Cecilia Iliesiu

Cecilia Iliesiu | Soloist

Cecilia Iliesiu is from New York, New York. She studied at the School of American Ballet and also with Francois Perron and Deborah Wingert at Studio Maestro. She attended summer courses at Boston Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chautauqua Institute, San Francisco Ballet School, and William Forsythe’s ART of workshop under Kathryn Bennetts. Ms. Iliesiu joined Carolina Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2009 and was promoted to soloist in 2014. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2015 and was promoted to soloist in 2020.

In addition to her PNB repertory, Ms. Iliesiu danced leading and featured roles at Carolina Ballet in George Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rubies; Marius Petipa’s Giselle; Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free; Christopher Stowell’s Rite of Spring; and Robert Weiss’ Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. She also originated numerous roles in ballets by Zalman Raffael and Robert Weiss.

Ms. Iliesiu holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University. This degree was funded in part by Second Stage, PNB’s career transition program for dancers.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugar Plum Fairy, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Dewdrop)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena, Hippolyta)
  • Rubies
Donald Byrd
  • Love and Loss*
  • Untitled*
Alejandro Cerrudo
  • One Thousand Pieces
David Dawson
  • Empire Noir
Ulysses Dove
  • Red Angels
William Forsythe
  • New Suite
  • One Flat Thing, reproduced
Ronald Hynd
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of Wit)
Jessica Lang
  • Her Door to the Sky*
José Limón
  • The Moor’s Pavane
Benjamin Millepied
  • 3 Movements
  • Appassionata
Matthew Neenan
  • Bacchus
Crystal Pite
  • Emergence
Jerome Robbins
  • The Concert
Eva Stone
  • F O I L*
Kent Stowell
  • Carmina Burana
  • Cinderella (Stepmother, Autumn, Winter)
  • Swan Lake (Spanish Dance)
Price Suddarth
  • Signature
Twyla Tharp
  • Afternoon Ball
  • Waiting at the Station
Christopher Wheeldon
  • Tide Harmonic

* Originated role