Area Dance Students To Dance In The Great Russian Nutcracker With The Moscow Ballet

American Dance Institute partners with the world famous Moscow Ballet to stage their Great Russian Nutcracker Seattle performance at the Paramount Theater. Area dance students perform on stage with the Moscow Ballet's Dance with Us program. 

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We called local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Seattle on the 2017 North American tour.

Moscow Ballet Soloists/Audition Directors tour the country conducting auditions for student dancers at Moscow Ballet’s local host dance studios from August through October. Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 6 to 18 years, who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The selected children will rehearse at our host dance studio: American Dance Institute, 8001 Greenwood ave North, Seattle, 98103 and perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker at Seattle's Paramount Theater, November 10 at 7pm.

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Komo Television's Seattle Refined videotaped portions of Seattle's Moscow Ballet Nutcracker auditions and they interviewed participants at American Dance Institute's Greenwood Studios. Their show aired Tuesday, September 19th at 3 pm on Channel 4.   You can watch the show now Behind The Scenes Of The Cutest Nutcracker Auditions.

Los Angeles Times, Lewis Segal, “Christmas cheer...virtuosity...faultless mastery”

 New York Times, Chief Dance Critic, “Knockout, brimful with feeling, kids...wide-eyed delight”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Eric Harrison, “Dazzlingly shows Russian roots, sterling style”

 Calgary Herald, Stephen BonfieldTechnically supreme dancing, opulent, magical moments”

Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us program has brought tens of thousands of student dancers onstage to perform annually in a professional environment for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children!

The Dancing Roles Cast For 2017's Seattle Performance


* 12 Party Children:  Ages 7-11, 6 girls and 6 boys (or girls dressed as boys)

* 10 Mice: Ages 10-12

* 12 Little Snowflakes: Ages 6-8      Note: Must have 1 year ballet training


· 12 Snow Maidens:  Older girls ages 10 to 14  (Not on pointe)

· 4 Snow Sprites: Older Girls from 10-14.  Can be on pointe if technique is good. Decision will be made by audition director

· 4 Spanish: 2 dancers ages 8-10 & 2 dancers ages 12-18,  pointe optional

· 4 Chinese: 2 dancers ages 8-10 & 2 older dancers ages 12-18, pointe optional

· 4 Russian: 2 dancers ages 8-10  & 2 dancers ages 11–18

· 2 French: 2 dancers ages 7- 8

· 2 Arabian: 2 dancers – ages 12-18, Pointe optional

Auditions were held at American Dance Institute Greenwood on Wednesday, September 6th at 4:30 pm in Studio #1. Check back for 2018 audition and performance dates.

Auditions were open to all greater Seattle area dancers ages 6-18.

If you were cast, dancers need to be available:
Wednesday September 6 - Saturday September 9 to learn the choreography from our Moscow Ballet audition director.
ADI's staff will then rehearse the dancers and get them ready for performance.

If cast, each group will be assigned a 1 – 1 ½ hour rehearsal slot on September 12 & 13 between 4:00 and 8:00pm and a 1 – 1 ½ hour rehearsal slot on Saturdays or Sundays between 4:00-8:00pm from September 23rd – November 4th. If cast, dancers must be available for all assigned rehearsals. Rehearsals will be held at American Dance Institute’s Greenwood studio.

There is no audition fee, however if cast, there is $75​ fee to cover the cost of rehearsals and cleaning costumes. Limited scholarships available. Please inquire in the office.

Dress Rehearsal will be the same day as the performance, November 10. The students will need to be available all day. This is our Veteran's Day holiday so the dancers will not have to miss a day of school.

For more audition opportunities visit: More info

"Hot ticket... magnetic sense of theater"

New York Times 2015​

Moscow Ballet: ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’

When Russians are involved, there are bound to be certain advantages: a magnetic sense of theater, along with decent costumes and sets. This “Nutcracker” unfolds at Mayor Stahlbaum’s annual Christmas Eve Ball — a hot ticket, apparently — and features the dancers Ekaterina Bortiakova and Akzhol Mussakhanov in the leads, as well as new set designs by Carl Sprague, who is known for his work in films like “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” His Waltz of the Flowers scene is inspired by the gardens in the Grand Palace of Peterhof in St. Petersburg. 

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60 Seattle dance students will dance with the Moscow Ballet in their Seattle performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker this November.

"The true highlight of the night, however, was seeing all the Calgary children..."

The true highlight of the night, however, was seeing all the Calgary children who successfully auditioned to dance as mice, snowflakes and assorted minor colourful characters. They were truly adorable, and 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, Stephan Bonfield, 2014.