By Zahra Huber

DETROIT (WWJ) – Ahead of a December performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker, a graceful ballerina is hoping to spread some joy among local children.

Moscow Ballet soloist Carolina Siscanu will be visiting young patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan on Wednesday. Siscanu said she’ll be dressed in full costume and will pose for photos while talking with the kids.

“I like children and I like to make them a little bit happy with this, to give them a little bit smile. Maybe they’ll see a Russian ballerina, maybe some of them have a dream to be a ballerina, and maybe I’ll give a little bit of a chance to see that for real — a ballerina,” she said.

Siscanu, who started dancing when she was 9-years-old, said she hopes to help the children realize they can do anything they set their minds to.

“Of course, I would tell them to follow their dreams because everybody can do this. Like, if you want something, you just follow your dreams and you can do this,” she said.

Also on Wednesday, Moscow Ballet is holding auditions for student dancers ages 7 to 16 to perform in 60 different roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker when the show comes to the Fox Theater on Dec. 22. Applicants must have at least one year of ballet training and dress in dance attire. Auditions start at 5 p.m. at MDM Dance Project in Shelby Township.

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