Nutcracker Ballet - Sioux City (IA)

About Host Studio: Siouxland Movement Arts Center

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 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.