The Rinat Mouzafarov Institute of Dance & Ballet Theater will present “Home for the holidays” this weekend at the Lycée Minot-Campus Central.
The performances will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Video Magic, Eckroth Music, Esoterica or Northwest Music. Mouzafarov urges people to buy their tickets in advance as there is high demand and the tickets could sell out.
“The show (includes) traditional holiday music with a touch of modern ballet,” said Mouzafarov, who said he wanted the production to bring back holiday memories to its audience and recall the numbers played at the old Radio City Music Hall.
The production will be enjoyed by people of all ages and is aimed at the whole family, he said.
Mouzafarov’s pupils, aged 3 to 19, will perform on songs including “Home for the holidays,” “Christmas cookie”, “I saw mom kissing Santa Claus” “Here is Santa Claus”, “Russian dance”, “Holly Jolly Christmas”, “Sleigh ride” “Merry Christmas,” “Sir. Santa Claus,” “Call me Christmas” “Frosted / Rudolph”, “Baby Santa Claus,” “Cool Christmas”, “Christmas polka”, “Skating with Willie” “Christmas Waltz”, “First Christmas”, “Winter wonders,” “What child is this? “ “Let it snow” “Christmas penguins” “Plum fairy” and “Skiing fantasy”.
Some people look forward to Christmas production all year round and ask him what he plans to do this year when they see him in stores, Mouzafarov said.
The skill level and experience of Muzafarov students varies from year to year, as new students begin and other talented students gain skills and maturity.
A number of Muzafarov’s students this year are boys, which means there may be more male-female partnerships.
Mouzafarov said his students work extremely hard. He also relies on dedicated volunteers and people who help him with things like costumes for his performances.
Mouzafarov, who was part of some of the world’s best-known ballet companies, including the Soviet-era Bolshoi, has now been a part of the Minot community for 28 years.
He enjoys working with children and encourages his students to work hard in school and respect their parents. The discipline Muzafarov teaches his students carries over into their future adult careers, whether they choose to pursue a career in ballet or some other field.
For the little ones who are new to dancing, there is a lot of fun and games. “I play with them” said Mouzafarov. Some of the smaller ones will perform as part of the “Christmas cookie” number.
Mouzafarov begins to teach young pupils who are the children of some of his former pupils, which he also appreciates very much.