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Rochester, NY


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

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

Ballerina Olga Aru brings Cultural Immersion to Holy Cross and St Rita Schools

Ballerina and Audition Director Olga Aru brings Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizon’s - A Children’s Program for Life” to elementary students at St. Rita School and Holy Cross Catholic School in Rochester. The students take part in Russian Cultural Immersion classes such as learning Russian language animal names and more, trying ballet exercises, listening to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and learning about Russian traditions through hands-on activities.

Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olga Aru travels and auditions American student dancers to perform beside the pros on the 87 city North American tour. She also teaches New Horizons Cultural Immersion classes to school children. Olga has a degree in ballet and dance pedagogy from Kiev State Ballet College, Ukraine, where she studied under Varvara Potapova, Honored Artist of Ukraine & Alla Rubina, Honored Artist of Ukraine and Choreographer.  Denise Baller, founder and owner of Dancing with Denise, which was established in 1985 and promotes fun, good health, and confidence in a non- pressure, non-competitive environment, sponsors Olga when she is in Rochester.

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

Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” Audition Director Olga Aru will 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 Charlottesville Ballet School. 

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.

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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