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Moscow Ballet Audition Directors

Meet Our Audition Directors

Moscow Ballet’s Vaganova-trained master teachers and audition directors are integral to the success of the Great Russian Nutcracker performances. These accomplished soloists audition and rehearse over 5,000 ballet students in cities on the tour each year, helping to prepare them for their debut alongside Moscow Ballet's 40 professional Russian dancers. For many aspiring dancers, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

"This [opportunity] would be comparable to working one-on-one with an Olympic athlete…you are working with the best of the best," says Jenny Karl, owner of In Motion Dance Studio in Tiffin, OH and a Moscow Ballet host coordinator.

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Carolina Siscanu has danced with Moscow Ballet for 5 years and became soloist and Audition Director for the 2013 North American tour. During her travels across the country Carolina posed with a thoroughbred horse in Lexington KY, test drove antique Corvettes in Bowling Green and visited children in Michigan’s Children’s Hospital in addition to running auditions and rehearsals for the “Dance with Us” program.  At just nine years old Carolina auditioned and was accepted at the National School of Ballet in Chisinau, Moldova. The highly regarded Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Moldova is the pride of national performing arts. The country, famous for its vocalexpertise which has attracted world famous singers including Fyodor Shalyapinand Enrico Caruso, is also known for its world class level of ballet training and performance. Carolina studied at the school for nine years, graduating in 2009. Even before graduation, in 2008 she was invited to join the company of the Moldovan National Ballet Theatre and sometimes performs with the company today.

Carolina’s ballet repertory includes the iconic Russian ballets and a variety of roles. She performs the Spanish Dance in Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake’ and the friends and nymphs in Adam’s ‘Giselle.” She performs as soloist in the Hungarian Dance of “Coppelia” music by L.Delibes and as Lemons and Flowers in Armenian Karen Haciaturean”s “Cipollino,” or “Little Onion,”  a children's tale about political oppressionfor which the main theme is the struggle of the underclass against the powerfuland the importance of friendship in the face of difficulties.Other roles include as Snowflake and brother Fritz in the Nutcracker as well as Carmencita in Minkus’ “Don Quixote.” Carolina speaks Romanian, Russian, English, French, and Spanish and has performed in Great Britain, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, France, and China in addition to the U.S.A.

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Olga Aru is a rising star ballerina and ballet pedagogue as well. Summer 2014 Olga was honored to participate in the International Dance Council CID, Paris in the Athens symposium submitting her paper titled “Modern Dance for Different Generations or Dance on the Edge of the Century” on July 5. The CID, official umbrella organization for all forms of dance, was founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris where it is based, and brings together the most important international, national and local organizations, as well as select individuals active in dance from 155 countries. Olga was also invited to perform a solo piece from Ballet Incommunicado, a well established group in Italy,  inspired by poem “The Ravaged Face” by Sylvia Plath. A very expressive work, it takes a stand against violence toward women and was created on Olga by Paola Scoppettuolo.

Olga received her degree in ballet and dance pedagogy from the the Kiev State Ballet College, Ukraine, in 2008. Since graduation, Olga has had a whirlwind of performance and teaching experiences; from dancing in ballet’s greatest classics to the most contemporary and to traveling around the world in those performances. She is a Laureate and award winner of the “Crystal Shoe - Dance Beyond Boards” competition and she performed at the “Mikkeli Ballet Festival” in Finland. Olga danced with Franceconsert, based in Paris, France, performing classical repertoire in major theatres Casino de Par and Théâtre Comédie as well as touring France. Prior to that Olga performed with Les Ballet Persans in Stockholm, Sweden where she had leading roles in modern ballets Turquoise Land - Dream of Peace and Les Femme. She also worked in Cairo, Egypt dancing in the premiere performances of Tut Ankh Amon at Cairo National Opera House. There she also performed the in Nutcracker and in the great classic Swan Lake. Olga performed with the Silesian State Opera in the beautiful and historic theatre in Bytom, Poland and had roles in Adagio in Night Valpurgis, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cat in the Boots. Olga’s repertoire includes leading and soloist roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Night Walpurgis, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Tut Ankh Amon, Turquoise Land, La Femme(modern choreography by Alla Rubina) and Heart of Snow Queen.Olga studied ballet with Varvara Potapova, Honored Artist of Ukraine and Alla Rubina, Honored Artist of Ukraine and Choreographer.  She is fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and French.

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Mariia Skoruk was awarded "Honorable Mention" at the Fifth Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev. In 2009 she graduated with a Choreographic Teaching Degree from the National Dragomanova Pedagogical University. 2014 will be Mariia’s second year as Moscow Ballet Audition Director. She was born in1989 in Kiev, Ukraine.  At just ten years old she was invited to attend the famous ballet school of the Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theater.  She graduated with a “Diploma of Distinction” and, seen as a talented ballerina, was invited to join the company of the prestigious Kiev State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater.  The Kiev company is regarded in the Russian dance world as the third best, after Moscow and St Petersburg.

The Kiev Opera and Ballet Theater began its history in 1867 and has developed one of the biggest repertories in the world including 24 ballets. Many famous dancers perform on the National Opera of Ukraine stage including Serge Lifar, Nadezhda Pavlova, Maya Plisetskaya, and more from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater and the St. Petersburg Kirov Ballet. Mariia has also worked with Moscow Ballet for the past 5 years. She  performed in Moscow Ballet’s premiere of Romeo and Juliet in 2011, new staging by Andrei Litvinov, new costumes by Arthur Oliver and all new sets created in St Petersburg’s finest and oldest theatrical shop. Her repertoire is comprised of the entire range of classical characters, among these: Romeo and Juliet, Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Cinderella, La Bayadere, and Carmen. She has performed internationally in the following countries USA, Canada, Holland, England, Switzerland, Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador.


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