Dancer Spotlight: Alexis Fletcher

Vancouver, British Columbia’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games were golden for more than just big-name athletes. Like so many Vancouverites at that time, Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher and her husband, former rehearsal director Sylvain Senez, struggled to keep pace with the skyrocketing cost of living. The couple wondered if they could rent out two emptyMore »

Dancer Spotlight: Elizabeth Murphy

On any given day, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rehearsal studios are filled with ballerinas decked out in a rainbow of colorful, innovative leotards—many designed and hand-sewn by principal dancer Elizabeth Murphy. Murphy didn’t grow up sewing. In fact, she didn’t even know how to run a sewing machine until she was 18. She didn’t want toMore »

Forsythe At Work

William Forsythe isn’t a large man, and he’s not particularly flashy. But when he sidled into Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rehearsal studio on a bright winter afternoon, the dancers all gravitated to him, like sunflowers stretching to the sun. “Gather, my dears!” he greeted them, with a huge smile on his face. Forsythe spent two weeksMore »