Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NJ Event - Dance Audition 9/27

In this month of old habits and new patterns, we thought it would be a great opportunity for your student dancer to have a chance to bring their dance to a new level by auditioning for the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker!

Calling local student dancers to audition Tuesday, September 27 to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Wayne NJ
“In addition to featuring local youth dancers as [small] mice and snowflakes...this acclaimed version of the perennial ballet from Russia includes special touches.” Chicago Tribune

Dance with Us students perform side-by-side with the pros

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Contact: Sally Michael Keyes (413) 499-1733 x21

(Berkshires, MA) Sept 8, 2016  Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Wayne!  Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olga Aru will be present Tuesday, September 27 at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Garden Street School of Performing Arts 1018 Washington St., 2nd Fl. Hoboken, NJ 07030 to audition dance students from the area. Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, and who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.  The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker ThursdayDecember 8 at William Paterson University Shea Center. Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us” program has brought thousands of student dancers on stage to perform in a professional environment annually for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children! “It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” Calgary Herald.Sign up to audition today . Performance tickets are at

Olga Aru received her degree in ballet and dance pedagogy from Kiev State Ballet College, Ukraine, in 2008. Since graduation, Olga has had a whirlwind of performance and teaching experiences; from dancing in ballet’s greatest classics to the most contemporary and to traveling around the world in those performances. She is a Laureate and award winner of the “Crystal Shoe - Dance Beyond Boards” competition and she performed at the “Mikkeli Ballet Festival” in Finland. Click for more

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts is the only comprehensive performing arts school in the Hoboken/Wayne area of New Jersey specializing in educating young children through professional adults. With departments in dance, theater and music in addition to a contemporary recording studio, Garden Street encourages a multidisciplinary approach to the arts with world class instructors. Dan and Annie McLoughlin founded the school and they believe in the importance of the arts, not just for those who want to be professional musicians or dancers, but for everyone. The ability to express emotions through music, dance, literature and art is a gift to keep forever, and to learn this at a young age can inspire a person for life. The dance classes are designed for age and level of the students and the staff is second to none: classically trained, certified, and have degrees from some of the finest schools in the world such as at the Royal Ballet in London, Irish Schools in Dublin, Howard University, and TISH School of the Arts in NYC. They have performed on Broadway, The Kennedy Center, in STOMP, Phantom of the Opera, The Olympia in Ireland, the Princeton Ballet, and Lincoln Center.  The artists on staff have worked with entertainment legends including Bono, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hal Prince, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani, and Rihanna.

Dance with Us brings a professional, live ballet performance experience to over 5,000 student dancers in the US and Canada each year since 1994. Local student dancers ages 7 to 17 audition and rehearse with Moscow Ballet Audition directors who travel to each town eight weeks before the performance. The auditions are open to student dancers from all studios and they are free. (There is a casting fee for participation). Julia Zhmutski of Julia’s Dance Academy in Oklahoma City said, “It was such an amazing opportunity for our young dancers to learn and grow and see how a professional company works. We loved the fact that the original Nutcracker was used and the costumes were breathtaking.” Dance with UsAudition Directors  travel to 100+ North American cities in September and October auditioning and rehearsing local. Dance with Usis underwritten by Moscow Ballet. Partnerships with local dance studios in performance cities are developed by co-producerMary Gianonne Talmiwho also developed “Dance with Us” program.Click for more.

Moscow Ballet – 2016 is the company’s 24th consecutive year touring North America. In addition to the popular Great Russian Nutcrackercompany repertory includes classic ballets Swan LakeSleeping BeautyRomeo and JulietCinderella 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.   

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