Moscow Ballet visits Swan Lake

Nature sanctuary hosts classes with Moscow Ballet ballerina and audition director Olena Nalyvaik

Grace and elegance will be on full display Saturday at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary.

Moscow Ballet’s ballerina and audition director Olena Nalyvaiko visits the sanctuary Oct. 8 to teach a junior class (ages 5 to 9) from 10 to 11:40 a.m. and an intermediate class (ages 10 to 14) from 12:20 to 2 p.m.

“This once- in-a-lifetime opportunity will provide your child a fun workshop of cultural immersion as well as personal role modelling with the highly trained world class Russian dancer, while at the same time raising awareness and much-needed funds for the Bridges to Nature campaign,” said Swan Lake executive director Kathleen Burton.

Children can learn some Russian language, enjoy art projects, a dance warm-up and learn the Russian Scarf Dance. “During the immersion sessions, children work one-on-one with a Moscow Ballet ballerina in movement and creative expression workshops,” said Burton.

The Moscow Ballet performs the Swan Lake ballet Nov. 12 at Victoria’s Royal Theatre. Both the children’s programs and ballet performance benefit the Bridges to Nature campaign to replace the sanctuary’s aging boardwalk.

Register for the programs at 250-479-0211. The cost is $20 for Swan Lake members and $35 for non-members.

Buy tickets to the Nov. 12 Swan Lake ballet at rmts.bc.ca/promo/swan and use the code SWAN for a portion of the proceeds to go towards the nature sanctuary.