Apprentice since 2017
Gretchen was raised in Austin, Texas, and began her dance education under the umbrella of Tapestry Dance Company where she first pursued a multiform dance education. While there, she received training from Grace Holmes and David Justin. At 15, she moved from home to train with Boston Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Program under the direction of Margaret Tracey. After attending a summer course at Pacific Northwest Ballet, she joined its Professional Division under the direction of Peter Boal. While in Seattle, Gretchen received training from diverse and talented faculty, performed in numerous company productions, and originated new roles through PNB Next Step choreographic program. During her first year at PNB, she was offered the opportunity to work with Dresden Semperoper Ballet and spent two months performing La Bayadére in Germany. Gretchen has attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet School, Ballet Austin, and Suzanne Farrell.