Some facts about The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker has been one of the most widely performed ballets in history. It’s first staging took place more than 100 years ago at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, in December of 1892. Alexandre Dumas ―writer of Three Musketeers and The Count of Montecristo, among many other works― adapted the tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A Hoffman. His version: “The tale of the Nutcracker” was the story used by renowned Ballet Master and Choreographer Marious Petipa and his assistant Lev Ivanov for the choreography. The music as it is well known was commissioned to the famous Russian composer Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky by Petipa with whom Tchaikovsky had already worked in Sleeping Beauty. The most popular rendition of the Nutcracker was adapted by Vassily Vainonen, [...]

By | November 21st, 2011|Academy, Events, School|Comments Off on Some facts about The Nutcracker

PA Days in schools: students’ days off

Dear parents! Professional Activity day may be a good news for students because they do not have to go to school, but it can be a problem for parents to make an accomodation  for their children on those days. Arts and Science Academy and its division International Ballet Academy have a lot of experience in accommodating young children during the PA Days. Your child will get additional academic, ballet and social experience and a lot of fun at our school. We offer a day full of meaningful and exciting activities, meals and supervision for your children and a chance to get a glimpse into the life of our school. PA Days during the 2011-2012 academic year are as follows: York Region District Public and Catholic schools: October 24, 2011       November [...]

By | October 13th, 2011|Academy, School|Comments Off on PA Days in schools: students’ days off

Another Big Success for Victoria Ballet Company’s Nutcracker

Now that we are at the beginning of a new year we would like to wish our community of students, parents, staff, and friends a great year 2011! At Victoria Ballet Academy we are still enjoying the wonderful feeling left by the success of The Nutcracker during its four presentations last December. Congratulations and thanks to everybody who participated in this great effort! As a staff member of the Thornhill Liberal Newspaper said: "Victoria Ballet Company’s performance of the Nutcracker was simply superior to any other performances we have seen…which is not surprising considering the talent you have there". And this is just one of the positive comments we have received and which inspire us to maintain our commitment of providing excellence in education and ballet training. Currently we are [...]

By | January 11th, 2011|Events, School|Comments Off on Another Big Success for Victoria Ballet Company’s Nutcracker

Cinderella Gala Concert DVD

The complete full-length version of our Cinderella Gala Concert that took place on June 22, 2010 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, is now available on DVD. Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes Format: Widescreen (16:9) Media: DVD+R DL (dual layer) Features: 3 Acts and 54 Scenes selection menu Packaging: $35 for the promotional DVD (no label) in a paper sleeve; $50 for the collector edition DVD in keep case with the printed Gala-2010 program insert. Watch and re-live every moment of this wonderful 1 hour 40 minutes show on your TV screen. With the DVD's full scene selection menu, it is easy to navigate to any particular segment to enjoy it over and over again: To order your copy of the DVD, please contact the office at [...]

By | December 10th, 2010|Academy, Events, School|Comments Off on Cinderella Gala Concert DVD

Cinderella Ballet Show Preview

June 10, 2010 Media Release (PDF) A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE: Cinderella Ballet Show Preview at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Gala Concert on June 22, 2010

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Ballet Master Class by Russian Guest Dancers

One day only! December 16, 2009, at 3:00 pm. International guest dancers from Russia will conduct a master class at Victoria Ballet Academy,7751 Yonge St., Thornhill. Scope of the workshop to include Lifts (duet of a ballerina and a dancer) and male techniques. Admission fee: $30. Register: 905-707-7580 or

By | December 10th, 2009|Academy, School|Comments Off on Ballet Master Class by Russian Guest Dancers