Nutcracker Ballet - Shreveport (LA)

The Strand Theatre
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour in Shreveport November 13

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 Shreveport at Strand Theatre Sunday November 13, 3:00pm matinee. Tickets go to

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Shreveport!

Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Lana Popova  will conduct auditions Saturday, September 17 1:30pm at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Power and Grace School of Performing Arts, 425 Ashley Ridge Blvd, Suite 120, Shreveport, LA 71106. 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 Sunday, November 13 at the Strand Theatre. 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

Power and Grace School of Performing Arts is under the direction of Christy Posey Holden. Christy has been teaching dance in the Shreveport/Bossier area for over twenty-five years and is the only instructor in Louisiana certified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Power & Grace offers multiple dance studios, two locations, state of the art facilities, and the finest in dance training. Curriculum includes ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, danceline, and preschool classes. With locations in Shreveport and Bossier and expansive multiple studios in each location, Power & Grace is able to offer flexibility in scheduling classes for children and adults. Power & Grace is committed to providing positive reinforcement to encourage high self-esteem and a positive attitude in each child.

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About the The Strand Theatre

The Strand Theatre opened its doors in Shreveport LA in 1925 as an opera house and movie theater. The venue's first production was held that year—the comic opera, The Chocolate Soldier. Originally nicknamed the "Grandest Theatre in the South" and the "Million Dollar Theatre," the Strand has undergone several renovations and restoration projects throughout its nearly 90-year history. It is now listed as the State Theater of Louisiana and has become a popular venue for a variety of theater performances, concerts and other live shows, as well as movies.