Magazine article Dance Magazine

The Best of Both Worlds: PNB's Angelica Generosa Juggles Corps Life and Principal Potential

Magazine article Dance Magazine

The Best of Both Worlds: PNB's Angelica Generosa Juggles Corps Life and Principal Potential

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Angelica Generosa strikes all the right balances. She's ambitious, but egoless. She exudes the charm of a soubrette, but also the power of a contemporary virtuoso. A fourth-year member of Pacific Northwest Ballet's corps, she welcomes the soloist and principal roles artistic director Peter Boal throws her way, but is happy to continue her time in the corps.

Boal first noticed the School of American Ballet-trained Generosa when she was 15, dancing the lead of Balanchine's Stars and Stripes at an SAB workshop performance with Taylor Stanley (now a New York City Ballet soloist). "She was something between fearless and charming--a force!" Boal remembers. A few years later, when Generosa was not accepted into the NYCB apprentice program, he invited her to join PNB as an apprentice.

"I really was aiming for NYCB. That has always been my dream company," Generosa admits. But Seattle has offered her outsized opportunities (especially for a corps member), from performing the lead in Balanchine's "Rubies"--which, she says, "completely changed my dancing"--to starring in Molissa Fenley's 34-minute solo, State of Darkness. "PNB has become home for me," she says.

Dancing above your rank has its obvious perks, but Generosa isn't naive about the difficulties it presents, either. "It's emotionally challenging to do both corps and soloist parts. But I'm very lucky to have that chance. Not a lot of dancers get to do that."

Bubbly and unassuming, Generosa's success hasn't gone to her head. …

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