Seth Orza

Seth Orza | Principal Dancer

Seth Orza is from San Francisco, California. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 1999, he joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice. He became a corps de ballet member in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2007. Mr. Orza joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007 and was promoted to soloist in 2008 and principal in 2010.

In addition to his PNB repertory, Mr. Orza danced leading roles with New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s AgonEmeraldsThe Four TemperamentsA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander, Bottom), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®Slaughter on Tenth AvenueSymphony in C, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2; Peter Martins’ Reliquary and Romeo + Juliet (Romeo); Jerome Robbins’ Fancy FreeFanfareIn Memory Of…Interplay, and Piano Pieces; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance). He originated roles in Albert Evans’ Haiku, Robbins’ NY Export: Opus Jazz (revival), Susan Stroman’s Double Feature, and Richard Tanner’s Soirée.

In April 2009, Mr. Orza performed as a guest artist with San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine’s Emeralds.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Coppélia (Franz)
  • Diamonds
  • Emeralds
  • The Four Temperaments
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Herr Drosselmeier)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement pas de deux, Demetrius, Theseus, Cavalier)
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Hoofer)
  • Square Dance
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Symphony in C
Peter Boal
  • Giselle (Albrecht)
Val Caniparoli
  • The Seasons
Kyle Davis
  • A Dark and Lonely Space*
David Dawson
  • 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
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
  • One Flat Thing, reproduced
  • Slingerland Duet
Kiyon Gaines
  • Sum Stravinsky
Paul Gibson
  • The Piano Dance
  • Rush
  • Sense of Doubt
Ronald Hynd
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund, Gold and Silver pas de trois)
Jiri Kylian
  • Forgotten Land
  • Petite Mort
Jean-Christophe Maillot
  • Cendrillon (Father)
  • Roméo et Juliette (Romeo, Tybalt)
Susan Marshall
  • Kiss
Benjamin Millepied
  • Appassionata
  • 3 Movements*
Mark Morris
  • Kammermusik No. 3
Margaret Mullin
  • Lost in Light*
Matthew Neenan
  • Bacchus*
Justin Peck
  • In the Countenance of Kings
  • Year of the Rabbit
Jonathan Porretta
  • Lacrymosa*
Yuri Possokhov
  • RAkU (Samurai)
Alexei Ratmansky
  • Concerto DSCH
  • Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
Jerome Robbins
  • Afternoon of a Faun
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fancy Free
  • Glass Pieces
  • In the Night
  • Other Dances
  • West Side Story Suite (Riff)
Kent Stowell
  • Carmina Burana
  • Cinderella (Prince)
  • Nutcracker (Prince)
  • Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)
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
  • Carousel (A Dance)
  • Polyphonia
  • Tide Harmonic
  • Variations Sérieuses (Premier Danseur)

* Originated role