Nutcracker Ballet - Pasadena (CA)

Moscow Ballet at Pasadena Convention Center
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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream

Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special; don’t miss this celebration!

Moscow Ballet’s Usual Venue In Pasadena: Pasadena Convention Center

This year, the Pasadena Convention Center presents Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker streaming directly to your living room! In a regular year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is performed at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Opened in 1932, the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium is one of the most revered performance halls in the nation. The Civic has played host to Broadway musicals, world class ballet, symphony orchestras and celebrity speakers as well as the Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. The 2,997 seat Pasadena Civic Auditorium is a part of the Pasadena Civic Center District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pasadena Civic, as part of the Pasadena Center, is the perfect blend of the old and the new. It stands as a lasting symbol of the quality and beauty of this great city. 

Moscow Ballet is a Proud Member of the Pasadena COC

Since its founding as the Board of Trade in 1888, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association has played a major role in the development of the internationally-renowned city. In the 21st century, the Chamber's primary purpose remains supporting the prosperity of its members and enhancing the business climate and quality of life in Pasadena, California. The Pasadena Chamber effectively supports its members through referrals, expert advice and technical assistance, workshops and seminars, networking and community events. The Chamber also advocates aggressively on behalf of business interests and the economy.

Pasadena’s ArtCenter, Motion Capture and Moscow Ballet Ballerina Anna Trofimova

In fall 2019, Ballerina Anna Trofimova was invited to pose for a Motion Capture photo shoot at Pasadena’s ArtCenter, the first ballerina to be included in the program.  ArtCenter College of Design’s Chair Wendy Arvest states, “There is a class in the Interaction Design Department called Body Tracking and we are attempting to build a library of body movements to support it. We have done this successfully with ice skaters and Anna’s participation was of great value to us educationally.” ArtCenter is not a traditional art school. There are several departments that teach digital media design which is basically a system of small sensors (size and weight of a quarter) that attach to the body capturing a person’s movement electronically. This material is then used digitally. Anna wore a basic leotard and tights and had sensors attached all over body but her movement was not restricted in anyway.

Past Pasadena Ballet Partnership: The Classical Ballet Academy

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Pasadena children from The Classical Ballet Academy. The Classical Ballet Academy (CBA), founded in 1990 by Crystal Peterson, is the premier high caliber training facility in the area focusing exclusively on ballet. It is ocated in Altadena at the borders of La Canada and Pasadena, just minutes from JPL. The curriculum emphasizes the classical ballet technique based upon the Russian tradition of training called the Vaganova Method. Students at CBA are invited to perform in school productions of original and classic ballets, lecture-demonstrations, school concerts, workshop exhibits including student choreography, informal studio showings and other special engagements. Select students are invited to participate in the Youth American Grand Prix and other prestigious ballet competitions.

Students of CBA have been invited to attend prestigious schools world-wide including the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Ballet, Bejart Ballet, Joffrey New York & Chicago, The Rock School, Alvin Ailey Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Miami City Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and Alonzo Kings Lines. Alumni and Students of CBA learn not only ballet, but life skills which gives them and an added edge in reaching their academic goals. Steady reinforcement of work ethics including: working to full potential, being prepared, responsible, supportive and working well with others, be a thinker and a leader while understanding sound nutrition and time management skills.