Maria Molotsiyan

Meet Maria Molotsiyan, the latest star to grace the “NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet” stages, taking on the prestigious role of Audition Director. With a profound love for ballet running through her veins and a remarkable educational foundation, Maria brings a touch of enchantment and a treasure trove of expertise to our youth auditions.

In 2020, Maria graduated from the prestigious Kyiv State University choreographic school, where she became a junior-level specialist. Her chosen specialty was choreography, and she earned the professional qualification of a Ballet artist and teacher of primary specialized arts educational institutions. This foundational education provided Maria with the essential skills and knowledge to embark on her remarkable journey in the world of dance.

Fueling her passion for ballet, Maria Molotsiyan continued her pursuit of excellence. In 2022, she embarked on a new chapter in her academic journey, securing a bachelor’s degree in the realm of culture and art, specializing in choreography. At the prestigious College of Choreography of Arts, “Kyiv Municipal Academy of Dance, named after Serzh Lifar,” Maria immersed herself in an all-encompassing educational program in classical choreography accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

While her academic accomplishments shine brightly, Maria Molotsiyan’s professional journey truly dazzles. During her formative years at the academy, Maria showcased her prowess on the international stage by participating in esteemed ballet competitions in 2019, 2020, and 2021. These experiences not only honed her skills but also broadened her artistic horizons.



Upon graduating, Maria embraced touring activities, becoming a cherished collaborator with various Ukrainian ballet companies. Her talents have graced the stages of numerous countries, including Ukraine, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Italy, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Spain, New Zealand, and Australia.

Maria Molotsiyan’s artistry knows no bounds. She has adorned the ballet stage with a wide range of enchanting roles. From the ethereal mermaids and godmothers in “Forest Song” to the fiery fandango of “Don Quixote,” Maria’s versatility shines through. Her performances also include the graceful sylphs in “Chopiniana,” the enchanting waltz and oriental dance in “Cinderella,” and the embodiment of dark forces in “Snow White.”

Maria’s ballet repertoire extends further, encompassing captivating roles in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Pakhita,” “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” and “Giselle.” Her dedication and artistry have graced these productions with memorable interpretations, from the spirited tarantella to the graceful swans of “Swan Lake.”

As our Audition Director, Maria Molotsiyan brings her extensive educational and professional background, as well as her boundless passion for dance. Her ability to spot talent, nurture potential, and infuse our auditions with a touch of magic makes her an invaluable addition to the NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet team.

Stay tuned for more updates as Maria Molotsiyan helps us discover the brightest young stars for this year’s Nutcracker production, creating enchanting memories for audiences young and old alike!

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