Nutcracker Ballet - Spokane (WA)

INB Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.325.SEAT

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Spokane's INB Performing Arts Center November 8 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.


The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Spokane's INB Performing Arts Center Wednesday, November 8, 7:00pm.

All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.

Tickets start at $28.00. Platinum Experience tickets feature artist Meet N Greet and branded gift items; Gold Circle Gift Packages include branded gift items. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Discounts for Seniors 65+, Active and Inactive Armed Services, and Motorclub members are available from .  Single tickets in Spokane are available March 24 at or call TicketsWest 1-800-325-SEAT. 

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2017 Spokane Performances!

Ballet Arts Academy, led by Artistic Director Mimi Ewers and Associate Director Jefferson Baum is a lead ballet academy in the Spokane region.  The school’s philosophy is to teach excellence and discipline, to inspire, educate and enrich the life of students through training and performance of classical and modern ballet.

Mimi Ewers, formerly Mimi Escoto, was born and raised in Honduras, Central America before moving to Spokane in November of 2002. She attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, graduating with a degree in Business Administration and was honored as a student of "Academic Excellence". She started her ballet training in Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica. Mimi was awarded scholarships to train at  Ballet Concerto of Miami and at Escuela Nacional de Danza in Guatemala, and Escuela Nacional de Danza in El Salvador, with Dr. Jurgen Pagels from Indiana University. Mr. Pagels became Mimi's mentor and for many years flew to Honduras to coach Mimi on teaching methods. In addition, she studied the RAD method and was a guest dancer at the National Ballet Company in Honduras. Mimi also opened a ballet school in the city of La Ceiba, in Honduras, which grew to be the most prestigious school in the country.

Spokane’s Crescendo Community Chorus Sings Tchaikovsky's “Waltz of the Snowflakes” in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker on November 8

Spokane’s Crescendo Community Choir will accompany Moscow Ballet for a special performance of The Great Russian Nutcracker, Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 pm, at INB Performing Arts Center. As part of Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Musical Wunderkind program, the choir will accompany dancers in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I, and present a special pre-performance showcase.  Moscow Ballet’s  “Musical Wunderkind” program, presented annually in cities featuring the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour, provides experiential art enrichment for youth in communities in which it performs via Musical Wunderkind, New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life and Dance with Us programs. More information and tickets at

Crescendo Community Chorus is a youth choral program established to provide accessible and excellent choral experience, regardless of personal circumstance.  In addition to their performance in Act I, the choir performed in the Sacred Heart Holiday Party for Kids by Kids to benefit the Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in 2015.  Sharon Rodkey Smith, artistic director of Crescendo Community Chorus, is on-staff with the North Carolina Summer Institute for the Choral Art and is also the artistic director of the choir at Bethany Presbyterian Church. In 2009, she participated in the Music Education delegation to China with the People to People program. She is former president of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association and served as the repertoire and standards chair for Children’s Choirs for the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as co-chair of the 2006 Regional Convention.  While in Nebraska, Sharon received the Alice Buffett Award for Outstanding Teachers in the Omaha Public Schools, and was named 2005 Choral Director of the Year through the Nebraska Choral Directors Association.

About the INB Performing Arts Center

The INB Performing Arts Center, owned and operated by the Spokane Public Facilities District, serves as the premier entertainment venue in the Spokane Region. The Inland Northwest Bank has partnered with the Spokane Public Facilities District to present the INB Performing Arts Center (formerly the Spokane Opera House). INB’s mission is o operate as a community facility providing first class performing art companies and community groups, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all citizens, serving the economic well-being of the community and enhancing the quality of life. A legacy from Spokane's World Fair in 1974, this facility has hosted everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to "Phantom of the Opera" to "The Lion King." The elegant INB Performing Arts Center is adaptable for symphony concerts, ballet, grand opera, road shows, country and rock music spectaculars, musical stage productions, travelogues, conventions and lectures.