One of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, the Pacific Northwest Ballet was founded in 1972. During an illustrious run with Kent Stowell and Francia Russell who were Pacific Northwest Ballet’s artistic directors since 1977, Peter Boal became artistic director in the summer of 2005.
Now, the Company has nearly fifty dancers and performs more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at the glorious Marion Oliver McCaw Hall on the Seattle Center campus and also on tour. The Company has toured the world – from Europe to Australia, Canada to Taiwan.
Their performances are varied and diverse. They’ve done repertoire with the great ballet scores of the likes of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, while also doing challenging new works from the likes of John Adams and Philip Glass. With a particular focus on the choreographer George Balanchine, the Pacific Northwest Ballet has performed his classics, as well as those of American greats like Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern.
Not only do they perform on main stages around the world, they help nurture future ballet stars with their Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Founded in 1974, the school is recognized as one of the top three ballet training institutions in the United States. The school offers complete, professional curriculum to more than 900 students.
For more information about Pacific Northwest Ballet, its season and its programs, please visit www.pnb.org.