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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 3:00 PM alt
Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 7:00 PM alt
Detroit Fox Theatre  

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Tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at Detroit’s Fox Theatre Sun, Dec. 20th


altTickets on sale in Detroit for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre on Sunday December 20, 3:00pm matinee and 7:00pm evening. 

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 Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.


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


altMoscow Ballet announces the first of 2 open auditions in Detroit on Sun, Aug 30, 1:00pm for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 years. The second audition will be held on Fri, Oct 2, 5:00pm for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 years. Selected children will perform beside the professional company in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Dec 20 at the Fox Theatre.

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. “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.

MDM Dance Project Director Mark McCleese has been teaching for 12 years and dancing for 20. Mark was the head of the Dance Department at the Center Stage Studio Performing Arts Studio in California. He has judged several dance competitions including Showbiz and Primetime over the last decade. His students have placed first overall at many competitions and he has also won many choreography, costume and special awards. Mark has taught master classes at many studios throughout the United States and has performed professionally in many shows including Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Deborah Alrutz has been dancing for over 50 years and teaching since the early 80's. She taught ballet in Wisconsin and Michigan and has taught with Mark since they both began with Andrea Redman Dance Academy (now MDM Dance Project). Her focus is on classical ballet technique and proper body placement. Deborah has 2 daughters and is an engineer at GM.

Performer's Edge Dance Company was voted the Best Dance Studio byreaders of the Northville Record in 2012! The studio is known for teaching kids and adults dance staples such as jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop. There are also specialized classes, including the kids' Jumps, Leaps and Turns class that focuses on technique, and a core-strength class. The studio also has an award winning dance competition team.


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 Landon Oja began studying the violin at the age of five.  The youngest of ten in a musical family, Landon received early instruction and encouragement from his siblings, three of which hold degrees in music performance.  For seven years, he has been a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony where he served as both associate concertmaster and assistant concertmaster.  Landon has received a number of accolades including first place in the 2015 Dearborn Symphony Concerto Competition and second place in The Tuesday Musicale 2015 Student League Competition.  Landon is currently enrolled in an independent study high school based in Montana.


"[Dancers] executed their solos with aristocratic finesse."
Cleveland Plain Dealer


altThe Fox Theatre was constructed in 1928, as the first movie palace in the world to be equipped with sound systems for films. It presented feature-length films, shorts, orchestra performances, and later hosted some of the biggest names in showbiz history—Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Shirley Temple—as well as the famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Today, the Fox Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as an exquisite backdrop for a variety of live productions, including another renowned Christmas show—Moscow Ballet’s incredible, critically acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker.

 

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