A look at how classical and modern dancers approach the prospect of retirement by Melody Datz in The Stranger.
On June 8, Pacific Northwest Ballet will present its "Encore Performance," a selection of pieces highlighting the departure of three audience favorites, two of whom are leaving dance altogether: Kaori Nakamura and Liora Neuville. Nakamura, who has 17 seasons at PNB under her belt, will teach at the PNB school. Neuville will continue her studies in nursing. When asked why she would leave such an illustrious career in its infancy (Neuville is in the corps de ballet and might've risen through the ranks with her stunning lines and endearing, loving stage presence), she simply said: "I want to leave while I still love it, before my body is broken." Backed by college credits earned through PNB's Second Stage program, which offers the opportunity to take courses while dancing full time, Neuville is ready for an adventure on her own terms.