Rachel Foster

PNB Principal Dancer

Rachel Foster © Angela Sterling

Rachel Foster is from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. She joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 1998 and joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2002. She was promoted to soloist in 2008, and principal in 2011.

Ms. Foster was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine's January 2009 issue, as one of 2009's 25 to watch.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine's Agon, Coppélia (Swanilda, Waltz of the Golden Hours), Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Butterfly, Hermia), Rubies, Square Dance, Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Giselle, Peasant pas de deux); Todd Bolender's Souvenirs; Val Caniparoli's The Bridge, Lambarena, and Torque; Ulysses Dove's Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Red Angels, Serious Pleasures, and Vespers; Nacho Duato's Rassemblement; William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Paul Gibson's The Piano Dance; Ronald Hynd's The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird pas de deux); Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land, Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze (Six Dances); Edwaard Liang's Für Alina; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette (Nurse); Benjamin Millepied's 3 Movements; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote (Kitri, Cupid); Brian Reeder's Lost Language of the Flight Attendant; Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, and Glass Pieces; Kent Stowell's Cinderella (Cinderella), Nutcracker (Clara, Flora), Silver Lining and Swan Lake (Pas de trois, Neopolitan Dance); Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain pas de deux, Carousel (A Dance), and Polyphonia. She has also performed Molissa Fenley's solo State of Darkness.

Originated Leading Roles: Van Caniparoli's The Seasons; Alejandro Cerrudo’s Memory Glow; Kiyon Gaines' M-Pulse; Paul Gibson's Sense of Doubt; Victor Quijada's Mating Theory and Suspension of Disbelief; Twyla Tharp's Opus 111; Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic.

Featured Roles

George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, and La Sonnambula; Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow; Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite; Kent Stowell's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet; and Glen Tetley's The Rite of Spring.

Originated Featured Roles: Dominique Dumais' Time and other Matter, Nicolo Fonte's Within/Without; and Christopher Stowell's Quick Time.

Photos of Rachel Foster


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