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Rochester, NY


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Auditorium Theatre  
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt

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

altTickets are on sale in Rochester for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at Auditorium Theatre on Thursday December 3, 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 $30.00. 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 Sat, Sep 26, 2:00pm for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 10 years, and 3:30pm for boys and girls age 11 to 16 years. Selected children will perform beside the professional company in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Dec 3, 7:00pm at the Auditorium Theatre.

The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio Dancing with Denise, 1077 Gravel Road, Webster, NY 14580. 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 Olga Aru 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

Dancing with Denise was established in 1985 when owner/teacher Denise Baller taught dance to children in over 40 daycare centers in and around the Rochester area. As her students grew up, she opened a dance studio to add evening and Saturday classes for her students who were then in elementary school and beyond. Dancing with Denise is well known for promoting fun, good health, and confidence in a non-pressure, non-competitive environment. Family-centered, Dancing with Denise hosts and participates in family fun events like local parades, providing entertainment at farmer’s markets, participating in Sea Breeze Dance Days, holding their annual dance recital, hosting birthday parties, Family Fun Nights, and Zumba® classes for all ages (from baby through adult). Dancing with Denise has recently relocated the dance studio to Webster, NY, where “Having Fun is Our Philosophy” will always be the center of what they do.

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 Paige Griffin, 14, studies violin under Mikhail Kopelman of the Eastman School of Music.  She is presently co-concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) of which she has been a member for the past five years.  Paige has received a number of awards and commendations including winner of the 2015 RPYO concerto competition, second place in the Penfield Symphony’s Jo Amish Young Artist Competition and recipient of the Raymond A. Santirocco Memorial Award for Piano.  Paige is very active in chamber music and is currently the first violinist of the Eastman Community Music School Scholarship String Quartet.  She hopes to pursue a career in music.  Paige is playing on a Stradivarius Titian model violin made by her father, luthier Michael Griffin.

Moscow Ballet Soloist Olga Aru Performs for and Works with Rochester Elementary Students at 3 Elementary Schools

Ballerina and Audition Director Olga Arupresents Moscow Ballet “New Horizons” cultural immersion programs for Rochester school children. Hundreds of children participated in movement class, learned Russian language, healthy lifestyle habits and enjoyed seeing Olga Aru perform live at Brookview School, St Kateri School, St Rita School and Holy Cross School.

Moscow Ballet shares its 77 city North American tour cities with the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation as a platform to help introduce a the foundation’s fundraising campaign.

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The Auditorium Theatre started out as the Masonic Temple of Rochester when it was constructed in 1928. The building was home to the local Masons fraternal organization offices as well as the 2,464-seat Auditorium Theatre, which regularly featured touring productions, music concerts, and comedy revues. By the late 1980s, the building was converted into office space, meeting rooms, and banquet halls, in addition to the Theatre. The theater wing of what has been renamed Auditorium Center is now owned and operated by the Rochester Broadway Theater League. Auditorium Theatre hosts a variety of entertainment productions such as Broadway musicals, music concerts, dance performances, and children’s shows.

The started out as the Masonic Temple of Rochester when it was constructed in 1928. The building was home to the local Masons fraternal organization offices as well as the 2,464-seat Auditorium Theatre, which regularly featured touring productions, music concerts, and comedy.


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