Jonathan Porretta

PNB Principal Dancer

Jonathan Porretta © Angela Sterling

Jonathan Porretta is from Totowa, New Jersey. He trained on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1999. He was promoted to corps de ballet in 2000, to soloist in 2002, and to principal in 2005.

Mr. Porretta has danced with Dances Patrelle in New York and has performed as a guest artist with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Opera Ballet.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine's Agon, Coppélia (Franz), Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon, Puck), Prodigal Son, Rubies, Square Dance, Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Peasant pas de deux); Todd Bolender's Souvenirs; Val Caniparoli's The Bridge, Lambarena, and Torque; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin; Ulysses Dove's Red Angels and Serious Pleasures; William Forsythe's Artifact II, In the middle, somewhat elevated, and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Marco Goecke's solo Mopey; Ronald Hynd's The Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse, Gold and Silver pas de trois, Bluebird pas de deux); Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows; Peter Martins' Fearful Symmetries; Mark Morris' A Garden; David Parsons' Caught; Kirk Peterson's Amazed in Burning Dreams; Marius Petipa's Paquita; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote (Sancho Panza); Jerome Robbins' Circus Polka (Ringmaster), The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, and Fancy Free; Kent Stowell's Carmina Burana, Cinderella (Jester), Hail to the Conquering Hero, Nutcracker (Prince), Silver Lining, Swan Lake (Jester), and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio); Susan Stroman's TAKE FIVE...More or Less; Richard Tanner's Ancient Airs and Dances; Lynne Taylor-Corbett's The Ballad of You and Me and Mercury; Glen Tetley's The Rite of Spring and Voluntaries; Twyla Tharp's Afternoon Ball, In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia. He has also performed Molissa Fenley's solo State of Darkness.

Originated Leading Roles: In 2004, Mr. Stowell choreographed Dual Lish for Mr. Porretta and Noelani Pantastico. He also originated leading roles in Nicolo Fonte's Almost Tango, Marco Goecke’s Place a Chill, Kevin O'Day's [soundaroun(d)ance], Victor Quijada's Suspension of Disbelief, Christopher Stowell's Quick Time and Zaïs, and Twyla Tharp's Opus 111, and a featured role in Dominique Dumais' Time and other Matter.


PNB Dancer Profile—Jonathan Porretta
Listen in as PNB principal Jonathan Porretta talks about the class that got him a contract as well his favorite roles throughout his career.

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