Nutcracker Ballet - Virginia Beach (VA)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour in Virginia Beach Nov 25

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 returns to Virginia Beach at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Thanksgiving Friday November 25,   7:00pm. Tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Calling local student dancers to audition on Monday, August 29 to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Virginia Beach

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Virginia Beach!  Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Lana Popova will be present Monday, August 29 6:00pm at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Conservatory of Dance 4876 Princess Anne Road, Suite 120 Virginia Beach VA, 23462 to audition dance students from the area. 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 Thanksgiving Friday, November 25 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. 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 www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions . Performance tickets are at www.nutcracker.com.

The Conservatory of Dance (formerly known as Conservatory of Arts) was established over 40 years ago in Virginia Beach.  The Conservatory strives to: Be a leader in promoting dance in the Hampton Roads Area; To educate dancers in the fine art of Classical Ballet and Jazz; Build Self-Esteem; Promote Focus and Discipline in all classes; and Promote Confidence in Students. The Conservatory of Dance has two spacious studios, floating sprung sub-floors, Marley flooring, a dressing area for students, waiting area for parents, and a professional teaching staff. Founder and owner Susan Boyette has been studying dance at various schools local including  Washington D.C. (Washington Ballet), Maryland (Maryland Youth Ballet), and New York (Joffrey Ballet), since childhood. She has been an active board member of the Virginia Beach Ballet since 1989. She has served as Dancer representative, Vice-President, and currently as President. Susan has been a performer with the Virginia Beach Ballet since 1982 and she has performed lead roles such as: Beauty (Beauty and the Beast), Swanhilda (Coppelia), Sapphire Fairy (Sleeping Beauty), Snow White, Red Shoes, Firebird, and many more. Susan has choreographed for Virginia Beach Ballet, local and state level scholarship pageants, and is the Dance with Us Coordinator for the Moscow Ballet’s annual production of “The Great Russian Nutcracker”.

About the Sandler Center

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts - In recent years, Virginia Beach has developed a strong and growing market for the performing arts, and the demand has increased tremendously as more visitors, residents, and businesses are drawn to the area. In 2001, existing regional facilities were limited, lacking the optimal size, quality, and functionality to meet the needs of current and potential tenants. Emerging and long-standing local arts organizations desperately wanted access to well-equipped facilities with rehearsal and teaching spaces, reservation scheduling, and reasonable rental rates. It soon became apparent to the Virginia Beach City Council that the city needed its own cultural center, and the Council began its plans to replace the 1000-seat Pavilion Theatre with a facility deemed "equal or better." After 6 diligent years, the city completed its architectural masterpiece. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts was dedicated in November of 2007, and is now not only heralded as one of the region's most stunning structures, but also among the nation's most acoustically sound venues for the arts.