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Bethesda, MD


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Music Center at Strathmore  
Monday, December 21, 2015 - 8:00 PM alt
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 8:00 PM alt

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Soloist Olga Aru teaches Ukrainian Folk Dance Master Class at CityDance!

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

altTickets are on sale for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Bethesda at Music Center at Strathmore on Monday December 21 and 22, 8:00pm.

It’s the ultimate holiday tradition from the youngest to the seniors in the family.  See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and create memories for a lifetime. Moscow Ballet’s company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, turns and drops. The production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose shooting cannon and a stunning “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at the Great Russian Nutcracker through the romantic costumes and shimmering backdrops splashed with highlights of Russian history. Additional fanciful effects include life-sized Matrushka Dolls; 3-headed Rat King and authentic Troika Sleigh escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden through the magic Snow Forest.

Tickets start at $30.00. Groups of ten or more, and Girl Scout troops, receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+, Military and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification.For Gold Circle Gift Package and single tickets go to or  Bethesda Music Center at Strathmore VIP and single tickets call Strathmore BO 301.581.5100 or go to

Moscow Ballet announces auditions for local student dancers to perform beside the pros in Great Russian Nutcracker!

Moscow Ballet announces open auditions on Sat, Oct 24, 2:30pm for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 years. Selected children will perform beside the professional company in the Great Russian Nutcrackeron Dec 21 & 22 at The Music Center at Strathmore.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio CityDance Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

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 23rd year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Audition Director Olga Aru 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 Tickets and more info at

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. 

Award winning teen musicians open Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

altYouth “Musical Wunderkind” musicians accompany Moscow Ballet principal ballerinas in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, now commonly known as the influence for Odette’s movements in Swan Lake, in cities on the national tour. The Wunderkind, each in their respective cities, rehearse with the principal ballerina and open the performance in a duo of string player and ballerina to the delight of audiences.

Moscow Ballet’s cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind,” is a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners across the country and is an unprecedented opportunity for them. The live performance experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. Moscow Ballet continues to develop its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs.

Moscow Ballet Wunderkind Ian Champney is a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA, where he is principal cellist for the South Lakes High School Chamber Orchestra.  Ian is also a principal cellist for the McLean Youth Orchestra, a prestigious youth orchestra in the Washington D.C. area.  Ian was awarded first place in the McLean Youth Orchestra’s Henrietta Anderson Concerto Competition in both 2013 and 2015, and has also been a prize winner in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association’s Concerto Competition. He has participated in the University of Tennessee’s Cello Workshop, including a master class with Dan Alcott, and has spent five summers at Friends Music Camp in Barnesville, Ohio.

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

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