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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2014  
Friday, November 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm buyticketsnowbutton
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts  

Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Virginia Beach, VA!

altMoscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker will be at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 28th at 7:00 PM.

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!

Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts; call 800-320-1733. For VIP and single tickets call Sandler Center BO at 888-326-9849 or go to

Open Auditions Wednesday, Sept. 417h for Dance Students in Virginia Beach, VA!


Moscow Ballet announces open and free auditions Wednesday, September 17th,  at 6:00 PM for student dancers ages 7 to 16 years atThe Conservatory of Dance, 4876 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (Corner of Princess Anne & Baxter Rds).

Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” Audition Director Carolina Siscanu 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. If cast there is a $50 fee which covers rehearsals, costumes and performance expenses. Students will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Thanksgiving Fri, Nov 28, 7:00pm at the Sandler Center. Moscow Ballet is pleased to work with The Conservatory of Dance to make the open audition, rehearsals and performances possible.  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 Fort Myers FL.Register at . More info  757-714-2997 or JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

The Conservatory of Dance (formerly known as Conservatory of Arts) was established over 40 years ago in Virginia Beach.  The Conservatory strives to: Be a leader in promoting dance in the Hampton Roads Area, To educate dancers in the fine art of Classical Ballet and Jazz, Build Self-Esteem, Promote Focus and Discipline in all classes, Promote Confidence in Students. All classes are taught in a pleasant, yet professional atmosphere.

Virginia Beach – Musical Wunderkind Cellist Sterling Elliott


Sterling Elliott will accompany Moscow Ballet principal ballerina Ekaterina Bortiakova in Saint Saen’s “The Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals on Thanks giving Friday, November 28 at 7:00pm at the Sandler Center. Fourteen-year old Sterling Elliott began his cello studies at the age of three under the direction of Suzuki Cello teacher Susan Hines. Sterling performs frequently with his siblings and mother in the Elliott Family Quartet/Trio. Sterling was accepted into his first orchestra, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra (PYO) when he was just six years old and served as principal cellist for the PYO Sinfonia when he was 7 years old. At the age of 8, he was accepted into the advanced Peninsula Youth Orchestra and at 10, Sterling became principal cellist of PYO. Sterling also served as principal cellist for the District Honors Orchestra in 2010 and 2011. Sterling is currently a private student of Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist, Mike Daniels.

Sterling made his solo debut at the age of 7 when he became the first place Junior Division winner of the PYO Concerto Competition, and was featured as a soloist with the orchestra. He then went on to solo with the orchestra as the first place winner of the Senior Division of the PYO Concerto Competition in 2010. Sterling has also enjoyed solo opportunities the Hampton University Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. In 2012, Sterling’s was accepted as one of youngest National Sphinx Competition Semi-Finalists. Upon Sterling’s return from the National Sphinx Competition, he won the Grand Prize for the First Presbyterian Young Artist Competition. In 2012, Sterling received a full scholarship to the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) where he was a winner in the 2012 EMF Concerto Competition. Sterling was also a recent winner of the 2013 York River Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and 2nd place winner in the 2013 National Sphinx Competition. In August 2013, Sterling appeared on “From the Top” on NPR, a nationally syndicated radio broadcast featuring America’s talented young musicians, where he was announced as a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Award. Sterling plays a Tupper cello generously loaned to him by Carlsen Cello Foundation in Seattle, Washington.

In his free time, Sterling enjoys performing and learning new, challenging music. He also enjoys reading, swimming, playing sports, video games, and hanging out with his big brother and sister.

"The corps dancers are striking to see."
Charleston Today

altThe Sandler Center for the Performing Arts was dedicated in November of 2007, and is now not only heralded as one of the region's most stunning structures, but also among the nation's most acoustically sound venues for the arts.

In 2001, emerging and long-standing local arts organizations desperately wanted access to well-equipped facilities with rehearsal and teaching spaces, reservation scheduling, and reasonable rental rates. It soon became apparent to the Virginia Beach City Council that the city needed its own cultural center, and the Council began its plans to replace the 1000-seat Pavilion Theatre with a facility deemed "equal or better." After 6 diligent years, the city completed its architectural masterpiece.


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