Jonathan Porretta is from Totowa, New Jersey. He trained on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. Mr. Porretta joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1999. He was promoted to corps de ballet in 2000, soloist in 2002, and 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.
Mr. Porretta’s book, Out There: Jonathan Porretta’s Life in Dance, is now available at Amusements. The book’s message—“Be yourself and people will love you for who you are”—comes through clearly in Marcie Sillman’s crisp, engaging prose. Family snapshots and exquisite dance photography by Angela Sterling represent key moments in Mr. Porretta’s career thus far.