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Moscow Ballet to Host Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” in North Charleston



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Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the North American Tour. Moscow Ballet Audition Director Anna Trofimova arrives in North Charleston on Saturday, August 25th at 11:30 am to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker.

Anna 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 Ballet Academy of Charleston. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Saturday, December 8th at 3 pm and 7 pm at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center.

Anna Trofimova studied at the Vadim Pisarev School of Choreographic Mastery and took part in the International Ballet Festivals “Grand Pas” and “World Stars Ballet” where she was on stage with ballet dancers including Vladimir Vasiliev, Daniil Simkin, Svetlana Zakharova, and Diana Vyshneva. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Ukrainian National University of Culture and Arts in 2014.


Ballet Academy of Charleston was founded in 1993 by Mara Meir. Hundreds of children and adults in the greater Charleston area have been taught classical ballet in this small but serious ballet school.  The regimentation and discipline of classical ballet training taught at this Ballet Academy should give students new poise, maturity, grace and awareness of the body as well as education into the world and history of ballet – and the joy that being a part of music and dance can bring.  The school presents no recitals in order to dedicate total class time to learning and improving basic and advanced techniques and skills.  Progression through graded classes is based solely on the ability of the student to master the techniques taught at each level as well as having the physical and emotional development necessary for a responsible learning process

Dance-with-Us 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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