Nutcracker Ballet - Dallas (TX)

SMU McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 7:00 pm
SMU McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 1:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Saturday, September 15 and 16 in Dallas

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 Anna Trofimova arrives in Dallas on Saturday, September 15 at 3:00pm, and Sunday, September 16 at 3:00pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker! Anna Trofimova will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. 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 the following Moscow Ballet Host Studios:

1. London School of Dance
Audobon Village Shopping Center 565 W. Oates Road, Suite 105 Garland, TX 75043
Saturday, September 15 at 3:00pm

2. Toby's School of Dance
635 W. Campbell Road, Suite 224 Richardson, TX 75080
Sunday, September 16 at 3:00pm

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The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Saturday, November 17, 3:00pm (Matinee) & 7:00pm, and Sunday, November 18, 1:00pm (Matinee) at SMU McFarlin Memorial Auditorium.  Buy Tickets

London School of Dance and Toby’s School of Dance are the Host Dance Studios and students from 24 local dance schools have participated in past performances. 

Toby McPheeters has been honored to be the Dallas Coordinator of the children in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, along with Gwen Owens, owner of London School of Dance in Garland TX, for over 20 years! Along with these dedicated and awe-inspiring teachers:  her daughter, Laura Glenn, Sally Andriot, and Gina Baker, Toby hopes to continue working with the amazing Moscow Ballet for many more years.

At Toby's School of Dance participation in ballet as a student is an exciting artistic experience. Toby’s philosophy is that the result of proper ballet training is a beautiful, strong, and healthy body, which includes the development of good posture, grace, and poise. The self-discipline learned in ballet class helps a child to succeed in all undertakings. A qualified and well-trained faculty and individual attention to each student’s technical or physical problems assure young students the maximum opportunity for progress. The studio works form the concept that ballet is the background and basis for all dance and should be studied first or along with other forms of dance.

Toby, owner and director of Toby's School of Dance for the last 54 years, gave ownership of the studio to Sally and Don Andriot in 2016. They retained the studio name as a tribute to the legacy of Toby’s contribution to the Arts. Toby studied dance from dance luminaries including Edna McRae, Fronie Asher, Robert Bell, Nathalie Krassovska, Arthur Mitchell,  Marjorie   Tallchief, Victor Moreno, Randelyn Kaye, Buster Cooper, Nancy Cross,  Fernando Schaffenberg and Buster Cooper. A founding board member of the Dallas Dance Council for 20 years, Toby served as Vice-President and Treasurer.  In November of 2007 Toby was awarded the Mary Bywaters “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Council. She was also  Vice-President of Philanthropy, and on the Board of the Richardson Council of the Arts. For many years Toby’s Dance Company participated in the Southwest Regional Association’s Ballet Festivals all over the state of Texas.

London School of Dance was established in 1966 by Director and Founder Gwen Owens and continue the tradition of excellence with 2nd generation Co-Director Misty Owens and her New York City dance expertise. With 48 years of experience the studio is proud of the outstanding Professional Faculty and is dedicated to bringing the finest dance training for children in the area. The studio is non-competitive and the young students thrive in progressive, creative classes designed to offer children through teens an opportunity to study dance to its fullest.The annual spring performances are renowned in the region for their child-appropriate music choices, costumes and themes which ensures parent satisfaction.

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


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 McFarlin Auditorium

McFarlin Auditorium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas opened in 1926 to address the school’s need for a chapel that could accommodate the entire student body. The building’s use has since evolved, and while it remains a venue for school-related and community activities, it has also hosted a variety of performances, productions, and speakers. Among them have been the American Ballet Theatre, Luciano Pavrotti, Martin Luther King Jr., and Yo-Yo Ma.