Lesley Rausch

Lesley Rausch (she/her) 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
Concerto Barocco
Coppélia (Swanilda, Dawn)
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
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Symphony in C
Theme and Variations


Peter Boal
Giselle (Giselle, Zulme)
Val Caniparoli
The Bridge
The Seasons*


Kyle Davis
A Dark and Lonely Space
Las Estrellas*



David Dawson
Empire Noir
A Million Kisses to my Skin



Ulysses Dove
Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven
Red Angels
Serious Pleasures



Nacho Duato
Jardí Tancat


William Forsythe
Artifact II
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
New Suite
One Flat Thing, reproduced
Slingerland Duet


Kiyon Gaines
Sum Stravinsky*


Paul Gibson
The Piano Dance


Ronald Hynd
The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora)
Jiri Kylian
Forgotten Land
Petite Mort
Edwaard Liang
The Veil Between Worlds*


Jean-Christophe Maillot
Cendrillon (Stepmother)
Roméo et Juliette (Juliet, Rosaline)
Benjamin Millepied
3 Movements*
Mark Morris
Crystal Pite
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


Twyla Tharp
Brief Fling
In the Upper Room
Nine Sinatra Songs
Opus 111
Waterbaby Bagatelles


Christopher Wheeldon
After the Rain pas de deux


* Originated role