Get to know the PNB dancers through the Q&A posts.

Meet the 2022/23 Season Apprentices

Welcome PNB’s 2022/23 Season Apprentices!

This season, PNB is excited to promote five PNB School Professional Division students into the Company as Apprentices. Get to know these dancers in their brief interviews below. Learn what they’re looking forward to in PNB’s 50th Anniversary Season, the best advice they’ve received, and more, and help us welcome Luca […]

Q&A with Eric Hipolito Jr.

Eric Hipolito Jr. is from Seattle, WA. He trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, beginning as a DanceChance student. He attended summer courses at San Francisco Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, and PNB School and participated in the PNB School exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet. He […]

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Q&A with Rachel Foster

This school year, former PNB Principal dancer Rachel Foster returns to PNB as a member of our PNB School faculty. Welcome back, Ms. Foster!

Rachel Foster is from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. […]

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Q&A with Dane Holman

After 25 years as a valued member of the PNB School Faculty, Dane Holman is retiring. Over the past 25 years, Dane has helped create and shape the PNB syllabus; taught all levels in the School; choreographed numerous School Performance pieces; traveled across the country to audition and recruit students for our Summer […]

Celebrating Music and Heritage with Michael Jinsoo Lim

As part of PNB’s celebration of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) artists in our community, PNB’s concertmaster Michael Jinsoo Lim has written about his parents, his connections to music through them, and his professional journey to PNB. Below is the first essay of his two-part series for the PNB […]

Q&A with Louise Nadeau

Louise Nadeau is from Long Island, New York. She trained at the Alexandra School of Ballet in St. Louis and the School of American Ballet. Ms. Nadeau danced with Basel Ballet and Kansas City Ballet before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Soloist in 1990. She was promoted to Principal in 1992 and retired […]

Q&A with Kaori Nakamura

Kaori Nakamura is from Gumma, Japan. She trained at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet Company and the School of American Ballet. In 1986, she won first prize at the 14th Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1988, she won a bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Ms. […]

PNB Welcomes Four New Apprentices

PNB is excited to introduce you to our new Apprentices Ashton Edwards, Melisa Guilliams, Zsilas Michael Hughes, and Joh Morrill! At PNB, Apprentices are the first professional position with the Company. Apprentice positions are offered to PNB School Professional Division graduates. PNB School is recognized as one of the […]

Celebrating our Latinx, Chicana, & Hispanic Dancers

September 15 to October 15 is Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate, we asked PNB artists identifying as Hispanic and Latinx share the many ways their heritage informs their artistry. Keep reading to hear from dancers Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan, Amanda Morgan, Dammiel Cruz, Jonathan Batista, and Clara Ruf Maldonado.


Q&A with Dave Jensen, Summer Residence Director

We know your job is crazy, so how would you describe it in the “30-second elevator pitch”? 

My stock description is “I run the dorm for PNB’s 5-week summer intensive program for about 200 teenage advanced ballet students from all over the world.” 

Okay, now give us […]

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