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

Soloist Ezra Thomson on Why New Works Matter

PNB soloist Ezra Thomson is no stranger to New Works. His resume includes originating roles in works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Edwaard Liang, Robin Mineko Williams, Donald Byrd, several current PNB dancers and more. For BOUNDLESS, he’s taking on the role of stager for Jessica Lang’s Let Me Mingle Tears With Thee. So we got his perspective on New Works, PNB, and the upcoming Rep IV.

Building a World Premiere with Jessica Lang

PNB is performing a world premiere at BOUNDLESS choreographed by audience favorite Jessica Lang: Let Me Mingle Tears With Thee. We asked her about choreography, costumes, music, and all the elements that make a PNB world premiere possible.

Q&A with Penny Saunders: Returning to PNB and to Wonderland

During our 2020 digital season, PNB premiered Wonderland by choreographer Penny Saunders. Wonderland, a New Work and world premiere, paid homage to the marvel and magic of live theater, and has only ever existed digitally, until now. More than two years later, Penny is back at PNB to transpose her piece for in-person performances in March 2023. So we asked her about returning to Wonderland.

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. […]

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