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Los Angeles, CA


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
The Wiltern Theatre  
Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 3:00 pm alt
Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt
Monday, December 21, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt

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Tickets on sale in Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Los Angeles’ Wiltern Sun, Dec. 20 and Mon, Dec. 21st

altTickets on sale in Los Angeles for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returning to the Wiltern   Sunday December 20, 3:00pm matinee and 7:00pm and Monday December 2 1 7:00pm. 

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 $40.00. 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

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


Moscow Ballet announces open auditions on Sun, Oct 11, 1:30pm 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 20 and 21 at The Wiltern and should be prepared to stay for rehearsalsThe auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio Sherman Oaks Dance Academy, 14622 Ventura Blvd, Ste 204, Los Angeles, CA 91403.

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 Mariia Skoruk 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

Sherman Oaks Dance Academy specializes in children's dance focusing on proper dance technique and curriculum in a creative and safe environment.  Students are offered a variety of class options from classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip-hip to musical theatre.  While following strong fundamentals when learning a dance, students are encouraged to express themselves through their movement and to explore their own artistry. 

The studio believes that children who dance develop confidence and an appreciation toward dedication, and that they will continue to carry that with them throughout their lives. The studio serves Sherman Oaks, Encino, Beverly Hills, Tarzana, North Hollywood, Van Nuys, and Los Angelescommunities. (Photo by Nathan Morgan)

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 Mya Greene, 18, began playing viola at age eleven.  She has performed at The Hollywood Bowl, the Walt Disney Concert hall at the Youth Orchestra Festival in Los Angeles, the 2011 BRAVO Awards, the Kennedy Center and the Mariinski Theatre in St. Petersburg as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.  Mya has a number of accolades to her credit including first place in the American String Teachers Association String Along Competition for both area and state finals in 2014, a full scholarship to the Idyllwild Arts Chamberfest (2012, 2013, 2014) and a semi-finalist award in the 2014 Sphinx Competition.  She has also collaborated with members of the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra in an outreach program to introduce classical music to elementary school students.  In addition to performing, Mya composes music and conducts.  Mya is a graduate of the Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles and is currently a student at the Colburn Young Artists Academy.

“Musical Wunderkind” the South Bay Children's Choir (SBCC) performs live in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker as part of the ballet’s arts enrichment program and mission.

altMusical Wunderkind” the South Bay Children's Choir (SBCC) performs live in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker as part of the ballet’s arts enrichment program and mission.The local boys and girls perform the vocal accompaniment, written for children’s voices, to the melodic “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I. The SBCC welcomes patrons by performing their repertoire in the lobby before curtain.

The South Bay Children's Choir (SBCC) is a select group of talented young singers sponsored by El Camino College (ECC) in Torrance, California. Comprised of over 125 boys and girls ranging in age from 7 to 17, these young singers come from over 25 communities in the Los Angeles and South Bay areas, from Long Beach to the south and Santa Monica to the north. Co-founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Diane Simons and the late Dr. Jane Hardester, the choir performs annually in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, and has appeared at many other venues throughout the southland, including Royce Hall at UCLA, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center, Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, and the Armstrong Theater in Torrance.  Artistic Director Simons earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at UCLA and has conducted choirs at both high school and elementary school levels, as well as teaching voice. She presents workshops both for singers and for teachers and has been active as musical director for community theater. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, and is serving a six-year term on the Western Division Board as representative of Children and Youth Choirs.

"Elegant... Expansive... Brimful with feeling."
New York Times

altOriginally the Warner Brothers Western Theater when it first opened in 1931, the Wiltern Theatre reopened as such a few years later. The theater was sold in 1956, and by the late 1970s the building had fallen into disrepair—a local group of historic preservationists saved the building from demolition on two occassionas.

Following several years of renovations, the theater reopened to the public in 1985. Today, the Wiltern hosts live performances and concerts, as well as televised events and has served as a location for several feature films.

Jan, 2015 – Musical Wunderkind Choiralt

The Musical Wunderkind – Choir was a wonderful experience for the kids.  Most of them had never seen an entire Nutcracker production, and the ones who had, had never seen a professional production.  It was excellent. At the time you and I talked about it, I didn't really fully appreciate the gift it was to have the kids see it. I do now, and thank you for that. Their parents were also thrilled with the performance and very proud of our kids. So I thank you, and the Moscow Ballet, for this opportunity.  It is a good collaboration to offer young people.

Diane Simons, South Bay Children’s Choir, Los Angeles


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