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World-renowned ballet troupe brings the Nutcracker to the Bronx

DEARDRA SHULER | 4/12/2011, 4:41 p.m.

"Ballet requires a lot of strength and endurance. It's a young person's profession. Generally the troupe members start around 18 years old. Women can stay in the profession into their 40s but the men usually retire in their 30s, although Mikhail Baryshnikov danced up until his 50s. All the lifting and leaps and bounds take their toll on the body," stated the classical producer.

"The Nutcracker is one of the best ballets to take a child to," said Friedman. "It has the rat king, mice, gun powder, soldiers, swans, and is just beautiful. These Moscow Classical Ballet dancers are beautiful, young, strong dancers with a great deal of vitality since the Russian training is the best in the world. The dancers attend dance class every day because dance is a very demanding profession. It's a profession you must love," he said of the troupe of 40 dancers.

The Moscow Classical Ballet will appear in New Jersey and then at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. Parents are encouraged to take their children to this delightful performance since children 12 and under can see it for $10. For adults, ticket prices are $35, $30, and $25. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LehmanCenter.org or by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuesdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.) and beginning at noon on the day of the concert. Lehman Center is accessible by the 4 and D trains to Bedford Park Blvd. Parking is free.