Nutcracker Ballet - Cupertino (CA)

Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Local Musical Wunderkind Donghyun Koo Accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina December 16 at Cupertino’s Flint Center

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings cellist Donghyun Koo on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Sunday, December 16, 3pm, at the Flint Center, in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” a major influence on modern interpretations of the Black Swan, Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Donghyun is 17-years-old and the assistant principal for California Youth Symphony. He is an award-winning cellist, placing second in the Contra Costa String Music Competition. Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Musical Wunderkind program selects local youth based upon their demonstrated skills and talents.Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind,” who perform in many cities on the 2018 tour, are Concerto Competition winners and the next generation of professional musicians. Their experience accompanying the Principal Ballerina. Through this program they have the rare opportunity of accompanying a world-class Principal Ballerina live before their hometown audience. More information and tickets at

Donghyun Koois a 17-year-old cellist and the assistant principal for the Palo Alto-based California Youth Symphony conducted by Leo Eylar, Conductor and Music Director since 1990. Donghyun was selected as a California All-State musician for California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC), an event for high school and college students interested in the choral music profession. He is an award-winning musician, placing second in the Contra Costa String Music Competition and was a finalist at the United State International Music Competition, a competition organized by the United States International Music Foundation to provide young musicians the opportunity to exhibit their talent and encourage a cross-cultural appreciation of music. 

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

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.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Saturday, October 13 in Cupertino

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 Olena Pedan  arrives in Cupertino on October 13 at 2:00pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Olena Pedan  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 Saratoga School of Dance at Joan Pisano Community Center, 19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Sunday, December 16, 3 pm matinee and 7:00 pm, at Flint Center.  Buy Tickets.

The Saratoga School of Dance, in the San Jose / Palo Alto Valley, provides a family oriented, child friendly, environment for students ranging in age from 16 months to adults of all ages. While the main emphasis is on age appropriate technique, this is not a competition school and equal importance is given to providing a fulfilling, fun environment for young dancers. Students are, however, well grounded in formal technique and are fully prepared to go to a competitive program should they choose.

About the Flint Center for the Performing Arts

The Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College is named for Calvin C. Flint, the first president and superintendent of the Foothill-De Anza District, of which De Anza College is a part. The venue hosts a wide range of performances by musicians, speakers, and dancers, as well as community events for the greater San Jose region.