William Lin-Yee | Principal Dancer

William Lin-Yee is from San Francisco, California. He trained at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre, San Francisco Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. In 2004, he joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice and also was a Mae. L. Wien Award recipient. Mr. Lin-Yee joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2008 and was promoted to soloist in 2014 and principal in 2016.

In addition to his PNB repertory, Mr. Lin-Yee performed leading roles at New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus), Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty (Asia, King, Cavalier), and Richard Tanner’s Sonatas and Interludes.

In 2011, Mr. Lin-Yee composed the score for Kiyon Gaines’ A Piece in P-I-E-C-E-S for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s NEXT STEP.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine


Concerto Barocco

Coppélia (Dr. Coppelius)



The Four Temperaments

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Herr Drosselmeier, Mouse King, Hot Chocolate)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius, Theseus, Cavalier)

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Symphony in C

Peter Boal

Giselle (Albrecht, Hilarion, Wilfride)

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

Nacho Duato


William Forsythe

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

New Suite

One Flat Thing, reproduced

Kiyon Gaines

Sum Stravinsky

Ronald Hynd

The Sleeping Beauty (Duke of Acquitaine, Gold and Silver pas de trois)

Jiri Kylian

Forgotten Land

Petite Mort

Sechs Tänze (Six Dances)

Jean-Christophe Maillot

Cendrillon (Father)

Roméo et Juliette (Friar Laurence, Paris)

Benjamin Millepied


3 Movements*

Mark Morris

Kammermusik No. 3*

Margaret Mullin

Lost in Light*

Justin Peck


Year of the Rabbit

Crystal Pite


Plot Point

Alexei Ratmansky

Don Quixote (Basilio)

Jerome Robbins

Dances at a Gathering

In the Night

West Side Story Suite (Bernardo)

Kent Stowell

Carmina Burana

Cinderella (Father, Memory Father)

Nutcracker (Prince, Herr Drosselmeier)

Swan Lake (Baron von Rothbart)

Susan Stroman

TAKE FIVE…More or Less*

Price Suddarth


Twyla Tharp

Nine Sinatra Songs

Waiting at the Station*

Waterbaby Bagatelles

Ezra Thomson

The Perpetual State

Christopher Wheeldon


Tide Harmonic

* Originated role