U.S. soldiers selflessly serve our country and fight for our freedom every day. Now it’s time to give back. Moscow Ballet is offering a deep discount for those serving in the military to see the Great Russian Nutcracker in cities nationwide.

Moscow Ballet is honored to be a conduit of patience and understanding between nations, bringing a message of peace and harmony that is projected through the art of Russian Ballet.

As an honored member of the U.S. Military, you can save up to $12.50 per ticket by presenting a military ID at the theater box office. Only one discount per ticket and it cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts; military discounts on VIP and Platinum ticket packages are not available.

For more information or if you have questions call 800.320.1733. To buy tickets, visit Moscow Ballet online. Make Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker a family event and a new tradition! It’s not too late to purchase tickets!

Now in its 18th season, the Great Russian Nutcracker performance tour features exquisite Russian ballet dancers as well as incredible costumes, breathtaking backdrops and hand-crafted props. The tour visits over 70 cities across the United States and Canada each year.

The performance features 40 highly skilled, professional ballet dancers, as well as a cast of youth dancers—ages 7 to 16—from the local area, who auditioned for the roles in September and October. This is a very exciting and rare opportunity to experience this acclaimed show, and to watch local area youth shine alongside professional ballet dancers.

For 2010, the east coast leg of the Great Russian Nutcracker tour features principal dancers Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov, and world-renowned Ballet Master Andrei Litvinov.

Alexandra Elagina is a 23-year old native of Kazan, Russia, making her North American debut. She dances the lead role of Masha/Clara. This up-and-coming ballerina has studied under I. Khakimova, the “People’s Artist of Tatarstan (Russia)” and “Honorable Artist of the Russian Federation,” at the Kazan Ballet Academy. And even before her graduation from the Academy in 2006, she was a soloist in Tatar’s Jalil State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet, which is considered one of the best troupes performing in Russia.

Alexandra Elagina & Anatolie Ustimov

Anatolie Ustimov dances the lead role of the Nutcracker Prince, in his second season with Moscow Ballet. He hails from the Moldavian capitol of Chisinau, and began his professional ballet career in 2000 as a principal artist with the State Theater of Opera and Ballet of Moldova—the following year he graduated with honors from the State Academic Choreographic School of Moldova. He is also a Laureate of the 2009 Moscow International Ballet Competitions (IBC).

Andrei Litvinov serves as Ballet Master for the east coast tour, and also dances the role of Drosselmeyer. When not touring with Moscow Ballet, he is director of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Moldova and an “honored artist” of the Moldova Republic. He is also a Laureate of the International Ballet Competitions.

The west coast leg of the 2010 Great Russian Nutcracker tour features Cristina Terentiev dancing the lead role of Masha/Clara, and Alexei Terentiev performing the role of the Nutcracker Prince.

When not touring with Moscow Ballet, Cristina 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. Alexei is a multiple award-winning ballet dancer, garnering a First Place honor in the Senior Men’s Division at the Danovsky Ballet Competition as well as an award from the Diagilev Center. Similar to his wife, he is a soloist with the Moldavian National Opera and Ballet Theatre when not touring with Moscow Ballet.

Cristina & Alexei Terentiev

As a couple, the Terentievs have been awarded Gold Medals from the International Ballet Competitions (IBC) Varna (the top such competition worldwide) for “Best Partnership” and “Best Original Contemporary Choreography.” They earned a Gold Medal in 2008 from the IBC Varna for “Best Original Contemporary Choreography” by Radu Poklitaru. In Great Russian Nutcracker, Cristina and Alexei each bring their unique, unparalleled heritage to life on stage, alongside fellow professional, highly talented ballet dancers.

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