Q&A with Corps Member Lily Wills

What are you most looking forward to for the 50th Anniversary season?

I’m most excited about The Seasons’ Canon because I’m a huge Crystal Pite fan! Her pieces are always so brilliant and emotional, and this one is such a spectacle. I can’t wait to work more on it!

Read Lily’s Dancer Bio

What challenge are you most proud of overcoming?

I’m proud of myself for recovering from two major hip injuries throughout my career. I had to have surgery on my left in 2013 and the right in 2020. It was so difficult, I would not recommend it! But it’s made me a stronger person and I still managed to land a job with my dream company. I used to never tell anyone about my surgeries, but if I can inspire someone in a similar situation, I think it’s worth it to share my experience.

What significance does being part of PNB during the 50th anniversary have to you?

My mom and I used to have season tickets to PNB when I was in high school, and we would road trip from Portland to see shows a few times a year. I fell in love with this company and its unique dancers and rep. I feel so lucky to be on the other side of the curtain now, especially during this special anniversary season. It’s been super rewarding so far, and I can’t wait for what the rest of the season holds!

Photos by Angela Sterling & Lindsay Thomas