Oakwood Presents The Nutcracker Ballet

Andrei Kisselev leads a clearly delighted troupe of dancers in their big scene.
Andrei Kisselev leads a clearly delighted troupe of dancers in their big scene.
Oakwood’s Kindergarten students gave it their all much to the amusement of their upperclassmen.
Oakwood’s Kindergarten students gave it their all much to the amusement of their upperclassmen.
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.
Yana Volkova, shown leading Clara and Fritz, dances principal roles with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center.
Yana Volkova, shown leading Clara and Fritz, dances principal roles with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center.
Left to right: Oakwood’s music teacher Mrs. Luella Pinelli, Alina Kisselev, Yana Volkova-Kisselev and Andrei Kisselev.
Left to right: Oakwood’s music teacher Mrs. Luella Pinelli, Alina Kisselev, Yana Volkova-Kisselev and Andrei Kisselev.

On Monday and Tuesday, kindergarten classes at Oakwood Primary Center participated in The Nutcracker Ballet.

Professional dancers Andrei Kisselev, his wife Yana Volkova, and their daughter Alina taught the kindergarteners their parts earlier in the day and 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 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. 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 packed audiences.

Thank You, Oakwood PTA for bringing this wonderful dance company to our Kindergarten children as the whole school enjoyed their incredible performances.

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