Alice Cao

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Originally from Seattle, Washington, Alice was selected for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s DanceChance outreach program and continued training there through the Professional Division, under the tutelage of Peter Boal, Bruce Wells, and Elaine Bauer, among others.  She performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Coppélia, Ronald Hynd’s Sleeping Beauty, and Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. With the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, she performed in Balanchine’s Chaconne, Who Cares?, and Cortege Hongrois, as well as originated leading roles in Bruce Wells’ Hansel and Gretel and Pinocchio, Kiyon Gaines’ 10:”UN” A’Frayed Edges, and Barry Kerollis’ The Anxiety Variations.  She furthered her training with summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet School of Canada, Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.  

Alice has danced professionally with American Repertory Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Oakland Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Convergence Ballet Company, and ARC Dance.  Her repertoire highlights include featured roles in Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, Kirk Peterson’s The Eyes that Gently Touch, Trinette Singleton’s Dreams Interrupted, Douglas Martin’s Firebird, Patrick Corbin’s Caress, and George Balanchine’s Serenade.  

Alice has also danced for the San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Pacific Musicworks, University of Washington School of Music, Seattle Symphony, and Seattle International Dance Festival. In addition, she performs burlesque with Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann Presents under the stage name Asteria Mei.  She is a principal dancer in the 2014 movie ‘Christmas Dreams’ and has performed as a magician’s assistant for Ed Alonzo. She also performs on aerial silks, sling, and trapeze.  

Alice graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with her Bachelor of Science in Computing and Software Systems in 2010.

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