Elizabeth Murphy | Principal Dancer2024-04-03T10:51:58-07:00


Elizabeth Murphy (she/her) 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, where she was an apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theater. She also performed with Pennsylvania Ballet before joining Ballet West II in 2006 and Ballet West in 2007. Elizabeth 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.

At Ballet West, Elizabeth danced leading and featured roles in Balanchine’s AgonThe Four Temperaments, Serenade, and Stars and Stripes; William Christiansen’s Nutcracker; Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero; Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta; Helen Pickett’s But Never Doubt I Love; and Adam Sklute’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

Elizabeth designed costumes for Ezra Thomson’s Measure Twice, Cut Once (2016) and Kyle Davis’ Make It So (2016), both for PNB’s NEXT STEP. In 2018, she designed costumes for Kyle Davis’ A Dark and Lonely Space, her first designs for PNB’s mainstage. She designed costumes for PNB’s digital releases of Davis’ Las Estrellas (2021), and Price Suddarth’s The Intermission Project (2021). She is the owner and founder of Label Dancewear.

Featured & Leading Roles

George Balanchine


(Dawn, Discord and War)

Duo Concertant
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(Titania, Hermia, Divertissement)

La Source
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Symphony in C

Andrew Bartee

arms that work

Peter Boal


(Giselle, Monya, Bathilde)

Donald Byrd

Love and Loss

Alejandro Cerrudo

Little mortal jump
One Thousand Pieces
Silent Ghost

David Dawson

Empire Noir
A Million Kisses to my Skin

Ulysses Dove

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven

Nacho Duato


William Forsythe

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
New Suite
One Flat Thing, reproduced
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Kiyon Gaines

Sum Stravinsky

Ronald Hynd

The Sleeping Beauty

(Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Purity, Countess, Gold and Silver pas de trois)

Jiří Kylián

Forgotten Land
Petite Mort

Edwaard Liang

The Veil Between Worlds

José Limón

The Moor’s Pavane

Jean-Christophe Maillot



Roméo et Juliette


Benjamin Millepied

3 Movements

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Before After

Justin Peck

In the Countenance of Kings
Year of the Rabbit

Crystal Pite

Plot Point
The Seasons’ Canon

Alexei Ratmansky

Don Quixote

(Kitri, Queen of the Dryads, Piccilia)

Pictures at an Exhibition

Jerome Robbins

The Concert
Dances at a Gathering
In the Night

Kent Stowell

Carmina Burana

(Cinderella, Summer)


(Flora, Peacock)

Swan Lake

(Odette/Odile, Pas de trois)

Price Suddarth


Twyla Tharp

In the Upper Room
Nine Sinatra Songs
Waiting at the Station

Christopher Wheeldon

After the Rain pas de deux
Carousel (A Dance)
Tide Harmonic

Original Roles

Alejandro Cerrudo

Memory Glow
Black on Black on Black

Jessica Lang

Ghost Variations
Her Door to the Sky
Let Me Mingle Tears With Thee

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa


Mark Morris

Kammermusik No. 3

Miles Pertl

Wash of Gray

Alexei Ratmansky

Wartime Elegy

Dwight Rhoden

Catching Feelings

Kiyon Ross

…throes of increasing wonder

Dani Rowe

The Window

(The Woman)

Penny Saunders


Headshot © Lindsay Thomas
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