Leah Terada (she/her) is from Dallas, Texas. She studied at Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and she attended summer courses on full scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet, the School of American Ballet, and Boston Ballet. Leah joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2015 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2016. She was promoted to soloist in 2022.
Leah performed leading roles in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Coffee, Harlequin, Hot Chocolate); Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces and Little mortal jump; William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy of Purity, White Cat); Jessica Lang’s Ghost Variations; Crystal Pite’s Emergence and Plot Point, Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, and Susan Marshall’s Arms. She has originated leading roles in Alejandro Cerrudo’s Future Memory, Amanda Morgan’s This Space Left Intentionally Blank, Noelani Pantastico’s Picnic, Price Suddarth’s The Intermission Project, and Robyn Mineko Williams’ Before I Was.
In 2020, Leah co-choreographed and co-directed Happening with fellow PNB dancer Miles Pertl for PNB’s digital season. In 2021 she choreographed On Being for PNB’s NEXT STEP. Leah was the recipient of the Danish American Nationals Cultural Exchange (DANCE) scholarship.