Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces Promotion and New Hires
James Moore Promoted to Principal Dancer
SEATTLE, WA – At yesterday evening’s conclusion of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal announced to the opening night audience that James Moore, a member of the company since 2004, has been promoted to principal dancer.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce a well-deserved promotion tonight,” began Mr. Boal in his announcement. “Fifteen years ago, a kid showed up in my ballet class in New York. He was kind of a diamond in the rough, but one could see some serious potential. His first job was for Pittsburg Ballet Theater, where he worked with Francia Russell on the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He came to PNB in 2004, but really grabbed the spotlight and started his fan club in 2005 as the guy called Mopey. We’ve watched him excel in works by Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Marco Goecke, and William Forsythe, alongside triumphs in the roles of Puck, Franz, and the Prodigal Son, and let’s not forget his performance tonight, where Juliet wasn’t the only one to fall for this Romeo. Please join me in congratulating James Moore on his promotion to principal dancer.”
Seattle audiences can see Mr. Moore dancing the lead in Roméo et Juliette for two more performances, February 2 (2:00 pm) and February 7 (7:30 pm). He will also be featured in the role on February 16 (2:00 pm) during PNB’s upcoming tour to New York City Center.
James Moore is from San Francisco, California. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. He joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2001. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2004 and was promoted to soloist in 2008. Mr. Moore’s breakout performances were in Marco Goecke’s solo Mopey, and Molissa Fenley’s solo State of Darkness. Some of Mr. Moore’s leading roles have included George Balanchine’s Coppélia (Franz), The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Prodigal Son, Rubies, Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Ulysses Dove’s Serious Pleasures; Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat; William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Paul Gibson’s The Piano Dance; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird pas de deux), Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort; Susan Marshall’s Kiss; Mark Morris’ Pacific; Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free; Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker (Prince); Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs; and Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux. (For a full bio, visit pnb.org/Artists.)
Mr. Boal has also announced two additional hires: Jahna Frantziskonis and Elle Macy have joined the company as apprentices.
Jahna Frantziskonis is from Tucson, Arizona. She studied at Ballet Arts Tucson and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Tucson, and PNB School. Ms. Frantziskonis has performed a leading role in Andrew Bartee’s arms that work and featured roles in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. While a student at PNB School, she performed corps de ballet roles with PNB in George Balanchine’s Coppélia and Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée,” Peter Boal’s Giselle, and Kent Stowell’s Cinderella and Nutcracker. In addition, she performed a leading role in Bruce Wells’ Snow White. Ms. Frantziskonis originated a leading role in Price Suddarth’s Time Out for PNB School’s annual School Performance in 2012. She also originated roles in ballets by Kyle Davis, Kiyon Gaines, Barry Kerollis, Margaret Mullin, Sean Rollofson, and Ezra Thomson for PNB’s annual Next Step choreographers’ showcase performances in 2011 and 2012.
Elle Macy is from Huntington Beach, California. She studied at Orange County Dance Center and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and PNB School. Ms. Macy has performed a leading role in Andrew Bartee’s arms that work and featured roles in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. While a student at PNB School, she performed corps de ballet roles with PNB in George Balanchine’s Coppélia and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Boal’s Giselle, Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote, Kent Stowell’s Cinderella, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance). In addition, she performed the title role in Bruce Wells’ Snow White. Ms. Macy originated a leading role in Price Suddarth’s Time Out for PNB School’s annual School Performance in 2012. She also originated roles in ballets by Kiyon Gaines, Eric Hipolito Jr., Sean Rollofson, Price Suddarth, and Ezra Thomson for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual Next Step choreographers’ showcase performances in 2011 and 2012. Ms. Macy has won awards from several competitions, including the Youth American Grand Prix, Spotlight Scholarship Competition, and Dance Masters of America.