Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972. In July 2005, Peter Boal became artistic director, succeeding Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, artistic directors since 1977. The Company of nearly fifty dancers presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle and on tour. The Company has toured to Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and throughout the United States, with celebrated appearances at Jacob's Pillow and in New York City and Washington DC.
The Company is made up of dancers from across the world.
PNB's Costume Shop has been in operation since the birth of the company in 1972, but it wasn't until the 1980s that it began to function as more than a wardrobe department.
Through the eyes of PNB dancers, PNB Unleashed offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Pacific Northwest Ballet.
PNB's Production Shop has been in existence since PNB's beginning in 1972. Their first home was in the boiler room of Home of the Good Shepherd in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood.
Pacific Northwest Ballet was founded in 1972 as Pacific Northwest Dance Association under the aegis of Seattle Opera Association, with early leadership provided by Leon Kalimos (Executive Director, 1973-1977), Janet Reed (Ballet Mistress and Director of the School, 1974-1976), and Melissa Hayden (Ballet Mistress, and Director of the School, 1976-1977). Read more...