Moscow Ballet

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Charlottesville, VA


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
The Paramount Theater  
Sunday, December 06, 2015 - 1:00 pm alt
Sunday, December 06, 2015 - 5:00 pm alt

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

altTickets are now on sale in Charlottesville for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday December 6, 1:00 matinee and 5:00pm. 

The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last 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, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden.

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 call Paramount Theatre Box Office 434-979-1333 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 Wed, Oct 28, 5:30pm 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 6 at the Paramount Theatre.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio BalletSchool, 2409 Ivy Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

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

Founded in 1997, the BalletSchool  of Charlottesville provides Ballet classes with professional instruction. The emphasis is on proper technique and performance style in accordance with each student’s stage of development. The method caters to any student – whether considering dance as a career or just for enjoyment. Subjects included in each class level are Ballet, character and free-movement. The studio also offers HipHop, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Tap classes for all ages. In order to promote a healthy mind and body, the studio provides a positive environment for all dancers to enjoy and reach his or her highest potential. All of our dancers can be themselves regardless of ability, age, and size. Contact JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING for more information.

Local prodigy violinist Mary Stelow accompanies Principal Ballerina in live performance Dec 6 at Paramount Theatre

altMoscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program, consistent with Moscow Ballet’s missionto provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs,brings pre-professional Concerto Competition winners on stage to accompany the Principal Ballerina in a pre-curtain performance of Saint Saen‘s “Dying Swan.” Young musicians in cities across the US auditioned to perform live prior to the Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker performance.   Mary Stelow, Musical Wunderkind in Charlottesville, accompanies Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Bortiakova Sunday, December 6, 5:00pm at the Paramount Theatre. “Local children as part of Moscow Ballet's "Musical Wunderkind" program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014.The rare pairing of a youth musician and a ballerina in front of live audiences teaches performance skills that traditional lessons do not. In 2015 there are Musical Wunderkind in 25+ cities on the 80 city tour. More information and tickets at

Moscow Ballet Wunderkind Mary Stelow, 17, began playing the violin at age four.  She has participated in the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia since first grade and has served as the concertmaster since her freshman year.  This past year, Mary was a finalist for the Feder Memorial Strings Competition and received Honorable Mention from the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Concerto Competition.  She has participated in the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association’s Senior Regional and All-Virginia Orchestras since her freshman year, and served as concertmaster for her Senior Regional Orchestra her junior year. Mary has attended various string camps and festivals including Bravo! Summer Music Institute in Minneapolis and Meadowmount School of Music. Mary is a senior at Charlottesville High School and takes lessons from Ricardo Cyncynates, associate concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra.

"Nothing tops Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker."
Baltimore Sun


Originally a movie palace, The Paramount Theater opened in 1931. It once hosted films, war bond drives, fashion shows, cartoons for kids, and musical artists, before closing its doors in 1974. Thanks to the diligence of those in the greater Charlottesville region, the theater was saved from threats of demolition, instead undergoing renovations before reopening in 2004.

It now presents a variety of arts, education, and entertainment events, such as London's National Theatre, The Lyric Opera Virginia, comedians, musicians, and more.

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