Jonathan Porretta is from Totowa, New Jersey. He trained on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1999. He was promoted to corps de ballet in 2000, to soloist in 2002, and to principal in 2005.
In 2004, Mr. Stowell choreographed Dual Lish for Mr. Porretta and Noelani Pantastico. He also originated leading roles in Andrew Bartee’s arms that work, Nicolo Fonte’s Almost Tango, Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky, Goecke’s Place a Chill, Kevin O’Day’s [soundaroun(d)ance], Victor Quijada’s Suspension of Disbelief, Christopher Stowell’s Quick Time and Zaïs, and Tharp’s Opus 111 and Waiting at the Station, and a featured role in Dominique Dumais’ Time and other Matter. Other leading roles are… George Balanchine’s Agon, Coppélia (Franz), Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon, Puck), Prodigal Son, Rubies, Square Dance, Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Peasant pas de deux); Todd Bolender’s Souvenirs; Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge, Lambarena and Torque; Alejandro Cerrudo’s Memory Glow; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels and Serious Pleasures; Molissa Fenley’s solo State of Darkness; William Forsythe’s Artifact II, In the middle, somewhat elevated, and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Marco Goecke’s Mopey; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse, Gold and Silver pas de trois, Bluebird pas de deux); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows; Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries; Mark Morris’ A Garden and Kammermusik No. 3; David Parsons’ Caught; Kirk Peterson’s Amazed in Burning Dreams; Marius Petipa’s Paquita; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote (Sancho Panza); Jerome Robbins’ Circus Polka, The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, and Fancy Free; Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella (Prince, Jester), Hail to the Conquering Hero, Nutcracker (Prince), Silver Lining, Swan Lake (Jester), and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio); Richard Tanner’s Ancient Airs and Dances; Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Ballad of You and Me and Mercury; Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring and Voluntaries; Twyla Tharp’s Afternoon Ball, Brief Fling, In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.