Pacific Northwest Ballet
(PNB) is a ballet company
A ballet company is a group of dancers who perform ballet, plus managerial and support staff. Most major ballet companies employ dancers on a year-round basis, except in the United States, where contracts for part of the year are the norm...
based in Seattle, Washington in the United States. Founded in 1972 as part of the Seattle Opera
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and named the Pacific Northwest Dance Association, it broke away from the Opera in 1977 and took its current name in 1978. It is said to have the highest per capita attendance in the United States, with 11,000 subscribers. Its founding artistic directors, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, left at the end of the 2004–2005 season. Both had studied with and danced for George Balanchine
George Balanchine , born Giorgi Balanchivadze in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to a Georgian father and a Russian mother, was one of the 20th century's most famous choreographers, a developer of ballet in the United States, co-founder and balletmaster of New York City Ballet...
. Peter Boal
Peter Boal is artistic director of Pacific Northwest Ballet and director of its affiliated school in Seattle, Washington. He was born in Bedford, New York, in 1965 and began studies at the School of American Ballet at age nine.Mr...
succeeded Stowell and Russell as Artistic Director following their retirement. The company performs with 49 dancers, thirteen of whom are principals
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; seven soloists, twenty-six corps de ballet
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dancers, as well as three apprentices There are over 100 performances throughout the year.
In 1974, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School
was founded. Formerly directed by Francia Russell, and now directed by Peter Boal, it has been considered to be, "One of the leading, if not the definitive, professional training school in the country."
PNB performs in McCaw Hall
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at the Seattle Center
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. It is especially known for its performance of the Stowell/Maurice Sendak
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The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King". It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St...
, which it has been presenting since 1983 as well as made into a feature film
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture , is a 1986 film produced by Pacific Northwest Ballet in associates with Hyperion Pictures and Kushner/Locke. It is a film adaptation of the ballet The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as well as based on the short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann...
. In 2006, the company was chosen to perform in the Fall for Dance Festival
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at New York's City Center Theatre
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and at the Jacob's Pillow
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In October 2007, PNB dancers Noelani Pantastico
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, Lindsi Dec, and Benjamin Griffiths, along with Pantastico's husband Brady Hartley, created the website PNB Unleashed
. The website functions as a "more in-depth, behind the scenes perspective of the lives of PNB dancers and the necessary steps to creating a successful performance." The website includes dancers' personal thoughts on upcoming performances, links to dancers' personal websites, photo albums, interviews, and an "A Day in the Life" of a PNB dancer. It further includes a "Director's Blog" written by Boal discussing his role as artistic director.
- Batkhurel Bold
- Maria Chapman
- Karel Cruz
- Carrie Imler
- Carla Körbes
- Ariana Lallone
- Stanko Milov
- Kaori Nakamura
- Jonathan Porretta
- Seth Orza
- Lucien Postlewaite
- Jeffrey Stanton
- Olivier Wevers
- Lindsi Dec
- Chalnessa Eames
- Rachel Foster
- Laura Gilbreath
- Benjamin Griffiths
- Sarah Ricard Orza
- James Moore
- Lesley Rausch
Corps de Ballet
- Chelsea Adomaitis
- Jessika Anspach
- Andrew Bartee
- Ryan Cardea
- Amanda Clark
- Kyle Davis
- Kiyon Gaines
- Eric Hipolito Jr.
- Barry Kerollis
- Kylee Kitchens
- William Lin-Yee
- Emma Love
- Stacy Lowenberg
- Margaret Mullin
- Leah O'Connor
- Brittany Reid
- Abby Relic
- Liora Reshef
- Sean Rollofson
- Carli Samuelson
- Josh Spell
- Jerome Tisserand
- Ezra Thomson