Nutcracker Ballet - Minneapolis (MN)

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

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour in Minneapolis on Saturday, Nov. 26

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 Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, November 26 for a 3:00pm matinee and a 7:00pm evening performance. Tickets at

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

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Minneapolis!  Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Anna Radik will conduct auditions: 1)     Saturday, September 24, at 10:00 am at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance The Dance Factory Location 1432 Lake St. S. , Forest Lake, MN 55025  2)     Sunday, September 25 at 11:30 am at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio City Scape Dance, 9901 Lyndale Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55420 

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.Sign up to audition today at . Performance tickets are at

The Dance Factory is the Forest Lake area's premier studio for excellence in dance instruction. Creating art, providing mentors, establishing lasting memories, getting involved in the community, and cultivating a love for dance. The Dance Factory opened it’s doors for business in 1999. It’s owner, Jennifer Tell, had a vision for a school that not only provided it’s students with quality dance instruction, but that gave students a “life experience.” Students who walk through the doors in Forest Lake are given team-building skills, confidence, lasting friendships, positive role models, and memorable experiences. The approach to teaching is about nurturing the individual qualities each student has to offer. The staff is made up of experienced, positive adults, dedicated to making your child’s dance experience unique and fun.

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.