Moscow Ballet brings Nutcracker to GMU Dec. 17-18


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Moscow Ballet award-winning principal dancers, hailing from the world’s best ballet colleges, are currently premiering in North America on the 2014 World Peace tour, with appears scheduled for George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Dec. 17 and 18.

Ekaterina Bortiakova returns after garnering rave reviews in 2013. 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.

Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Fairfax at GMU Center for the Arts Wednesday December 17 and Thursday, December 18, 7:00pm. 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. For tickets, go to

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).


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