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Kalamazoo, MI


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2014  
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 - 7:00 pm alt
James W. Miller Auditorium  

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

altMoscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker will be at the James W. Miller Auditorium on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 7:00 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 Miller Auditorium BO (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 or go to

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow  Ballet's 2014 Performances! 

altThe experience of working and performing with professional ballerinas is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring dancers. Former Somerville NJ Gotta Dance student Hillary-Marie Michael, now director of Jersey Tap Fest, says, “From start to finish … it is an excellent way for dancers to understand both the discipline and fun involved in a professional ballet production.”

The Ballet Academy, located in downtown Kalamazoo, is one of only four Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) certified schools in the state of Michigan.  Students enrolled in the school are trained in a carefully graded syllabus that ensures safety and the development of correct dance technique.  All classes are taught by RAD certified or trained instructors, and students are eligible to participate in the yearly RAD ballet examination process.  Whether dancing purely for pleasure and exercise or with hopes for a professional career, The Ballet Academy will provide the kind of training necessary for the student to excel.

At Academy of Dance Arts our mission is to provide students with a quality Performing Arts education along with positive support and ample opportunities to perform.  For nearly four decades our school has been a leader in dance education. We believe that our success comes as a result of providing solid training and quality service, along with an underlying belief in our organization.

Musical Wunderkind youth choir of the Gagie School performs live in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

altMusical Wunderkind youth choir of the Gagie School performs live in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker as part of the ballet’s arts enrichment program and mission. The local youth choir performs the vocal accompaniment, written for children’s voices, to the melodic “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I. The Gagie School Choir welcomes patrons by performing their repertoire in the lobby before the curtain. The children range in age from 7 to 14 years and study with experienced music directors.

The Gagie School’s reputation is built on developing excellence from the whole child.Mastering fundamental skills serves as the foundation for lifelong learning. The school enriches the learning experience with programs in art, music, Spanish, choir, band and drama for children in preschool through eighth grade. The school faculty’s common goal is to provide a strong, basic educational foundation that helps each child discover and achieve his/her highest potential. In developing the whole child, not only is a very full and appropriate curriculum essential, but attention to detail and responsibility are also key. Gagie School graduates receive high academic achievements, recognition in sports, kudos in the arts, and they are also considerate, empathetic individuals who give of themselves to make the world a better place.


altAt Miller Auditorium’s grand opening celebration in 1968, Western Michigan University president James W. Miller promised that the new building would present the performing arts "not as culture for culture's sake, but for the enrichment of the lives of our students, our faculty and our friends in the community." Over 40 years later, Miller Auditorium is still ranked as one of the top ten facilities in the United States, and is the third largest theatre in Michigan.

Miller Auditorium has always been careful to never lose sight of its purpose in the cultural landscape of the community, and has become the premier center for performing arts not only in Kalamazoo, but also in all of Southwest Michigan.


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