Moscow Ballet

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Phoenix, AZ

Performances

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

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


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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.


Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow  Ballet's 2015 Performances!


Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” Audition Director Mariia Skorukwill 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.  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.

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.


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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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