2017 Dance with Us
~ “I know from watching my students grow and advance since the very first Moscow Ballet tour, that this is one of the most significant experiences a young dancer can have. It lifts them up and humbles them all at the same time.”
Syracuse Moscow Ballet Host Studio Owner Cathy Napolitano-Mucci, Dance Center North, has hosted Great Russian Nutcracker auditions every year since 1993!
2017 Wunderkind Strings
~ “Thank you all very much for the magnificent opportunity you gave my daughter Nohemi to perform at this venue the Detroit Fox Theatre with the Moscow Ballet; I truly believe this helps kids to gain more confidence in themselves and to strive with their individual goals.Thanks again.”
Detroit Wunderkind Nohemi’s father Ruben Perez
2017 University Engagement
~ “Thank you so very much for working with Midway ISD! You and your crew were absolutely wonderful to work with and “my” hodgepodge crew of college students had an exceptional and educational experience. I appreciate your willingness to work with young people who are considering Theatre or Technical Theatre as a profession. There were several in the crew who had expressed a new excitement about what working professionally could be and how they may pursue a different track in their education. Most are university students and only get to work on one major production per semester and being able to have real responsibility and see the immediate “fruits of their labor” was quite a thrill to them. I know that they all benefitted from your expertise as well as your patience.
Thanks again for all that you do to promote ART in smaller communities such as Waco and what you do for theatre education.”
Sincerely, Darrell Umhoefer, Waco, TX
2017 Dance with Us
~ “Thank you, ... Special place in my heart because I used to perform with Moscow Ballet as part of this “Dance with Us” program about 15 years ago when I was a kid in Syracuse, NY!”
Rachel Leuthauser, 9News Producer, Denver
2017 New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life
~ “I cannot thank you enough for allowing our students this opportunity. It was truly magical for all! The children were mesmerized and enthralled by this performance. They were literally grateful for every "opportunity" to applaud the performers. At the start of the performance they were cheering out-loud with great enthusiasm. Their teachers redirected them to clap, which they did. By the end of the show, they were so excited, they reverted back to their out-loud cheers. It was precious!At the end of the show, an older patron approached me to say "The best part of the show was watching our student's pleasure!
Thank you for making this happen. It was an evening our students will treasure forever! You can see their profound joy in these photos. I wish you could have heard them. They were so thrilled to meet the ballerina, Maria and elated to receive her autograph and Instagram account! We are extremely grateful to you for this very generous gift. None of the children had ever been to a ballet before. This was a life-changer!”
All the best, Jan Martin, Penn State STEAM Director, York PA
2016 Dance with Us
~From all of us at Fleur-De-Lis Academy of Ballet in Louisville we are sending you a huge thank you! What a fantastic experience from start to finish. The students are still on cloud 9 from being backstage and onstage with such talented dancers as you have. Their inspiration tank has been filled!The professionalism from MB was everything our students needed to see in order to realize exactly what it is like at the professional level. Working with you and your team was seamless in every way.
We received tremendously positive feedback about the performance from audience members. Over and over we heard how vibrant the production was, how high the quality of the costumes were, and how the dancing was mesmerizing. For those who had seen other productions, but were not necessarily educated in ballet, they commented that they appreciated the production because they got to focus on the actual dancing and not technical tricks. They said that the dancing was so outstanding. Thank you for bringing the magic to Louisville!
All the best, Ariadne and Declan with Fleur De LIs Academy of Ballet
Dec 2015 - Wunderkind
Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a wonderful 2016! Our son Benjamin had a great experience playing the violin solo for the Dying Swan for the beginning of the December 24 Great Russian Nutcracker in North Charleston. It was a magical experience for Benjamin, and we thought he played his best.
Damian Kremer (Benjamin's father) Charleston, SC
Dec 2015 – Performance
What a beautiful show! Everything was so pretty, and I’ve never seen such lighting effects. In some scenes there was SO MUCH going on it was amazing. The local students were very well prepared and looked great in the lovely costumes (and I include the mice in “lovely,” because I loved their costumes!). Callers and visitors continue mentioning how much they enjoyed it, too, and refer to the professional dancers’ training, flexibility, skill, and talent.
Congratulations and hope the tours continue to go well!
Meredith J. Pirazzini, Eau Claire Regional Arts Center & State Theatre
Dec 2015 – Costumes
Thank you for inspiring my career path!
Hello! My name is Caroline Smouse and I am a junior fiber major with concentrations in illustration and experimental fashion at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). I also danced with the Baltimore children's cast in the Great Russian Nutcracker for seven years which brings me to message you. Arthur Oliver’s work is ultimately what inspired me to study costuming! I was always so blown away by the intricacy of the costumes and the glorious way they move on the bodies of the performers. The Dove costume is absolutely breathtaking and I remember dancing as a Snow Maiden alongside the Dove and being absolutely memorized. These costumes became such a huge part of my creative development and I wanted to thank you for being such a huge inspiration.
Caroline Smouse, Baltimore
Eric Cho performed as Moscow Ballet Musical Wunderkind in St. Louis
It was an amazing experience for Eric and our family. Thank you so much again for giving the chance to him to accompany the Principal Ballerina and taking care of all the process. I want to say to we appreciate all the staff who supported Eric as well.
Happy holiday season!
Julia’s Dance Academy in Oklahoma City
Our studio was honored to be able to participate in the Great Russian Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet. It was such an amazing opportunity for our young dancers to learn and grow and see how a professional company works. We loved the fact that the original Nutcracker was used and the costumes were breathtaking.
Everyone we worked with was wonderful, we appreciated Olga, Mary and Maria especially. We have to especially brag on the US Costume Director Laura. She was the most helpful person we could have asked for. Very organized, friendly and on top of everything. We can't wait to participate in the show next year, our girls are already talking about what parts they hope to get!
Oct 2015 – Springfield MO
Our event with Moscow Ballet dancer on Tuesday was just wonderful. We had approximately 50 in attendance, 15 of which were young dancers. Olena was so wonderful with the girls, and such a beautiful dancer!
Director of Marketing & Membership
Hickory Hills Country Club
Nov 2015 – Performance for Seniors Great Russian Nutcracker Testimonial from the Villages, FL
Dear Moscow Ballet,
What a magnificent performance!!! One of the most wonderful nights of my life (and I'm 65). I can only think of 2 other events I've attended come close, but can't surpass your fabulous dancing. The costumes, the backdrops, all spectacular! Brava! Bravo! Thank you!
I saw Great Russian Nutcracker at The Sharon Performing Arts Center in The Villages, Florida on Monday November 9, 2015 at the 5:00 PM performance. I expected the show to be professional and colorful, but you far exceeded my expectations. The dancing, costumes and quick changes, the backdrop scenery changing, the snow, the toys, the colors the pageantry, the whole thing was magical and intoxicating. Please feel free to use all my words on your web site. I am still just bubbling over with excitement (like a 65 year old kid)!
I can't believe this was only the first week [of the 2015 tour]! It was superb-I enjoyed every minute. Please tell everyone how much my friend and I enjoyed it. Everything, every minute, every one. We're assuming the little ones were local? They were so cute. It was just fabulous.
Jan 2014 – Dance with Us
Kaydee was a student dancer in the Great Russian Nutcracker performance at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville and this was her first year being able to audition and perform in this production. It has taken several years of her dancing for her to be able to work up to this point, she is a Cancer survivor of Leukemia. She was diagnosed at 3 years old and underwent 5 tedious years of treatment.
Once she had been off treatment and got to get back to living life, when Kaydee left each class she thought she was a dancer on Broadway. I think being treated like she was just one of the girls after what all she had been thru just lit a fire in Kaydee, she began to Live to Dance, literally. It’s awesome what ballet has done for her, although she has gotten in trouble at home for dancing in every room in the house, at the grocery store, even at the doctor’s office, she didn't care!
That's why after several years of her begging me to be a part of your show~~~ I finally gave in because I knew she could put in the time and effort that was required to perform and not let her fellow dancers down by not having what it takes. And she did it, she and I both cried from being so happy. She had proved to herself that she could dance with the Best of the Best, and she did....beautifully I must say. That is a memory she will NEVER forget, Kaydee is a perfect example of someone who has overcome a life threatening illness and prospered and thrived because of her love for Dance.
Melissa Sparks, Knoxville TN
Jan, 2015 – Musical Wunderkind Choir
The Musical Wunderkind – Choir was a wonderful experience for the kids. Most of them had never seen an entire Nutcracker production, and the ones who had, had never seen a professional production. It was excellent. At the time you and I talked about it, I didn't really fully appreciate the gift it was to have the kids see it. I do now, and thank you for that. Their parents were also thrilled with the performance and very proud of our kids. So I thank you, and the Moscow Ballet, for this opportunity. It is a good collaboration to offer young people.
Diane Simons, South Bay Children’s Choir, Los Angeles
Dec, 2014 - Great Russian Nutcracker
Spanish Variation Soloist What an AMAZING show! I would go see this again if it was playing tonight! It was that good!
Jennifer with iHeartMedia , Springfield, MO
Nov, 2014 – Dance with Us
We just finished tonight’s performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker...I loved the dancing of the Moscow Ballet dancers; I loved the sets and I loved the costumes! All in all it was a great experience as usual and the kids REALLY enjoyed it. Thank you for all your help and support these past months...you are very patient and kind! It has been a pleasure working with you and we hope to work with you again next year! Thank you!
Sara-Lynne of Ballet Classique Methusela, Calgary
Nov, 2014 – Dance with Us
The show was really wonderful. Each year the costumes get more exquisite in their details, the dancers more beautiful, the scenery more dazzling - it was great. Our young dancers received many compliments from the Moscow Ballet company, and everyone was friendly and congenial, from the wardrobe mistress and stage crew, to the dancers and road crew,… it was a most positive experience for all of us in Dallas,
Gwen Owens, London School of Dance, Dallas
Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker Day in Paducah
Paducah appreciates Moscow Ballet's support of the Paducah based Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation and their education efforts. To mark this occasion, I proclaim it Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker Day in Paducah.
Nov 2013 – Great Russian Nutcracker
My son-in-law bought tickets and sent me with his wife to see Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. What a glorious performance of grace, technique, physical prowess, and amazing story. I totally immersed myself into the opulence and grandeur. It has been decades since I've felt the thrill of this kind of energy and joy of creativity! The Mother Lode Theater in Butte was the perfect hosting location of your splendid performance. Sharing some humor, where else but in Montana will you hear cat calls and whistles of delight from the audience at a sophisticated production. WE LOVED IT!! Thank you for the beauty - the unequaled skill and devotion to the art - and the absolutely flawless execution of ballet and physical stamina. I feel quite blessed to have been a part - even if only in the audience - of this fantastic evening.
Dec 2013 – Dance with Us
"We met with the kids for seven weeks of practice and it was one day the kids got to rehearse and perform at Cleveland Music Hall with the professionals. It was an experience you couldn't put into words. It was amazing."
Jordan Petersen-Fitts, co-owner Cuyahoga Falls Dance Studio, MB Host Dance Studio
Dec 2013 – Musical Wunderkind
The performance went wonderfully tonight! I was so excited and honored to be performing with the principal ballerina [as Moscow Ballet Musical Wunderkind!] My family and I also very much enjoyed the show afterwards. What phenomenal dancers, costumes, and settings! Thank you so much.
Annelle Gregory, Los Angeles
Oct 2013 – New Horizons
Thank you for all that you have done to make the Moscow Ballet event happen. Wow! What a job! Svetlana…did a great job with the students. Parents have told me that it is all their children would talk about when they picked them up from school. I wish you could have seen the eyes of the children and could have heard the squeals and applause. Please know how much everyone in our school district appreciates this marvelous experience. Thanks again!
Eleanor Powers, Director, Ellis Performing Arts Center, Latta South Carolina
Sept 2013- Master Classes
Maryland Institute for Collage of Art (MICA)
"I thought the experience of having a first class ballerina modeling was very special for all the different majors involved. Svetlana was a hit with the drawing and photography students. It was a thrilling and professional interaction between the ballerina and the students. I'm looking forward to the Moscow Ballet and MICA participating in another terrific collaboration."
Professor Rex R. Stevens Chair, Drawing & General Fine Arts departments Maryland Institute College of Art
White House Appreciation Letter
"We hope you take pride in your contributions to the world of ballet, and we appreciate your thoughtful gesture."
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Pasco County Schools
"We were so pleased with the results of this day of immersion that we are bringing four Moscow Ballet dancers to the PLACE centers for 6 weeks this summer where we will expand to a full week of immersion for every PLACE child in Pasco County!"
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1835 House at Recovery Acres Recommends Moscow Ballet
"The 1835 House at Recovery Acres strongly reccomends this program to any and all charitable organizations looking to raise money for a good cause or simply make headlines for their group."
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Arthritis Foundation Rhode Island Chapter Appreciation Letter
"The Event was terrific, great seats and our supporters thought the event was a remarkable performance."
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Rhode Island Hospital Appreciation Letter
"We can’t thank you enough for choosing Hasbro Children’s Hospital to affiliate with for this memorable performance of “The Nutcracker.”
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First Lady Accepts Honorary Chairman of ''Cynthia GregoryThe Celebration tour''
"On behalf of Mrs. Reagan, I am pleased to inform you that the First Lady has accepted yout thoughtful invitation to serve as the Honorary Chairman of "Cynthia Gregory The Celebration Tour."
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Nancy Reagan's Letter to Cynthia Gregory
"I am Delighted to extend my warnest greetings to you as you continue your "Celebration Tour." It is my pleasure to serve as Honorary Chairman of the benefit to fight drugs and alcohol abuse among our young people"
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