Nutcracker Ballet - Youngstown (OH)

About the Edward W. Powers Auditorium

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Youngstown! The Edward W. Powers Auditorium at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, located in the heart of the burgeoning arts and entertainment district of Youngstown Ohio, is recognized as one of the most beautiful performance venues in the Midwest. As the long-time home of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra it remains the cultural heart of Mahoning Valley. The DeYor’s performance halls – Edward W. Powers Auditorium provides ideally suited spaces for large orchestral performances and theatrical productions as well as intimate recitals and family oriented performances. Under the leadership of Chef Jeff Chrystal, the Center’s Overture Restaurant is the chosen destination for pre-event dining in a beautiful, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Youngstown Ballet Partnership: Jordan School of Ballet

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Youngstown children from Jordan School of Ballet. Lisa Zumpella Jordan is a Professional Ballerina, Artistic Director, Master Teacher, Private Coach, Choreographer and Founder of the Jordan School of Ballet in Youngstown, Ohio. Jordan performed as a soloist with the Contemporary Ballet Theatre of Williamsburg, Virginia, was a principal dancer with Ballet Michigan.  She has performed with the original Cleveland Ballet (founded by Dennis Nahat and Ian Horvath 1972-2000), and Pointe of Departure, a professional ballet company constructed of former Cleveland Ballet dancers, most recently known as Ballet San Jose. Lisa was also given the honor of performing as the guest ballerina, dancing the role of Cinderella, with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in Cleveland.

Lisa has taught every level of ballet at the School of Cleveland Ballet. She was also a faculty member with both the Dance Institute and the University of Akron where she taught both ballet and pointe. In 2003, Lisa had the opportunity of being the ballet mistress and director of 50 students chosen by the Moscow Ballet to perform with them in their production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker." Lisa was nominated into the 2007 edition of "Who's Who in American Women." She also trains and coaches students of all levels who are preparing for competitions including Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), an international ballet competition as well as professional careers.