Youth Auditions for
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian
The Moscow Ballet returned to Seattle for two performances at the Paramount Theatre. Thursday, November 7th, and Friday, November 8th at 7 pm. Greater Seattle area dance students were invited to audition for the production's ancillary roles, including little snowflakes, mice, party children, snow sprites, snow maidens, Spanish, Russian, French, Arabian, and Chinese dancers.
The 2019 performance of The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker was a smashing success!
We are sad to say Moscow Ballet has cancelled their 2020 tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. They wish all of our dancers a safe 2020 and look forward to returning in 2021!
Please remember that auditions are open to all greater Seattle students having at least one year of ballet training at the time of auditions and be currently enrolled in a local dance school.
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Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program has brought tens of thousands of student dancers onstage to perform annually in a professional environment for 26 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children!
The Dancing Roles Cast For Seattle Performance
ACT I SCENES:
Party Children: Ages 7-11, 6 girls and 6 boys (or girls dressed as boys)
Mice: Ages 10-12
Little Snowflakes: Ages 6-8 (Note: Must have 1 year ballet training)
Snow Maidens: Ages 10-14
Spanish: 2 dancers ages 8-10 & 2 dancers ages 12-18, pointe optional
Chinese: 2 dancers ages 8-10 & 2 older dancers ages 12-18, pointe optional
Russian: 2 dancers ages 8-10 & 2 dancers ages 11-18
French: 2 dancers ages 7-8
Arabian: 2 dancers ages 12-18, pointe optional
There will be two performances in Seattle 2019.
The New York Times Says...
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.
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, and perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker at Seattle's Paramount Theater.
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 Bonfield, “Technically supreme dancing, opulent, magical moments”
Behind The Scenes Of Seattle's Cutest Nutcracker Auditions
2017 Seattle area cast members for the Great Russian Nutcracker.
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.
Watch it now:Behind The Scenes Of The Cutest Nutcracker Auditions
60-100 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.