Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Principal dancer Julia Erickson, a Seattle native, received her training on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School. She toured to Europe and Asia with PNB, and danced with the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet for two seasons prior to joining PBT in 2001. With PBT, she was promoted to soloist in 2004 and principal in 2009. She has danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Sylvia Pas de Deux, Themes and Variations, Who Cares? and Serenade; the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Diana in Diana & Acteon, and the Sylph in La Sylphide. Her other roles include Lady Capulet in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Myrtha in Giselle, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, and featured roles in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Agon, The Four Temperaments and Divertamento Number 15. She has also danced featured roles in Paul Taylor’s Company B and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. Julia is the recipient of Pittsburgh's 2014 BRAZZY Award for outstanding female dancer and is an entrepreneur and writer.