Nutcracker Ballet - Nashville (TN)

The Ryman at the Grand Ole Opry
Monday, December 24, 2018 - 3:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Local Musical Wunderkind Vladimir Zeleny Accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina December 24 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings acoustic guitarist Vladimir Zeleny on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Monday, December 24, 3pm, at Ryman Auditorium,in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,”a major influence on modern interpretations of the Black Swan, Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Vladimir Zeleny. 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. Their experience accompanying the Principal Ballerina Through this program they have the rare opportunity of accompanying a world-class Principal Ballerina live before their hometown audience. More information and tickets at

Vladimir Zeleny is a lifelong musician from Berkshires, Mass. He has performed music at historic and leading venues across the county: Koussevitzky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass., The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown, Mass., The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Mass., Katherine M. Elfers Hall in Lakeville CT, and many, many, more.  Vladimir is a tenor voice and board member of Berkshire Lyric, as well as the Programs Manager at Rock On Young Musician’s Workshop. Vladimir has performed with John Madeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, opened for James Taylor, jammed with Guthrie family members, and has met with iconic artists of all genres from Yo-Yo Ma to Trey Anastasio.  Vladimir is currently working as assistant stage manager on tour with the Moscow Ballet, and provides a unique cultural crossover by performing the Dying Swan on acoustic guitar at the home of country music, The Ryman Auditorium.

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

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 23 in Nashville

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 Bogdana Кopiy arrives in Nashville on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:30 pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Bogdana Кopiy 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 Dance South Performing Arts and Middle Tennessee Youth Ballet 135 Edenway Drive White House, TN 37188. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Monday, December 24, at 3:00 pm matinee, at The Ryman at the Grand Ole Opry.  Buy Tickets.

Dance South offers a diverse curriculum ranging from the pre-school student to the advanced student, and strives to meet each student's individual needs, whether they are a dedicated pre-professional or the individual who wants to learn the art of dance for fun.  Dance South is committed to the development of each student's fullest potential by offering a positive, non-competitive, and value-centered atmosphere where every student will learn proper dance technique from caring, professional instructors.  The goal of the school is to teach students of all levels and ages dance for enjoyment, while instilling in them a love and appreciation of the art of dance.

Offering classes in classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical/modern, and hiphop, Dance South focuses strongly on technique. Knowing that performance technique is also crucial to a dancer's education, Dance South encourages students to further his or her training through performance opportunities made available throughout the year.

About The Ryman at the Grand Ole Opry

Ryman Auditorium is the most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry shows and is also host to numerous concerts and events throughout the year. It is a 2,362-seat live performance venue, located at 116 5th Avenue North, in Nashville. From 1943 to 1974 it was best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Ryman Auditorium was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and was further designated a National Historic Landmark on June 25, 2001, for its pivotal role in the popularization of country music.