Lesley Rausch

Lesley Rausch | Principal Dancer

Lesley Rausch is from Columbus, Ohio. She studied with Shir Lee Wu at Columbus Youth Ballet and also trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Rausch joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as member of the corps de ballet in 2001. She was promoted to soloist in 2007 and principal in 2011.

Ms. Rausch has performed as a guest artist with Chicago Dancing Festival (Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun), Lafayette Ballet Theatre (Snow pas de deux and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker), Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival (Balcony pas de deux from Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows), and Nevada Ballet Theatre (Titania in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Rausch has been a guest teacher at Ballet Hawaii, Evergreen City Ballet, New American Youth Ballet, and Punahou Dance School. She also is on the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

Ms. Rausch is a Stott Certified Pilates Instructor.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Coppélia (Swanilda, Dawn)
  • Diamonds
  • Emeralds
  • The Four Temperaments
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugar Plum Fairy, Dewdrop)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania, Divertissement pas de deux, Helena)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Rubies
  • Serenade
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Symphony in C
  • Theme and Variations
Peter Boal
  • Giselle (Giselle, Zulme)
Val Caniparoli
  • The Bridge
  • Lambarena
  • The Seasons*
Kyle Davis
  • A Dark and Lonely Space
David Dawson
  • Empire Noir
  • A Million Kisses to my Skin
Ulysses Dove
  • Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven
  • Red Angels
  • Serious Pleasures
  • Vespers
Nacho Duato
  • Jardí Tancat
William Forsythe
  • Artifact II
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
  • New Suite
  • One Flat Thing, reproduced
  • Slingerland Duet
Kiyon Gaines
  • Ə{SCHWA}
  • Sum Stravinsky*
Paul Gibson
  • The Piano Dance
  • Rush
Ronald Hynd
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora)
Jiri Kylian
  • Forgotten Land
  • Petite Mort
Jean-Christophe Maillot
  • Cendrillon (Stepmother)
  • Roméo et Juliette (Juliet, Rosaline)
Benjamin Millepied
  • 3 Movements*
Mark Morris
  • Pacific
Crystal Pite
  • Emergence
Alexei Ratmansky
  • Concerto DSCH
  • Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
Jerome Robbins
  • Afternoon of a Faun
  • The Concert
  • Fancy Free
  • Glass Pieces
  • Other Dances
Kent Stowell
  • Carmina Burana
  • Cinderella (Cinderella)
  • Nutcracker (Clara, Flora, Peacock)
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Persian Dance)
Susan Stroman
  • TAKE FIVE…More or Less*
Price Suddarth
  • Signature*
Twyla Tharp
  • Brief Fling
  • In the Upper Room
  • Nine Sinatra Songs
  • Opus 111
  • Waterbaby Bagatelles
Christopher Wheeldon
  • After the Rain pas de deux
  • Polyphonia

* Originated role