Nutcracker Ballet - Spokane (WA)

INB Performing Arts Center
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour in Spokane on Nov. 14

120 Ballerinas and Danseurs, 115 Cities, New Costumes and Backdrops

Moscow Ballet announces Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker performances featuring Principal Dancers and Balletmasters of the highest caliber and hailing from the world’s top ballet schools. The three tours feature award winning and celebrated Principal Dancers: Ekaterina Alaeva and Kostyantyn Vinovoy on East; Tatiana Nazarkhevich and Andrey Batalov on Central, and Alisa Voronova and Dmitry Kozhemyakin on West, all graduates of the top ballet schools in the world, perform Swan Lake and the Great Russian Nutcracker. Balletmaster, Principal Danseur and Honored Artist of Russia Andrey Batalov has, “made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena” reports the national Russian newspaper Kommersant; Ballet Master and Honored Artist of Ukraine Nobuhiro Tekada is the first and only Japanese person awarded the titles of Honored Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, two of the highest state awards. Balletmaster Vladimir Troschenko, an honors graduate from Vaganova Academy at Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, has partnered ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Bolshoi’s Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva of Mariinsky Ballet. These honored artists create the 3 companies of 40 dancers each who entertain audiences from coast to coast with Russian skill and passion from November through December. (See detailed tour list below) New sets designed by multi Academy-Award nominee Carl Sprague include the opening promenade scene highlighting Moscow’s legendary St. Basil's Cathedral and is considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art; the icy Snow Forest has sparkling crystalline snowflakes everywhere, which melt away in Act II to reveal Moscow Ballet’s signature “Land of Peace and Harmony” – a scene filled with exotic Firebirds, Unicorns, Tigers, and Lions who entertain Masha and Nutcracker Prince. New costumes designed by Arthur Oliver, include a dazzling cerulean and ivory bedazzled Ded Moroz, aka Father Christmas, and Snegurochka, aka Snow Maiden, highlight the traditional Russian folklore style and more.

Seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for families since the first North American tour in 1993! The 2016 tour runs from November 6 to December 30 in over 100 U.S. and Canadian cities. Moscow Ballet’s Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Spokane at the INB Performing Arts Center on Monday, November 14 at 7:00pm. Tickets go to

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Spokane!

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker on November 14 at Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center. Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olena Nalyvaiko will conduct auditions Sunday, October 9, 12 p.m. at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Ballet Arts Academy, 109 West Pacific Ave., Spokane, WA  99201, for dance students from the area. Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, and who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.  Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program brings 6,000 student dancers on stage to perform in a professional environment annually for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children! “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, Stephan Bonfield, 2014.Sign up to audition today at . Performance tickets are at

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 accompanies Moscow Ballet in Musical Wunderkind performance Monday, November 14 at the INB Performing Arts Center

Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program in Spokane, consistent with Moscow Ballet’s mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs, features pre-professional award winning vocal groups accompanying dancers in the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” at the end of Act I of the Great Russian Nutcracker. Crescendo Community Chorus, Musical Wunderkind choir in Spokane, accompanies the Moscow Ballet company Monday, November 14, 7 p.m. at the INB Performing Arts Center. This performance within a performance is part of the Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program which is brought annually to cities on the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides interactive 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

Spokane’sCrescendo 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 will be performing in the Sacred Heart Holiday Party for Kids by Kids to benefit the Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

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.