Maria Chapman

PNB Principal Dancer

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Maria Chapman is from St. Simons Island, Georgia. She was a student of Magdalena Maury and studied under Patricia Bromley at Terpsichore Co., Ltd. in Atlanta. She continued her training on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet and attended summer courses at Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1995 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 1996, soloist in 2005, and principal in 2009.

Ms. Chapman danced in the BBC's 1999 film version of PNB's production of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmed at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London. She is also featured in the 1999 danceWORKS fitness video and began appearing in Bloch dancewear advertising in 2002.

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Chapman is a founding member (1998 to present) of Second Stage for Dancers, PNB's career transition program. She is currently chairperson of the Second Stage Dancer Committee.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine's Agon, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, CoppĂ©lia (Spinner), Divertimento No. 15, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Divertissement pas de deux, Helena), Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Peter Boal's Giselle (Myrtha); Todd Bolender's Souvenirs; Ulysses Dove's Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven and Vespers; Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin; Nicolo Fonte's Within/Without; William Forsythe's Artifact II, In the middle, somewhat elevated, and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Kiyon Gaines' ə{SCHWA}; Paul Gibson's Sense of Doubt; Ronald Hynd's The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora in “Aurora’s Wedding," Bluebird pas de deux); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land and Petite Mort; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows; Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette (Lady Capulet, Rosaline); Mark Morris' Pacific; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote (Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads); Jerome Robbins' The Concert, Glass Pieces, and In the Night; Kent Stowell's Carmina Burana, Cinderella (Cinderella), Delicate Balance, Firebird, Nutcracker (Clara, Flora, Peacock), Silver Lining and Swan Lake (Odette, Odile); Susan Stroman's TAKE FIVE...More or Less; Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Mercury; Twyla Tharp's Afternoon Ball, Brief Fling, In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, Opus 111, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain pas de deux, Polyphonia and Tide Harmonic.

Originated Leading Roles: Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky; Benjamin Millepied's 3 Movements and Victor Quijada's Suspension of Disbelief.


PNB Dancer Profile—Maria Chapman
"Emeralds, especially the second time, was amazing because I got to work with Violette Verdy and Mimi Paul... it was one of the highlights of my life." -Maria Chapman

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