Nutcracker Ballet - Minneapolis (MN)

Orpheum Theatre
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Award winning teen musicians open Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Youth “Musical Wunderkind” musicians accompany Moscow Ballet principal ballerinas in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, now commonly known as the influence for Odette’s movements in Swan Lake, in cities on the national tour. The Wunderkind, each in their respective cities, rehearse with the principal ballerina and open the performance in a duo of string player and ballerina to the delight of audiences.

Moscow Ballet’s cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind,” is a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners across the country and is an unprecedented opportunity for them. The live performance experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. Moscow Ballet continues to develop its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs.

Moscow Ballet Wunderkind Jason Shu began playing violin at age three.  At age eight, he made his orchestral soloist debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Jason currently plays for both the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and the Artaria Chamber Music School.  His awards and commendations include winner of the Allegro! Orchestra Camp Concerto Competition, winner of the 2014-15 Minnesota Youth Symphonies’ Symphony Solo Competition, the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association Mary West Solo Competition’s Givens Prize and Coda Bow Prize, national finalist in the Music Teacher National Association competition, awards in the Schubert Club competition and first prize in the Thursday Musical scholarship competition.  Jason hopes to continue his musical pursuits at Columbia University in New York City where he will be attending college next year.

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

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Minneapolis at Orpheum Theatre ThanksgivingSaturday November 26, 3:00 and 7:00pm.

Direct from Russia to Minneapolis, 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, Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis.

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.

Tickets in Minneapolis start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local Minnesota Girl Scout troops receive a special interactive program.  Contact or more information.  Seniors, Military and MotorClub members are eligible for discounts at the theater box office.  

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Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Minneapolis Performances!

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 24th year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. One of our trained Russian audtion directors will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. 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, 2014. 

Pas de Deux Dance Studio is continually growing and expanding! As the most advanced classgrows, the studio grows with them and is adding Ballet V and Pointe IIIfor the highest level ballet students. The "Senior Solo" in the annual Spring Recital, gives graduating high school seniors, who have been at Pas de Deux Dance Studio forat least two years, the opportunity to choreograph and perform a ballet solo of their choosing. The studio also has some original ballets in the works, with plans to begin mounting themwithin the coming five years. The Enchanted Forest: An Irish Fairy Ballet" is set to premiere in December of 2015. The studio is also in the process of creating a ballet competition group. This group would beopen to dancers in Ballet I Advanced and higher who are interested in participating in acompetition. They will go to one competition each year. Competition dancers participatein a special Saturday class to learn and polish their dances. Dancers will be encouraged tocompete for their personal best and will learn good sportsmanship skills.

City Scape Dance was established in 1992 and has been voted Bloomington’s Best Dance Studio by area residents! The studio offers Dance & Fitness classes for all ability levels, for ages 3 to adult.  It is a Boutique Studio with small classes to allow for one to one coaching each class and registration is offered year round.The studio offers "Hit The Floor" specialty class for teens; teaches the basic of dance, hiphop and partner dancing. There is a 25% discount for Higher Education, Alumni, Life Academy School, Life Church, Evergreen Church, Military, and 2nd child. Class Offerings include  Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, Yoga, Zumba, Dance Fitness, Kid Fitness.

About the Orpheum Theater

The Orpheum Theatre (originally the Hennepin Theatre) first opened its doors in Minneapolis in 1921. The legendary Marx Brothers were the first to perform at the venue that was billed as the largest vaudeville house in the country. Other legendary entertainers have performed there as well, including Fanny Brice, George Burns, and Jack Benny.

The Orpheum later became a major cinema house, and one of the first to premiere films such as Gone with the Wind and From Here to Eternity. It has hosted big bands, including Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey, and productions of the Broadway hits My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof.