Gretchen Steimle

Apprentice since 2017

Gretchen was raised in Austin, Texas, and began her dance education under the umbrella of Tapestry Dance Company where she first pursued a multiform dance education. While there, she received training from Grace Holmes and David Justin. At 15, she moved from home to train with Boston Ballet School’s Pre-­Professional Program under the direction of Margaret Tracey. After attending a summer course at Pacific Northwest Ballet, she joined its Professional Division under the direction of Peter Boal.

While in Seattle, Gretchen received training from diverse and talented faculty, performed in numerous company productions, and originated new roles through PNB Next Step choreographic program. During her first year at PNB, she was offered the opportunity to work with Dresden Semperoper Ballet and spent two months performing La Bayadére in Germany. Gretchen has attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet School, Ballet Austin, and Suzanne Farrell.

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Whom do you most admire and why?

My ballet “mom” is a dance educator who took the time to try and tame a wild child like me, brings dance to as many as possible, and really pushes for ballet dancers experiencing all dance forms. Her dedication and love for spreading dance is something I admire and hope to emulate throughout my career.

What excites you creatively?

My peers constantly push me creatively. Being in a ballet company, you are surrounded by amazing artists who each have such a unique creative voice that you can learn from.

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

I have always been interested in psychology. People are fascinating and I would love to have more knowledge about how and why people make choices in their daily lives.

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

“There are no throw away steps.” – Melanie Atkins

What are your favorite roles? 

• Nightingale, The Happy Prince & Other Wilde Tales, choreography by Penny Saunders (2018)