Nutcracker Ballet - Philadelphia (PA)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Annenburg Center for the Arts
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:00 pm
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Annenburg Center for the Arts
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 7:00 pm

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

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Philadelphia at Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theatre Monday December 12, 7:00pm and Tuesday, December 13, 7:00pm. 

Direct from Russia to Philadelphia, 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, Philly 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 Philadelphia.

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

For Platinum Experience featuring a Meet N Greet; Gold Circle Gift Package; and single tickets call Annenburg BO 215-898-3900  or go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Philadelphia 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. 

For 20 years, Pennsylvania School of the Performing Arts, voted the # 1 Best Dance Studio in Bucks County, has served as Bucks County's premier training ground for young dancers and performers.  The award-winning school offers professional-level training in an encouraging, nurturing, and family-like studio environment.PSPA is best known for its renowned young children's dance "Creative" program offering fun classes in The Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy, ballet, hip hop, tap, and Broadway-style jazz, as well as its high quality pre-professional training that has gone on to produce some of Broadway and ballet's top performers today! With class offerings in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, voice, and acting taught by industry top professionals, there are endless opportunities to explore for dancers of all ages!

Metropolitan Ballet Academy combines professional expertise with a genuine sensitivity to children and an appreciation of the special needs of the young dancer. Lessons in Classical Ballet technique are combined with exercises designed to foster musical awareness. Within a positive and encouraging atmosphere, children are taught to develop their unique artistic qualities. Aspects of many ballet schools (Vagonova, Bournonville, Balanchine) are incorporated into the more advanced lessons and supported by the teaching of actual repertoireMaster classes from working professionals in a variety of dance disciplines (Modern, Jazz, etc.) are offered throughout year as well as an inspiring and challenging 5-week summer intensive program and many of our area’s most well-known dance professionals visit as guest faculty. Summer program classes include ballet, pointe, men’s technique, variations, partnering and repertoire as well as character, modern & jazz. Metropolitan offers all students high-quality, professional training with outstanding faculty. Serious students and advanced dancers are supported with additional opportunities, including work with nationally-recognized choreographers, performances with Metropolitan Ballet Company and other regional companies, participation in Youth America Grand Prix, and more.

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 Vassiliou is a 10th grade student at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA.  He is a Starling Scholarship recipient at Temple University Music Prep, where he plays violin in the Youth Chamber Orchestra and a quartet, and an Advanced Study Scholarship recipient at Settlement Music School where he is a member of the Braverman String Quartet. Jason is also a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and has been concertmaster of several other youth orchestras including the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Regional High School Orchestra Festival.  Jason’s recent awards and commendations include winner of the Symphony in C concerto competition, winner of the Delaware County Symphony concerto competition and finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Student Competition.  This summer he will be touring China as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

About the Annenburg Center for the Arts

Founded in 1971, the Annenberg Center is one of the nation's foremost urban performing arts centers on a major university campus, serving as a cultural destination in Philadelphia and connecting regional audiences and the University through a broad range of programs in theatre, music and dance. In fulfillment of its mission, the Annenberg Center engages world-renowned and emerging artists who express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues and timeless ideas and who further the Annenberg Center's commitment to artistic and intellectual excellence, diversity and education for adult, student and family audiences.