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Moscow Ballet’s beloved Great Russian Nutcracker receives consistent critical acclaim:

2016, Philadelphia Dance Journal,
“Dancing exemplifies all the qualities one expects to see in top-tier classical ballet” and “Sets designed by Carl Sprague...beautiful” and “Arthur Oliver”s costumes...glamour that dazzles the eye”

2016, Philadelphia Alternate Takes 2,
“Moscow Ballet version is classic Russian...hypnotic...spellbinding...technically dazzling...and razor sharp aerial splits”

2016, Philadelphia Alternate Takes 2,
“Elena Petrichenko and Sergey Chumakov...virtuoso dance” and “Moscow Ballet”s Great Russian Nutcracker has a lot to offer in contrast to Balanchine”s distillation of Russian aesthetics”

2016, Broadway World, Perry Tannenbaum,
“Moscow Ballet's [Great Russian] Nutcracker Brims with Tradition, Grace, and Delight” and “Over 5,000 young dancers are getting to rehearse, perform, and wear wondrous costumes through Moscow Ballet's “Dance With Us” program”

2016, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Eric E. Harrison
“Nutcracker dazzlingly shows Russian roots” and “Tatiana Nazarkhevich as Masha and Andrey Batalov as Nutcracker Prince showed why the Russians remain the principal keepers of the classical ballet tradition.”

2015 New York City The New York Times, Gia Kourlas
Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker...a magnetic sense of theater, a hot ticket”

2014 The New York Times, Brian Seibert
“A Christmas tale from a faraway Land of Snow and Ice…real beauty…good, precise dancing… well-trained cast”

2014 Cleveland Plain Dealer, Steve Sucato
Danced exquisitely by Ekaterina Bortiakova...[her] technical prowess, especially in her footwork and turns, coupled with an endearing smile and girlish innocence, was…truly great.”

2013 Los Angeles Times, Lewis Segal
Karyna Shatkovskaya…[showed] faultless mastery of the steps and a floating jump. Vladimir Tkachenko…contributed bravura expertise.”

2012 Time Magazine Lightbox, NYC, NY
President Barack Obama attends a dress rehearsal of Moscow Ballet's “Great Russian Nutcracker,” in which his daughter, Sasha, portrays a mouse.”

2010 New York Times, NYC, NY, Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic
“Knockout… Brimful with feeling…Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager. Kids…were wide-eyed with delight.”

Moscow Ballet – In addition to the popular Great Russian Nutcracker, company repertory includes classic ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. The company features award-winning and rising star dancers, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Alisa Voronova in 2014. It performs 100+ engagements annually across Canada and in most of the United States’ largest cities consistently receiving critical acclaim. In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet dedicates resources to community engagement programs. The 23 year old Dance with Us program shares the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 American dance students annually bringing them on stage in ancillary roles to perform side-by-side with the professionals. Underwritten by Moscow Ballet, the program was developed by choreographer and co-producer Mary Giannone Talmi. The intensive cultural immersion project “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” benefits thousands of school children in tour cities and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensivesalso touch the lives of many children and young adults. Moscow Ballet’s partnerships with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and Children’s Hospitals, has raised significant revenue.