Nutcracker Ballet - Roanoke (VA)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 866.345.2550

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Roanoke!

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Saturday, October 13 in Roanoke

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Moscow Ballet Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikova arrives in Roanoke on Saturday, October 13 at 11:00am to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Alisa Bolotnikova will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Local children will meet and work one-on-one with talented Moscow Ballet Soloist/Audition Directors who have toured the world; have degrees in Masters of Choreography, Economics and Journalism; won awards at International Ballet Competitions, and performed with super stars including Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vyshneva and Vladimir Vasiliev! Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio Valley Dance Productions 17 Elm Avenue Roanoke, VA 24016. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/auditions

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm, at Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center.  Buy Tickets.

As dance educators Valley Dance Productions brings laughter, music, fun and dance into the lives of children. The schools help students explore the world of creativity through movement, music and dance with positive reinforcement. Dance helps develop a sense of self-respect, discipline, leadership and poise. These attributes will provide a solid foundation for a child's future endeavors.

Valley Dance Productions is located in the heart of downtown Roanoke with two separate studios, and offers classes for dancers of all ages (including adults), beginner through advanced. For those who desire to take their dance education to the next level, they also have performing companies: "Junior Company" for the young dancer and "Senior Company" for the advanced dancer.

About the Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center

Consistent with the goal to be a first class performance facility, Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center was modeled after a popular 17th century “shoe box” English opera house design. The majestic theater showcases an impressive balcony, classic appointments and superb acoustics. The auditorium has solid wood paneling and chairs are luxurious seats made of cherry wood and plush velvet cushions. Loges and chandeliers add extra charm and recall the spirit of an old world opera house. A first-rate performance facility with the latest technical equipment makes this an outstanding venue for classical and contemporary entertainment.