James Kirby Rogers | Principal2024-04-11T11:24:04-07:00
PNB dancer James Kirby Rogers


James Kirby Rogers (he/him) is from San Francisco, California. He trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he was a YAGP finalist in 2014. He attended summer courses at San Francisco Ballet and Houston Ballet. James joined Houston Ballet II in 2015 and Kansas City Ballet in 2016. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a soloist in 2021 and was promoted to principal in 2022.

While at Houston Ballet II, James performed leading and featured roles in John Neumeier’s Yondering, Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty, and Stanton Welch’s The Long and Winding Road.  At Kansas City Ballet, Mr. Rogers danced leading roles in Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias; Devon Carney’s Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and The Sleeping Beauty; William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort; and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room.

James is the co-founder of Creative Intersections, a Kansas City-based dance festival.

Featured & Leading Roles

George Balanchine

The Nutcracker

(Cavalier, Herr Drosselmeier)

Allegro Brillante
Duo Concertant
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(Divertissement pas, Demetrius, Cavalier)

Peter Boal



Donald Byrd

Love and Loss

Alejandro Cerrudo

Silent Ghost

Ulysses Dove

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven

Alexander Eckman


Jiří Kylián

Petite Mort
Sechs Tänze (Six Dances)

Edwaard Liang

The Veil Between Worlds

Jean-Christophe Maillot

Roméo et Juliette


Crystal Pite

Plot Point
The Seasons’ Canon

Kent Stowell

Swan Lake

(Prince Siegfried, Pas de trois)

Carmina Burana

Twyla Tharp

Brief Fling

Original Roles

Alejandro Cerrudo

Black on Black on Black

Alonzo King

The Personal Element

Jessica Lang

Let Me Mingle Tears With Thee

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa


Alexei Ratmansky

Wartime Elegy

Dwight Rhoden

Catching Feelings

Kiyon Ross

…throes of increasing wonder

Dani Row

The Window

(The Man)
Headshot © Lindsay Thomas
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