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Kathleen Breen Combes

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Kathleen Breen Combes
  • ballet dancer
  • executive director
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Yury Yanowsky
Current groupFestival Ballet Providence
Former groupsThe Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet

Kathleen Breen Combes is an American ballet dancer. She was a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet until 2019, when she retired to join Festival Ballet Providence as executive director.[1]

Early life

Breen Combes was born in Rockville Centre, New York. She is of Irish ancestry.[2] She trained in ballet at Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique, the Harid Conservatory, and The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.[3] The daughter of a Pilates instructor, she became certified in Pilates when she was nineteen years old.[4]


Breen Combes joined The Washington Ballet as an apprentice in 2000 and became a member of main company in 2002. She joined Boston Ballet in 2003. She was promoted to second soloist in 2005, soloist in 2007, and principal dancer in 2009.[5][6] Her professional repertoire has included classical ballets, neo-classical ballets by George Balanchine, and works by John Cranko, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, and Jorma Elo. In 2003 she was awarded the Lefkowitz Award for Special Achievement at the New York International Ballet Competition at Lincoln Center. In 2007 she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and has also been featured in Pointe.[5][7] She was nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse Award in 2012 for her portrayal of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Queen Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and was later invited to dance at the Bolshoi Theatre.[8][9]

She has also danced in Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadère, The Taming of the Shrew, Lady of the Camellias, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Le Spectre de la rose, Spring Waters Pas de Deux, Jewels, Coppélia, Apollo, Symphony in Three Movements, The Four Temperaments, The Prodigal Son, Serenade, La Valse, Episodes, Ballo della Regina, Divertimento No. 15, Mozartiana, Who Cares?, and Allegro Brillante.[8]

Personal life

In 2010 Breen Combes married Spanish ballet dancer and choreographer Yury Yanowsky, who she danced with at Boston Ballet, in a ceremony in the Canary Islands. They have one daughter, Cora.

While dancing with Boston Ballet, Breen Combes enrolled at Northeastern University. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in organizational communications and management. She is currently in the graduate program for non-profit management. She is the founder of the blog LeadHERship.[10]


  1. ^ "Kathleen Breen Combes to retire from Boston Ballet, become executive director of Festival Ballet Providence". Boston Globe. March 14, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "'Nutcracker's' Snow Queen has a love affair with dancing - Boston Irish Reporter".
  3. ^ "Boston Ballet". 8 October 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-10-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Technique My Way: Kathleen Breen Combes". Dance Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "About". Kathleen Breen Combes.
  6. ^ "Principal Dancer Kathleen Breen Combes on What Inspired Her New Website and Plans for the Future".
  7. ^ "Boston Ballet Principal Kathleen Breen Combes' Style is Feminine and Flirty". Pointe. 26 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b "The Company | Kathleen Breen Combes". Boston Ballet. Retrieved 2019-04-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Kathleen Breen Combes - The School at Jacob's Pillow Dance 2016".
  10. ^ Stories, Local. "Meet Kathleen Breen Combes of Artistic LeadHERship - Boston Voyager Magazine - Boston City Guide".
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