Nutcracker Ballet - Rochester (NY) (NY)

RBTL Auditorium Theatre
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Rochester’s Young Musical Phenom Benjamin Doane Accompanies Moscow Ballet’s Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on December 7 at Auditorium Theatre

Rochester’s young phenom, celloist Benjamin Doane, will accompany Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Veronika Hordina on Thursday December 7, 7:00 pm at the Auditorium Theatre for a special pre-curtain performance in conjunction with The Great Russian Nutcracker. Doane will perform Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” which is a major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Wunderkind educational program selects local youth to perform based upon their commended skills and outstanding talents. The pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. The “Musical Wunderkind” program is presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides experiential art enrichment for youth in communities in which it performs via Musical Wunderkind, New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life and Dance with Us programs. More information and tickets at

Rochester, New York’s Benjamin Doane has studied cello since the age of six, first at the Kanack School with Katie Fittipaldi, and currently with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott. Earlier this year, Ben attended the Perlman Music Program. He has also studied at the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. From 2014 to 2017 Ben was a member of the Carriage String Quartet and principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The Quartet was a semifinalist in the Chamber Music Foundation of New England’s 2016 International Competition. Ben recently performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra as winner of their Concerto Competition. He has also been featured on National Public Radio station WXXI as a winner of the David Hochstein Recital competition, and performed Popper’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. In March 2018 Ben will perform the Elgar Concerto as winner of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. Moscow Ballet is honored to include Doane as Musical Wunderkind – Strings on the 25th Anniversary of Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours.

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Rochester NY!


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” Tuesday, August 28 in Rochester

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 Rochester on August 28 at 4:30 PM to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Ballerina Alisa Bolotnikova will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. 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 Dancing with Denise 1077 Gravel Road Webster NY 14580. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Thursday, December 6, 7:00 pm, at RBTL Auditorium Theatre.

Dancing with Denise was established in 1985 when owner/teacher Denise Baller taught dance to children in over 40 daycare centers in and around the Rochester area. As her students grew up, she opened a dance studio to add evening and Saturday classes for her students who were then in elementary school and beyond. Dancing with Denise is well known for promoting fun, good health, and confidence in a non-pressure, non-competitive environment. Family-centered, Dancing with Denise hosts and participates in family fun events like local parades, providing entertainment at farmer’s markets, participating in Sea Breeze Dance Days, holding their annual dance recital, hosting birthday parties, Family Fun Nights, and Zumba® classes for all ages (from baby through adult). Dancing with Denise has recently relocated the dance studio to Webster, NY, where “Having Fun is Our Philosophy” will always be the center of what they do.

About the Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre started out as the Masonic Temple of Rochester when it was constructed in 1928. The building was home to the local Masons fraternal organization offices as well as the 2,464-seat Auditorium Theatre, which regularly featured touring productions, music concerts, and comedy revues. By the late 1980s, the building was converted into office space, meeting rooms, and banquet halls, in addition to the Theatre. The theater wing of what has been renamed Auditorium Center is now owned and operated by the Rochester Broadway Theater League. Auditorium Theatre hosts a variety of entertainment productions such as Broadway musicals, music concerts, dance performances, and children’s shows.

The started out as the Masonic Temple of Rochester when it was constructed in 1928. The building was home to the local Masons fraternal organization offices as well as the 2,464-seat Auditorium Theatre, which regularly featured touring productions, music concerts, and comedy.