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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2014  
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 1:00 pm alt
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 5:00 pm alt
Music Center at Strathmore  

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Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Bethesda, MD!

altMoscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker will be at the Music Center at Strathmore on Sunday, December 14th at, 1:00 PM, & 5:00 PM.

Exclusive to the Great Russian Nutcracker is the stunning Dove of Peace, with 20ft wingspan, and created by 2 dancers moving as one; Russian folk legends Father Christmas/Ded Moroz and Snow Maiden/Snegurochka who escort Masha and Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Peace and Harmony; life-sized Matrushka Dolls; and whimsical 10ft tall silk puppets. New in 2014 is an authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha’s magical Toy Cabinet. Wearing intricately detailed costumes, many with shimmering Swarovski crystals, the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet bring Tchaikovsky’s master score and the holiday season to life!

Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts; call 800-320-1733. For VIP and single tickets call Strathmore BO 301.581.5100 or go to

Open Auditions Saturday, Sept. 6th for Dance Students in Bethesda, MD!

Moscow Ballet announces open auditions Saturday, September 6th, at 9:30 AM for student dancers ages 7 to 16 years at CityDance School & Conservatory, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD. Note: rehearsals immediately follow auditions and end at 5pm. 

Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” Audition Director Carolina Siscanu will be present to select student dancers to perform side-by-side with the professional company of 40 Russian dancers. Students are cast in ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. They will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker  Sun, Dec 14, 1:00 and 5:00pm at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda. Moscow Ballet is pleased to work with CityDance School & Conservatory to make the open audition, rehearsals and performances possible.  Applicants must be between 7 and 16 years old, have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. The experience of working and performing with professional ballerinas is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring dancers. “The payoff at the end of the rehearsals is the opportunity to be part of Christmas magic, to dance under shimmering lights with award-winning Russian dancers against exquisite hand-painted sets. It’s great for the kids. They get to dance in a professional production,” affirms Margaret Engle of Charlottesville Ballet School. Register at More info: 301-581-5204,   JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

CityDance Center at Strathmore’s mission is to advance the appreciation for and participation in contemporary dance through performance and education. CityDance is comprised of the following programs: Studio Education, under the direction of Lorraine Spiegler, providing dance training at multiple sites around the DC metropolitan area; Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), a Dance School and Conservatory committed to training young dancers for professional careers; Center at DC Dance Collective (Washington, DC), specializing in early childhood dance education; CityDance Early Arts, led by Kelli Quinn, is a youth development and arts education program providing free performances, after-school programs and summer camps to underserved neighborhoods; CityDance Black Box Theater at Strathmore, producing and presenting professional dance performances and providing a performance home for CityDance Conservatory and School students; Artist-in-Residence Program is part of CityDance’s commitment to producing and presenting professional dance in the DC metropolitan area. 

"[Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker] casts a
Christmas spell."
Daily Progress—Charlottesville

altFounded and operated since 1981 by the Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc., an independent  organization, the arts center presents a lively and diverse program of art exhibitions, concerts and performing arts programs, and literary lectures and events.

As Strathmore is deeply committed to maintaining affordable and accessible arts programs to all audiences, an abiding partnership of both private and public support for Strathmore is required to nurture and perpetuate this creative endeavor... to provide a "home for the arts" in our growing community.


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