Arolyn Williams - Ballet West Principal Artist
Born: Rowe, Massachusetts
Joined Ballet West II: 2004
Joined Ballet West: 2006
Promoted to Demi-Soloist: 2010
Promoted to Soloist: 2011
Promoted to Principal: 2013
Training: Pioneer Valley Ballet and University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)
Current Repertoire: George Balanchine's Emeralds, "Cinderella" in Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, "Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Waltz Pas" in Willam Christensen's The Nutcracker, "Svetlana" in Ben Stevenson's Dracula, "Princess Florine" in Adam Sklute's The Sleeping Beauty, "Titania" in Frederick Ashton's The Dream, "Cio Cio San" in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly, "Ophelia" in Val Caniparoli's Hamlet and Ophelia Pas de Deux, "Pas de Trois" and "Four Cygnets" in Adam Sklute's Swan Lake, and "Spring Fairy" in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella.
Featured roles in contemporary ballets include Helen Pickett’s But Never Doubt I Love, Val Caniparoli's world premiere of The Lottery, Jiri Kylian's Sinfonietta and Petite Mort, Gerald Arpino's pas de deux Ruth Ricordi Per Due, Avichai Scher's White Noise, Nicolo Fonte's Bolero, "Marina" in Michael Bearden's Descent, Christopher Anderson's Intonation, Tom Mattingly's Fall Into Loving Arms, Christopher Ruud's Trapped, Megan Furse's Selcoutheries, and Aidan DeYoung's Eenvoudig.
Additional Informaiton: While at UNCSA, Arolyn received the Chancellor's Award for Artistic and Academic Excellence. She also spent several summers at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance where she studied Ohad Naharin's Gaga technique, as well as repertoire by Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, and local San Francisco choreographers Alex Ketley and Robert Moses.