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Spokane, WA


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
INB Performing Arts Center  
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt

Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Spokane, WA!

altTickets are on sale in Spokane for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at INB Performing Arts Center on Monday November 23, 7:00pm. 

The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. Moscow Ballet’s company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden.

Tickets start at $30.00. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+, Military and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification. For Gold Circle Gift Package and single tickets call INB PAC BO 509-279-7000 or go to

Moscow Ballet announces auditions for local student dancers to perform beside the pros in Great Russian Nutcracker!

Moscow Ballet announces open auditions on Sat, Oct 3 4:00pm for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 years. Selected children will perform beside the professional company in the Great Russian Nutcrackeron Nov 23 at the INB Performing Arts Center.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio Spokane Ballet Arts Academy, 109 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99201.

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 23rd year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Audition Director Olena Nalyvaiko 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. Register at Tickets and more info 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.

Local Crescendo Community Choirsperform in live performance and Sacred Heart fundraiser Nov 23 at INB PAC

altMoscow 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.  Crescendo Community Choirs, Musical Wunderkind choirs in Spokane, accompany the Moscow Ballet company Monday, November 23, 7:00pm at the INB Performing Arts Center. “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 tourMore information and tickets at

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.

Moscow Ballet hosts pre-performance Kids for Kids Party to benefit Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital

Family holiday event to precede Nov 23 performance of Great Russian Nutcracker at INB PAC lobby

altSpokane’s children and their families and friends are invited to attend the 2015 Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Kids for Kids Holiday Party November 23, 5:00-6:00PM, in the INB Performing Arts Center lobby prior to the performance of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.  The party is a fundraiser for Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital featuring holiday performances, fun activities and treats for kids by kids.  Families will enjoy caroling by the Spokane’s Crescendo Community Choirs, a meet n’ greet with Moscow Ballet’s playful 10-foot-tall puppets, a vignette performance by students of Ballet Arts Academy of Spokane and booths offering holiday games and goodies which are staffed by Spokane H.O.P.E. School, Children’s Home Society of Washington, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane and other local child-focused organizations.

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"Nothing tops Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker."
Baltimore Sun

altThe 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.


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