Nutcracker Ballet - Phoenix (AZ)

Performances
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Comerica Theatre
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm
On Sale Soon
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***

Tickets on Sale soon for Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker this holiday season!

Tickets on sale soon for Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker'!

The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. Moscow Ballet’s company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden.

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 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. Register at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions/sign-up-to-audition. Tickets and more info at www.nutcracker.com.

West Valley Conservatory of Ballet , a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization,  strives to provide the community with  the best classical ballet training in the West Valley.  Faculty consists of classically trained individuals who are dedicated to inspiring all students to become not only accomplished dancers, but also to be healthy productive members of society. The Performance Company provides shows to local retirement communities, woman’s shelters, and local schools. In doing this we hope to provide an education to the arts and enrich the community culturally. Finally we provide scholarships to students who wish to attend summer intensive programs at well-known schools across the country. This gives the students an opportunity to experience the dance world at a larger scale.  The West Valley Conservatory of Ballet is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Surprise Community Outreach Program, West Valley Arts Council, and Toyota Proving Grounds.

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 Bobae Johnson, 15, is a sophomore at Desert Vista High School. She is the concertmaster of the Phoenix Youth Symphony of which she has been a member since 2011.  She was also concertmaster for the North Central Regional Orchestra and the Arizona All State Orchestra in 2015. Bobae has won a number of competitions including the 2015 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition, the American String Teachers Association state solo competition junior (2012) and senior (2014) division, the Phoenix Youth Symphony Upper Strings concerto competition junior (2012) and senior (2015), the Arizona Music Educators Association All-State Solo & Ensemble competition (strings) and the 2012 Four Seasons Orchestra Bach Competition.  In October 2015, Bobae will debut with the MusicaNova Orchestra in Phoenix.

About the Theater

Comerica Theatre was originally named the Dodge Theatre. It took 15 months to complete with a grand opening in April 2002. Harry Connick Jr. was the first to play the venue closely followed by four sold out shows with Jerry Seinfeld. Tradition continues with Moscow Ballet's great "Russian Nutcracker" every December with beautiful costumes and a cast direct from Russia.

From music to comedy to boxing, Comerica Theatre has been the home to many artists over the years as well as over 2M guests through its doors. Comerica Theatre will continue to entertain many more throughout the years.