Nutcracker Ballet - Somerville (NJ)

Performances
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 8:00 pm
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
T: 908.725.3420

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker coming to Somerville, NJ on December 8th, 2017 at 4 & 8 PM, at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Somerville, NJ on December 8th, 2017 at 4 & 8 PM, at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College. Tickets on sale now!

All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.

For twenty-five years Moscow Ballet has been consistently embraced by audiences and the press on their North American tours. “The Russians remain the principal keepers of the classical ballet tradition.” Eric Harrison, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2016.The Principal Dancers receive accolades, “Danced exquisitely by...Ekaterina Bortiakova, her technical prowess, especially in her footwork and turns, coupled with an endearing smile and girlish innocence, was…truly great," from Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014. Canada’s Stephan Bonfield, with the Calgary Herald, writes, “Great Russian Nutcracker …resplendently detailed, colourful production…technically supreme dancing, dazzling moments, authentically opulent and beautifully detailed costumes.” The New York Times Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, 2010, sums it up, “The Russian ballet style is expansive… elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager.”

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2017 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.

Gotta Dance’ philosophy is to develop young dancers physically, mentally and artistically. The studio challenges, trains and inspires to create professional young dancers. Helping a dancer find the perfect rhythm of the music and making art with their body is the goal. Dancers gain performance experience at the annual dance concert at Raritan Valley Community College. Advanced dancers are offered exceptional opportunities to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great RussianNutcracker during their New Jersey tour stop. Challenging auditions are held for positions in the Dynamite Dance Team and Showstoppers Dance Company. Additionally, students are recognized and awarded for their excellence in National Dance Week Syllabus Exams. The studio offer specialized classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, preschool dance, Street Funk, tap, pointe, variations, partnering and modern.

About the Theater

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College opened its doors in 1985. The venue, which serves the college community as well as the community at large, each year presents programs including the Major Artists Series, The Merck Series, and a number of events for children.

A variety of other events are held there, such as concerts, theater and dance productions, and musical and comedy stage shows.