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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker across Colorado

When Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker comes to a theatre near you, it brings nearly 40 world-class dancers, more than 200 dazzling costumes created in St. Petersburg, Russia, and beautiful backdrops painted by Russian artisans. It also comes with towering puppets, stunning props, and busloads of holiday magic.

Did you know, though, that the tour also brings a deep history of hard work, passion, and above all a commitment to the artistic integrity at the very core of every performance?

Russian ballet dancers are known for their focused practice and the sense of duty they bring to the ballet art form. They train from very young ages and with unmatched dedication. Think about going to ballet class every day… for hours! Above are some photos from one of the earliest Nutcracker performances in Europe in the late 19th Century, and a ballet class taking place in a Russian village during World War II in the 1940s.

The Moscow Ballet company jeté’ed onto American soil in 1993. Since then, the company has continued to grow, while always maintaining its roots in the classical world of ballet. Some of the characters you may recognize – the Arabian variation couple, the Kissy Doll with her beautiful ribbon candy tutu, and the iconic Dove of Peace (exclusive to Moscow Ballet) – have undergone beautiful transformations. You’ll also recognize changes in the backdrops as we look back at older images of the show.

2019 is the company’s 27th annual tour of the United States and Canada and the dancers will see audiences in more than 150 cities in November and December. We couldn’t do this without our dedicated patrons, and we are beyond delighted to welcome Girl Scouts just like you to performances every year. Thank you for joining us!

Here are some questions to think about… and we’d love to hear from you! Email bobbie@nutcracker.com with your answers and memories.

What’s your favorite scene, costume, or backdrop? How many times have you seen the performance? If you could dance any of the roles, who would you want to be?

Keep coming… there’s always something new!

Groups of eight or more get the best seats at the best prices.

Groups of 20 more get a free Meet and Greet day-of-show.

Each Girl Scout who comes with a troop gets a FREE fun patch.

Email groups@nutcracker.com or call (800) 320-1733 for more information on the following shows:

Colorado Springs, The Ent Center, November 26 and 27, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea.html and https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea1.html

Grand Junction, The Avalon Theatre, December 1, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea_929885023.html

Pueblo, Pueblo Memorial Hall, December 12, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea_2117563880.html

Denver, Paramount Theatre, December 13 and 14, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea_1955777699.html

Celebrate the holidays across Colorado with the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian snow maidens, and jubilant nesting dolls, Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in more than 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!

Colorado Springs

Monday, November 12, 2018



Friday, December 7


Grand Junction

Monday, December 10


Reserve your tickets now before performances are sold out!

See the “Great Russian Nutcracker” in December

Moscow Ballet will bring its 25th Anniversary North American tour to Denver’s Paramount Theatre on December 8 and 9, 2017 with three performances of its acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker. They will have a performance in Grand Junction at the Avalon on Monday, December 11. Girl Scouts are invited to attend at discounted rates and receive a free fun patch with purchase of ticket. For a group of 25 or more (including chaperones, friends, and siblings), there will be a meet-and-greet with one of the dancers.

I’m Bobbie Fachini, Market Manager for Moscow Ballet. I had the chance to talk to the company’s co-founder and choreographer, Mary Talmi, about her experiences bringing international ballet to the United States and Canada.

BF: What was that first show like, 25 years ago? Where was it and how different was it than the show 250,000 patrons will see this year?

MT: The first show was very exciting. We started the six city tour in Reading, PA. At that time, if you wanted to see a Russian ballet company perform you had to travel to NYC or Washington, DC. We were one of the first groups to bring Russian ballet to smaller cities, so there was a great deal of anticipation. The interest is even greater now. Americans love dance and it is widely known that Russian ballet dancers are among the best in the world.

BF: You’re a choreographer. What is it like to envision these pieces and watch some of the world’s best dancers bring your vision to life on stage?

MT: I love working with these beautiful dancers. They can do just about anything you give them and they are hungry for new ideas. We have added new characters, props, and puppets to the traditional Russian choreography. The dancers have embraced the changes and that is very rewarding. This production is now a visual treat as well as great dance.

BF: What’s your favorite scene in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and why?

MT: The Dance of the Snowflakes, or Winter Forest, is my favorite. Everything about it is gorgeous, the white and silver tutus, the lighting, and the dancers in precise formations is thrilling.

BF: Do you have any advice for children who want to dance professionally, or be more involved in the arts?

MT: My hope for children is that they can experience the arts as self-expression and fun… and as an exploration of what makes us human. I hope that they can bring a curiosity to their experiences that opens them up to what is possible in their own lives.

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The contact for the performance in Grand Junction is tim@nutcracker.com.

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