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Pacific Northwest Ballet

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Pacific Northwest Ballet PNB is a ballet company based in Seattle, Washington In the United States it is considered an "elite" company1 It is said to have the highest per capita attendance in the United States,2 with 11,000 subscribers in 20043 The company consists of 44 dancers;4 there are over 100 performances throughout the year

PNB performs in McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center It is especially known for its performance of the Stowell/Maurice Sendak Nutcracker, which it has been presenting since 1983 as well as made into a feature film5 In 2006, the company was chosen to perform in the Fall for Dance Festival at New York's City Center Theatre and at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival6


  • 1 History
  • 2 Pacific Northwest Ballet School
  • 3 Dancers
    • 31 Principals
    • 32 Soloists
    • 33 Corps de ballet
  • 4 Notable former dancers
    • 41 Former principals
    • 42 Former soloists
  • 5 References
    • 51 Reviews
  • 6 External links


Pacific Northwest Ballet was founded in 1972, after the two-month residency of First Chamber Dance Company,7 as part of the Seattle Opera and named the Pacific Northwest Dance Association8 Under the directorship of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, originally of New York City Ballet,9 it broke away from the Opera in 1977 and took its current name in 197810 Stowell and Russell left at the end of the 2004–2005 season11 A portrait by artist Michele Rushworth was painted of Stowell and Russell and installed in the Phelps Center, Seattle, to commemorate their careers and retirement Both had studied with and danced for George Balanchine12 Peter Boal succeeded Stowell and Russell as Artistic Director following their retirement11 In 2013, the company and its orchestra toured to New York for the first time in 16 years The New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay, stated of their presentation that "This is a true company," more "unified in its understanding of Balanchine" than the New York City Ballet13

In October 2007, PNB dancers Noelani Pantastico, 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"14

In 2012 PNB brought in Twyla Tharp as its first artist in residence for a year-long residency15

Pacific Northwest Ballet Schooledit

The Pacific Northwest Ballet School was founded in 197416 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"17 The teaching is structured on that of the School of American Ballet18 Pacific Northwest Ballet holds an annual summer course in the month of July and is considered one of the leading summer dance education facilities in the country


Pacific Northwest Ballet is noted for choosing dancers that have physique, expressivity and a variety of body shapes19


See also: Category:Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers


See also: Category:Pacific Northwest Ballet soloists

Corps de balletedit

See also: Category:Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers

Notable former dancersedit

Former principalsedit

Former soloistsedit


  1. ^ "Goings on about Town: Dance listings" The New Yorker Retrieved 23 October 2013 
  2. ^ Flatow, Sheryl July 1, 1995 "Full Length Ballets" Dance Magazine Retrieved April 23, 2008 
  3. ^ Macdonald, Moira February 12, 2004 "Ballet's artistic directors to retire" The Seattle Times Retrieved January 3, 2012 
  4. ^ "The Artists" Press release Pacific Northwest Ballet 2012 Retrieved February 8, 2012 
  5. ^ "Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker" Retrieved April 23, 2008 
  6. ^ Kurtz, Sandra December 27, 2006 "New Kid in Town" Seattle Weekly Retrieved April 23, 2008 
  7. ^ Campbell, RM January 2, 2003 "Dance professional Bennett raised standard in Seattle" Seattle PI Seattle, United States Retrieved January 10, 2012  Campbell cites the residency as occurring in 1971
  8. ^ Campbell refers to the organization as the Pacific Northwest Ballet Association
  9. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna March 28, 1984 "The New York Debut of Pacific Northwest" New York Times New York City, United States Retrieved January 3, 2012 
  10. ^ "PNB History and Fact Sheet" PDF Archived from the original PDF on November 12, 2007 Retrieved April 23, 2008 
  11. ^ a b "PNB Vision and Mission" Archived from the original on February 28, 2008 Retrieved April 23, 2008 
  12. ^ Macaulay, Alastair September 27, 2007 "An Idiomatic Balanchine, Walking the Walk in Seattle" The New York Times 
  13. ^ Macaulay, Alastair 17 February 2013 "Performers From the West Coast Serve Up Balanchine" New York Times New York, United States Retrieved 17 February 2013 
  14. ^ "Press Release-"Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers launch new website PNB Unleashed"" PDF Pacific Northwest Ballet October 12, 2007 Archived from the original PDF on December 8, 2007 Retrieved April 23, 2008 
  15. ^ Kaderlan, Alice 23 September 2013 "Pacific Northwest Ballet debuts its talented new status symbol" Crosscut Seattle, United States: Crosscut Public Media Retrieved 4 October 2013 
  16. ^ "PNB School – School Philosophy" Retrieved April 23, 2008 
  17. ^ Horosko, Marian February 1, 1996 "Pacific Northwest Ballet School: doing it right" Dance Magazine 
  18. ^ Campbell, RM June 16, 2008 "Pacific Northwest Ballet school's annual spring performances brim with talent" Seattle PI Seattle, United States Retrieved January 10, 2012 
  19. ^ Datz, Melody 20 March 2013 "Approaching Heaven" The Stranger Seattle, United States Retrieved 20 March 2013 
  20. ^ a b c Macaulay, Alastair 9 June 2015 "Carla Körbes Grandly Bows Out of Pacific Northwest Ballet" New York Times New York, United States Retrieved 10 June 2015 
  21. ^ Datz, Melody 28 May 2014 "Bowing Out: When and Why Ballet Dancers Retire" The Stranger Seattle, United States 


External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet at HistoryLink

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