Nutcracker Ballet - Detroit (MI)

Fox Theatre
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 12:00 pm (noon)
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 8:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Local Musical Wunderkind Kelly Deng Accompanied Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina at Detroit’s Fox Theatre in 2018

Violinist Kelly Deng accompanied a prima ballerina in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” before a performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker on the 2018 Dove of Peace Tour at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The performance was part of Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind.”

Kelly Deng, who has been playing the violin since the age of six, has served as Concertmaster for the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Symphony Orchestra. She is also a prizewinner in both the Tuesday Musicale Student League Concerto Competition and the Madonna University Honors Competition. 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. 

About Detroit's Host Studios

MDM Dance Project Director Mark McCleese has been teaching for 12 years and dancing for 20. Mark was the head of the Dance Department at the Center Stage Studio Performing Arts Studio in California. He has judged several dance competitions including Showbiz and Primetime over the last decade. His students have placed first overall at many competitions and he has also won many choreography, costume and special awards. Mark has taught master classes at many studios throughout the United States and has performed professionally in many shows including Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Deborah Alrutz has been dancing for over 50 years and teaching since the early 80s. She taught ballet in Wisconsin and Michigan and has taught with Mark since they both began with Andrea Redman Dance Academy (now MDM Dance Project). 

Performer's Edge Dance Company (PEDC) is an award-winning dance studio that offers both performance and competitive programs.  PEDC provides a family-friendly environment with professional instruction that together teaches strong dance technique, responsibility and commitment.  Their passion for the arts instills dedication, focus, discipline and self-esteem in every dancer, every day! PEDC is the only area dance studio that offers Chorus Line instruction and participates in many local parades – they even have a former Radio City Rockette on staff!

About the Fox Theatre


The Fox Theatre was constructed in 1928, as the first movie palace in the world to be equipped with sound systems for films. It presented feature-length films, shorts, orchestra performances, and later hosted some of the biggest names in showbiz history—Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Shirley Temple—as well as the famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Today, the Fox Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as an exquisite backdrop for a variety of live productions, including another renowned Christmas show—Moscow Ballet’s incredible, critically acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker.