Kathleen Breen Combes
Kathleen Breen Combes trained with Magda Aunon at the Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique, the HARID Conservatory, and The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 2000 she joined the Washington Ballet as an apprentice and joined the main company in 2002.
She joined Boston Ballet in 2003 and was promoted to second soloist in 2005, soloist in 2007, and to principal dancer in 2009.
Hailed by The New York Times as a “ballerina of colossal scale and boldness” Breen Combes has performed a broad variety of works including the title roles in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Maina Gielgud’s Giselle, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Balanchine’s Coppelia, and Jorma Elo’s Carmen. Combes has also danced the leading roles in Rudolph Nureyev’s Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes), Florence Clerc’s La Bayadere (Gamzatti), Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dewdrop), Asaf Messerer's Spring Waters pas de deux, Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Second Detail, Wayne McGregor’s Chrome, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Jerome Robbins Antique Epigraphs and Fancy Free, Jiří Kylián's Falling Angels, Petite Mort, Wings of Wax, Bella Figura, Tar and Feathers and No More Play, and George Balanchine's Symphony in 3 Movements, Serenade, Apollo, La Valse, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prodigal Son, Symphony in C, Rubies, and Diamonds
Breen Combes was awarded the Lefkowitz Award for Special Achievement at the New York International Ballet Competition at Lincoln Center in 2003 and she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine in 2007. In 2012 she was nominated for the prestigious Benois de la Danse award for her portrayal of Juliet in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and Titania in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was invited to perform at the Bolshoi Theatre. Breen Combes has also performed in numerous galas worldwide.