Local student dancers will perform with Moscow Ballet professional company of 40 this Christmas season. These roles are suited for the young dancers’ ages and skill levels and are ancillary to the professional roles. The Dance with Us roles are as Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Sprites, Snow Maidens, and junior dancers in Act II’s Variations. The experience of being fitted in Moscow Ballet costumes, rehearsing on the stage with the Russian professionals, and performing for a live audience is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these children spurring some to become professionals themselves. Moscow Ballet producers have included the Dance with Us opportunity in the North American tours since 1994 and have seen the program grow from local dance schools in 8 cities to about 100 host dance schools, with 50 children each, in 2016.