Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) principal dancer Noelani Pantastico has introduced that after a 25-year dancing profession, she is retiring to just accept a place on the college of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Pantastico skilled at CPYB earlier than being employed at PNB in 1997.
“Leaving this magnificent profession is likely one of the most tough, heart-wrenching choices of my life, however I’m lucky to be taking this leap with a transparent sense of goal and overwhelming pleasure for what’s to come back,” mentioned Pantastico. “Had been it not for the boldness instilled in me at my first PNB summer time course in 1994, I might not have pursued a future in dance, nor turn out to be the artist I’m at this time.”
Pantastico plans to proceed as co-artistic director of Seattle Dance Collective, the corporate she based in 2019 with fellow PNB principal dancer James Yoichi Moore.
PNB audiences have yet another alternative to observe Pantastico carry out, within the lead function of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette. She is scheduled to bop on opening evening, Feb. 4, and for the closing matinee on Feb. 13.