Nutcracker Ballet - Carrollton (GA)

Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 8:00 pm
T: 678.839.4722

Local Musical Wunderkind Amartya Kallingal Accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina at Carrollton’s Townsend Center

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Amartya Kallingal on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Mon., Nov. 26, 4:00pm at Townsend Center, in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” a major influence on modern interpretations of the Black Swan, Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Amartya Kallingal has been playing violin since he was five-years-old. He has performed with Metro Youth Symphony Orchestra, All State Middle School Orchestra and the Atlanta Junior Chamber Orchestra. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Musical Wunderkind program selects local youth based upon their demonstrated skills and talents. Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind,” who perform in many cities on the 2018 tour, are Concerto Competition winners and the next generation of professional musicians. Through this program they have the rare opportunity of accompanying a world-class Principal Ballerina live before their hometown audience. More information and tickets at

Amartya Kallingal is a teenage classical violinist who began playing the violin at the age of 5. Within a few years, he appeared for the Royal Schools of Music Grade 5 with Distinction. Amartya has been playing in youth orchestras since the age of 10, including the Metro Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), the All State Middle School Orchestra (GMEA), and currently, the Atlanta Junior Chamber Orchestra (AJCO). He is currently taught by Nadir Khashimov, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and an accomplished soloist. Amartya is an 8th grader at Pace Academy, where he was a recipient of the Arts Laureate, and plays Saxophone for the School Marching Band (and most recently, the Middle School Band Festival at UGA). Amartya is a high performing student and a Duke TIP scholar.

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Carrollton!

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Tuesday, September 25 in Carrollton

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Moscow Ballet Audition Director Maria Morari arrives in Carrollton on Tuesday, September 25 at 5:00pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Maria Morari will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio Townsend Center University of West Georgia 134 University Drive Carrollton, GA 30117. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Monday, November 26, 2018 - 4:00pm matinee, and 8:00pm, at Townsend Center for the Performing Arts.  Buy Tickets

Carrollton Academy of Dance (CAD) is the oldest dance studio in Carroll County. The studio began in 1977, and today is under the direction of Heather Parker.  Since the beginning, CAD has specialized in age appropriate costuming, musical selections, and choreography. The studio offers classes for students wishing for recreational activity and also to those who want to train more intensively. Classes are offered in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Contemporary. There are also Musical Theatre camps, master classes, and much more! Classes start at the age of 2 years.

 CAD produces three shows each year. In the winter all ballet students perform in the annual production of The Nutcracker. There is the annual Winter Extravaganza Recital for other styles of dance and the youngest dancers. In the Spring the season ends with a recital with a different theme each year. CAD is also home to the Parker Dance Company. Members of the PDC are chosen through audition, or by invitation. These students travel throughout the south for conventions, workshops, and competitions. The PDC continues to bring home top honors year after year. PDC was founded in 2003 to give CAD students more performance opportunities, and also to grow more extensively in the art of dance.

About the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts

The Maurice K. Townsend Center for the Performing Arts supports the academic departments of Music and Theatre throughout their various performance and educational endeavors, supports the academic mission of the University of West Georgia as a whole, and advocates the Arts and Arts Education to the university and surrounding communities. Both the university and the West Georgia region benefit from the cultural enrichment and educational opportunities provided by the variety of events presented at the Townsend Center.