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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

Live Orchestra Accompanies Moscow Ballet in Kalamazoo!

altFirst Time Partnership! Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in Downbeat magazine's 2005 nationally recognized student music awards competition, will accompany Moscow Ballet in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Under conductor and professor of cello Bruce Uchimura, the Kalamazoo Gazette's classical music reviewer picked the orchestra's WMU centennial celebration concert as the most memorable performance of the year!

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Open Auditions Sunday, Oct. 19th for Dance Students in Kalamazoo, MI!


Moscow Ballet , Academy of Dance Arts and The Ballet Academy announce open free auditions on Sunday, October 19th, at 2:00 pm for student dancers ages 7 to 16 years at The Little Theatre, 798 Oakland Dr, Corner of Oliver Lane & Oakland.

Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” Audition Director Olga Aruwill be present to select 60 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 Nutcrackerat the James W. Miller Auditorium on Tue, Dec 2, 7:00pm. Moscow Ballet is pleased to work with Academy of Dance Arts and The Ballet Academy 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 Dance City Productions FL.Register at . More info: Host schools Academy of Dance Arts 269-329-2002, JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING  or  The Ballet Academy, 269-870-5226, JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

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 Good Vibrations chorus is a non-auditioned group of 7th and 8th grade students who love performing choral music.  In addition to singing and dancing to contemporary music, Good Vibes is a community outreach ensemble, volunteering time with senior citizens and service organizations.  Good Vibrations has existed for 25 years and has performed across the midwest, including two national tours of "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".  Kellee Love Haselton, the school’s choral music director, works with all students developing musical skills and also directs the Gagie School Choir. The Gagie Schoolapproach to elementary education is that mastering fundamental skills serves as the foundation for lifelong learning. Learning experiences are enriched with programs in art, music, Spanish, choir, band and drama for children in preschool through eighth grade. Good Vibes is thrilled to be a part of the Moscow Ballet's performance at Miller Auditorium.


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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