Ian Hussey

Principal Dancer

The Deborah & Kurt Hilzinger Principal Dancer

Meet Ian

Hometown: Westmont, NJ
Ian Hussey began his ballet instruction at age nine with the Rock School for Dance Education and continued his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in 2001 under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. As well, Ian had attended summer intensives (on scholarship) at the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, among others.

Ian joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a member of PBII. After becoming an apprentice, he was promoted to the corps de ballet for our 2007/2008 season. In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of soloist and then to principal dancer for our 2012/2013 season. Since joining the company, Ian has taken the stage in featured roles that include Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove and Nine Sinatra Songs, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert and Other Dances, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain and Swan Lake, and the Divertissement Pas de Deux in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has created leading roles in ballets for such renowned choreographers as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose, Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella, Trey McIntyre’s The Accidental, and Matthew Neenan’s Pampeana No. 2, Penumbra, Keep, and At the border.

In May 2014, Ian was featured in Margo Sappington’s Under the Sun Pas de Deux during the PBS nationwide broadcast of “Pennsylvania Ballet at 50.”


“Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”
– Dr. Oliver Sacks, in his essay “My Own Life”


Ian has been the producing director for the one-night-only benefit show “Shut Up & Dance,” in which all proceeds go to the charitable nonprofit MANNA.


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Performance Highlights

With Pennsylvania Ballet:

  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier)
  • Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried, Von Rothbart)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desiré)
  • Le Corsaire (Lankendem)
  • Cinderella (Prince)
  • Giselle (Count Albrecht)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Romeo)
  • La Fille Mal Gardée (Alain)


  • It goes that way (world premiere)
  • TILT (world premiere)
  • Somnolence (world premiere)
  • Ghost Stories (world premiere)
  • Chicken Bone Brain (world premiere)
  • Grace Action (world premiere)
  • The Accidental (world premiere)
  • Rush (company premiere)
  • Without Words (company premiere)
  • The Third Light (company premiere)
  • O zlozony/O composite (company premiere)
  • Chroma (company premiere)
  • DGV (company premiere)
  • The Second Detail (company premiere)
  • Petite Mort (company premiere)


  • Jewels (Emeralds, Rubies)
  • The Four Temperaments (Melancholic)
  • Western Symphony (First Movement)
  • Fancy Free (Second Sailor)
  • Matthew Neenan’s Carmina Burana
  • In the middle, somewhat elevated
  • John Butler’s Carmina Burana (White Solo)
  • Lambarena
  • Kazimir’s Colours
  • Artifact Suite  (Pas de Deux 1)
  • Agon (First Pas de Trois)
  • Serenade

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