NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Each year, more than 6000 children nationwide take to the stage alongside the Moscow Ballet professionals and participate in the Great Russian Nutcracker, creating lifelong memories and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students ages six to 18 with at least one year of ballet training.
In New Orleans, the Moscow Ballet “Dance with Us” cast will perform their ancillary roles as Party Children, Snowflakes, Mice, Snow Maidens and Variation Dancers on Friday, December 27, 3 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. at Saenger Theatre.
The ballet students, who study at ballet schools in the area, auditioned for Moscow Ballet Audition Director Yuriy Kuzo this past summer and fall and rehearsed their roles at the Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio Infinity Dance Productions.
The children’s roles are as Party Children, Small Mice, Little Snowflakes, Snow Sprites, Snow Maidens, and Act II’s Variations of the world’s five great heritages in the Land of Peace and Harmony. The experience of auditioning for a professional, rehearsing with the company, being fitted in Moscow Ballet costumes, and performing for a live audience of a thousand or more is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these children. See the Dance with Us student dancers perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Saenger Theatre.
Act I Dance with Us student dancers:
Party Children: Madison Isabelle, Chloe Landry, Makayla Alexander, Leyna McIvor, Sophie Marse, Grace Webb, Lauren Gravois, Tiana Miriki, Sara Seenappa, Bethany Moore
Small Mice: Madison Isabelle, Chloe Landry, Hailey Snyder, Sara Ducote, Lily Webb, Aubrey Mason, Kristen , Kylie Carey
Act II Dance with Us student dancers:
Spanish Variation: Makayla Alexander, Leyna McIvor
Chinese Variation: Sara Seenappa, Bethany Moore, Lyla Richard, Presley Sims
Russian Variation: Tiana Miriki, Lauren Gravois