KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Unique to the Great Russian Nutcracker are Russian folk characters Father Christmas (Ded Moroz) and Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) who escort Masha to the Land of Peace and Harmony in Act II, also unique to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s complete, famous score, Moscow Ballet’s production features 200 all new costumes, 9 hand-painted backdrops made in Russia with 3-D ornamentation and fanciful, ten foot tall silk puppets designed by Russian puppet master Valentin Federov.
Unique to Moscow Ballet, the “Dance with Us” program provides for 60 or more student dancers to be selected to perform as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes and Snow Maidens and more in today’s performances with the 40 professionals.
About Svetlana Todinova – MB SOLOIST Audition Director
Visits 20 American cities between the months of September and October annually, where she auditions and trains hundreds of young, aspiring dancers to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.
She completed formal ballet training in 1997 at the Rudolph Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy in honor of the legendary dancer who was from that city.
Worked with hundreds of children in 29 centers in Pasco County Florida with Moscow Ballet’s New Horizons – A Children’s program for Life.
ABOUT Dance Et Plus and owner and director Shelly Hall
Shelly has 40 years of dance experience and has taught for 29 yrs, inspiring thousands of young dancers.
She trained under Gus Giordano, Luigi, Frank Hatchett, Al Gilbert, Joe Tremaine and ballet teacher Janice Barringer.
Her students have become actors, models, college and professional level dancers and cheerleaders and have competed across the nation claiming various national titles.
Shelly builds a firm foundation in dance for each student so they can achieve their dreams.
Although her dancers may not all dance on Broadway, each one is sure to dance with courage, confidence, and a will to achieve.
Here is what will happen on Mon Dec 23. Let me know what you think. We can talk it through on the phone too.