“While Mejia has been hailed as a champion of Balanchine's work, this ‘Nutcracker’ is his own ... There are slight differences in the story, but for the most part, audiences can expect the traditional classical ballet they know and love.” – San Antonio Express-News
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Starring Olga Pavlova

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Mejia Ballet International's The Nutcracker

Set to Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, The Nutcracker is, by far, the most widely attended ballet in America. The first American production of the ballet was staged in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet. Ten years later, the late choreographer George Balanchine introduced his famous production of The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet, a staging largely responsible for the ballet becoming part of the Christmas tradition in the United States.

This production of The Nutcracker is choreographed and directed by the founder of Mejia Ballet International, Paul Mejia, a well-recognized name in ballet. Mejia is a former principal dancer under George Balanchine at New York City Ballet. He danced principal roles in many Balanchine ballets. Mejia’s production of The Nutcracker continues the holiday tradition of this popular ballet.

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Olga Pavlova, Marina Goshko, Andrey Prikhodko and Yevgeni Anfinogenov will dance the principal roles in The Nutcracker. Students from San Antonio Metropolitan Classical Ballet will dance the children’s roles.

Russian Prima Ballerina Olga Pavlova is hailed as “The New Pavlova" by Dance Magazine, referring to the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. Born in Moscow, Russia, Olga Pavlova graduated from the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Olga Pavlova won the Gold Medal and the First Prize at the Maya Plisetskaya Second International Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Diploma at the Rudolf Nureyev Second International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary.

Marina Goshko was born in Ulan-Ude in the republic of Buryatiya, Russia. She graduated from the Buryat State Choreographic School. In 1993, she became a soloist with the Moscow Classical Ballet. Goshko has toured extensively throughout the world. Her repertoire includes leading solo and pas de deux roles. Goshko is married to dancer Andrey Prikhodko.

Yevgeni Anfinogenov was born in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from the prestigious Perm State Ballet Academy and joined the Russian Chamber Ballet Theater of Moscow. He was First Soloist with Moscow City Ballet and the Russian National Ballet Theater. He has performed extensively throughout the world. He is married to Prima Ballerina Olga Pavlova.

Andrey Prikhodko, was born in Polovinny, Sverdlovsk Region, Russia. He graduated from the Perm State Ballet Academy and was accepted into the ballet troupe of Grand Moscow Classical Ballet. Prikhodko is married to dancer Marina Goshko.

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