The Moscow Ballet hit the stage with the Great Russian Cinderella, a classical Russian-style ballet, at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton yesterday, with another performance set for today.

Joined by 42 local ballerinas, the Massachusetts-based ballet company has been touring North America since 1993.

“I was looking for kids from eight years (old) to 15 or 16 years,” Svetlana Todinova says, explaining how she held auditions in the summer for local dancers. Todinova is a soloist and teacher with the Moscow Ballet.

“The choreography is not too difficult,” Todinova adds. “It’s nice, beautiful choreography, right for young dancers.”

“They are so talented; I just enjoyed working with them.”

The Moscow Ballet’s Canadian tour has also been working with the Recovery Acres Society, a Calgary-based drug and alcohol treatment centre. Proceeds from the tour are helping the Society raise $10 million to build a second facility.