At Minnesota Academy of Russian Ballet: Olivia Simmons Bergin celebrates 10 years with classical Nutcracker Suite

Olivia Simmons Bergin

Olivia Simmons Bergin, a freshman at Minneapolis Washburn High School, will mark this year as her 10th performance in the Minnesota Academy of Russian Ballet traditional Nutcracker Suite ballet.

Simmons Bergin just completed the cross-country season for Washburn with the Washburn Girls Cross Country team adding to their consecutive City Conference titles. 

“I’m so proud of our cross-country teams and appreciate the amazing leadership of our seniors” said Simmons Bergin. 

The multi-talented athlete now trades in her cross-country cleats for pointe shoes in a traditional Russian “Nutcracker” ballet performance. 

She began ballet at McRae Park’s long-standing dance program for preschoolers.  As a kindergartener she started attending a rigorous, highly disciplined Russian ballet school in Eden Prairie that puts on a traditional rendition of the popular “Nutcracker Suite” ballet. Simmons Bergin will be featured in several solos in this year’s show.

Along with cross country, Simmons Bergin plays violin in Washburn’s Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the National Charity League, a volunteer service organization.

The “Nutcracker” performance takes place at the Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center, 17198 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie, Friday (Dec. 14) at 7 p.m., Saturday (Dec. 15) at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday (Dec. 16) at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information go to

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