Louise Nadeau took her first ballet lesson at the local Girls Club in Pittsfield, MA. She trained with the Cantarella School of Dance in Pittsfield and the Alexandra School of Ballet in St. Louis before moving to New York City at age 15 to attend the School of American Ballet on scholarship. She danced with Basel Ballet under direction of Heinz Spoerli and Kansas City Ballet under direction of Todd Bolender before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Soloist in 1990. She was promoted to Principal in 1992 and retired from the stage with a celebratory gala in June 2009. Her versatility and powerful interpretive skills made her a favorite in full length classical ballets as well as contemporary works. She has performed leading roles in over 25 Balanchine ballets as well as having the good fortune to work with many contemporary choreographers and perform works by Forsythe, Robbins, Limon, Ailey, Caniparoli, Byrd, Tetley, Tharp, Taylor-Corbett, Maillot, Gibson, Wevers, Liang, Taylor and Wheeldon. Her classical repertoire includes Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Widow, Don Quixote and Cinderella.
Ms. Nadeau has performed both nationally and internationally with Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a guest artist. She performed the Divertissement pas de deux in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at the Sadler Well’s Theatre in London. In 2000 she participated in The George Balanchine Foundation’s Interpreters Archive series, dancing excerpts from Balanchine’s Agon, coached by Melissa Hayden.
Upon retiring from the stage in 2009 Ms. Nadeau continued to teach ballet and accepted the position of School Principal for Evergreen City Ballet in September of 2013. She returned to the Pacific Northwest Ballet school faculty in the fall of 2015 where she continues to be a most popular, busy and well-loved instructor.