Nutcracker Ballet - Minneapolis (MN)

Orpheum Theatre
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Orpheum Theatre
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 5:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” September 8th, 9th and 15 in Minneapolis

Moscow Ballet Audition Director Bogdana Кopiy arrives in Minneapolis and will conduct audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Audition dates are as follows:

Saturday, September 8th, 12:30pm
QC Dance
9967 Ulysses St. NE Blaine, MN 55434

Sunday, September 9th, 11:00 am
The Dance Factory
1432 Lake Street Forest Lake, MN  55025

Saturday, September 15th, 10:00 am
Belle Ballet
402 North Main Street Suite 340 Stillwater, MN 55082

Ms. Kopiy 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 Studios The Dance Factory and Belle Ballet. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker at Orpheum Theatre on Friday, November 30, at 7:00 pm (QC Dance); Saturday, December 1, 1:00 pm matinee (Belle Ballet) and 5:00 pm (Dance Factory).

The Dance Factory is the Forest Lake area's premier studio for excellence in dance instruction. Creating art, providing mentors, establishing lasting memories, getting involved in the community, and cultivating a love for dance. The Dance Factory opened it’s doors for business in 1999. It’s owner, Jennifer Tell, had a vision for a school that not only provided it’s students with quality dance instruction, but that gave students a “life experience.” Students who walk through the doors in Forest Lake are given team-building skills, confidence, lasting friendships, positive role models, and memorable experiences. The approach to teaching is about nurturing the individual qualities each student has to offer. The staff is made up of experienced, positive adults, dedicated to making your child’s dance experience unique and fun.

Belle Ballet offers quality dance education in the St.Croix Valley and greater east Minneapolis area. A staff of knowledgeable and caring professionals offer first class dance training and dance technique taught by dedicated and supportive professionals. Classes include Vaganova ballet, preschool and adult dance. Belle Ballet was voted by the Stillwater Gazette as Best Studio in the East Metro area in 2015 and 2016.  Instructors Grigory Ilyvitsky, also Ballet Master, graduate of the Moscow Ballet Academy, member of Moiseyev Folk Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, and James Sewell Ballet; Anastasia Fedorova , Guest Artist and graduate of the Moscow Ballet Academy; and director Cheri Bell together represent 10 decades dedicated to dance!

QC Dance, established in 1970, is one of the few studios in the local Minneapolis area with a long successful lifespan. A forerunner in the industry and community, QC Dance is the leader in providing dancers unique and memorable opportunities for all ages, desires and commitment levels. The studio’s mission is to provide quality dance instruction and a variety of fun opportunities to learn and demonstrate dance skill while building self-esteem.  QC offers a wide variety of class options that are age-appropriate and provides a family friendly environment. Their instructors are caring and professional.

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


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.

About the Orpheum Theater

The Orpheum Theatre (originally the Hennepin Theatre) first opened its doors in Minneapolis in 1921. The legendary Marx Brothers were the first to perform at the venue that was billed as the largest vaudeville house in the country. Other legendary entertainers have performed there as well, including Fanny Brice, George Burns, and Jack Benny.

The Orpheum later became a major cinema house, and one of the first to premiere films such as Gone with the Wind and From Here to Eternity. It has hosted big bands, including Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey, and productions of the Broadway hits My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof.