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Phoenix, AZ


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Comerica Theatre  
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt

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


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!


Mariia Skoruk brings Cultural Immersion to Phoenix school children

At the invitation of Principal Curtis McCandlish, Ballerina and Audition Director Mariia Skoruk brings Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizon’s - A Children’s Program for Life” to elementary students at Nadaburg Elementary School in Phoenix. The students take part in the Russian Cultural Immersion classes learning family and animal names in Russian, doing movement exercises, listening to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite while learning about Russian traditions through hands-on activities.

At just 10 years old herself, Mariia Skoruk was invited to attend the School of Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theater and she graduated 10 years later with a “Diploma of Distinction. ” She has been awarded "Honorable Mention" at Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev and she has a Choreographic Teaching Degree from Dragomanova Pedagogical University in Kiev, Ukraine.

Dance Studio owner Stephanie Savage of West Valley Conservatory of Ballet, Grand Ave, Surprise, AZ hosts Moscow Ballet Audition Directors when they are in town auditioning and rehearsing young dancers to perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker beside the company of professionals.

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 21, 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 Nutcrackeron Dec 16 at Comerica Theatre.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio West Valley Conservatory of Ballet, 13945 West Grand Avenue, Suite 104, Surprise, AZ, 85374.

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

West Valley Conservatory of Ballet , a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization,  strives to provide the community with  the best classical ballet training in the West Valley.  Faculty consists of classically trained individuals who are dedicated to inspiring all students to become not only accomplished dancers, but also to be healthy productive members of society. The Performance Company provides shows to local retirement communities, woman’s shelters, and local schools. In doing this we hope to provide an education to the arts and enrich the community culturally. Finally we provide scholarships to students who wish to attend summer intensive programs at well-known schools across the country. This gives the students an opportunity to experience the dance world at a larger scale.  The West Valley Conservatory of Ballet is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Surprise Community Outreach Program, West Valley Arts Council, and Toyota Proving Grounds.

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 Bobae Johnson, 15, is a sophomore at Desert Vista High School. She is the concertmaster of the Phoenix Youth Symphony of which she has been a member since 2011.  She was also concertmaster for the North Central Regional Orchestra and the Arizona All State Orchestra in 2015. Bobae has won a number of competitions including the 2015 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition, the American String Teachers Association state solo competition junior (2012) and senior (2014) division, the Phoenix Youth Symphony Upper Strings concerto competition junior (2012) and senior (2015), the Arizona Music Educators Association All-State Solo & Ensemble competition (strings) and the 2012 Four Seasons Orchestra Bach Competition.  In October 2015, Bobae will debut with the MusicaNova Orchestra in Phoenix.

"Dancers glide...across the stage with strength and grace."

Comerica Theatre was originally named the altDodge Theatre. It took 15 months to complete with a grand opening in April 2002. Harry Connick Jr. was the first to play the venue closely followed by four sold out shows with Jerry Seinfeld. Tradition continues with Moscow Ballet's great "Russian Nutcracker" every December with beautiful costumes and a cast direct from Russia.

From music to comedy to boxing, Comerica Theatre has been the home to many artists over the years as well as over 2M guests through its doors. Comerica Theatre will continue to entertain many more throughout the years.


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