The Enduring Popularity of Romeo and Juliet

By Leah Dooley

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s second most popular play. It is one of the most produced and most depicted in the visual arts, and it’s the only Shakespeare play referenced in Taylor Swift’s discography. But did you know that ever since the 16th century, […]

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Artistic Director’s Notebook-Roméo et Juliette

Artistic Director’s Notebook-Roméo et Juliette

The story of Roméo et Juliette offers many takeaways: humor, drama, tears, and passion, to name a few. From my first read of the play in Mr. Crosby’s seventh-grade classroom to a recent viewing of the new Steven Spielberg film version of West Side Story, I’ve enjoyed a lifetime of […]

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 Principal Dancer Noelani Pantastico Announces Retirement

SEATTLE, WA — Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Noelani Pantastico has announced that after a 25-year dancing career, she is retiring to accept a position on the faculty of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Pantastico trained at CPYB before being hired at PNB in 1997. She was promoted to soloist in 2001 and […]

Remembering Ulysses Dove

Today, December 1, 2021 marks the 33rd World AIDS Day. The purpose of the day is to bring attention to the HIV epidemic, end the stigma around HIV/AIDS, and call for an increased response to ending the HIV epidemic in the US.

This year’s theme is Ending the […]

Staying Healthy at The Nutcracker

Our youngest Nutcracker performers, all students at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, are some of the most dedicated kids in the ballet world. Each year, from late September to late December, they devote themselves to telling this timeless holiday story. From our littlest golden angels, to Clara’s bed rollers, each and every student […]

Leaping from Caricature into Character 

By Phil Chan, co-Founder, Final Bow for Yellowface 

As a Chinese person, the second act of The Nutcracker has always bugged me. Looking more broadly at the historic depictions of “Chinese” people on the Western performing arts stage, we see fantasy elements of what Europeans thought Chinese people looked like […]

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 […]

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