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Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) is a ballet company based in Seattle, Washington in the United States. Founded in 1972 as part of the Seattle Opera and named the Pacific Northwest Dance Association, it broke away from the Opera in 1977 and took its current name in 1978.[1] It is said to have the highest per capita attendance in the United States,[2] with 11,000 subscribers.[3] Its founding artistic directors, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, left at the end of the 2004-2005 season.[4] Both had studied with and danced for George Balanchine.[5] Peter Boal succeeded Stowell and Russell as Artistic Director following their retirement.[4] The company performs with 49 dancers, thirteen of whom are principals; seven soloists, twenty-six corps de ballet dancers, as well as three apprentices[6] There are over 100 performances throughout the year.[7]

In 1974, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School was founded.[8] 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."[9]

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.[10] 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 Festival.[11]

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."[12] 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.[13] It further includes a "Director's Blog" written by Boal discussing his role as artistic director.[14]

Contents

Dancers

2009—2010 season [15]

Principals

See also Category: Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers

  • Batkhurel Bold
  • Maria Chapman
  • Karel Cruz
  • Carrie Imler
  • Carla Körbes
  • Ariana Lallone
  • Stanko Milov
  • Kaori Nakamura
  • Jonathan Porretta
  • Lucien Postlewaite
  • Jeffrey Stanton
  • Mara Vinson
  • Olivier Wevers

Soloists

See also Category: Pacific Northwest Ballet soloists

  • Benjamin Griffiths
  • James Moore

Corps de Ballet

See also Category: Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers

  • Jessika Anspach
  • Andrew Bartee
  • Amanda Clark
  • Kyle Davis
  • Leanne Duge
  • Kiyon Gaines
  • Laura Gilbreath
  • Eric Hipolito Jr.
  • Barry Kerollis
  • Kylee Kitchens
  • William Lin-Yee
  • Emma Love
  • Stacy Lowenberg
  • Margaret Mullin
  • Leah O'Connor
  • Sarah Ricard Orza
  • Jordan Pacitti
  • Brittany Reid
  • Abby Relic
  • Liora Reshef
  • Sean Rollofson
  • Carli Samuelson
  • Sokvannara Sar
  • Josh Spell
  • Claire Stallman
  • Jerome Tisserand

Apprentices

  • Chelsea Adomaitis
  • Ryan Cardea
  • Ezra Thomson

Footnotes

  1. ^ "PNB History and Fact Sheet" (PDF). http://www.pnb.org/company/company.pdf. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  2. ^ Flatow, Sheryl (1995-7-1). "Full Length Ballets". Dance Magazine. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-17618458.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ Macdonald, Moira (2004-02-12). "Ballet's artistic directors to retire". The Seattle Times. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2001855909_pnb12.html. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  4. ^ a b "PNB Vision and Mission". http://www.pnb.org/company/about.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  5. ^ Macaulay, Alastair (2007-09-27). "An Idiomatic Balanchine, Walking the Walk in Seattle". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/25/arts/dance/25nort.html?pagewanted=print. 
  6. ^ "PNB The Artists". http://www.pnb.org/Artists. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  7. ^ Ibid
  8. ^ "PNB School - School Philosophy". http://www.pnb.org/pnbschool/philosophy.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  9. ^ Horosko, Marian (1996-02-01). "Pacific Northwest Ballet School: doing it right". Dance Magazine. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-17878935.html. 
  10. ^ "About Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker". http://www.pnb.org/season/nutcracker/about.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  11. ^ Kurtz, Sandra (2006-12-27). "New Kid in Town". Seattle Weekly. http://seattleweekly.com/2006-12-27/arts/new-kid-in-town.php. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  12. ^ "October 12, 2007 Press Release-"Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers launch new website PNB Unleashed"" (PDF). Pacific Northwest Ballet. 2007-10-12. http://www.pnb.org/press/releases/2007unleashed.pdf. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  13. ^ Ibid
  14. ^ "Director's Blog". http://www.pnbunleashed.com/PNB_Unleashed/Directors_Blog/Directors_Blog.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  15. ^ "PNB The Artists". http://www.pnb.org/Artists. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 

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