eric E. Harrison

Moscow Ballet is honored to be included in the premiere season of the renovated, restored and expanded Robinson Center Music Hall!

The December 22 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker is dedicated to the citizens of Little Rock in appreciation their long-standing support of Moscow Ballet. The performance features Principal Dancer and Balletmaster Andrey Batalov, former principal of the Mariinsky Ballet Theater in St Petersburg. Batalov has, “made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena,” reports the national Russian newspaper Kommersant;  Batalov partners Principal Ballerina Tatiana Nazarkhevich also a graduate of the Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg. New this year are backdrops designed by multi Academy-Award nominee Carl Sprague which are of Moscow’s legendary St. Basil's Cathedral, and Magical Snow Forest with sparkling snowflakes that melt away in Act II to reveal Moscow Ballet’s signature “Land of Peace and Harmony.” 200 new costumesinclude a dazzling cerulean and ivory bedazzled Ded Moroz, aka Father Christmas, and Snegurochka, aka Snow Maiden, highlighting the Russian cultural characters.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is proud to perform in Little Rock at the newly opened Robinson Center Music Hall Thursday, December 22, at 7:00pm. Tickets at 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 Little Rock at the newly restored Robinson Music Center!

Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikov will conduct auditions Sat, Sept 24, 10:00am at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Dancers' Corner School of Dance located in Tanglewood Shopping Center  7509 Cantrell Rd #120  Little Rock, AR 72207 for audition 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.  The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 8 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. 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.The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker December 22 for one performance only at Robinson Center Music Hall. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions . Performance tickets at www.nutcracker.com.

Fall in love with the art of dance in a non-competitive and age appropriate environment at Little Rock’s Dancers Corner School of Dance. The recreational program focuses on Classical Ballet and also introduces students to Tap & Jazz. The Ballet Company classes offer pre-Pointe & Pointe training. Voted "Best Choice for Kids & Families" by readers of Kid's Directory two years running, Dancers' Corner was established in July of 2010 by Mrs. Sandy Hunter Miller.  The other teachers from McAfee joined Mrs. Sandy in creating the new studio, giving the staff an average of 20 years teaching experience. Dancers' Corner recently celebrated it's 5th year with an amazing Jazz & Tap showcase and Cinderella Ballet! Classes are offered during the morning, early afternoon, after school and in the evening to meet the needs of many families. The homeschool program now offers 4 age ranges with mid-day class times. Students may begin as early as 2 years old with our Tots in Tutus, Mommy & Me program, continue with independent classes starting at 3 years old, and join our company performance classes from ages 6 to adult. The studio presents and offers an age appropriate experience for all involved.  From youngest to oldest and most advanced students, costumes are modest, and music and choreography are appropriate for the dancers and the audience members who will be watching them perform.

About the Robinson Center Music Hall

For 76 years, Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center welcomed citizens and visitors to experience a variety of entertainment – concerts, sporting events, conventions, community activities, conferences and stage performances of every kind.  The center closed July 1, 2014 for extensive renovations, restoration and an expansion.  It will re-open November 10, 2016.

Renovations include enhanced acoustics, updated interior finishes, technology upgrades, dressing room upgrades, expanded loading dock and storage areas, expanded public lobbies and restrooms, onsite box office, a new centrally-located grand stair to link multiple lobby levels, new public drop-offs and parking garage vestibules, a brand new conference center overlooking the Arkansas River featuring a grand ballroom and outdoor terrace, and much more.