Swan Lake marks Company member Brittany Reid’s final performances with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ms. Reid is from Huntington Beach, California, and trained at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2000.
In her farewell, Ms. Reid shares, “I am going to be married to Demetri Recachinas this summer and will be moving to the Washington, DC area, where I plan to teach Pilates. My favorite roles with the Company include David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin; Helena and Hippolyta in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and roles in his Serenade and Who Cares?; Ulysses Dove’s Vespers; and Summer in Kent Stowell’s Cinderella and Flora in his Nutcracker.”
“I want to thank everyone at PNB—both in the audience and behind the curtain—for an amazing 15 years! You have been my friends and family, grown up with me, watched me grow onstage and off, and made me the woman I am today. I leave you with joy for the next phase of my life and thank you for sharing your lives with me!”
Of Ms. Reid’s tenure at PNB, Founding Artistic Directors Kent Stowell and Francia Russell reflect:
“Brittany Reid was an outstanding member of a generation of young PNB women who created the Company’s reputation in the dance world for having the most beautiful, elegantly long-limbed female dancers in the country. In her 15 years with PNB, she distinguished herself in every ballet, every role in which she was cast. Among many, two which spring immediately to mind are her luscious Peacock in the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker and a dynamic, thrilling Hippolyta in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She could never wait to rise to the many challenges of her work with the dedication and total commitment that are integral to her character. And she could never finish making her performances better and better. Brittany has been a superb Company member and a shining example for the younger dancers following her from the School into the Company. Each of us who worked closely with her will remember always—her bright eyes, her sweet, open smile, her big hugs, and her surpassing love of dance. She leaves behind her, with colleagues and audience members alike, a wealth of affection and respect.”
We wish Brittany all the best as she takes her final bow with PNB!
Featured photo: Brittany Reid as Summer in Kent Stowell’s Cinderella at PNB. Photo by Lindsay Thomas.