Moscow Ballet's
Great Russian Nutcracker

Engage with Moscow Ballet
in Your Town!

This winter check out Moscow Ballet’s interactive programs with children in tour towns and cities. Now is the time to set up a visit by a ballerina or danseur for your group! 

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Do the Dancers Miss
Christmas with Family?

Do you wonder how the Moscow Ballet dancers celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve? The Russian calendar places Christmas almost a week after the dancers arrive home! 

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Did you see Moscow Ballet's
The Sleeping Beauty?

Catch these stunning photos and video of Moscow Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty in 2019 featuring Principal Ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya.

 

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Student Dancers with Uncle Drosselmeyer in the Party SceneMOSCOW BALLET CASTS LOCAL DANCERS FOR NUTCRACKER SHOWS
By LA TIMES TODAY STAFF, LOS ANGELES, DECEMBER 12, 2019

#MoscowBallet is featured in #LATimes article highlighting the unique #Dance-with-Us program that brings local ballet students on stage with the professional company. Ballerina Anna Trofimova talks about this unique opportunity to learn from and perform with professional Russian ballet company. Go to www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions for more info.

Courtesy of “Los Angeles Times Today,” 7 and 10 pm daily on Spectrum News 1.

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Why Audition To Dance With Us?

Local youth ages 6 to 18 can audition to be Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes, Russian Snow Maidens and more roles through Moscow Ballet’s community engagement “Dance-with-Us ” program. Auditions are led by a Moscow Ballet company member/pedagogue in each performance city this fall.

 

Moscow Ballet’s Spanish Variation with Corbin Holloway (far right)‘The Nutcracker’ wasn’t always a beloved ballet. Early critics liked only the music.
By Marylou Tousignant, Washington Post, December 2, 2019

The critics were not kind after the first performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The battle scene was called clumsy, the costumes were described as dull, and the Sugar Plum Fairy was dissed as chubby (our word, not theirs). Even the composer found the premiere “rather boring.”

But the music — oh, that wonderful music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky — got rave reviews. And it still does. Somewhere along the way, seeing “The Nutcracker” became a holiday tradition. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker teams with local dance studios to find young talent to put onstage with the pros.

This year marks Corbin Holloway’s sixth “Nutcracker” role with Moscow Ballet. His first was at age 7, before he had even started ballet classes. Now the Rockville, MD preteen has a featured role in the Bethesda show’s “Celebration Dance” scene.

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New Horizons students with a ballerina in KnoxvilleMoscow Ballet engages communities
in many ways 

Moscow Ballet brings Community Engagement programs to American and Canadian children which are led by the multi-talented Audition Directors. President Obama’s daughter Sasha joined in the Dance with Us program. Children of all ages and interests learn from the Russian cultural immersion program ‘New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life’; SCAD and MICA fine art majors have participated in life drawing classes of the ballerinas and danseurs in the Fine Art Program; and concerto competition winning musicians accompany the Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina live in Saint Saens’ “Dying Swan” Musical Wunderkind. Reach out to Moscow Ballet to set up a program in your community! 

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Community Engagement since 1993


100,000+ children - Sharing Culture and Inspiring Peace 

Dance with Us Ballerinas audition, rehearse and inspire 6000+ local student dancers who then perform side-by-side with the company of 40 members.

New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life delivers cultural immersion sessions using interactive exercises which develop healthy diet, movement and creative expression habits for thousands of children of all ages.

Musical Wunderkind – Strings Ballerinas perform side by side with pre-professional Concerto Competition musiciansto St. Saen’s The Dying Swan

Musical Wunderkind – Choirs perform live in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” and welcome patrons to singing repertoire in venue lobbies.

Musical Wunderkind – Orchestras – University musicians accompany Moscow Ballet in the complete Great Russian Nutcracker in many cities on the tour.

Fine Art Program brings ballerinas and fine art students together to draw, shoot, and paint the ballerinas at SCAD, MICA, Syracuse Fine Art program, and more.

 

See New Items in
Moscow Ballet’s Gift Store

Moscow Ballet’s Gift Store features branded items inspired by the Great Russian Nutcracker and more classic story ballets. Specialty items include a Limited Edition 18 inch “Kissy Doll” with numbered Certificate and a Christmas Ribbon-Candy Tutu; Moscow Ballet branded and hand-made Nutcrackers, Christmas Tree ornaments featuring Moscow Ballet characters, DVDs, books, posters, and T-shirts. Kids (and grown-ups!) love Moscow Ballet's pink, plush Waltz of the Roses Bear; and more unique birthday and Christmas items.

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Moscow Ballet

Dance With Us

Moscow Ballet’s 'Dance with Us’ program brings the opportunity of auditioning, rehearsing, and performing with an international touring ballet company to a generation of ballet students!

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Gift store

Check out our online shop! Moscow Ballet's exclusive line of limited edition Russian Nutcrackers bring a piece of the annual Great Russian Nutcracker performance to you!

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Photo & Video Galleries

Nutcracker.com is your source for all things Moscow Ballet and all things Nutcracker! See Great Russian Nutcracker and other story ballets' historical photos in our gallery,

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  • Expansive…brimful with feeling… elegantly generous!

    New York Times’ Chief Dance Critic
    Alastair Macaulay
  • Hot ticket...magnetic sense of theater

    New York Times, 2015
  • Technically supreme dancing, dazzling... authentically opulent...

    Calgary Herald
  • Technical prowess was…truly "great”...whimsical sets and giant animal stick puppets and colorful costumes … stellar Arabian Variation…breathtaking!

    Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2014
  • “Christmas cheer...Virtuosity...bravura expertise”

    Los Angeles Times
  • “Commitment to the theme of Love and Peace”

    CNN News
  • “Hot Ticket...Knockout… Kids wide-eyed”

    New York Times
  • “Few pack the punch!”

    Detroit Free Press