Nutcracker Ballet - Rochester (NY) (NY)

RBTL Auditorium Theatre
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Local Musical Wunderkind Elizabeth Sommers Accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina December 6 at Rochester’s RBTL Auditorium Theatre

Moscow Ballet community engagement program “Musical Wunderkind” brings violinist Elizabeth Sommers on stage accompanying Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina on Thurs., Dec. 6, 7pm, at the RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre, in Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” a major influence on modern interpretations of the Black Swan, Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Elizabeth Sommers is a high school senior who has been playing the violin since she was eight. She performs in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and plans to pursue historical performance on the Baroque violin. 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

Elizabeth (Liza) Sommers began her musical studies on the violin at age 8 with Alice Kanack of the Kanack School of Musical Artistry and took up the viola about six years later. Her musical interests range widely beyond the standard classical repertory; in addition to being a violist in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for two years, she plays in the Eastman School of Music's Schola Cantorum, an ensemble directed by Stephen Kennedy, offering weekly historically-informed performances of Gregorian plainchant and Renaissance and Baroque motets. Liza is also in a band, playing fiddle for the Rochester Contra Dance several times per year. She is currently studying the Baroque violin with Boel Gidholm, violinist and co-director of Publick Musick, a Rochester-based early music ensemble. A high school senior this year, Liza plans to pursue historical performance on the Baroque violin.

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Rochester NY!


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” Tuesday, August 28 in Rochester

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 Rochester on August 28 at 4:30 PM to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Ballerina Alisa Bolotnikova 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 Moscow Ballet Host Studio Dancing with Denise 1077 Gravel Road Webster NY 14580. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Thursday, December 6, 7:00 pm, at RBTL Auditorium Theatre.

Dancing with Denise was established in 1985 when owner/teacher Denise Baller taught dance to children in over 40 daycare centers in and around the Rochester area. As her students grew up, she opened a dance studio to add evening and Saturday classes for her students who were then in elementary school and beyond. Dancing with Denise is well known for promoting fun, good health, and confidence in a non-pressure, non-competitive environment. Family-centered, Dancing with Denise hosts and participates in family fun events like local parades, providing entertainment at farmer’s markets, participating in Sea Breeze Dance Days, holding their annual dance recital, hosting birthday parties, Family Fun Nights, and Zumba® classes for all ages (from baby through adult). Dancing with Denise has recently relocated the dance studio to Webster, NY, where “Having Fun is Our Philosophy” will always be the center of what they do.

About the Auditorium Theatre

The Auditorium Theatre started out as the Masonic Temple of Rochester when it was constructed in 1928. The building was home to the local Masons fraternal organization offices as well as the 2,464-seat Auditorium Theatre, which regularly featured touring productions, music concerts, and comedy revues. By the late 1980s, the building was converted into office space, meeting rooms, and banquet halls, in addition to the Theatre. The theater wing of what has been renamed Auditorium Center is now owned and operated by the Rochester Broadway Theater League. Auditorium Theatre hosts a variety of entertainment productions such as Broadway musicals, music concerts, dance performances, and children’s shows.

The started out as the Masonic Temple of Rochester when it was constructed in 1928. The building was home to the local Masons fraternal organization offices as well as the 2,464-seat Auditorium Theatre, which regularly featured touring productions, music concerts, and comedy.