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#1 sandik

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 08:13 PM

Karel Cruz, Chalnessa Eames, and Lesley Rausch are promoted to soloist.

From the press release

Artistic Director Peter Boal Announces Dancer Promotions
Artistic Director Peter Boal announced today the promotions of Chalnessa Eames, Lesley Rausch and Karel Cruz from corps de ballet dancers to Soloists with Pacific Northwest Ballet.

“We have all watched with excitement as these three dancers have taken on new roles and triumphed in them. They consistently exhibit the highest levels of technique and artistry. All three have earned admiration and applause.”
– PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal

Chalnessa Eames is from Bellingham, Washington. She trained at Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton and the School of Royal Winnipeg Ballet and attended Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s summer course. She joined Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1996 and joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2001.

Ms. Eames has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Emeralds; Todd Bolender’s Souvenirs; Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven; Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat; Dominique Dumais’ Scripted in the Body; Nicolo Fonte’s Within/Without; William Forsythe’s Artifact II and In the middle, somewhat elevated; José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane; Kirk Peterson’s Amazed in Burning Dreams; Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free; Christopher Stowell’s Zaïs; Kent Stowell’s Cinderella (Stepsister), Delicate Balance, Nutcracker (Flora), Quaternary, and Silver Lining; and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. She originated leading roles in Paul Gibson’s The Piano Dance and Victor Quijada’s Suspension of Disbelief and featured roles in Dominique Dumais’ Time and other Matter and Christopher Stowell’s Quick Time. She has been featured in Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow and The Sleeping Beauty; Marius Petipa’s Paquita; Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet; and Paul Taylor’s Roses. In 2002, Ms. Eames danced in the film version of Guy Madden’s Dracula.

Lesley Rausch is from Columbus, Ohio. She studied with Shir Lee Wu at Columbus Youth Ballet and also trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as member of the corps de ballet in 2001.

Ms. Rausch has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, and Emeralds; Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge and Lambarena; William Forsythe’s Artifact II and In the middle, somewhat elevated; Paul Gibson’s The Piano Dance; Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free; Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker (Clara, Peacock); and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. She has also been featured in Todd Bolender’s Souvenirs; Balanchine’s Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Serenade, Symphony in C, and La Valse; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow and The Sleeping Beauty; and Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella, and Swan Lake.

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Rausch has been a guest teacher at New American Youth Ballet in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Karel Cruz is from Havana, Cuba and received his training at Cuba’s Escuela Nacional de Artes. He joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1996 and left in 1998 to join Ballet Clasico de Camara in Venezuela. From 1999 to 2000, he danced with Teatro Teresa Carreno, also in Venezuela. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2002.

Mr. Cruz has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cavalier), and La Valse; Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge; William Forsythe’s Artifact II; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow; Kent Stowell’s Firebird, Nutcracker (Prince), and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt); Richard Tanner’s Ancient Airs and Dances; Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Mercury; and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and Waterbaby Bagatelles. He has been featured in Balanchine’s Diamonds, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Nicolo Fonte’s Within/Without; Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty; Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries; Stowell’s Hail to the Conquering Hero, Silver Lining, and Swan Lake; and Paul Taylor’s Roses.

#2 Helene

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 10:17 PM

The PNB website is already updated, with the newly promoted Rausch, Cruz, and Eames listed as soloists and their bios reflecting their promotions as well:

http://www.pnb.org/c...y/soloists.html


Congratulations to the new PNB soloists :)

#3 SandyMcKean

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 10:31 AM

As Lesley Rausch's #1 fan (self proclaimed), I couldn't be more thrilled!


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