Leah Merchant

PNB Corps de Ballet

Leah Merchant © Angela Sterling

Leah Merchant is from Mobile, Alabama. She trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Merchant joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2007 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania); Ulysses Dove’s Vespers; William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced; Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land, Petite Mort, and Sechs Tänze (Six Dances); Mark Morris’ Kammermusik No. 3; Victor Quijada’s Suspension of Disbelief; Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker (Peacock); Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less; and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs.

Originated Leading Roles

Andrew Bartee’s arms that work, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Memory Glow, Marco Goecke’s Place a Chill, Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements, and Victor Quijada’s Mating Theory.

Featured Roles

George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Symphony in C, Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty, Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote, Kent Stowell’s Cinderella and Swan Lake, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance).

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