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Moscow Ballet’s ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ brings holiday cheer to Atlantic City at Harrah's Resort while the A.C. Ballet takes its 'The Nutcracker' to area venues. 

By Casey Harper

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The Moscow Ballet comes to Harrah’s Resort Nov. 29-Dec. 2

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — The world-renowned Moscow Ballet pirouettes into Atlantic City on Thursday, Nov. 29, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary production of the Christmas classic, the Great Russian Nutcracker, at Harrah’s Resort. The ballet runs at Harrah's Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

Over the past 20 years, the Great Russian Nutcracker has introduced some of the world’s most talented dancers to audiences across the globe. Among those accomplished performers is Moscow Ballet audition director and soloist, Svetlana Todinova. 

The Russian native, who completed formal ballet training at the prestigious Ufimsky Choreography School in 1997, now named the Rudolph Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy after the legendary graduate, has been with the Moscow Ballet since 2001, and a soloist since 2006. Actively involved with Moscow Ballet’s Children’s Program, “New Horizons,” Todinova juggles her roles of mother, dancer, teacher and humanitarian with a smile on her face, her delightful demeanor contagious. Always on the go, Todinova took some time out of her busy schedule for a phone interview with Atlantic City Weekly. 


Between the months of September and November you travel to over 20 U.S. cities auditioning and training dancers as audition director for the Moscow Ballet. In your various travels have you come to Atlantic City before?

Yes, I’ve been there before. It is a beautiful city, I really like it. I do love water, although I’m not a fan of swimming (laughs). But yes, I love the city because the beach is so very beautiful. 

You also do a lot of traveling to work with children.

Yes, I love it. Usually I come around two months before everybody else comes and I teach the kids dancing, some of them eventually dance with us, I audition them, and then I also do rehearsals with them. 

In regards to your work with children, you were recently in Las Vegas for the Children’s Miracle Network with Donny and Marie Osmond. What was that like?

It was a nice experience. We had a good time. Donny and Marie are beautiful people. They are so very kind, and it’s very simple to talk with them. It was so easy to talk. We took pictures together, we had dinner — they are such nice people. They were really, really interested in the ballet, and they asked me so many questions about ballet, how I was trained. And of course, they invited me to their show, [which] was just beautiful. They are not very well known in Russia, but I really, really enjoyed their show.

You’ve been a dancer for such a large part of your life, how did you initially become interested in ballet?

I was nine. In Russia you have to be nine to go to enter ballet school, no older [than] nine. I came to the audition with my cousin because he started to dance when he was five; he was dreaming to be a dancer, a very good professional dancer. I came along with him just for fun. While I was waiting for him, one famous ballerina asked what I was doing there, and to just come on in and try something with my cousin. Just like that I was accepted!

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