UKRAINIAN BALLERINA HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR 'THE NUTCRACKER' IN CONCORD
The NUTCRACKER: Magical Christmas Ballet features dancers from all over the world: Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan — and Ukraine.
“I am so excited to be here and dance with the little dancers,” says Ukrainian ballerina Bogdana Kopiy, who’s leading the auditions.
She’s been performing since she could tie her ballet shoes, but this year feels different — and for good reason.
CHATTANOOGA CHILDREN AUDITION FOR NUTCRACKER AUG.16
Local youth ages six to 17 can audition for the roles of party children, mice, snowflakes, snow maidens, and variations through the “Dance-with-Us ” community engagement program. Auditions will be held in each performance city this fall. The “Dance-with-Us” program has brought more than 100,000 aspiring ballet dancers on stage with the professionals over the past 30 years.
Ukrainian audition director Bogdana Kopiy will lead the selection process. In this moment of international conflict, these soloists from leading opera houses in Ukraine bring a timely message of peace and harmony to American students.
Children in the cast rehearse for weeks at the local studio, preparing for the performance(s) that will take place under the bright lights of Memorial Hall. On the performance day, the youth cast starts early with costume fittings having been assigned classical hand-sewn costumes designed by the highly acclaimed Arthur Oliver. A dress rehearsal will be held on stage with the professional company led by Ukrainian Artistic Director, Nobuhiro Terada, (artistic director of the National School in Kyiv.)
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