It Must Be December

Yana Volkova, shown leading the mice to Clara and Fritz, dances principal roles with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center. Prior to that, she was a featured dancer with her husband, Andrei Kisselev, in “Riverdance on Broadway” as well as the touring production.
Yana Volkova, shown leading the mice to Clara and Fritz, dances principal roles with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center. Prior to that, she was a featured dancer with her husband, Andrei Kisselev, in “Riverdance on Broadway” as well as the touring production.
Andrei Kisselev worked with Oakwood’s Kindergarten teachers to expertly usher the dancers off stage during scene changes.
Andrei Kisselev worked with Oakwood’s Kindergarten teachers to expertly usher the dancers off stage during scene changes.
Andrei Kisselev trained in his native Russia and performed for several years with the legendary Moiseyev Dance Company. He went on to join the cast of
Andrei Kisselev trained in his native Russia and performed for several years with the legendary Moiseyev Dance Company. He went on to join the cast of "Riverdance on Broadway" and later toured with the show for five years. He received a rave review in the New York Times for a performance with Rebecca Kelly Ballet.
Ms. Luella Pinelli (red costume), playing the part of Clara’s and Fritz’ Aunt, along with the cast, take a well-deserved bow after their final number.
Ms. Luella Pinelli (red costume), playing the part of Clara’s and Fritz’ Aunt, along with the cast, take a well-deserved bow after their final number.

This week, kindergarten classes at Oakwood Primary Center participated in The Nutcracker Ballet.  They were taught their parts by dancers from Sondra Forsyth's Ballet Ambassadors.  The Oakwood PTA was responsible for bringing this wonderful dance company to our Kindergarten children. 

In the big party scene, in which Clara, Fritz, and friends wait anxiously to participate in the Christmas festivities, Godfather Drosselmier brings Clara a Nutcracker and the excitement begins.  The children enjoyed being part of this wonderful production and were so proud to perform for the first and second grade classes.  They are still wondering if it was a dream or a bit of Christmas Magic!

The children learned how to fly like angels, jump like Cossack soldiers, scamper like mice, and march like soldiers. There were also children who were flowers, elves, dancers, and yes, there were even children who played the part of Fritz and Clara.

Professional dancers Andrei Kisselev, his wife Yana Volkova, and their daughter Alina Kisselev filled in the rest of the performance with the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Russian Trepak, to name just a few. The Kindergarten teachers assisted in helping the children enter and exit for their parts in the performance, and Oakwood’s music teacher Mrs. Luella Pinelli played the part of Clara’s and Fritz’ Aunt in the production. The Kindergarten children performed for two days to the delight of a packed audience. 

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