Noelani Pantastico | Principal Dancer

Noelani Pantastico is from Oahu, Hawaii. She trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School from 1994 to 1996. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1997. She was promoted to corps de ballet in 1998, soloist in 2001, and principal in 2004. In 2008, she left PNB to join Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo as a soloist and was promoted to first soloist in 2009. In 2015, Ms. Pantastico returned to PNB as a principal dancer.

In addition to her PNB repertory, Ms. Pantastico danced leading roles at Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Altro CantoLa BelleCendrillonChoréFaustMen’s Dance for WomenOpus 40Roméo et JulietteScheherazadeLe Songe, and Vers un Pays Sage; Marie Chouinard’s Body Remix; Alexander Eckman’s Rondo; Nicolo Fonte’s Quiet Bang; William Forsythe’s New Sleep; Emio Greco and Peter Scholten’s Le Corps du Ballet; Natalia Horeçna’s Tales Absurd, Fatalistic Visions Predominate; Johan Inger’s In Exact; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort; Pontus Lidberg’s Summer’s Winter Shadow; Matjash Mrozewski’s Pavillon d’Armide; and Jeroen Verbruggen’s Kill Bambi. She originated roles in Maillot’s Casse-Noisette Compagnie and Lac.

Ms. Pantastico was featured in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. In 2004, she performed the second movement of Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet as a guest artist for New York City Ballet’s Balanchine Centennial.

In 2017, Ms. Pantastico choreographed Picnic for Sculptured Dance, a collaboration between Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Art Museum presented at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Ballet Imperial
  • Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
  • Chaconne
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Coppélia (Swanilda, Spinner)
  • Diamonds
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • Duo Concertant
  • Emeralds
  • The Four Temperaments
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugar Plum Fairy, Coffee, Marzipan, Dewdrop)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement pas de deux, Hermia)
  • Rubies
  • Serenade
  • La Sonnambula
  • La Source
  • Square Dance
  • Stars and Stripes
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Symphony in C
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Theme and Variations
  • La Valse
  • Who Cares?
Val Caniparoli
  • The Bridge
  • Lambarena
  • The Seasons
Alejandro Cerrudo
  • Little mortal jump
  • One Thousand Pieces
  • Silent Ghost
Kyle Davis
  • A Dark and Lonely Space*
David Dawson
  • Empire Noir
Nacho Duato
  • Jardí Tancat
  • Rassemblement
Dominique Dumais
  • Time and other Matter*
William Forsythe
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
  • New Suite
  • One Flat Thing, reproduced
Paul Gibson
  • The Piano Dance*
  • Rush
  • Sense of Doubt*
Ronald Hynd
  • The Merry Widow (Valencienne)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Queen)
Jessica Lang
  • Her Door to the Sky
Jean-Christophe Maillot
  • Cendrillon (Cinderella, Fairy/Mother)
  • Roméo et Juliette (Juliet)
Peter Martins
  • Fearful Symmetries
Benjamin Millepied
  • Appassionata
Mark Morris
  • Pacific
Kevin O’Day
  • [soundaroun(d)ance]
David Parsons
  • Caught
Justin Peck
  • Year of the Rabbit
Miles Pertl
  • Wash of Gray*
Kirk Peterson
  • Amazed in Burning Dreams
Marius Petipa
  • Esmeralda Pas de Deux
  • Paquita
Crystal Pite
  • Emergence
  • Plot Point
Yuri Possokhov
  • RAkU (Princess)
Victor Quijada
  • Suspension of Disbelief*
Alexei Ratmansky
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
Jerome Robbins
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fancy Free
  • In the Night
  • Opus 19/The Dreamer
  • Other Dances
  • West Side Story Suite (Anita)
Eva Stone
  • F O I L*
Christopher Stowell
  • Quick Time*
  • Zaïs*
Kent Stowell
  • Carmen
  • Carmina Burana
  • Cinderella (Cinderella)
  • Coppélia (Swanilda)
  • Dual Lish*
  • Duo Fantasy
  • Firebird
  • Hail to the Conquering Hero
  • Nutcracker (Clara, Flora)
  • Palacios Dances
  • Pas de Deux Campagnolo
  • Quaternary
  • Silver Lining
  • Swan Lake (Odette/Odile)
  • The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Juliet)
Susan Stroman
  • TAKE FIVE…More or Less*
Lynne Taylor-Corbett
  • The Ballad of You and Me
  • Mercury
  • The Quilt
Glen Tetley
  • Voluntaries
Twyla Tharp
  • Brief Fling
  • In the Upper Room
  • Nine Sinatra Songs
  • Waiting at the Station
  • Waterbaby Bagatelles
Christopher Wheeldon
  • Polyphonia
Robyn Mineko Williams
  • The Trees The Trees*

* Originated role