Cecilia Iliesiu

Principal Dancer - Pacific Northwest Ballet

Cecilia Iliesiu is a Principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) with a 14-year career as a professional ballerina, teacher, and mentor. She trained at the School of American Ballet (SAB) and has performed notable roles on stages in the USA, France, Canada, and Nigeria by George Balanchine, Davis Dawson, William Forsythe, José Limón, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Crystal Pite, Alexei Ratmasksy, and Jerome Robbins. 

Cecilia has become a leader in ballet education with her establishment of the PNB School Mentorship Program, as well as founding Global Ballet Teachers and Ballet Life Coach. Cecilia has over a decade of teaching experience giving master classes and workshops in the USA, Ghana, Honduras, and Nigeria. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and is continuing her education at Harvard Business School as part of the Crossover Into Business program. 


Right from the curtain rising through the following two hours of the outstanding production, surprise and delight followed one after another.

Vancouver Sun

Frequently Asked Questions

When do tickets go on sale for The Nutcracker?

Tickets usually go on sale in the late Summer each year for the following December. You can check the homepage of this website to check if they are currently on sale.

Are there discounted tickets for Seniors, Children, Students or large groups?

There are discounted tickets for Seniors (65 years and up) and Children (0-12 years old) available on the Ticketmaster.ca site. Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more, please contact us via Nutcracker@GohBallet.com for details.

What is the policy on late seating?

Show policy is latecomers will not be seated until Intermission. Exceptions will be considered in cases of inclement weather, parking issues and/or box office delays. Please try your best to be on time.

Can a small child sit on my lap during the performance?

For fire and building safety reasons the theatre does not allow children in laps, and each person in the theatre must have a ticket. We recommend the show for children 3 years old and up.

I am bringing a child to the ballet and I am afraid that they will have trouble seeing over people’s heads. Is there anything that I can do?

Yes – Booster cushions are available at the theatre for free to help children view the ballet without obstruction.

What should I wear?

Although there is no dress code, it is recommended that you dress out of respect for the dancers. Most patrons wear “business attire” (men: coat and tie, women: dresses or dress pants) or “dressy casual”.

Does the theatre have an elevator?

Yes — the theatre has an elevator and ushers are happy to assist you in finding your section and seats.

Is handicap-accessible seating available?

Yes. There is handicap and wheelchair accessible seating at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre. For more information contact Ticketmaster 1.855.985.5000 for more information and to purchase your tickets.