Jessica McCann, of Los Angeles, California, joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2015. Her past training includes a year with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in San Francisco and American Ballet Theatre in New York, before joining PBT’s Pre-Professional Program in 2013.
Since joining the company, McCann has performed in many featured roles, such as the Principal Couple in George Balanchine’s Rubies; the lead in William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Princess Florine in the Blue Bird Pas de Deux, Diamond Variation, and the Fairy of Abundance and The Canary Fairy in Terrence S. Orr’s The Sleeping Beauty; Pas de Trois and Cygnets in Orr’s Swan Lake; Zulma Demi Soloist in Orr’s Giselle; Anita in West Side Story Suite and the First Girl in Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins; Dwight Rhoden’s Ava Maria; and the Sugar Plum Fairy, Marie, Arabian and Snow Queen in Orr’s The Nutcracker.
Other memorable performances include Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Sechs Tänze and Sinfonietta; The Cook in Derek Deane’s Alice in Wonderland; a Harlot in Derek Deane’s Romeo and Juliet; and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire. McCann has also performed in George Balanchine’s Divertimento No.15 and Western Symphony; Antony Tudor’s Jardin Aux Lilas; Mark Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet; Ben Stevenson’s Dracula; Spring Waters Pas de Deux; as well as PBT productions of Beauty and The Beast and La Bayadère.
For its 2017-2018 main-stage season, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre commissioned McCann to choreograph a new work, the silver line., which made its world premiere in March 2018. She has also created Amoeba, a new work for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Graduate Program premiered at their end-of-year showcase in 2019. McCann has done guesting outside of the U.S. in Japan and Bermuda, where she has both danced and choreographed. She was asked to judge the World Dream Ballet Competition in Osaka, Japan in 2018. McCann was also chosen for Pointe Magazine’s top 10 “Stars of the Corps” for 2016.