Jacqueline Straughan - Ballet West First Soloist

Born: Carson City, Nevada

Joined Ballet West: 2006
Promoted to Demi-Soloist: 2008
Promoted to Soloist: 2010
Promoted to First Soloist: 2013 

Training: National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada.

Current Repertoire: George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Chaconne; John Butler's Carmina Burana; "Fairy of Kindness" in Adam Sklute's newly conceived and produced The Sleeping Beauty; Jiri Kylian's Sinfonietta; Nicolo Fonte's Bolero; and in the 2011 world premieres of Christopher Ruud's Trapped, Christopher Anderson's Intonation, Emily Adams' Regarding Us, and Avichai Scher's White Noise.

Notable Roles: “That’s Life” from Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs; Arabian Pas de Deux from Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker; and Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels (during Ballet West’s 2009-10 season, as well as during CaDance’s “Laguna Dance Festival” in Laguna Beach, California.)

Additional Information: Jacqueline traveled extensively while exploring alternate dance forms before briefly joining South African Ballet Theatre. In 2000, Jacqueline received the Christopher Ondaatje Ballet Prize, given to dance students with outstanding achievement. That same year, she was also presented with a Peter Dwyer Scholarship in recognition for the most promising dance student. Also in 2000, she joined the National Ballet of Canada as a second year apprentice, performing with the company until 2004.