Nutcracker Ballet - Sioux City (IA)

Orpheum Theatre
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 855.333.8771

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Sioux City!

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Friday, September 25 in Sioux City

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Moscow Ballet Audition Director Mariia Skoruk  arrives in Sioux City on September 25 at 4:00 pm to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Ballerina Maria Skoruk will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio Siouxland Movement Arts Center 813 Pearl Street, Sioux City IA 51101. Sign up to audition today at

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Monday, December 3, 7:00 pm at Orpheum Theatre. Buy Tickets.

Siouxland Movement Arts Center has been teaching Siouxland to dance for sixty years. The faculty, directed by Shirley Dill and Tracy Bennett, present classes in a wide variety of theatrical dance styles, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Baton, Tumbling for Cheerleading, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, and Theatrical Dance. In addition, students are provided with opportunities to study under a variety of professional dancers and noted dance educators through studio-sponsored trips and through studio-hosted master classes. Students receive performance experience in the annual revue as well as at competitions, fairs and at various charity functions. The studio is proud to be the home of Ballet Sioux Tap Inc., and Jazzin Company and to aid in their contributions to our community’s cultural life.

About the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre

The Sioux City Orpheum Theatre was designed by the nationally known Chicago firm Rapp & Rapp and constructed in 1927 as part of the national Orpheum Circuit. The major developer and promoter for the theatre was local Sioux City businessman, Arthur Sanford. It was the largest theatre in the State of Iowa at its time. This once opulent vaudeville and moving picture house boasted a large 2,690 seat, six story auditorium complete with a 21 rank Wurlitzer pipe organ, half circle boxes, hand carved detailing, gilded ornamentation, several crystal chandeliers and a hand painted ceiling. But these attributes were covered and removed over time. In 1989 a nonprofit organization, the Orpheum Theatre Preservation Project, Ltd. (OTPP), was established for the purpose of pursuing the fund raising necessary to renovate and reopen the now historic theatre.

The building was restored by a restoration team of local and nationally prominent professionals and the few surviving crystal chandeliers, light fixtures and lighting devises were meticulously restored. The chandeliers in the main lobby are all original to the Theatre. Many of the light fixtures were removed when the Theatre was closed, but thanks to dedicated volunteers many fixtures were recovered and half of the wall sconces are original to the Theatre. Ornamental plaster was applied to the rebuilt balcony and box seats. A study of the historic finishes identified which finishes were original and how they could be cleaned. It also revealed what the original decorative finishes were in areas that had been painted over. The stencil and trompe l’oeil grand lobby ceiling was uncovered and meticulously documented. The historic designs were replicated to match the original appearance in technique and color. Approximately two years and thousands of hours later, the Orpheum Theatre was re-opened on September 15, 2001.