Moscow Ballet announces auditions Mon, Oct 12 for Local Student Dancers to Perform Beside the Pros in Great Russian Nutcracker on December 12 in Easton

Sep 10th, 2015Press Release from State Theatre Center for the Arts

finaltourimage2015_3000x200(Berkshires, MA) Sept 24, 2015 Moscow Ballet announces open auditions on Mon, Oct 12, 6:00pm for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 years. Selected children will perform beside the professional company in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Dec 12 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts. The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio Pennsylvania Classical Ballet, 1716 Washington Ave, Northampton, PA 18067. Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 23rd year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Audition Director Olga Aru will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who… should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers,” Calgary Herald, 2014. Register at . Tickets and more info at or

Olga Aru received her degree in ballet and dance pedagogy from Kiev State Ballet College, Ukraine, in 2008. Since graduation, Olga has had a whirlwind of performance and teaching experiences; from dancing in ballet’s greatest classics to the most contemporary and to traveling around the world in those performances. She is a Laureate and award winner of the “Crystal Shoe – Dance Beyond Boards” competition and she performed at the “Mikkeli Ballet Festival” in Finland.

Since 2008, husband-and-wife duo Yu Hong and Dana Nederostek have owned and operated Pennsylvania Classical Ballet Academy.  The couple aims to instill a sense of discipline in their students and help them move on to professional careers.  The company employs the teaching principles of famous Russian dancer Agrippina Vaganova. In addition to ballet instruction, the school offers modern, contemporary and jazz classes to students age 4 through adult.  The company recently opened a second location in Easton, PA.

Dance with Us offers student dancers personal exposure to Moscow Ballet’s highly skilled dancers and experience with a professional performance, an especially unique opportunity for students in smaller markets. Danville mother Amy Lewis says, “My daughter participated with Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker production. It [was] a wonderful experience for her. She will never forget taking part in such a special and enjoyable event.” Dance with Us Audition Directors  travel to 70+ North American cities in September and October auditioning and rehearsing local children ages 7 to 16 years. Dance with Us is underwritten solely by Moscow Ballet. Partnerships with local dance studios in performance cities are developed by co-producer Mary Gianonne Talmi who also developed Dance with Us program. Click for more.

Moscow Ballet – In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet repertory includes classic ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. For more than 20 years the company has featured award-winning and rising star dancers, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Alisa Voronova in 2014. The company performs 100 engagements annually across North America in most of the top twenty demographic market areas and in over 70 cities. Moscow Ballet receives critical acclaim and is regularly invited to present at National Press Club events.   In addition to public performances, the company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 American dance students annually in Dance with Us. Intensive cultural immersion project “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” benefits thousands of school children and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensives also touch the lives of many children and young adults. For over 20 years Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and Children’s Hospitals has raised revenue for significant causes.

Tickets for Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the State Theatre, December 12th are on sale now at  or by phone 610-252-3132. There will be 2 performances: 3 PM & 7 PM

Contact: Sally Michael Keyes moc.rekcarctunnull@yllas  (413) 499-1733 x21

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