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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
TCU Place Arts & Convention Centre  
Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 2:00 pm alt

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

altTickets are on sale in Saskatoon for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returning to TCU Place on Sunday November 15, 2:00pm matinee. 

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 TCU Place BO 888.639.7770 or go to

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


Announcing open auditions with Audition Director Olena Nalyvaiko, Ukrainian ballerina and accredited pedagogue, on Sat, Sept 19, 2:00pm for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 years. The selected 60 local children will perform beside the professional company in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Nov 15 at the TCU Place. The auditions will be at local host dance studio Dance in the Prairies School of Ballet, 205 Pacific Avenue, Saskatoon S7K 1N9.

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. The “Dance with Us” student program, in its 23rd year, selects young dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Audition Director Olena Nalyvaiko  will lead the audition and rehearse the selected student dancers for several days. “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

Dance in the Prairies School of Ballet(DPSB) is like no other in Saskatoon as it is a non-competitive, pre-professional performance based school. DPSB takes dancers back to the basics of classical ballet. It is the Founding Artistic Director’s goal to grow the school and reputation in Saskatoon as Saskatoon’s premiere ballet school. It is a non-profit organization working toward building a youth traveling company within the next five. This company will be working at pre-professional level, traveling throughout Saskatchewan Province with full length works. 

The main goal of the school is to produce properly trained technical dancers and to give youth from ages 3-18 the confidence and courage that in many cases gets left behind.  The Purpose of Dance in the Prairies School of Ballet is to educate dancers in the proper technical side of classical ballet. The School is a place for dancers to come and learn not only ballet but modern dance and a wide range of genres. The genre classes offer many styles and disciplines that are not usually offered in one location, such as ballroom and flamenco. DPSB is a school to educate what dance is, while teaching youth respect and discipline for others in the community and the world.

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 William Boan, 19, is an accomplished musician who currently studies violin at the University of Saskatchewan.  He has been the assistant concertmaster of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra since the age of 17.  Prior to that, he served as concertmaster of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra and Saskatchewan Provincial Honour Orchestra for three years.  William has received numerous accolades including first prize in the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association’s Concerto Competition (2015), the John & Judy Hrycak String Award at the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association’s Annual Provincial Finals Competitions (2015) and first prize in the prestigious Kinsmen Competition (2013).  William has also attended the Meadowmount Summer Music Institute where he studied with Sally Thomas, professor at Juilliard, and Ivan Ženatý, professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

"The most authentic ballet performance of the Nutcracker."
Prince Albert Daily Herald

altTCU Place Arts & Convention Centre originally opened as the Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium in 1968; the venue was renamed in 2006 as part of a major renovation project funded by TCU Financial.

TCU Place features multi-purpose rooms that host banquets, conferences, and tradeshows, as well as the Sid Buckwold Theatre, which hosts theatrical and dance performers and productions, speakers, and more.



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