Nutcracker Ballet - Fairfax (VA)

GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 8:00 pm
T: 888.945.2468

Local Musical Wunderkind Jennifer Di Nino Accompanies Moscow Ballet Ballerina December 21 at Fairfax’s GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Jennifer Di Nino on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Friday, December 21, 4pm, at the GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 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. Jennifer Di Nino is currently a freelance musician in the Washington D.C. area, a violin instructor with Music for Life, and a U.S. Coast Guard Reservist. She served as Assistant Concertmaster of the George Mason Symphony Orchestra and was a key member of various chamber ensembles including the Baroque Ensemble and String Quartets. 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, Jennifer Di Nino, please contact Gabry or Sally.

Journalists are also invited to attend the dress rehearsal the day of the December 21 performance with prior approval. Please contact Sally or Gabry for more information. 

Jennifer Di Nino, of Alexandria Virginia, is a 2018 graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and studied violin with Dr. Peter Wilson and June Huang.  During her two years at George Mason University she served as Assistant Concertmaster of the George Mason Symphony Orchestra and was a key member of various chamber ensembles including the Baroque Ensemble and String Quartets. Di Nino is currently a freelance musician in the Washington D.C. area, and a violin instructor with Music for Life, a nonprofit organization that operates an after-school music and mentoring program for at-risk and underserved populations who otherwise cannot afford the opportunity. Her previous teachers include Nadine Moehlenkamp, Vernon Summers, and Paula Elliott.  In addition to her Bachelor of Arts in Music, Di Nino received a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Computer Analysis from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.  She is currently serving as a U.S. Coast Guard Reservist, following seven years of active duty service, while fulfilling a lifelong aspiration of studying music and teaching violin.

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

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, October 9 in Fairfax

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 Alisa Bolotnikova arrives in Fairfax on Tuesday, October 9 at 5:00pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Alisa Bolotnikova 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 The Elite Dance Company, LLC 4521 Plank Road Suite A Fredericksburg, VA 22407. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Friday, December 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm matinee and 8:00pm, at GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Buy Tickets

Elite Dance Company's teaching philosophy is one that is focused on dance education and derived from many years in the dance industry. They follow a consistent and precise curriculum for dance students to grow through each level in which accurate information and proper dance technique are continuously enforced. Their dance program offers a wide range of dance classes and the curriculum employs many methods of learning and is designed to fully engage the dancer in each class in order to encourage artistic and technical development. Students and parents should always know what to expect from class. 

Elite Dance Company presents many performance opportunities to their students in professional atmospheres. They also provide for their dance students the experience to take several master dance classes with current professionals in the industry, information on auditions in order to advance their training, and opportunities to be exposed to dance performances at venues such as the National Theatre and the Kennedy Center.


About the GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Since opening its doors in 1990, the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall has played a key role in bringing culture and the arts to northern Virginia and the greater Washington (DC) metro area. The venue hosts community events as well we a variety of performers, such as the Virginia Opera, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the American Festival Pops Orchestra, and the Mason Dance Company.