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 Accompanies Moscow Ballet Ballerina December 23 at Detroit’s Fox Theatre

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Kelly Deng on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Sunday, December 23, 8pm at the Fox Theatre, in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” a major influence on modern interpretations of the Black Swan, Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Musical Wunderkind program selects local youth based upon their demonstrated skills and talents. 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. Through the “Musical Wunderkind” program pre-professional musicians have the rare opportunity of accompanying a world traveled principal ballerina live before their hometown audience. More information and tickets at

To arrange an in-person interview with Wunderkind, Kelly Deng, please contact Gabry or Sally.

Journalists are also invited to attend the dress rehearsal the day of the December 23rd performance with prior approval. Please contact Sally or Gabry for more information. 

Kelly Deng has been playing the violin since the age of six and is currently studying under Jacob Robbins, former concertmaster of the American Philharmonic Orchestra. Kelly has served as Concertmaster for both the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, one of the oldest youth symphonies in the state of Michigan, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Symphony Orchestra in Twin Lake, Michigan. Kelly is also a prizewinner in both the Tuesday Musicale Student League Concerto Competition where she is an active member, and the Madonna University Honors Competition.

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

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” October 19 and 27 in Detroit

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 Yuriy Kuzo arrives in Detroit to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Yuriy Kuzo will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Local children will meet and work one-on-one with talented Moscow Ballet Soloist/Audition Directors who have toured the world; have degrees in Masters of Choreography, Economics and Journalism; won awards at International Ballet Competitions, and performed with super stars including Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vyshneva and Vladimir Vasiliev! 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. Sign up to audition today at

Audition Locations:

Friday, October 19 at 5:00pm
MDM Dance Project
6060 Collection Drive, Shelby Twp, MI 48316

Saturday, October 27, 2018 9:30am
Performers Edge Dance Company
133 West Main Street Suite 190 Northville, MI 48167

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Sunday December 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon) matinee, 4:00 matinee, and 8:00, at Fox Theatre.  Buy Tickets.

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 80's. 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). Her focus is on classical ballet technique and proper body placement. Deborah has 2 daughters and is an engineer at GM.

Performer's Edge Dance Company was voted the Best Dance Studio byreaders of the Northville Record in 2012! The studio is known for teaching kids and adults dance staples such as jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop. There are also specialized classes, including the kids' Jumps, Leaps and Turns class that focuses on technique, and a core-strength class. The studio also has an award winning dance competition team.

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.