Lesley Rausch

PNB Principal Dancer

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Lesley Rausch is from Columbus, Ohio. She studied with Shir Lee Wu at Columbus Youth Ballet and also trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as member of the corps de ballet in 2001. She was promoted to soloist in 2007 and principal in 2011.

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Rausch has been a guest teacher at New American Youth Ballet in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Coppélia (Swanilda, Swan), Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement pas de deux, Titania, Helena), Serenade, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Symphony in C; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Giselle, Zulme); Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge and Lambarena; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Red Angels, Serious Pleasures, and Vespers; Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat; William Forsythe’s Artifact II, In the middle, somewhat elevated, and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Kiyon Gaines’ ə{SCHWA}; Paul Gibson’s The Piano Dance; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land and Petite Mort; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette (Juliet, Rosaline); Mark Morris’ Pacific; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote (Mercedes); Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, Fancy Free, and Glass Pieces; Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella (Cinderella), Nutcracker (Clara, Flora, Peacock), and Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Persian Dance); Twyla Tharp’s Brief Fling, In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, Opus 111, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.

Originated Leading Roles: Val Caniparoli’s The Seasons, Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky, Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements, and Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less.

Featured Roles

George Balanchine's Apollo, Ballet Imperial, Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Serenade, La Sonnambula, Symphony in Three Movements, and La Valse; Todd Bolender's Souvenirs; Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow; and Kent Stowell's Swan Lake.

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