Moscow Ballet Announces North American Premiere of Principal Dancers in GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER

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Moscow Ballet award-winning principal dancers, hailing from the world's best ballet colleges, premiere in North America on the 2014 World Peace tour. Ekaterina Bortiakova returns after garnering rave reviews in 2013, "Effortless dancing, a treat to watch, full of joyful energy," Little Rock Democrat Gazette, Jennifer Godwin and "Epitome of a classical say that I was impressed would be an extreme understatement. Her performance was flawless." Alt Daily, Virginia Beach. Bortiakova's partner Akzhol Mussakhanov is a native of Kazakhstan and laureate of several prestigious International Ballet Competitions. Rising star Yuliya Aleinik earned first place in Ukraine's "International Youth Classic Dance Competition" and in "Special Foundation of the President of Belarus for Talented Youth." In addition she medaled at the 2010 3rd International Yuri Grigorovich Competition. Premiering in the US with Moscow Ballet Artem Belov medaled at Kazan's International Ballet Competition, was 1st place winner of Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Competition and was awarded Silver in "Arabesque" competition IBC and more. ~ Widen Your World with Turkish Airlines, Moscow Ballet Partner for 2014 North American Great Russian Nutcracker Tour. Turkish Airlines flies to 261 destinations and more countries than any other airline ~

Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcrackerwill be in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thanksgiving Sunday November 30, 1:00pm matinee and 5:00pmevening. Tickets start at $30.00. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+, Military and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification. Tickets go

Ekaterina Bortiakova, returns to Moscow Ballet's North American tour in 2014 as principal dancer "Masha." Born in Kazan, Tatarstan, Bortyakova attended the Jalil State Choreographic School of Kazan, which annually presents the Rudolf Nureyev Festival in honor of the ballet legend whose family also hails from Tatarstan.

Akzhol Mussakhanov, a native of Almaty the largest cultural center in Kazakhstan, is Moscow Ballet Principal Danseur performing Nutcracker Prince in the Great Russian Nutcracker. He is laureate of the IX International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2001); Serge Lifar International Ballet Compet ition in Kiev (2004), and Festival of Independence of Kazakhstan, Kzakhstan (2006).

Yuliya Aleinik, the 2014 Moscow Ballet Peace Tour marks soloist Yuliya's premiere in North America. Among the international ballerina's to watch over the next 5 years, Yuliya is a multiple award-winning ballerina. She hails from former Soviet Union republic Belarus and was accepted to attend the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk, school of Ivan Vasiliev principal dancer with American Ballet Theater since 2012, and graduated with a Diploma of Distinction in 2011.

Artem Belov, "Honored Artist of Tatarstan," premieres in North America on Moscow Ballet's 2014 World Peace Tour. A 1995 graduate of the Kazan Choreographic College, Artem was immediately invited to join the historic Musa Jalil Tatar AcademicOpera and Ballet Theater-a grand theater where each season there are two international festivals: one celebrating the Opera House and named after Tatar Feodor Chalyapin, and the other celebrating Ballet and named after Tatar Rudolf Nureyev.

Moscow Ballet - In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet repertory includes classic ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. The company features award-winning and rising star dancers fromOlga Kifyak in 2012 to Lilia Sabitova in 1994. For over twenty years the company has performed 100 engagements annually in North America including in a majority of the top twenty demographic markets. Moscow Ballet receives critical acclaim and was invited to present at National Press Club Newsmaker events. In addition to public performances, the company's mission and national platform enables it to share the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 American dance students annually inDance with Us. "New Horizons - A Children's Program for Life" is an intensive cultural immersion project that benefits thousands of school children and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensives also touch the lives of many children and young adults. For over 20 years Moscow Ballet's partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President's Challenge Program and Children's Hospitals has raised revenue for significant missions and causes. Talmi Entertainment is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet.

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