Nutcracker Ballet - Spokane (WA)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
INB Performing Arts Center
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Tickets on Sale now for Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker this holiday season in Spokane

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Spokane's INB Performing Arts Center Monday November 14, 7:00pm only.

Direct from Russia to Spokane, 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, Spokane 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 Spokane.

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 Spokane start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local Washington Girl Scout troops receive a special interactive program.  Contact smi@nutcracker.com 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 INB PAC BO 509-279-7000 or go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Spokane 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. 

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.

Local Crescendo Community Choirs perform in live performance and Sacred Heart fundraiser at INB PAC

Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program, 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. “Local children as part of Moscow Ballet's "Musical Wunderkind" program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014.The rare pairing of young singers and professional ballerinas in front of live audiences teaches performance skills that traditional lessons do not. In 2015 there are Musical Wunderkind choirs and soloists in 25+ cities on the 80 city tour.

Spokane’s Crescendo Community Choirs is a youth choral program established to create an opportunity for children of all ages to access a quality 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.  The fundraiser will take place before the Great Russian Nutcracker performance in the lobby of the beautiful INB Performing Arts Center from 5:00-6:00pm.  This is the second time the Crescendo Community Choirs have participated in the Moscow Ballet Wunderkind program.

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.