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The Classic Russian Nutcracker

starring the Gold Medal Winning Company DIRECT FROM RUSSIA, 

The Saint-Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya


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The Classic Russian 


starring the 

Gold Medal Winning Company DIRECT FROM RUSSIA, 

The Saint-Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya

Choreography by Peggy Willis-Aarnio 

based on the Classic Russian Production of Vainonen

Costume Designs by Sally Lynn Askins - Scenery Designs and Execution by Waid Griffin, Jr.


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We are featured the Nov/Dec Issue of the Panama City Living Magazine...see entire article below!

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An Article about the Nutcracker is shown below and is written by Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio, Photograph for Cover and all photos in the Article are by Peggy Wiltz. (

We would like to thank Ashley Good, Publisher of Panama City Living Magazine for permission to reprint this article for this web page and would also like to credit and  to thank Beck Graben, Art Director/Designer/Photographer for the Panama City Living Magazine for his beautiful art work, ( and Peggy Wiltz for the beautiful photographs!    We hope you enjoy reading the article as it appears in the present issue of the Panama City Living Magazine, showcasing the beautiful city of Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida, along the gorgeous Emerald Coast.

We would also like to thank Sharon Steele, Artistic Director of The Harmonic Motion Ballet Theatre and Director of the Harmonic Motion School of Classical Ballet as the Dallas Production at McFarlin on December 3rd will feature her local performers from Harmonic Motion Ballet Theatre. See her biography below.

Thanks again to the Panama City Living Magazine for permission to reprint the above article from their magazine.

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Here are excerpts from a Review of this company performing The Nutcracker in San Jose, Costa Rica!

Marta Avila Reviewer/Critic

For the fifth season The Nutcracker , The National Theatre gave a performance by Russian dancers, several national professional, accompanied by more than 80 students from 14 schools of ballet in Costa Rica. The cast of The Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya assumed the leading roles, proposed by the choreography of Peggy Willis / Aarnio, based on the version of A. Vainonen, dating from 1934. This work maintains the spirit of mounting Marius Petipa, with music by Tchaikosky premiered at the Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892.

In the versions we've seen The Nutcracker produced in our country, this is the one with a higher level, particularly for cleaning technique and clarity of spatial patterns displayed by the performers, both in group scenes and in the solo segments. Also do not feel the abysmal distance between the soloists and members of the chorus.

An example of this was the performance of the Russian ballerina Natalia Romanova, the role of Clara, Snow Queen and the Grand Pas de Deux, who showcased his acting talent and physical plasticity. For his part, Nikolai Blankov Drosserlmeyer made King of the Snow and Romanova partner in the duet final, with great force and precision in their virtuosic variations.

Here is a review of this production when it was performed recently in Chickasha, OK

December 10, 2008

Packed house raves about The Nutcracker

Mike Friend

The Nutcracker ballet drew in a crowd of nearly a thousand people Tuesday night to the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma for the 8th Annual Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series.

“We had to add seating twice to accommodate the people who purchased tickets, it is a full house tonight,” said Randy Talley, USAO spokesman.

The show featured The Saint-Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya from Russia. The award-winning gold medal company was formed in 1996 and brought the traditional holiday classic to life.

In addition to the foreign premier dancers, the stage was also graced with local ballet talent.

A group of tiny dancers fluttered across the stage dressed in angel costumes to start the show, all of whom were local dancers who tried out for the special opportunity earlier this month under the direction of local dance coordinator Adrian Talley.

The show reached its climax with the age old battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker who turned into a prince.

“I think the show was wonderful. Especially for the children, I know they had a great time,” said Dr. Ken Bohannon, the show’s production coordinator.



More Reviews about the Saint-Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya


 Biography of Marina Medvetskaya

About the Choreographer and Artistic Director of The Willis Ballet- Peggy Willis-Aarnio

About - Artistic Director of Harmonic Motion Ballet Theatre - Sharon Steele

Collage of Photos of The Willis Ballet's Classic Russian Nutcracker

  Marina Medvetskaya in front of her banner at entrance to the Teatro Nacional, in San Juan, Costa Rica

We look forward to seeing you at our Nutcracker Performance on December 3rd, 7:30 PM at SMU's McFarlin's Memorial Auditorium, in Dallas, Texas.

Any questions?  Call 850-319-5122 (Paul Aarnio, Tour Producer) or 850-236-1555 (Willis Conservatory of Classical Ballet)

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 for more information about Prof. Peggy Willis-Aarnio's upcoming Classical Ballet Teacher's Course in San Diago, CA over the Christmas Holidays and one course is from Jan.4-9th. 

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