Cecilia Iliesiu | Principal Dancer2024-02-06T13:37:40-08:00


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. Cecilia 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, was promoted to soloist in 2020 and principal in 2022.

In 2018, Cecilia choreographed A Meditation for NEXT STEP. In 2022, she was featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, and traveled to Nigeria to perform and lead a 5-day teaching workshop.

Cecilia 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.

Featured & Leading Roles

George Balanchine


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(Helena, Hippolyta)

The Nutcracker

(Sugar Plum Fairy, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Dewdrop)


Peter Boal



Alejandro Cerrudo

One Thousand Pieces

Silent Ghost

David Dawson

Empire Noir

Ulysses Dove

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven

Red Angels

Alexander Ekman


William Forsythe

New Suite

One Flat Thing

Ronald Hynd

The Sleeping Beauty

(Fairy of Wit)

Alonzo King

The Personal Element

Jiří Kylián

Petite Mort

Jessica Lang

Ghost Variations

Edwaard Liang

The Veil Between Worlds

José Limón

The Moor’s Pavane

Jean-Christophe Maillot


(The Exotic)

Roméo et Juliette

(Lady Capulet, Rosaline)

Benjamin Millepied

3 Movements


Matthew Neenan


Crystal Pite


The Seasons’ Canon

(Octopus Woman)

Alexei Ratmansky

Wartime Elegy

Jerome Robbins

The Concert

Price Suddarth


Kent Stowell

Carmina Burana


(Stepmother, Autumn, Winter)

Swan Lake

(Odette/Odile, Persian, Spanish)

Twyla Tharp

Afternoon Ball

Waiting at the Station

(Golden Girl)

Christopher Wheeldon

Tide Harmonic

Original Roles

Donald Byrd

Love and Loss


Jessica Lang

Her Door to the Sky

Nia-Amina Minor

And yet here we are

Amanda Morgan

This Space Left Intentionally Blank

Kiyon Ross

…throes of increasing wonder

Dani Rowe

The Window

Penny Saunders


Eva Stone


Price Suddarth

The Intermission Project

Headshot © Lindsay Thomas
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