Cristina Terentiev as Masha with the Nutcracker doll

Cristina Terentiev as Masha with the Nutcracker doll

Wow! What a wonderful season! Cristina and Alexei Terentiev, respectively Masha and the Nutcracker Prince, “wowed” audiences on the West Coast this year just as they had on the East Coast in 2009. IBC Gold Medalists from the 2008 Varna, Bulgaria competitions, the press in Minneapolis said of them, “When performed by masters like these, ballet seems effortless, elegant, and easy.” (Twin Cities Daily Planet) In San Francisco the response was “Even members of Moscow Ballet’s corps had impeccably defined movement that was spellbinding to watch.” (Stark Insider) And audience comments include, “I think they’re amazing, how they do the jumps like that,” said 12-year-old Mayim Stith. “They’re world class,” said Rachel Wells, a student performer, and when asked what the experience was like, “There really aren’t words.”

On the East Coast we saw the American debut of the elegant Alexandra Elagina who hails from Kazan, the 6th largest city in Russia. Two days after arriving at JFK airport, she impressed NY Times chief dance critic Alastair Macaulay in her US premiere at West Point Military Academy’s Eisenhower Hall… “Masha (Alexandra Elagina) finds world enough and time to raise one leg slowly behind her until it’s the height of her shoulder. This slow ascent of one leg, while the music swells, seems brimful with feeling.” Further south Charleston Today said, “Clara (in this case, Masha), who was danced by the lovely Alexandra Elagina, exuded the essence of delicacy, especially in her Sugar Plum variation.” Don Rosenberg, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote, “Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov… partnered beautifully and executed their solos with aristocratic finesse.” And in Dallas from …“Moscow Ballet has added more men to {the Waltz of the Flowers} … all of whom perform with strength and weightlessness at the same time…it …has enough beauty…to make women of all ages want to dance in the aisles.”

Savor and share the Great Russian Nutcracker memories with photos of your student dancer. Click here to see children’s images from 2010 back to the 2003 tour! Give this special memory as a gift with a Keepsake Box, made of beautiful hardwood and with soft felt to protect jewelry and collectibles. On the lid is a vibrant photo of your star dancer.

P.S. Coming at the end of January are the 2010 DVDs!