Farewells to longtime Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers.The Bellevue Reporter
A Star Spangled Salute to Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer’s Ariana Lallone and Jeff Stanton took place on June 5 at the beautiful Yarrow Point waterfront home of Dr. Charles and Gigi Wallace. This memorable evening was created to honor the careers of these two accomplished PNB principal dancers. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with bountiful appetizers accompanied by live music and a program honoring both Ariana and Jeff.
Lallone was with Pacific Northwest Ballet for 24-years. She came to PNB from Woodland Hills, Calif., with a scholarship from the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She trained at the Rozann-Zimmerman Ballet Center (now known as California Dance Academy) in Chatsworth, Calif. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1987 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 1988. In 1993, she was promoted to soloist and became a principal in 1994.
Marian Oliver McCaw Hall was packed on the evening of June 12, 2011. Packed. Balletomanes of all persuasions had gathered to celebrate the end of PNB’s artistic season. In the orchestra-level lobby, well-heeled ballet patrons sipped champagne with lithe ballerinas in street attire. The anticipation was palpable for the one-night-only show. PNB produces this annual look back at the year’s artistic highlights as both a farewell to the season, and to the company’s departing dancers. This year an unusually high number leave: eight dancers altogether, including four principals, three corps de ballet members, and one soloist.
The three corps members, Barry Kerollis, Stacy Lowenberg and Josh Spell, have chosen to move onto other jobs. Kerollis has landed a gig at Ballet X in Pennsylvania, but neither Lowenberg nor Spell had anything firm lined up the night of the Encore performance. Josh Spell is a lovely dancer whose talent was best displayed this year in his turn as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Stacy Lowenberg has started to choreograph dances, one of which she performed with Karel Cruz at the Encore Performance. Lowenberg has been a corps de ballet member at PNB for more than a decade, and has developed a significant fan base. As she took a bow after her pas de deux, Lowenberg was pelted with a torrent of roses.