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(Berkshires, MA) Nov 2, 2016 – Moscow Ballet announces Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker performances featuring Principal Dancers and Balletmasters of the highest caliber and hailing from the world’s top ballet schools. The three tours feature award winning and celebrated Principal Dancers: Ekaterina Alaeva and Kostyantyn Vinovoy on East; Tatiana Nazarkhevich and Andrey Batalov on Central, and Alisa Voronova and Dmitry Kozhemyakin on West, all graduates of the top ballet schools in the world, perform Swan Lake and the Great Russian Nutcracker. Balletmaster, Principal Danseur and Honored Artist of Russia Andrey Batalov has, “made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena” reports the national Russian newspaper Kommersant; Ballet Master and Honored Artist of Ukraine Nobuhiro Tekada is the first and only Japanese person awarded the titles of Honored Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, two of the highest state awards. Balletmaster Vladimir Troschenko, an honors graduate from Vaganova Academy at Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, has partnered ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Bolshoi’s Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva of Mariinsky Ballet.


These honored artists create the 3 companies of 40 dancers each who entertain audiences from coast to coast with Russian skill and passion from November through December. (See detailed tour list below) New sets designed by multi Academy-Award nominee Carl Sprague include the opening promenade scene highlighting Moscow’s legendary St. Basil's Cathedral and is considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art; the icy Snow Forest has sparkling crystalline snowflakes everywhere, which melt away in Act II to reveal Moscow Ballet’s signature “Land of Peace and Harmony” – a scene filled with exotic Firebirds, Unicorns, Tigers, and Lions who entertain Masha and Nutcracker Prince. New costumes designed by Arthur Oliver, include a dazzling cerulean and ivory bedazzled Ded Moroz, aka Father Christmas, and Snegurochka, aka Snow Maiden, highlight the traditional Russian folklore style and more. 














​Seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for families since the first North American tour in 1993! The 2016 tour runs from November 6 to December 30 in over 100 U.S. and Canadian cities. Moscow Ballet’s Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will be in New York City’s King’s Theatre in Brooklyn Saturday, December 3, 3:00pm matinee only. Tickets at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets. Make sure to use code BALLET for a 15% discount.


Ballet Master Central Andrey Batalov is “Honored Artist of Russia.” Kommersant, a national newspaper in Russia, reports “In his crowning glory of the pas de deux from Le Corsaire St Petersburg dancer Andrey Batalov made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena” He has also won...1st Place at International Ballet Competition in Japan, 1996 and 2nd Place at International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Competition in Budapest. At Arabesque Open Ballet Competition in Perm he received 1st Place and Mikhail Baryshnikov Prize. He was 1st Place Winner at the International Ballet Competition in Paris in 1997 and the Grand Prix Prize-winner at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow the same year. Born in Izhevsk, Udmurtia in far eastern Russia, Batalov was accepted to and graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, in the class of Professor Valentin Onoshko, in St Petersburg. Read more...


​Ballet Master East Nobuhiro Tekada is Artistic Director of Kiev’s National Theatre of Opera and Ballet – Academy and soloist of National Opera of Ukraine. He is the first and only Japanese recipient of the titles of Honored Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, two of the highest state awards. Terada received the International Order of Saint Stanislas award and is an official Kyoto Visiting Ambassador. He is also Artistic Director of Terada Ballet Art School, Artistic Director of Kyoto Ballet, Theater Director of Kiev Ballet and Theater Arranger of the International Ballet Festival in Japan. He has been invited to be an Honorary Juror of International Ballet Competitions (IBC) in Kiev, Ukraine, Osaka, Japan and Tokyo, Japan. He was born in Japan into a ballet family and moved to Kiev to study ballet at 7 years old. Under Terada the company has 150 dancers. Some famous former members of Kiev State Ballet are Alina Cojocaru, Svetlana Zakharova, Maya Plisetskaya, Nadezhda Pavlova, Marina Timofeyeva, Irina Kolpakova, Alla Osipenko, and Vladimir Malakhov. Read more...


Ballet Master West Vladimir Troschenko - graduated with honors from Vaganova Academy at Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, his native city.  Acclaimed as a dance partner, Troschenko was selected by three prima ballerinas as a partner: Nadia Pavlova and Bolshoi’s Ludmilla Seminyaka and Galina Mezentseva of Mariinsky Ballet. His choreographic repertoire includes Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. He worked as choreographer in Moscow, Cheboksari and Voronej and in 2006 became director and choreographer of Russian Classic Ballet Theatre in Kiev, Ukraine. He staged Swan Lake choreography for Kiev State Academic Opera and Ballet, the national theatre of Ukraine. Troschenko first toured with Moscow Ballet as partner for Moscow Ballet prima ballerina in Swan Lake in 1998 and first became Ballet Master in 2003. Read more...


​Principal Dancers:
Ekaterina Alaeva is “Honored Artist of Ukraine,” won top awards at 5th Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition and participated in Gala Concerts with preeminent artists Vladimir Malakhov, Svetlana Zakharova, Uliana Lopatkina. Read More...

Kostyantyn Vinovoy is Laureate of Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Ukraine and participates in “The Young Ballerina Festival” in Nagoya, Japan. Read More...

Tatiana Nazarkhevich partnered with St Petersburg Mariinsky Ballet super star Andrey Batalov who is Moscow Ballet’s Principal Danseur on the Central Tour and Balletmaster for 2016. Read More...

Andrey Batalov is “Honored Artist of Russia” and has been praised by the press all of his career, “He possesses a virtuoso technique and has fantastic leaps and turns,” writes Ballet Magazine. Read More...

Alisa Voronova received a diploma from the International Ballet Competition “Youth in the Ballet” in Kiev and was participant of International Ballet Festival “World Ballet Stars” in the Grand Pas contest in Donetsk. Read More...

Dmitry Kozhemyakin won a medal in 2009 at the International Ballet Competition of Choreographers Named after R. Zakharov and graduated with Honors from Moscow’s legendary Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS). Read More...



































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Moscow Ballet – 2016 is the company’s 24th consecutive year touring North America. In addition to the popular Great Russian Nutcracker, company repertory includes classic ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. The company features award-winning and rising star dancers, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Alisa Voronova in 2014. The company performs 100+ engagements annually across Canada and in most of the United States’ largest cities consistently receiving critical acclaim. In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet dedicates resources to community engagement programs. The 23 year Dance with Us program shares the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 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 Gianonne Talmi. The intensive cultural immersion project “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” benefits thousands of school children in tour cities and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensives also touch the lives of many children and young adults. Moscow Ballet’s partnerships with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and Children’s Hospitals, has raised significant revenue. www.moscowballet.com

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour in NYC’s King’s Theatre in Brooklyn on December 3 
120 Ballerinas and Danseurs, 115 Cities, New Costumes and Backdrops