Seth Orza, who joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007, has been promoted to the rank of principal dancer for the 2010-2011 season, PNB artistic director Peter Boal announced July 6.
Orza trained at San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet before joining New York City Ballet as an apprentice in 1999. He became a corps de ballet member in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2007. That same year he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in 2008.
In other PNB news, corps de ballet member Laura Gilbreath, who joined the company as an apprentice in 2003, was promoted to the rank of soloist, as was Sarah Ricard Orza, a member of the Seattle-based company’s corps de ballet since 2007. Also, Chelsea Adomaitis, Ryan Cardea, and Ezra Thomson, who joined PNB as apprentices in 2009, have been promoted to the corps de ballet.