Nutcracker Ballet - Grand Forks (ND)

Chester Fritz Auditorium
Friday, November 25, 2016 - 7:00 pm

About The Chester Fritz Auditorium

The Chester Fritz Auditorium is built where the UND theatre tradition began many years ago...on the banks of the English Coulee. In 1965, Chester Fritz gave the University of North Dakota $1 million towards the construction of a "distinctive auditorium" on campus. A matching appropriation of $1 million from the state of North Dakota and $1 million in private bequests completed the funding for the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The gift came from a man whose fondness for the University of North Dakota has long been evident in financial support and enthusiasm for his Alma Mater.

The Chester Fritz Auditorium, a magnificent center for the performing arts, is considered the finest facility of its kind from Minneapolis to the West Coast. Since its opening, the Chester Fritz Auditorium has brought numerous nationally acclaimed performers to Grand Forks and to the University of North Dakota. The programming has varied from country western, opera, ballet, and symphonies, to Broadway Theatre shows. The Auditorium is also used for many University of North Dakota events. The Chester Fritz Auditorium held its first event October 12, 1972 when the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Choir performed.

Tickets on sale in Grand Forks for Moscow Ballet's celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at the Chester Fritz Auditorium

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker in Grand Forks at Chester Fritz Auditorium Thanksgiving Friday, November 25, 7:00pm.

Direct from Russia to Grand Forks, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas.   Experience the exceptional dancing of award-winning principal artists and a company of nearly 40 classically trained dancers. With a 60-foot growing Christmas tree; hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver; stunning, hand-painted sets designed by Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague, Grand Forks audiences are sure to be delighted.  Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” receives critical acclaim in the over 100 cities they perform, from New York to Los Angeles, Miami to Grand Forks.

The production is dedicated to achieving world peace.  Act II is named “Land of Peace and Harmony” and features a rose-shooting cannon and stunning two-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20 foot wingspan.

Tickets in Grand Forks start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local North Dakota Girl Scout troops receive a special interactive program.  Contact or more information.  Seniors, Military and MotorClub members are eligible for discounts at the theater box office.  

For Platinum Experience featuring a Meet N Greet; Gold Circle Gift Package; and single tickets call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or go to

Audition for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Grand Forks Performance!

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 24th year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. One of our trained Russian audtion directors will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers,” Calgary Herald, 2014.

Inspire Dance and Wellness Studios’ s mission is to inspire a joy and respect for the art of dance regardless of age, ability or skill level. The studio offers guidance to those interested in pursuing opportunities in the dance industry and the goal is to build character and confidence through strong technique and artistic expression while encouraging a healthy lifestyle and positive body image. The youth division provides a well-structured and progressive dance education free from judgement as a non-competition studio. The lessons learned in the classroom are more than just steps! The adult division offers a unique variety of classes to help achieve wellness goals and personal aspirations for movement and self-healing. No previous experience in any kind of dance is necessary to find something that fits each student...all that’s needed is the desire to get moving! Classes are led by a team of experienced educators in dancefitnessmovement and wellness