Cecilia Iliesiu is a Principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) in the USA with a 13-year career as a professional ballerina, teacher, and mentor. As a dancer with Carolina Ballet (2009-2015) and PNB (2015-present), she has danced notable roles on stages in the US, France, and Nigeria, including: George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Emeralds, The Nutcracker, & Rubies; Davis Dawson’s Empire Noir; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels & Front Porch to Heaven; William Forsythe New Suite; José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette; Marius Petipa’s Giselle; Crystal Pite’s Emergence & The Seasons’ Canon; Alexei Ratmasksy’ Wartime Elegy; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert; Kent Stowell’s Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty.
She has become a leader in the ballet education field with her establishment of the PNB School Mentorship Program for the pre-professional and advanced students, as well as the co-founder and director of Global Ballet Teachers offering free online courses and resources for ballet teachers in 40 international countries and traveling to Nigeria and Ghana to teach. With over a decade of teaching experience at The School of American Ballet, PNBSchool, CC&Co Dance Complex, and Ballet 5:8, she continues to teach masterclasses and mentor students around the world.
Cecilia received ten years of ballet training at The School of American Ballet and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University. She currently resides in Seattle, WA, USA.