I had the privilege of attending the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker this weekend. My mom was my guest and the tickets were provided by US Family Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. We were placed in the center row in aisle W. We had pretty good seats, in my opinion. All opinions and experiences are my own.
I hadn't been to a ballet performance since I was a child, so I didn't know what to expect.
First of all, it was quite a surprise that the line was so incredibly long. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't a full house. A mile of people were waiting outside to get in to see this show! And I think most people were surprised at the turnout, since it was still November, and the Nutcracker is traditionally thought of as a Christmas show.
It was amazing. I really loved it. The dancers were incredible, and I got lost, practically mesmerized, while watching the program. It's so amazing how a story can be told while no words at all are spoken.
The Waltz of the Flowers was lovely, but all the pink made me call it The Bubblegum Waltz. :)
The favorite act was the Arabian version. These two got screams and claps every time they performed! They were very talented, but I honestly couldn't get past the guy wearing what looked like a bra.
During intermission, there was a long line to the restrooms that flew by amazingly quickly. So quickly that I even had time to take a peek at the photography session and grab a popcorn! The photography session was perfect for anyone with a little girl who loves ballerinas. One of the lovely ballerinas posed with girls while a professional took a shot. The photos cost $22. I got a few shots of the lovely lady in between girls. She kept standing on her toes, almost dancing around, as if she couldn't handle standing still. :)
Something neat that I really appreciated was the fact that the Moscow Ballet allows nearby dance studios' students to be a part of the ballet. There were about 20 children who were able to perform in the show. They were very cute, and most of them were very talented. I can only imagine how much it would mean to an aspiring dancer to be able to participate in something like that.
If you have a child with an interest in the ballet, dancing, or music in general, I suggest that you take her (or him) to see this wonderful treat for a new holiday tradition