Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Friday, September 21 in Sarasota

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Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions

for the “Great Russian Nutcracker”

Friday, September 21 in Sarasota

Moscow Ballet Producer Akiva Talmi, “The Russian dancers have found the openness and the happiness of American children very contagious… CNN News, Dec 25, 2017
Dance-with-Us students perform side-by-side with the pros

(Berkshires, MA) August 30, 2018 Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Auditions begin in Sarasota on Friday, September 21 at 5:30pm open to local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker! Stage Door Studios will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio Stage Door Studios 4001 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota FL 34233. Sign up to audition today at

The “Dance with Us” program… besides fostering greater cultural exchange between countries, gives American children a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a glimpse behind the Russian ballet curtain,”CNN Dec 25, 2017.

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Friday December 21, 2018 at 3:00pm matinee and 7:00pm, at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Stage Door Studios is proud to announce its partnership with the Moscow Ballet for the Great Russian Nutcracker! Now in its seventh year and voted “Best Dance Studio” in Sarasota, Florida, it is the mission of Stage Door Studios to provide an enriching dance experience to the broadest number of people through performances and classes, in a gentle and safe environment that inspires excellence. Stage Door Studios has designed an excellent dance and theater program of activities to give young children a chance to experience the joy of dancing and creative movement in a fun and loving atmosphere. The studio is committed to providing a stimulating and adventurous environment to enhance children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative growth.

places 6000 student ballet dancers on stage to perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker side-by-side with 40 Russian professionals. Audition Director ballerinas travel to tour cities from September through October to audition and rehearse the aspiring young dancers. They audition age appropriate student roles. Dance-with-Us is underwritten by Moscow Ballet as a community engagement program. Producer Mary Giannone Talmi developed the choreography for the Dance-with-Us program.

Moscow Ballet
– tours annually North America performing acclaimed ballets the Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. 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 2017, the company performs more than 100 engagements annually across Canada and the United States’ in the finest performing arts venues. In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet’s North America tours include community engagement programs for all ages and interests. “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 has the Russian principal dancer performing with American youth musician accompaniment. Many Moscow Ballet performances have a fund-raising component for organizations such as hospitals, children’s museums and more.

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