Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Saturday November 18, 2017 – 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday November 19, 2017 – 1:00 pm

Location – SMU McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas, Texas

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Q: What is the cost for children dancers to participate in the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker performance?

A: It is FREE to Audition. There is a CASTING FEE of $60.

Q: Who is the Moscow Ballet Company and how/when do they tour the USA?

A: The Moscow Ballet company operational headquarters are located in Pittsfield Massachusetts. They are a for profit company that brings over dancers from Russia to perform seasonally inside the USA. The Russian dancers travel as a tour group throughout North America, performing during the fall/winter at many different US cities. The company is made up of TWO tour Groups: 1) a Northern tour group and 2) a Southern tour group. Texas hosts the Southern tour group each year. In Dallas, Toby McPheeters and Gwen Owens direct the children’s cast for the Dallas production. In early September of each year, there are two auditions for children dancers to support the local Moscow Ballet company performances touring group for Dallas.

Q: Where are the audition sites for children interested in participating in the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker children's cast for the Dallas shows?

A: Auditions typically are held in September of each year. Audition sites for child dancers to dance in the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker shows in Dallas include: 1) London School of Dance in Garland, TX and 2) Toby’s School of Dance in Richardson, TX.

Q: What does the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker provide to the children’s cast?

A: The Moscow Ballet provides the costumes. The students are required to provide the undergarments such as a sleeveless camisole leotard in flesh color or pink. “Mice” performers wear black leotard under their costume

Q: Who teaches the children their dance parts?

A: Local ballet school teachers are responsible for teaching the Russian set versions for the children casts their roles and dances –during weekend classes/rehearsals.

Q: How many rehearsals are required and how important is attendance?

A: We have six rehearsals to learn our parts so attendance is mandatory. If you will need to miss multiple rehearsals, then you should discuss this with a teacher, as excessive rehearsals may result in your dancer being dismissed from the cast.

Q: How are dancer parts and casting assigned?

A: Dance parts are generally set based on heights and dress size as well as ability to dance. Costumes are provided by the Moscow Ballet and are only available in limited sizes. Casting decisions are made by local dance auditions, teachers evaluations, as well as by the Moscow Ballet’s Mistress’ judgment. Their casting decisions are final. If you are not happy with the casting rolls for your dancer(s) please understand this is NOT negotiable.

For Advanced Dancers: Dancers must have extensive ballet experience & pointe experience in order to perform second act divertissements. At a minimum, a single pirouette en pointe is expected with solid ballet technique.

Mice Roles: Often teenage dancers are recruited for “mouse” roles. These roles are fun for dancers because there are multiple times the mice appear on stage in the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker production.

Q: I have questions that aren’t addressed here. Who should I speak to and how should I reach them?

A: Please email or phone: During rehearsals, teachers are very focused on the children and rehearsals and do not present a good time to “talk or explain” to parents. Please email your questions/concerns to: A dance teacher will get back to you within 24 hours.

We encourage every dancer age 8 and older to audition and experience the magic of performing in a professional environment and large stage!

Governance by the Moscow Ballet Company: These pre-performance and performance rules are set by the Moscow Ballet company that require all venues to work very hard with them, to adhere to their requirements for the safety and enjoyment of the Nutcracker production for everyone. Children need to be willing and able to follow instructions for the benefit of the short rehearsal times and professional company performances.

Toby’s School of Dance – Artisitic Director, Sally Andriot

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