Youth Auditions for
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian

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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 will not be touring the west coast for their 2022 tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker. They wish all of our dancers a safe 2022 and look forward to returning in 2023!

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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The Great Russian Nutcracker Seattle Audition 

When: Audition date to be announced in August 2023 
Where:  American Dance Institute’s Shoreline, 1240 NE 175th Street, 98155
What Time:  TBA

Auditions are FREE and open to all dancers ages 6-18 in the greater Seattle area who have had at least 1 year of ballet training and are currently enrolled in a ballet class.

If cast, dancers need to be available to learn the choreography from our Moscow Ballet audition director on September 4th & 5th after school. ADI's staff will then rehearse the dancers during the weekends and get them ready for performance. Dancers must be available for these mandatory rehearsals Dates & Times To BE Announced In August 2023.

There is no audition fee. However if cast, there is a fee to cover the cost of rehearsals and cleaning costumes. In 2019 that cost was $150. Limited scholarships are available. Please inquire in the office: 206-783-0755

Dress Rehearsal will be on the same day as the first performance. The students will need to be available all day on that date (TBA August 2023). 

More information:

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


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

Snow Sprites: 4 girls ages 10-14, pointe optional

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 

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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. 

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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, 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 BonfieldTechnically supreme dancing, opulent, magical moments”

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Behind The Scenes Of Seattle's Cutest Nutcracker Auditions

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2017 Seattle area cast members for the Great Russian Nutcracker.

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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.   

Watch it now:Behind The Scenes Of The Cutest Nutcracker Auditions

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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.



President Obama at the Great Russian Nutcracker Rehearsals

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