The Great Russian Nutcracker comes to Louisville's Memorial Auditorium Friday, December 16th.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Moscow Ballet brings their Great Russian Nutcracker to Louisville's Memorial Auditorium Friday, December 16th.

Forty principal dancers grace the stage with the help of local talent.

The Moscow Ballet's "Dance with Us" program allows local student dancers, ages 7 to 17 with at least 1 year of ballet training to perform with the professional company.

They have been offering this opportunity in North America since 1994.

The aspiring dance students auditioned in person for Moscow Ballet Soloists/Auditions Directors in the fall and rehearsed their roles at Host Dance Studio's in each city on the tour.

Louisville's Fleur-De-Lis Academy of Ballet got the call and supplied some great young dancers.

Children's roles in Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker are created by Mary Gianonne Talmi.

They perform as Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Sprites, and Snow Maidens.

The experience of being fitted in Moscow Ballet costumes, rehearsing on the stage with the Russian professionals, and performing for a live audience is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these children.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Memorial Auditorium, Louisville

Tomorrow Night, December 16th 7:00

Tickets starting at $28

Click here for ticket information



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