Pacific Northwest Ballet

Batkhurel Bold
Carrie Imler
Carla Körbes
Ariana Lallone
Stanko Milov
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Jonathan Porretta
Lucien Postlewaite
Jeffrey Stanton
Mara Vinson
Miranda Weese
Olivier Wevers
Corps de Ballet


Mara Vinson is from Redondo Beach, California. She trained at Palos Verdes Ballet, the Kirov Academy, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1999. She was promoted to corps de ballet in 2000, to Soloist in 2004, and was made a Principal in 2007.

Ms. Vinson has danced leading roles in George Balanchine's Agon, Apollo, Ballet Imperial, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, Divertimento No. 15, Emeralds, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Butterfly), Serenade, Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Val Caniparoli's The Bridge, Lambarena, and Torque; Merce Cunningham's Inlets 2; Nacho Duato's Jardí Tancat and Rassemblement; Kiyons Gaines's {SCHWA}; Ronald Hynd's The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Bluebird pas de deux, Gold and Silver pas de trois); Susan Marshall's Kiss; Peter Martins' Valse Triste; Mark Morris's Pacific;

Mara Vinson in George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15. (Photo: Angela Sterling)
Kevin O'Day's [soundaroun(d)dance]; Marius Petipa's Paquita; Jerome Robbins' In the Night; Kent Stowell's Delicate Balance, Hail to the Conquering Hero, Nutcracker (Clara, Flora), Quaternary, and Silver Lining; Lynne Taylor-Corbett's The Ballet of You and Me and Mercury; and Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Nine Sinatra Songs. She originated roles in Stephen Baynes' El Tango, Val Caniparoli's Torque, Nicolo Fonte's Within/Without, Paul Gibson's Sense of Doubt, and Stowell's Carmen. She has also been featured in George Balanchine's Diamonds, La Sonnambula, and La Valse, and Kent Stowell's Carmina Burana.

Ms. Vinson danced in the BBC's 1999 film version of PNB's production of Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmed at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London.

Headshot Photography: Angela Sterling.