Nutcracker Ballet - Missoula (MT)

Dennison Theatre
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 406.243.4051

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

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.

Missoula Ballet Students Audition for Moscow Ballet on May 19 at Host Studio Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre

Missoula and area ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition on Saturday, May 19, 11:00 am for Moscow Ballet at Host Studio Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre. The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training.

Successful auditionees perform side-by-side with the Moscow Ballet company in the Great Russian Nutcracker in roles that were created exclusively for their age and skill levels such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens and more. The young dancers will also experience rehearsals with the Russian company. This is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for aspiring young dancers. The Dance-with-Us program is in its 25th year of auditioning and rehearsing student dancers in each tour city to perform with the professional company. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 pm, at Dennison Theatre. Find Tickets here   

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre School opened in 1998. Charlene Campbell Carey is the Artistic Director of the school and the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre Compay. The school’s integrated approach to dance brings students into the world of dance through a variety of explorations that actively engage them in perception, research, reflection, and discussion. The curriculum develops students in discerning and strengthening basic proficiencies developing skills of analysis, abstract thinking, interpretation and problem-solving that are as relevant to studying dance work as to analyzing a work of literature or exploring physics. The curriculum includes ballet, pointe, contemporary,  jazz, tap, pre-ballet, and creative movement. The past four years, RMBT has produced a global cultural exchange called BALLET BEYOND BORDERS which is a 4 day festival that includes a dance challenge, film festival and diplomacy conference in Missoula, MT.  The topic of the week is the role of the arts in human communication. Dancers, jury members and teachers from around the world convene to explore the changing landscape of our global dance art form. 

About the Fine Arts Building at the University of Montana

Over the past 65 years, the Fine Arts Building at the University of Montana has housed the student union and classrooms, but the most impressive portion of the building has always been the known as the University Theatre.

They voted in 1928 to impose a $1 per quarter fee on themselves to meet the campus need for a dance hall, large auditorium, larger bookstore and place to gather for relaxation and entertainment.The University Theatre opened in November 1935.Students were delighted when they could finally occupy the building they had been waiting for since 1928. The official opening, its dedication ceremony, musical entertainment, speeches and a dance kicked off Homecoming Weekend on November 22, six months after the death of President Charles H. Clapp, who had been one of the building's greatest supporters

On Friday, May 11, 2012 the University Theatre was renamed in honor of former UM President George Dennison and his wife, Jane.