Jessica McCann comes from Los Angeles, California where she grew up dancing. Her later training includes a year with Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet in San Francisco, and with American Ballet Theatre in New York City, before joining PBT’s Pre-Professional Program in 2013, and performing with the company as an apprentice in 2014. McCann joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2015 and was chosen for Pointe Magazine‘s top 10 Stars of the Corps in 2016, advancing to a Soloist in 2020.
Her Classical/Neo-Classical repertoire includes: Odette/Odile in Susan Jaffe’s Swan Lake; Rubies Principal Couple and Diamonds soloist in George Balanchine’s Jewels. Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty; Peasant Pas de Deux and Zulma Demi soloist in Giselle; The Sugar Plum Fairy, Marie, Arabian and The Snow Queen in The Nutcracker; Spring Waters pas de deux; Cinderella Act II Ballroom pas de deux by Christopher Wheeldon; Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Divertimento No.15 and Western Symphony; Giselle act II pas de deux; Kitri in Don Quixote act III Grand pas de deux; a Soloist in Paquita Grand Pas Classique from Act III; an Odalisque in Le Corsaire; a Harlot in Derek Deans Romeo and Juliet.
Her Contemporary repertoire includes: Principal in William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Sechs Tänze and Sinfonietta; Anita in West Side Story Suite and The First Girl in Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins; Featured roles in Helen Pickett’s Petal and The Exiled; Dwight Rhoden’s Ava Maria; Aszure Barton’s Awáa | Duet; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Lacrimosa duet and La Pluie duet; Soloist in Kyle Abraham’s The Quiet Dance and featured role in Nacho Duato’s Duende.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has commissioned McCann to choreograph several new works throughout the years. This is her 9th season with the company and she is happily married to PBT Principal Yoshiaki Nakano.