Grace Haskins

Company Member since 2016
Apprentice 2015

Grace began dancing at the age of three through a local studio in Reno, NV before moving to Seattle, WA soon afterwards. She became a student at Pacific Northwest Ballet School (PNBS), under the direction of Francia Russell and later Peter Boal. From 2003-2015 she trained with PNBS on full scholarship–the last two years as a member of its Professional Division program–with an extensive list of notable faculty and guest faculty, as well as performed in numerous School and Company productions. Grace has attended summer programs at PNBS, on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet School under Edward Villella, on exchange and full scholarship with Canada’s National Ballet School, and on full scholarship with Boston Ballet School.

Grace was one of Pointe Magazine‘s “Stars of the Corps” in the August/September 2016 issue.

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Whom do you most admire and why?

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Their strength, intelligence, tenacity, stamina, courage, empathy, dedication to the betterment of all lives and to the causes of others, and grace.

What excites you creatively?

Being able to explore and channel the human experience and emotions through a role and its physicality, whilst also working to find and express myself in that role and movement. Watching and collaborating with others also working toward these shared goals excites me a great deal, as well, and feeding off of their energy and passion. And, of course, the music. Always the music.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?  

Having been involved in athletics from a very young age, I’d always thought I’d end up in some career within the field, either as an athlete or a sports medicine physician. However, a career in the dental field has always interested me as well and I plan on pursuing eventually. Besides the importance of good dental hygiene to your overall health, I like the idea of helping give people their best smile, which goes a long way in connecting us to other people (plus boosts your endorphins).

What is the best piece of dance advice you’ve ever received?

Be brave.

What are your favorite roles? 

  • • Madame du Tourvel, Dangerous Liaisons, choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (2016)
  • • Memorias del Dorado, choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (2016)
  • • Arabian, The Nutcracker, choreography by Val Caniparoli (2015-present)
  • • Stepsister, Cinderella, choreography by Bruce Wells (2016)
  • • Dark Angel and Corps, Serenade, choreography by George Balanchine (2013, 2016)
  • • Light Rain, choreography by Gerald Arpino (2016)
  • • The Prophet, Dear Light Along the Way to Nothingness,choreography by Robert Dekkers (2017)
  • • Quartet, One, choreography by Uri Sands (2018)
  • • The Guardian, Adam’s Key, choreography by Danielle Rowe (2018)