Nutcracker Ballet - Galesburg (IL)

About Host Studio: Dancers Studio

Dancers Studio is dedicated to providing a high level of technical training, while inspiring the love and appreciation for dance through exciting performing opportunities!  All students participate in two productions every year at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Illinois. While not every student is interested in pursuing dance at a professional level, Arlene Smith believes in providing every dancer with a high level of technical instruction, regardless of intent. Her students have been accepted into summer dance intensives at the Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Milwaukee School of Ballet, and Ballet Chicago, to name a few.  At the university level, her students have been accepted at elite dance programs such as the one offered by Butler University in Indiana.

About the Orpheum Theatre

Described as "a veritable house of enchantment" when it opened its doors on Monday, August 21, 1916, the Orpheum Theatre continues to be a place of beauty and a showcase for the arts in western Illinois. In 1915, William J. Olson, owner of the Gaiety Theatre at the corner of Cherry and Simmons Streets, engaged the prominent architectural firm of C.W. & George L. Rapp to break ground for the Orpheum Theatre. The Rapp brothers were making waves with their philosophy that a theatre should be "a shrine to democracy where the wealthy rub elbows with the poor."  Built as a vaudeville house, the Orpheum hosted many early stars of stage and screen, including Jack Benny, George Burns, and Houdini.

Today, the Orpheum continues to reflect its former glory, bringing to the stage a diverse blend of the finest entertainment including Mickey Rooney, Collin Raye, the Doobie Brothers, Glen Miller Orchestra, Bo Diddley, The Acting Company and the Russian National Ballet companies. The theatre is also home to many local performing arts and non-profit organizations that bring music, movies, dance and theatre to our stage.