Pacific Northwest Ballet Promotes Kyle Davis To Principal Dancer With Onstage Announcement

PNB: Cinderella Prince Variation ft. Kyle Davis

(Seattle, WA) – Prior to the curtain rising on Kent Stowell’s Cinderella, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal made a special announcement to the opening night audience. Mr. Boal called out soloist Kyle Davis and informed the audience that he had been promoted to principal dancer.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the well-deserved promotion of Kyle Davis to principal dancer,” began Mr. Boal in his announcement.

“Kyle’s charm and impeccable technique have been on proud display in countless works over the past decade. Kyle wears several hats on and off stage. He is a choreographer of note and an inspired teacher, but tonight we honor the dancer. His musicality is a lesson in clarity. His range is tremendous, moving with ease from the pure classicism of Balanchine’s Theme and Variations to the dramatic intensity of Donald Byrd’s Love and Loss.”

PNB in Rehearsal: Kyle Davis’ A Dark and Lonely Space ft. Principal Dancers Sarah Ricard Orza and Jerome Tisserand

“Stand out roles include William Forsythe’s hyper- technical Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, the bravura and command of his Oberon in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and his recent debut as Prince Florimund in Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty. During the run of Kent’s Stowell’s Cinderella, he’ll be adding another Prince to his already impressive list of roles. Please join me in congratulating our newest Principal dancer.”

Kyle Davis is from Green Bay, Wisconsin. He trained at Makaroff School of Ballet and on scholarship at Rock School for Dance Education and North Carolina School of the Arts, and attended summer courses on scholarship at Milwaukee Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He also studied with Ethan Stiefel and Warren Conover. Mr. Davis joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009 and soloist in 2016.

PNB in Rehearsal: The Sleeping Beauty – Bluebird Variation

In 2008, Mr. Davis won the Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also won various awards in the Youth American Grand Prix Regional and Finals in 2005 and 2006. He was a 2007-2008 recipient of the Elizabeth Harriet Weaver Memorial Scholarship and the Martha and Spencer Love Foundation Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Mr. Davis has performed leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée, Emeralds, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Soldier Doll, Hot Chocolate, Tea, Candy Cane), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon, Puck), Prodigal Son (Friend), Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Morrisine), La Source, Square Dance, Tarantella, and Theme and Variations; Andrew Bartee’s arms that work; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Peasant pas de deux); Alejandro Cerrudo’s Little mortal jump; David Dawson’s Empire Noir; William Forsythe’s New Suite and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Paul Gibson’s Rush; Marco Goecke’s Place a Chill; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund, Bluebird pas de deux, Gold and Silver pas de trois); Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort; Jessica Lang’s Her Door to the Sky; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette (Benvolio, Acolyte); Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows; Justin Peck’s Debonair and Year of the Rabbit; Crystal Pite’s Emergence and Plot Point; Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU (Monk); Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Pictures at an Exhibition; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and Dances at a Gathering; Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella (Jester), Nutcracker (Prince), and Swan Lake (Jester, Wolfgang, Pas de trois, Neapolitan); Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less; and Twyla Tharp’s Brief Fling.

He originated leading roles in Donald Byrd’s Love and Loss, Mark Morris’ Kammermusik No. 3, Matthew Neenan’s Bacchus, and Price Suddarth’s Signature.

PNB in Rehearsal: George Balanchine’s Tarantella

Mr. Davis’ works for PNB’s NEXT STEP choreographers’ showcase include Sylvia Pas de Deux (2012), Fanfare and Waltz from “Sylvia” (2013), A Hundred Ways to Paint the Portion of a Plane Bounded by Such a Curve, Part Two (2015), Make It So (2016), and Variegated Voices (2017). In 2014, he choreographed the third act of Sylvia for PNB School’s Annual School Performance. He has also created work for Chop Shop Contemporary Dance Festival and was a 2017 choreographic resident at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2018, Mr. Davis choreographed A Dark and Lonely Space for PNB’s mainstage.

Press Release Via: Pacific Northwest Ballet

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