PBS stations: Getting To The Nutcracker is available TODAY from NETA. Upload is 9.23.16 15:30 - 16:30ET/HD4 *Feed for record

The one hour version of Getting To The Nutcracker will air nationally on PBS stations again this upcoming holiday season.  

PBS stations will be uploading the doc from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) today for their holiday schedules.  

Check your local listings for presentation dates and times in November and December.  

HO HO HO...!


Updates for 2016...

Here is an update on some of our featured dancers...

Eli Gruska:  Eli has spent the last year with The Royal Ballet School.  In his own words "I am still absolutely loving TRBS and living on my own in London.  The days are long (8:30 - 6) and the training is demanding, but it's the perfect place for me and the hard work is all worth it when I see the improvement.  We have just barely delved into the rehearsal process for the end of the year performance on the Royal Opera House Main Stage, which is very exciting for me as it will be my first time performing there.  It has been a dream of mine for ages and I can't wait for it to come true."  Eli has since returned to Los Angeles for his summer break.  The end of semester performance went beautifully!

Matisse Love:  Matisse spent last semester training with the Bolshoi in Russia.  She had been invited by the school after winning first place in their summer intensive program.  She was placed in second course Russian which was extremely advanced and she was in class with all Russian girls who had been dancing at the Bolshoi since they were little.  Matisse studied hard and rehearsed for her final exams which she passed when she performed on the Bolshoi stage.  She loves it and feels very honored to have the opportunity to be learning and following in the footsteps of so many amazing dancers and teachers.  Matisse is back in Los Angeles for her summer break enjoying the sun and friends.  She turned 17 today!  Happy Birthday Matisse.

Mikhael Kinley Safronoff:  Mikhael has been training on full scholarship at Princess Grace of Monaco Ballet Academy in France.  (His dad is French and lives there).   He injured his left ankle which ended up requiring surgery in April and has recuperated well.  He received a scholarship to attend the Dresden Summer Course in Germany for 2 weeks at the end of July.  

Luis Delcid:  Luis has been dancing with Ballet Des Moines where had roles in Nutcracker as well as other classical and contemporary pieces.  He has been teaching the kids' ballet classes at the school and working part time at Dillards during the company break.  

More updates to come soon on Javier, Adam, Elizabeth and Edgar


GETTING TO THE NUTCRACKER holiday screenings with Q and A's at Laemmle Theaters

Getting to The Nutcracker will have holiday theatrical screenings at Laemmle Theaters from 12.5 - 12.10.15.

Q and A's with Director, Serene Meshel-Dillman and special guests from the film after each show.  Free tickets to be given away at each Q and A for the Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre's Live Nutcracker performances 12.11, 12.12 and 12.13.

12/5 & 12/6 at 10:30AM at the Royal in West LA

12/7 7:30PM at the Royal in West LA

12/8 7:30PM at the Town Center in Encino

12/9 7:30PM at the Playhouse in Pasadena

12.10 7:30PM at the Monica in Santa Monica 

Tickets go on sale December 1st.  Click here for tickets and information.

GETTING TO THE NUTCRACKER to air nationally on PBS

LOS ANGELES - November 2, 2015 - A one-hour version of the award-winning documentary feature, Getting to The Nutcracker will be airing nationally on most PBS stations this holiday season.  Check your local listings for dates and times.

PBSSoCal will air the film 11.17 at 7:00 pm, 11.21 at 4:00 pm and 12.21 at 10:00 pm.  

Additionally PBSSoCal Plus will air the film 12.17 at 10:00 pm and 12.18 at 7:00 am and 2:00 pm.

This is the first time the critically acclaimed audience favorite will be shown on television.

See the Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker LIVE 12.11, 12.12 and 12.13 at the Luckman Theatre in Los Angeles.  Go to NutcrackerLA.com for tickets.

Where are they now...?

Adam, Eli, Matisse, Luis, Mikhael, Elizabeth and Edgar

Since filming Getting to The Nutcracker:

Adam Bernstein:  Trained on full scholarship in New York City with the performing company of the Joffrey Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group.  He competed at Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and was offered a full scholarship for the summer intensive at Nederlands Dans Theater in the Hague. He then attended the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm where he was soon invited to the NuDans residency program at GoteborgsOperans Danskompani in Goteborg, Sweden.  Since Adam is no slouch, he simultaneously graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and applied to and was accepted at Columbia University.  He has deferred his admission.  Finally, Adam was named a 2015 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and is currently a member of Ballet Junior de Geneva in Switzerland.

Eli Gruska:  Attended the Royal Ballet School in London for summer session where he was offered a full time place in their three year diploma program. He is thrilled and honored to be studying there as this has been his dream for as long as he can remember.  He is very grateful to Mr. Marat, Miss Hasmik, Miss Stella and Miss Andi for the excellent training during his years at the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet that made where he is now possible.

Luis Delcid:  Was accepted on full scholarship at The Rock School for Dance Education and The Kirov Academy of Washington D.C.  During his time at The Kirov Academy, Luis was the first student to showcase his own choreography.  After graduating, Luis moved back to Los Angeles to work with the Los Angeles Ballet as a teacher and choreographer.  Luis was part of Tulsa Ballet's second company during the 2014 - 2015 season and is now eager and excited to dance with Ballet Des Moines while also teaching at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance.

Elizabeth:  Competed at YAGP 2014 in San Francisco where she received 1st place in the Senior Women's Category and top 12 in 2015 in Denver for classical Dance.   She is currently training with Ms. Olga Tozyiakova in preparation for joining Ballet West as a trainee in January 2016 where she has received a full merit scholarship.  She is excited and hopeful to soon be part of their company.  She plans to complete all of her academic high school requirements by fall 2015 at Beverly Hills High School.

Mikhael:  Is currently on full scholarship in Monte Carlo, France at the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace. He will be performing in this season's Nutcracker with Ballets De Monte-Carlo. Mikhael hopes to eventually join The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera, ABT, or Zurich Ballet.  The Ballets De Monte-Carlo's Nutcracker performances will be broadcast live on December 30th.  Here is a link for more information: Mikhael

Edgar:  Spent the last couple of years doing ballroom dancing.  He is currently in rehearsals to dance the role of Prince in this season's Nutcracker Ballet with Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre. He continues to train with Marat Daukayev at The Marat Daukayev School of Ballet.  

Matisse:  Was the Cinderella ballet model for the Marinsky production of Cinderella in Los Angeles this past October.  Last summer, she received a full scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet's summer intensive where she garnered a 1st place prize dancing the role of Paquita and the pas de deux from Corsaire to train and perform in their spring gala. From there she was offered a spot to study with the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow starting February 2016.  She plans to continue her studies from Russia online so she can graduate from Beverly Hills High School with her class.  Til then, she continues to train with Marat Daukayev and will again perform the role of Sugarplum in this season's Nutcracker with the Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre.  She is "very grateful to Marat and Pamela for all of the incredible opportunities and amazing training."

Javier:  Is at The School of Dance in Ottawa, Canada in their "professional program".  He is now 11 years old and is taking 7 classes per week.   He is thrilled to be dancing the role of "Dieter" (Masha's naughty little brother) in this year's Nutcracker production with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.