Cecilia Iliesiu

Guest Artist, Principal Dancer - Pacific Northwest Ballet

Cecilia Iliesiu is a Principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) in the USA with a 13-year career as a professional ballerina, teacher, and mentor. As a dancer with Carolina Ballet (2009-2015) and PNB (2015-present), she has danced notable roles on stages in the US, France, and Nigeria, including: George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Emeralds, The Nutcracker, & Rubies; Davis Dawson’s Empire Noir; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels & Front Porch to Heaven; William Forsythe New Suite; José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette; Marius Petipa’s Giselle; Crystal Pite’s Emergence & The Seasons’ Canon; Alexei Ratmasksy’ Wartime Elegy; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert; Kent Stowell’s Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty.

She has become a leader in the ballet education field with her establishment of the PNB School Mentorship Program for the pre-professional and advanced students, as well as the co-founder and director of Global Ballet Teachers offering free online courses and resources for ballet teachers in 40 international countries and traveling to Nigeria and Ghana to teach. With over a decade of teaching experience at The School of American Ballet, PNBSchool, CC&Co Dance Complex, and Ballet 5:8, she continues to teach masterclasses and mentor students around the world.

Cecilia received ten years of ballet training at The School of American Ballet and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University. She currently resides in Seattle, WA, USA.

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.