Setting the Barre

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s newest principal ballerina is thinking about the future in finery that’s on pointe.


In a career defined by movement, it’s no surprise that Pacific Northwest Ballet’s (PNB) Angelica Generosa’s personal style takes cues from gear worn by professional dancers: defined by comfort and clean lines. This means that she’s on the hunt for timeless pieces and elegant silhouettes in the form of tapered pants and cashmere sweaters. Her time spent training in New York City introduced her to street style, which she credits for her love of vintage designer handbags that add dimension to her wardrobe.

White sweater: Aritzia (; navy blue pants: Uniqlo (; black boots: Nordstrom (; handbag with gold chain: Dior (; silver and gold watch: Movado (; earrings: Nordstrom (


Generosa started her ballet career in New Jersey, thanks to encouraging parents hoping to focus her boundless energy. It worked. Generosa joined PNB as an apprentice and was promoted to a principal dancer — ballet’s highest rank — last November. This has special significance to the trendsetter, a proud Filipina, who admits that she “didn’t see many dancers that look like me.” Generosa hopes to use this platform to inspire and encourage a new generation of dancers.

Gray trench jacket: Club Monaco (; hunter green turtleneck: Uniqlo (; tan patterned pants: Rag and Bone (; black boots: Nord-strom (; earrings: Nordstrom (


Off stage, Generosa makes time to coach up-and-coming talent at various ballet schools, including Chautauqua Institution’s dance program, where she trained previously. She also has performed as a guest artist at the Vail International Dance Festival, Ballet Hawaii, and at Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue. The latter is familiar to Generosa in more ways than one; her first shopping experience after moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2011 took place at Bellevue Square.

Angelica Generosa’s Go-To Places to Shop: Club Monaco, Aritzia, and Uniqlo

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