- Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
- Allegheny Ballet
School of American Ballet
- Company Membership
Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2012
Jillian Harvey has danced featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Giselle’s Friends), Nutcracker (Spanish and French), and Swan Lake (Aristocrats and Czardas Princess), and Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Bridesmaids). She created corps de ballet roles in Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings and Tomasson’s Caprice.
Her repertory includes Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (1st and 4th movements), Coppélia, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, Serenade, and 4th movement and finale from Symphony in C; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Cranko’s Onegin; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; Makarova’s (after Petipa) “The Kingdom of the Shades” from La Bayadère, Act II; Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III; Possokhov’s Firebird, The Rite of Spring, and Swimmer; Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy (Chamber Symphony); Robbins’ Glass Pieces; Scarlett’s Hummingbird; Tomasson’s Criss-Cross, The Fifth Season, Prism, Romeo & Juliet, and Trio; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Autumn corps and Courtiers).
Jillian danced in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.
What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?
Dancing Allegro Brilliante on tour in Paris. I had always hoped to dance that ballet someday, and it's probably one of the most challenging corps roles I've ever danced—it's very fast, exciting, and musical. I was unbelievably nervous, but I've never felt so alive on stage.
What's the hardest part about being a dancer that no one knows?
I think the hardest is how consuming it can be. At the end of the day, we don't leave the theater or the studio and stop being a dancer. Your decisions and emotions are so influenced by this profession.
What's your perfect day?
Coffee, a performance with SF Ballet, a nice view, and a long conversation where I can encourage a friend or make them laugh would be a perfect day for me.