Lillian DiPiazza and Sterling Baca (Pennsylvania Ballet) in Switch, choreography Matthew Neenan. Shot at Panama Ballet Festival Gala concert, 28.7.2019 in Panama City.
Lillian DiPiazza is a Principal Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet. Her hometown is Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Lillian DiPiazza began her dance training at Maryland Youth Ballet. Lillian joined Pennsylvania Ballet in 2008 as a member of PBII. She was promoted to apprentice for our 2009/2010 season, corps de ballet for 2011/2012, and soloist for 2013/2014. In 2016, she was promoted to the rank of principal dancer. In 2014, Lillian was profiled for Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” section. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed feature film Black Swan. Lillian was named the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts winner in dance.
Sterling Baca is a Principal Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet. His hometown is Larkspur, Colorado, USA. Sterling Baca began his training at age 11 at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and later with world-renowned instructor German Zamuel. He then studied with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), at first attending five of their summer intensive programs (as a National Training and Bender Foundation Scholar) and later in their elite pre-professional program at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School with full scholarship. Sterling danced with American Ballet Theatre, where he began in 2010 as a member of their second company. He was invited to join the main company as an apprentice in May 2011 and soon after promoted to the corps de ballet in December of that same year. Sterling joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a Principal Dancer for our 2016/2017 season. Sterling also appeared on season 4 of Dance212, a popular online series that follows dancers trying to make it in New York City. As well, he was in the short film, On a Grass Field, which won Best Short Film at the 2014 New Jersey Golden Door Film Festival. In January 2016, Sterling was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine for their “25 to Watch” issue.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of Panama Ballet Festival, special thanks to Ivan Sepulveda