Principal Dancers

Xuan Cheng

Sponsored by Melissa & Gary Hanifan

Peter Franc

Sponsored by Elizabeth & Thomas Gewecke

Brian Simcoe

Sponsored by Artslandia & The Brian Simcoe Fan Club


Thomas Baker

Sponsored by Jack Blumberg

Eva Burton

Sponsored by Kathleen & Benoit de Montlebert

Jessica Lind

Sponsored by Jessica’s List

Michael Linsmeier

Sponsored by Dan & Don

Kelsie Nobriga

Sponsored by The Crumpacker Family

Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair

The Balletomanes

Company Artists

Hannah Davis

Sponsored by Marilyn L. Rudin, MD & Richard S. Testut, Jr.

Alexa Domenden

Sponsored by Nancy Locke & Don Harris

Kimberly Fromm

Sponsored by Charles W. Webb, DO

Adam Hartley

Sponsored by Sharon & Adam Mirarchi

Makino Hayashi

Sponsored by Karen & Mike Weddle

Emily Parker

Sponsored by Dean Richardson

Colby Parsons

Sponsored by the Sammons Family in memory of Luwayne “Buzzy” Sammons

Theodore Watler

Sponsored by Sandy & Stephen Holmes


Oregon Ballet Theatre's Apprentice Program is for young dancers of outstanding ability, who wish to develop their skills in pursuit of a professional career in ballet.

Apprentices take company class every day, along with school classes as determined by the artistic director. Apprentices perform and tour with the professional company; they receive a weekly stipend, pointe shoes, as well as per diem and hotel for performances outside the Portland area.

OBT apprentices have gone on to dance with nearly every major company in the United States. Several current company members are former OBT apprentices.

Header photo by James McGrew