Nutcracker Ballet - Amherst (MA)

UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 413.545.2511

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Amherst!

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

About the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center

The UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center seeks to engage and inspire the campus and regional communities in the arts through a broad array of exemplary performances, exhibitions, and educational programs. Since its founding in 1975, the UMass Fine Arts Center has been a central force in the cultural, social and academic life of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The Fine Arts Center's combination of educational, visual, and performing arts programs not only makes the venue unique, but it also secures a very vital and necessary position to meet the diverse needs of scholars, faculty, students, alumni and the broader community. Close to 50,000 people attend performing arts events and exhibitions annually and 51 projects are funded through the UMass Arts Council. There are about 90 performances and 3o exhibitions annually. The venue offers a variety of stellar arts and education programs. Each program engages its audience with a unique, curatorial vision appealing to different individuals and groups both on and off campus. Combined, these programs fulfill the Center's mission by providing affordable access to high quality arts programming while being engaged in public service that advances knowledge and improves lives.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Wednesday, September 26 in Amherst

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Moscow Ballet Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikova arrives in Amherst on Wednesday, September 26 at 4:00pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

 Alisa Bolotnikova will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Local children will meet and work one-on-one with talented Moscow Ballet Soloist/Audition Directors who have toured the world; have degrees in Masters of Choreography, Economics and Journalism; won awards at International Ballet Competitions, and performed with super stars including Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vyshneva and Vladimir Vasiliev! Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio The Center Dance 321 Main Street Amherst, MA 01002. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm, at UMASS Amherst Fine Arts Center.  Buy Tickets.

At The Center, children spin stories from movement using classical and modern dance techniques. Sister duo Ashley and Caddy Carlisle combine their years of dance training in the Pioneer Valley, New York City, and Montreal with a special approach to teaching that gets kids reading, writing and dancing, as well as connecting, collaborating and creating.  It’s a holistic approach to dance. In classes geared to children and teens of all ages, kids combine elements of what they imagine with what they observe to create movement that is inventive, entertaining, and deeply satisfying.