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Moscow Ballet holds auditions Aug. 29 at Chicago's Southport Performing Arts Conservatory

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  • Area dancers ages 7-17 can audition to be a part of the Moscow Ballet's annual production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker." Auditions will be held August 29,2012, at Chicago's Southport Performing Arts Conservatory (SPACE), located at 3433-37 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago.

      Area dancers ages 7-17 can audition to be a part of the Moscow Ballet's annual production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker." Auditions will be held August 29,2012, at Chicago's Southport Performing Arts Conservatory (SPACE), located at 3433-37 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago.
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- The Moscow Ballet will hold open auditions for their Chicago production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at the Southport Performing Arts Conservatory (SPACE) located at 3433-37 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago. The audition is open to talented boys and girls ages 7-17 that have at least two years of ballet training and are no more than five feet tall. Selected dancers will appear in ancillary roles alongside the full corps of Russian dancers in the Moscow Ballet's December 2, 2012, production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" held at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont (formerly the Rosemont Theatre) in Rosemont, Illinois. A $5 audition fee and registration are required. For more information contact the SPACE office at 773-463-1220, visit www.southportarts.com or email anaska@southportarts.com.

The audition schedule is as follows: 4 p.m.: ages 7-8 years old; 5:30 p.m.: ages 9-11 years old; 7 p.m.: ages 12-17 years old. Applicants must be dressed in ballet attire and bring pointe shoes if on pointe. A prepared piece will not be needed. All children auditioning must be able to commit to a rehearsal and performance schedule.

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"The Moscow Ballet is excited to involve children from the greater Chicago area," said Southport Performing Arts Conservatory's Artistic Director Altin Naska who will once again oversee the Chicago auditions and rehearsals for the Moscow Ballet's annual production of 'The Great Russian Nutcracker.' "Providing the chance to dance with professionals in Chicago's greatest holiday tradition creates indelible lifetime memories for each dancer."

The Moscow Ballet's "The Great Russian Nutcracker" is the unique telling of the classic story of Masha (Clara) and her Nutcracker Doll told with true Russian flair. In 2012, Moscow Ballet celebrates its 20th year of touring this performance across North America to much critical acclaim. The whimsical fantasy of Moscow Ballet's "The Great Russian Nutcracker" is legendary with the piece firmly enshrined as a Christmas staple for audiences across the country and in Canada. Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky's beloved "Nutcracker Suite" and Moscow Ballet's company of 40 Vaganova-trained dancers are the perfect combination for a holiday celebration for all.

MOSCOW BALLET'S "GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER" AUDITION
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WHAT: Open auditions for ancillary roles in the Moscow Ballet's 20th anniversary production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" to be performed December 2, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the Akoo Theatre (formerly the Rosemont Theatre).

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29, 2012. 4 p.m.: ages 7-8; 5:30 p.m.: ages 9-11; 7 p.m. ages 12-17.

WHO: Males and female dancers ages 7-17 who are no more than 5' in height and have had at least two years of ballet training.

WHERE: Southport Performing Arts Conservatory (SPACE), 3433-37 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago, Ill., 60659.

MORE INFORMATION: Call the SPACE office at 773-463-1220, visit www.southportarts.com or email anaska@southportarts.com

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