Nutcracker Delights Oakwood

Ms. Luella Pinelli, left- Andrei Kisselev, center and Cierra Cotton, right.
Ms. Luella Pinelli, left- Andrei Kisselev, center and Cierra Cotton, right.
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. Andrei holds a degree in education from the College of Art in Vladimir, Russia. He is a Professor of Ballet at Manhattanville College
There is nothing prettier than a red dress for the holidays.
There is nothing prettier than a red dress for the holidays.
Cierra Cotton, leading the Oakwood Snow Angels, is a 2011 graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance. Cierra also performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s “Memoria” in 2009 and 2010. She has taught classes in ballet and modern to students of all ages and is currently on the faculty at the Downtown Dance Factory
Cierra Cotton, leading the Oakwood Snow Angels, is a 2011 graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance. Cierra also performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s “Memoria” in 2009 and 2010. She has taught classes in ballet and modern to students of all ages and is currently on the faculty at the Downtown Dance Factory
Cierra Cotton leading the mice.
Cierra Cotton leading the mice.
Dancers delight the audience.
Dancers delight the audience.
Andrei Kisselev leads the Russian Dancers.
Andrei Kisselev leads the Russian Dancers.
Soldiers of the Nutcracker take their turn on stage.
Soldiers of the Nutcracker take their turn on stage.
Fritz and Clara, enjoy their time in the spotlight.
Fritz and Clara, enjoy their time in the spotlight.
It’s December, and the halls of Oakwood Primary Center are lined with lifesized nutcrackers, courtesy of the Kindergarten students who were assisted by their art teacher Mr. Patrick Tighe. Once they had completed this art project, dancers from the Ballet Ambassadors were at Oakwood for two days to help the Kindergarten children learn and prepare to perform in their very own production of the Nutcracker. 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 professional dancers filled in the rest of the performances 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 will be performing for two days.