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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
The Washington Pavillion  
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt

Moscow Ballet Returns to Sioux Falls with Great Russian Nutcracker!

altTickets go on sale Friday, June 19 in Sioux Falls for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Washington Pavillion Wednesday December 9, 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 Washington Pavilion BO 605-367-6000 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 Fri, Oct 16 4:30pm 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 9 at The Washington Pavilion.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio Balleraena Dance Studio, 6901 S Louise Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108.

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 Olena Nalyvaiko 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

Balleraena Dance Studio strives to provide high quality dance training to dancers of all ages in the Sioux Falls area.  Dancers can enjoy dance on a continuum of levels from recreational to advanced.  Through a variety of dance forms, dancers exercise their minds and bodies via the art of dance.  Ballaraena Dance Studio aims to enrich dancers with a lifelong love of dance.

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 Maximus Gurath, 12, began playing the cello at the age of four.  Maximus is a 6th grader at Edison Middle School where he plays cello in orchestra and trumpet in band.  He is a member of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony Youth String Quartet.  Maximus has received numerous accolades including first place in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s (SDSO) 2014 Young Musician Concerto Competition, the Henry Charles Smith Award for Spirit & Enthusiasm in the 2013 SDSO Young Musician Concerto Competition and first place in the cello division of the 2014 Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition.  Maximus has performed in the SDSO Holiday Collage series and attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts Music Camp.  Maximus is a member of the Gurath family trio, with his sisters Emera and Mariska, which has earned superior ratings at the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Junior Music Festival for the past two years. 

Moscow Ballet Wunderkind Emera Gurath, 15, began studying the violin at the age of four.  Emera is concertmaster of the Washington High School orchestra and was the concertmaster of the South Dakota High School All-State Orchestra this past year.  She is a founding member of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra (SDSYO), first violinist in the SDSYO String Quartet and performs with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in Iowa.  Emera has received many awards and commendations including top prize in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s (SDSO) Young Musician Concerto Competition (twice), first place in the Junior Division of the Minnesota Sinfonia’s 2013 Young Artist Competition, second place in the 2014 Schubert Club Scholarship Competition and second place in the 2014 Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition.  She has earned scholarships to both the Interlochen Center for the Arts Music Camp and the intensive Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp.  Emera recently toured China and played Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

altThe Mary W. Sommervold Hall is located at the Washington Pavilion. The building began as a renovation of Washington High School; the school was eventually relocated to another area of Sioux Falls. The building then became a venue for the performing arts, visual arts, interactive science, and educational opportunities. In addition to Sommervold Hall, the Pavilion features the Kirby Science Discovery Center and the Husby Performing Arts Center, and is home to cultural partners such as the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Sioux Falls Arts Council, and the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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