Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin (guest dancer from Ballet Idaho) and Mia Kimura

Nutcracker Tea 2016 Gratitude

Dec.19, 2016

Many thanks to our wonderful patrons and brilliant dancers, artistic director, crew, parent members and volunteers who made all seven sold-out performances of A Nutcracker Tea 2016 such a fantastic success.

This program run proved to be particularly trying as weather conditions hindered our usual rehearsal process and theatre preparation time. The weather even forced the theatre to close and us to reschedule one of our evening shows, but our dancers and production team handled these challenging events with graceful professionalism. We are so proud of them all!

We are also filled with heartfelt gratitude for the support of our donors and patrons. Thank for letting us share the joy of dance with you and for making NWDT possible!

We wish everyone a very happy rest of the holiday season and hope to see you all again in April for A Festival of Dance!


Performances & Tickets

Dec.19, 2016

A Festival of Dance

Spring Mixed-Bill Program


Tickets run $12 to $18 (Youth $10)

buyApril 8, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00pm

buyApril 9, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00pm

Performance venue: PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Graphic design by Anya Lehman

Each year NWDT presents a family-friendly spring production with something special to offer everyone. This coming spring we are thrilled to present an exciting new mixed-bill program: A Festival of DanceThis powerful program will feature excerpts from the classical ballet, La Bayadère, with a debut of “A Night in Tunisia,”a fantastic jazz suite by Laura Haney, as well as other innovative works by M’liss Stephenson and Erik Zintek! The MAC Company Dancers will also join as guest performers presenting works consisting of various contemporary styles including modern, jazz and hip-hop. 

For NWDT’s young artists, this spring program is a wonderful opportunity to learn new styles of movement, expand their understanding of dance as a performance art, and share their passion and versatility with the community. With this sense of exploration and discovery, the spring mixed-bill program makes the richness of this art form tangible by creating a bridge between the classical and the contemporary for all ages to enjoy.

To learn more about NWDT and future performance information, please email for more information.

A Nutcracker Tea

December 10-18, 2016

Tickets run $17-33  – SOLD OUT!

Performance times:

Sold out: December 10th (Saturday) 2:00pm (Green cast)

Sold out: December 10th (Saturday) 7:00pm (Red cast)

Sold out: December 11th (Sunday) at 2:00pm (Green cast)

Sold out: December 16th (Friday) at 7:00pm (Green cast)

Sold out: December 17th (Saturday) at 2:00pm (Red cast)

Sold out: December 17th (Saturday) 7:00pm (Green cast)

Sold out: December 18th (Sunday) at 2:00pm (Red cast)

(Green and Red casts refer to NWDT company dancer casting roles. Guest dancers including Little Angels, Mice, Soldiers, Party Boys, Party Parents, Chefettes and Gingerbread perform in each show.)

Performance venue: PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Photo by Carrigg Photography & Design

Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin (guest dancer from Ballet Idaho) and Mia Kimura. Photo by Carrigg Photography & Design.

Each December Northwest Dance Theatre presents its annual holiday production of A Nutcracker Tea, a family-friendly adaptation of the holiday story that follows Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a heartwarming journey through the Snow Kingdom and Land of Sweets. Paired with NWDT’s beautifully crafted sets and costumes, June Taylor-Dixon’s choreography creates the perfect holiday tradition and first-time ballet experience for family and friends of all ages. This charming production continues to warm the hearts of all ages as a holiday family tradition. In December of 2015, NWDT dancers performed seven sold-out shows and six community outreach programs. It was a magical experience for all NWDT dancers, directors, members, volunteers, and community patrons to share, give, and receive the beauty and power of dance.

To learn more about this production and NWDT’s community outreach programs, please contact 503-925-3898 or email for more information.

Update for Dec. 18th performances

Dec.16, 2016

Dear Patrons of NWDT,

We are happy to announce the performances today will go on as planned at 2:00 and at 5:00 PM.

Thank you for your support,