Balanchine Foundation Interviews

The Balanchine Foundation has conducted recorded interviews with dancers and stagers of Balanchine’s works like Maria Tallchief, Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Mitchell, Patricia Wilde, and more. The Balanchine Foundation’s YouTube Channel is a seemingly bottomless resource of amazing interviews. Below are just a few videos from The Balanchine Foundation about […]

Principal Dancer Benjamin Griffiths to retire at the end of 2019-20 Season

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and principal dancer Benjamin Griffiths have announced that Mr. Griffiths will retire at the end of PNB’s current season. Mr. Griffiths joined PNB as a corps de ballet dancer in 2005; he was promoted to soloist in 2008 and principal dancer in 2016. His career will […]

Q&A: Nancy Casciano

Nancy Casciano is from Atlanta Georgia. She studied at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne […]

Nancy Casciano is from Atlanta Georgia. She studied at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne […]

Director’s Notebook: American Stories

Anyone ever heard of Lincoln Kirstein? It’s okay if you haven’t; even George Balanchine didn’t know who he was when Kirstein walked up to him in Paris in 1933. In the post-Diaghilev era in Europe, Balanchine was trying to find footing as a choreographer. He had just presented his new venture, titled Les […]

2016-05-31T12:00:57-07:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: American Story, Director's Notebook, Performances|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Director’s Notebook: American Stories

American Stories: Madison Sugg, Company dancer

I stood in my tightest fifth position as the curtain came up. With the lights out in the pit, the orchestra began to play Vivaldi’s Baroque score and the crescendo of violins rushed over me from behind. Directly in front […]

I stood in my tightest fifth position as the curtain came up. With the lights out in the pit, the orchestra began to play Vivaldi’s Baroque score and the crescendo of violins rushed over me from behind. Directly in front […]

2022-12-02T09:44:18-08:00May 16th, 2016|Categories: American Story, Dancers, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (I.D.E.A.)|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on American Stories: Madison Sugg, Company dancer

PNB Dancer Jessika Anspach to Retire at End of the 2015-2016 Season

Long-time corps de ballet dancer grew up through the PNB School. Final performances in Coppélia, AMERICAN STORIES, and Season Encore.

Jessika Anspach. Photo by Lindsay Thomas.

SEATTLE, WA — Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and corps de ballet […]

2016-04-05T23:42:02-07:00April 5th, 2016|Categories: Dancer Announcements, Dancers, PNB School|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on PNB Dancer Jessika Anspach to Retire at End of the 2015-2016 Season

PNB Tour: Balanchine Program

Blog by PNB dancer Cecilia Iliesiu.

PNB’s opening night was magical! There had been a few rough rehearsals with tired bodies and swift musical tempos, but once that curtain went up Wednesday evening, we just danced!

My favorite moment of opening night performance was the curtain rising on George […]

NYC Tour: Day 1 Rehearsals

Yesterday (Tuesday) was our one-and-only full rehearsal day before our four-days of consecutive Dress Rehearsals & Performances coming up. Company dancers warmed-up and rehearsed in the beautiful City Center Studio 4. My schedule for yesterday was as follows:

  •  12-1:15a Warm-up class with PNB Ballet Master, Otto Neubert at City Center
  • 1:35-4:30 Rehearsals for the […]
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