Elizabeth Murphy

PNB Principal Dancer

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Elizabeth Murphy is from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She studied at Academy of Ballet Arts and the Rock School for Dance Education, and she attended summer courses on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Chautauqua Summer Program. She was an apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theater and also danced with Pennsylvania Ballet before joining Ballet West II in 2006 and Ballet West in 2007. Ms. Murphy joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2011 and was promoted to soloist in 2013 and principal in 2015.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Coppélia (Dawn), Emeralds, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia) and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugar Plum Fairy, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Dewdrop); Andrew Bartee’s arms that work; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Moyna, Bathilde); David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven; Nacho Duato’s Rassemblement; William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, New Suite and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Gold & Silver pas de trois); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Before After; Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote (Kitri, Queen of the Dryads, Piccilia); Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker (Flora, Peacock) and Swan Lake (Pas de trois); Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia and Tide Harmonic.

Originated Leading Roles:

Alejandro Cerrudo’s Memory Glow and Mark Morris’ Kammermusik No. 3.

Featured Roles

George Balanchine’s Diamonds and Serenade and Kent Stowell’s Cinderella, Carmina Burana and Swan Lake.

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