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New Dancers, Apprentices To Join PNB for 2011-12 Season


When Pacific Northwest Ballet returned to the rehearsal studios this week, its dancers joined by new corps de ballet members Leta Biasucci, Elizabeth Murphy, and Matthew Renko.

Additionally, two new apprentices will join the company in mid-September: Steven Loch and Sarah Pasch, both of whom were most recently two-year members of the PNB School Professional Division.

Carlisle, Pennsylvania native Biasucci studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and became a trainee at San Francisco Ballet School in 2006. Two years later she joined Oregon Ballet Theatre, where she performed leading and featured roles in George Balanchine’s Emeralds and The Four Temperaments, Nicolo Fonte’s Left Unsaid, and James Kudelka’s Hush, among other roles.

Murphy, from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, studied at Academy of Ballet Arts and the Rock School for Dance Education and attended summer courses on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Chautauqua Summer Program. She was an apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theater and also danced with Pennsylvania Ballet before joining Ballet West II in 2006 and Ballet West in 2007.

Renko was born in Tampa, Florida and raised in Sumter, South Carolina. He studied at Columbia Conservatory of Dance, North Carolina School of the Arts, and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet. He became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008. In 2009, he joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Renko has choreographed for the School of American Ballet Student Choreography Workshop and the New York Choreographic Institute.

Loch, from Dallas, Texas, studied at Ballet Conservatory in Lewisville, Texas, and on scholarship at Harid Conservatory and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He has performed as a guest artist at the International Ballet Festival of Miami and the Youth America Grand Prix Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala.

Pasch is from Dublin, California. She studied at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She has also performed with Houston Ballet. For more information on the upcoming season, visit


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