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Leta Biasucci is graduating from Seattle University with a degree in Arts Leadership:



Senior Instructor of Philosophy Yancy Dominick spoke of what a remarkable analytical reader she is and she will receive the Buhr award, which is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the Performing Arts and Arts Leadership department.

Congratulations to her :flowers: .

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Miles Pertl is one of six choreographers whose work will be presented in "Movements in Form" at Kirkland Performance Center on August 17 (@8pm), produced by Artist Catalyst, William Miglino's new initiative.   Miglino is a teaching artist at PNB.

Here's the press release:

William Miglino, a Washington native and teaching artist with Pacific Northwest Ballet, is producing his first Contemporary/Ballet program, “Movements in Form,” which will premiere August 17th at Kirkland Performance Center. The program will feature an array of local Seattle choreographers including Christin Call, David Harvey, Cameo Lethem, William Miglino, Miles Pertl, and Kaelyn Lefferts -- this will be Lefferts’ choreographic debut. Movements in Form will highlight 6 Contemporary/ Ballet dance creations from young, emerging voices in Seattle’s growing dance scene. Each choreographer will be presenting either new works or works that have been previously set in this collection of dances. It will be an evening of bold, young voices.


Artist Catalyst presents Movements in Form

August 17th, 8:00 PM

Kirkland Performance Center

350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033

$30 Advance Standard | $40 Day of Standard

                                                                                                                                             $70 Advance VIP | $80 Day of VIP

Tickets are on sale at www.williammiglino.com or



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See footage of David Harvey’s work here

See footage of Cameo Lethem’s work here

See footage of Christin Call’s work here



William Miglino, Choreographer

William Miglino is a Washington native. He studied at Ballet Chicago and danced for Carolina Ballet as well as a number of Chicago-based dance companies. He serves on the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet, and previously taught at the School of Ballet Chicago, and Chicago High School of the Arts. For 5 years, William has studied constellation therapy, which employs techniques to analyze systemic relationship dynamics with the goal to establish a balance and healthy exchange. Tools from this training are being implemented in the rehearsal (dehearsal) process as a source for healing in the dancers and to generate a choreographic vocabulary.


Christin Call, Choreographer

Christin Call is an assemblage artist and Co-artistic Director of Coriolis Dance. A 2015 eXit Space Art Residency aided in the development of her award-winning film (STIFF Best Dance Film) Voluntary Caesura. Other dance works by Call include try to hover (or Private Practice 6), selected for On the Board’s 2011 Northwest New Works Festival, the performance installation An apology for Zeno and the alchemical pattern through a 2012 Project: Space Available Residency, and Unfixed Arias, a collaboration with Natascha Greenwalt and Jackie An that grew into Coriolis’ first full-evening, multi-media installation work. For the last three years, Call has worked with New York-based director Lauren Hlubny, most recently touring her work sans to Florence, Italy. Most recently Christin's immersive assemblage series What is Home an Obscure Kingdom an Opera Buffa It's You Always You will be presented by Northwest Film Forum in July 2018.


David Harvey, Choreographer

David Harvey is an independent dance artist based in Seattle. He studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, The Kirov Academy of Ballet and the Alonzo King Lines Ballet School. Harvey was the first student from the AKLB School to be offered a position with the company, where he continued to work as a soloist for seven years. He proceeded to start his freelance career by dancing for Bobbi Jene Smith, and then became a frequent collaborator of Kate Wallich’s The YC. He has been dancing for Tom Weinberger since 2016, with recent premieres at Korzo Theater in The Netherlands, and at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle. Harvey is also currently dancing for David Raymond + Tiffany Tregarthen in Vancouver B.C.

As a choreographer, David has created multiple works over the last several years, with commissions from festivals, companies and training programs along the west coast. Harvey continues his relationship with Alonzo King Lines Ballet by regularly returning as a teacher and choreographer for their Training Program, Summer Program and BFA Program through Dominican University.


Miles Pertl, Choreographer

Miles Pertl is from Seattle, Washington. He trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, International Ballet Academy in Kirkland, Washington, and the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, and he attended summer courses at San Francisco Ballet School. Mr. Pertl joined Stuttgart Ballet as an apprentice in 2010 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2011. He next joined Het Nationale Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2012 before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2015.

In addition to his PNB repertory, Mr. Pertl performed leading and featured roles at Stuttgart Ballet in Bridget Breiner’s Double Bass Concerto, Marco Goecke’s Black Breath, and Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto. At Het Nationale Ballet, he performed leading and featured roles in Juanjo Arques’ Roulette; Frederick Ashton’s The Dream (Lysander); George Balanchine’s Agon, Serenade, and Symphony in C; Jorma Elo’s Shape; Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides; Marius Petipa’s Giselle(Peasant pas de deux) and Raymonda; and Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty.

In 2007, Mr. Pertl won the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals in San Francisco and Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York. He also has performed as a guest artist for gala performances in England, Italy, Moscow, and New York. He has choreographed works PNB’s NEXT STEP and PNB School’s annual School Performance as well as the Noverre Society in Stuttgart, Danza Estate in Gubbio, Italy, and New Moves in Amsterdam.


Cameo Lethem, Choreographer

Cameo Lethem is a Seattle-based choreographer and dancer from Kaneohe, HI. She received her formal education from Skidmore College where she graduated with majors in Dance and Neuroscience. She’s had the privilege of sharing her work at On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, The Pocket Theater, Electric Lodge, The National Museum of Dance, and more. Since arriving in Seattle, Cameo has performed for Alice Gosti, Kate Wallich, Hayley Shannon, Dylan Ward, Nathan Blackwell, and Coleman Pester. As a selected artist for The Breaking Glass Project, Cameo received mentorships from Nia-Amina Minor and Sidra Bell. She is a  2017 DanceCrush Award recipient and a 2014 Margaret Paulding Award recipient. Cameo is also a 2018-19 James Ray Resident for the Seattle International Dance Festival.


Kaelyn Lefferts, Choreographer

Kaelyn dances as a trainee at Ballet West and has danced for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. She previously trained at Emerald Ballet Theatre and has attended summer intensives at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Austin, Ballet Chicago, Oregon Ballet Theater and Premiere Dance Center. Kaelyn placed first in contemporary at YAGP Seattle regional semi-final in 2017 and has attended YAGP New York finals several times. Always interested in exploring dance from a choreographic standpoint, this is Kaelyn's first experience creating work for a professional program.



Artist Catalyst is a new, fiscally sponsored company that works to provide platforms and resources for dancers and choreographers to develop their artistic voices in Seattle. The company was founded by William Miglino, a teaching artist with Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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Leah Merchant's love of hiking.....

OMG.....my dream girl!

If there are 2 things I love above all else (except my wife, of course) they are: ballet and backpacking.  (Well, I guess I have to add skiing to the list too.) I love mountain hiking so much I once took 5 months and backpacked 1000 miles without stopping except to re-supply.

Not only is Leah gorgeous, and an innovative dancer overflowing with musicality, but she loves to hike!  

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A lovely profile of Leta Biasucci in Dance Magazine: https://www.dancemagazine.com/leta-biasucci-2625644451.html


Looking at Biasucci, 29, with her wide smile and eager curiosity, you think you see the quintessential extrovert. In reality, she's anything but. "I was an introverted kid," Biasucci says. "That's part of the reason I fell in love with dance—I didn't have to be talkative." 

It's only one of the seeming contradictions in Biasucci's life: She's a short, muscular ballerina in a company known for its fleet of tall, long-legged women; she's also most comfortable with classical ballet, while taking on a growing repertoire of contemporary work.

Biasucci has enchanted Seattle ballet fans almost from the moment she arrived seven seasons ago. She has a charismatic stage presence that belies her size and exudes authentic joy, no matter what she's performing. She's also technically precise, known for her footwork, jumps and speed.

Meanwhile, her hard work has garnered her respect from her colleagues and her boss, artistic director Peter Boal. That dedication has propelled Biasucci through PNB's ranks, earning her a promotion to principal last September. It was the capstone of a whirlwind year that also included Biasucci's marriage, college graduation and a company tour to Paris. ...


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Olympic Ballet Theatre will perform a work by Kyle Davis in its New Works program:

  • Saturday, March 30 at 7pm at the Edmonds Center for the Arts
  • Saturday, April 6 at 7pm at the Everett Performing Arts Center

The other choreographers are Nicole & Jason Cisler and Mara Vinson, former PNB dancer and co-Artistic Director of the Company.  The choreographers were listed in an ad in the Encore Program for Director's Choice; I don't see this on their website.

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