Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet Soloist August 25 through 30 in 4 Locations around Tampa Bay
“The inclusion of…local children in the ballet as part of Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those dancers,” Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dance-with-Us students perform side-by-side with the pros
(Berkshires, MA) August 14, 2017 – Tampa Bay area ballet students ages 7 to 17 are invited to 4 audition locations Friday, August 25 through Wednesday August 30 for Moscow Ballet Soloist. Auditions, as well as Master Classes, will take place in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Largo. The Moscow Ballet auditions are open to students from dance studios across the area with a minimum one year of ballet training. In addition, ballet students are invited to attend pre-audition Master Classes taught by the Moscow Ballet Soloist. Dates, times, and locations are listed below. Click to see 2016 ballet students auditioning. Sign up here: www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions.
The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Tuesday, December 26 and 27 at Duke Energy Center for the Arts’ Mahaffey Theater. Tickets here www.nutcracker.com/your-city
Auditions and Master Classes:
1.FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 – LARGO
Tutterow Dance Academy – 400 Alternate Keene Rd – Largo, FL 33771
Master class: 5:30-7:00 – $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
2.SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 – TAMPA
Dance Tampa – 8120 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL 33634
Audition: 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Master Class: 12:30 – 2:30 pm – $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
3.SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 – ST PETERSBURG
Mirror Lake Studios – 559 Mirror Lake Dr. No., St Petersburg, FL 33701
Audition: 6:30-8:00 pm
Master Class: 5:00-6:30pm – $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
4.MONDAY, AUGUST 28 – TAMPA
Dance Tampa – 8120 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL 33634 – 813-968-8099
Audition: 6:30-7:30 pm
Master Class – 5:00-6:15 pm $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
5.Wednesday August 30 – CLEARWATER
Dance and Circus Arts – 1490 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765
Audition: 6:45-7:45 pm
Master Class: 5:30-6:45 pm – $30 fee, attendance recommended for students who are auditioning
Host Dance Studio Judith Lee Johnson Dance School is the longest continuously operating studio in St. Petersburg and is one of the longest operating and best-known dance schools in Central Florida with 50 years of guiding scores of dancers into America’s most prestigious ballet companies. Former students have danced with many ballet companies including three dancers invited to the New York City Ballet, and others to Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ohio Ballet and many other companies. The studio offers a variety of classes and special Master Classes. Johnson studied as a child with one of St. Petersburg’s few dance teachers, Lois Eborn. She also went to Cuba and studied at the world renowned Alicia Alonso School in Havana. She was one of 60 teachers nationwide to be invited by NYC Ballet to attend a week long teacher’s seminar with George Balanchine. Judith built her own studio when classes were bulging with more than 300 students and many area companies came to rehearse there including Florida West Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Bay Ballet Theatre, and Southern Ballet Theatre. Daniel Ulbricht was Judith’s first student to be accepted into New York City Ballet where he is now a Principal dancer. More than 20 of Judith’s students have been accepted into New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet.
Dance-with-Us is the Moscow Ballet education program which has brought over 100,000 (about 5000 per year) North American student dancers on stage to perform side-by-side with the company of 40 Russian professionals since 1994. Ballerinas from the company arrive in early fall and travel to cities on the tour to audition and rehearse the young dancers in 6+ student roles. Dance-with-Us is underwritten by Moscow Ballet. Partnerships with local Host Dance Studios in tour cities are developed by producer Mary Gianonne Talmi who also developed the choreography for the Dance-with-Us program. Click for more
Moscow Ballet – 2017 marks Moscow Ballet’s 25th consecutive year touring North America performing the acclaimed story ballets the Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. The company is known for presenting award-winning Ballerinas and Danseurs, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Predenia in 2002 to Andrey Batalov, former Principal Danseur with the Mariinsky Theatre in 2016. The company performs more than 100 engagements annually across Canada and the United States’ to sell-out audiences in the some of the finest performing arts venues. In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet’s North America tours have always included community engagement programs.
“Dance with Us” shares the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 6000 American dance students annually bringing them on stage in ancillary roles to perform side-by-side with the professionals. Underwritten by Moscow Ballet, the program was developed by choreographer and co-producer Mary Giannone Talmi. “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” is a cultural immersion program benefitting thousands of children across the country annually and Musical Wunderkind also connects the Russian dancers directly with American children and young adults. In addition, many Moscow Ballet performances have a fund-raising component for organizations such as hospitals, children’s museums and more. www.moscowballet.com.