Experiencing the Great Russian Nutcracker while also helping a great cause… it’s a perfect combination!
Moscow Ballet and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Mid-Florida Chapter are working together in a fund-raising initiative to offer four participants the chance to join debuting ballerina Alexandra Elagina (learn more about her and fellow Moscow Ballet principal dancers by visiting the company’s website) on stage during the Great Russian Nutcracker performance in Sarasota on Dec. 26 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
In addition to the four lucky participants who will be chosen to be on stage with Alexandra, the fund-raiser features special benefit tickets—for individuals as well as families and other groups, which can purchase blocks of seats—the proceeds from which will assist programs in the Sarasota area. Sixty percent of profits from these ticket sales go to various local programs, while the other 40 percent will go to national MS research programs. There will also be a post-performance reception with Moscow Ballet’s professional ballet dancers.
The Mid-Florida Chapter’s goal is to sell at least 200 benefit tickets. There are also sponsor opportunities, developed by the Chapter, that accommodate different price levels and interests.
You can get more information and reserve tickets by calling (813) 889-8363, or emailing Bill Conway, Director of Development for the Mid-Florida MS Society Chapter, at [email protected]nmss.org.
A scene from Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Mr. Conway says the organization is very pleased to be a part of this collaboration with Moscow Ballet. “We are excited about offering several different levels of participation in this grand Christmas ballet – from purchasing a performance ticket, with a portion of the proceeds going to the chapter, to attending the post performance reception on Dec. 26 at 5pm with the Moscow Ballet dancers present, to actually being a part of the show!”
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website, this partnership is extremely significant, in that ballet is movement, while MS stops people from moving. The joint venture ultimately assists the organization in its plight to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.