Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Moscow Ballet and Hart Academy of Dance auditioning dancers ages 7-16 in La Habra Sept. 10

Moscow Ballet and Hart Academy of Dance announce open auditions for 7 to 16 year old dancers to perform side-by-side with 40 Russian pros in the Great Russian Nutcracker. Auditions are on Saturday, September 10, 2:00pm at Hart Academy of Dance, 1100 S Cypress St # C, La Habra, CA 90631.

Moscow Ballet soloist Mariia Skoruk is in town specifically to conduct the auditions and to train the young dancers for several days. Toledo studio owner Jenny Karl says, "This [opportunity] would be comparable to working one-on-one with an Olympic athlete…you are working with the best of the best." The live performance experience is a once-in-lifetime chance for most aspiring dancers. Dancer/teacher Michelle Dawson of Pittsburgh shares, “"Not only are you providing a fantastic opportunity for kids to perform alongside professionals…but to tackle what it means to be a performer, how you handle all of that." Students from all area dance studios are invited. Those accepted will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker at La Mirada Theatre Sunday, December 18, 3:00 and 7:00pm. Applicants must have dance training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. For more information and to register, go to www.nutcracker.com/Audition or contact Emily Baker 714-879-7505.

Mariia Skoruk was born in August 1989 in the city Kiev, Ukraine. At just ten years old she was invited to attend the famous ballet school of the Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theater. She graduated with a Diploma of Distinction and, seen as a talented ballerina, was invited to join the company of the Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theater. The Kiev Opera and Ballet Theater began its history in 1867 and has developed one of the biggest repertories in the world including 24 ballets. Many famous dancers perform on the National Opera of Ukraine stage including Serge Lifar, Nadezhda Pavlova, Maya Plisetskaya, and more from Moscow's Bolshoi Theater and the St. Petersburg Kirov Ballet. Since 2007, Mariia has also worked with Moscow Ballet. Her repertoire is comprised of the entire range of classical characters. .Among these are: Romeo and Juliet, Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Cinderella, La Bayadere, and Carmen. Maria was awarded "Honorable Mention" at the Fifth Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev. In 2009 she graduated with a Choreographic Teaching Degree from the National Dragomanova Pedagogical University. She has performed internationally in the following countries USA, Canada, Holland, England, Switzerland, Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tells the beloved Christmas story of the girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker Prince with Russian flair. Praised by the NY Times Chief Dance Critic as “thrilling and expansive and elegant brimful with feeling the 40 impeccably trained Russian dancers leap, spin and lunge bringing the traditional story to life. The Act I Christmas party enchants with its magical toys, evil Mouse King and a journey through the glittering Snow Forrest. Unique to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Russian folk characters Father Christmas and the Snow Maiden escort Masha (aka Clara) to the Land of Peace and Harmony in Act II where she and the Nutcracker Prince are honored by emissaries from heritages the world over; African, Russian, Asian, European and Hispanic. Set to Pytor Tchaikovsky's famous score, Moscow Ballet's production features lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops with 3-D ornamentation and fanciful, larger-than-life puppets designed by Russian puppet master Valentin Federov. A must see show for everyone in the family this holiday season! www.nutcracker.com

Tickets are now on sale and start at $27.50. To purchase call 800-745-3000 or go to www.nutcracker.com . Group rates are available for ten or more, call 800 320 1733.

Moscow Ballet - History
Moscow Ballet is known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, the organization evolved out of Talmi’s all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1986-92). Moscow Ballet made its debut in 1993 with the Great Russian Nutcracker which was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Russian Bolshoi Theatre. In 1994, Moscow Ballet invited the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats, and the theatre's full orchestra, to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the "19th Century Classical Nutcracker." In 2003, Moscow Ballet announced the appointment of Anatoly Emelianov, winner of the Diagelev award, and Vladimir Troshchenko, director of Odessa State Ballet and a pivotal figure in the ballet world, as co-artistic directors. Moscow Ballet continues to feature top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools in its productions.

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