Cristina and Alexei Terentiev Head Moscow Ballet Tour in Principal Roles

They have numerous awards and honors under their ballet dancing belts, from the International Ballet Competitions at Varna, the Danovsky Ballet Competition and others worldwide. Now, Cristina and Alexei Terentiev, for the second year, can be seen gracefully dancing the lead roles in the west coast tour of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. They also dance the principal roles in Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake 2010 tour, which included stops in the northwestern United States and Canada throughout November.

Cristina & Alexei Terentiev

Cristina and Alexei bring their unique, unparalleled heritage to life on stage in the lead roles of Masha/Clara and the Nutcracker Prince (respectively) in the Great Russian Nutcracker. Their award-winning talent and skill are showcased—alongside 40 fellow highly skilled and talented ballet dancers—in their performances. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is not your “run of the mill” show, making it a must-see during your holiday season. Treat yourself to experiencing the renowned performance of this timeless classic.

The Terentievs tout numerous awards. They have been awarded Gold Medals from the 2008 International Ballet Competitions (IBC) at Varna, which is the top such competition worldwide, for Best Partnership and Best Original Contemporary Choreography by Radu Poklitaru. Cristina has also been recognized by the Diagelev Association. Alexei has earned multiple awards, including a First Place honor in the Senior Men’s Division at the Danovsky Ballet Competition, and a special award from the Diagilev Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Cristina Terentiev

A native of Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau, Cristina studied dance at the Choreographic Academy of Chisinau and obtained a diploma from the Minkus Association. When not touring with Moscow Ballet, she is a leading ballerina with the Moldavian National Opera and Ballet Theater, and is a former principal dancer with the Atlantic Ballet Theater in Canada. In addition to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Cristina’s repertoire includes principal roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Sylphide, Chopiniana, La Fille Mal Gardee, Paquita and Coppelia.

Alexei hails from Moldova. He trained with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy under Peter Korogodsky and continued his training at the Moldavian State Choreographic Academy, from which he graduated in 1993. He is a soloist with the Moldavian National Opera and Ballet Theatre when not with Moscow Ballet. Alexei has an extensive repertoire in addition to Moscow Ballet’s

Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan Lake—he has danced principal roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Sylphide, Chopiniana, La Fille Mal Gardee, Paquita and Coppelia.

Now in its 18th season, the Great Russian Nutcracker performance tour features not only exquisite Russian ballet dancers, but incredible costumes, breathtaking backdrops and hand-crafted props as well.

The Great Russian Nutcracker

The tour visits over 70 cities across the United States and Canada each year. And in each city, local youth dancers—ages 7 to 16—are cast in various Great Russian Nutcracker roles.

Tickets are available for the remaining cities along the 2010 Great Russian Nutcracker tour, and you may be eligible for one of Moscow Ballet’s special ticket offers. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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