Local dancers to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Dozens of local ballerinas are going to be living out their dream as they gear up to dance on stage with world-renowned dancers.

The local dancers have spent hours practicing for Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.

The roles are suited for the young dancers’ ages and skill levels and are ancillary to the professional roles. For these dancers, 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. Their ages range from 7-years-old to 17-years-old.

Photos: Local dancers practice for performance with professionals

Natalia Miasko, 12, is one of the students. She says she’s excited about the opportunity.

“I’ve been dancing for about one year and it’s really exciting to be dancing alongside such professionals,” said Miasko.

Moscow Ballet producers have been giving young dancers the opportunity since 1994 and the program has grown from local dance schools in eight cities to about 100 host dance schools, with 50 children.

The vision comes from Susan Boyette, Director of the Conservatory of Dance in Virginia Beach.

“It is such a fabulous opportunity to be on-stage with these world-renowned dancers and artists,” said Boyette. “Their performance is flawless. They have a large stage presence that you just can’t touch.”

Girls from Hampton Roads, Richmond, even North Carolina are practicing for the performance, which is on Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m.

“I help provide that dream, and it’s rewarding,” said Boyette. “I performed 17 years ago when the Moscow Ballet was first brought here and it was amazing to see the crowd jump up and start screaming, that was an amazing moment for me. So, this is the same thing. I want to pass on to the dancers, I want them to have those amazing moments, as well.”

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