Danielle Downey

Corps de Ballet
Danielle Downey

Social Media 

Instagram: @danielle.ragghianti




Born in Charlotte, NC

Grew up in Erie, PA


Lake Erie Ballet School

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Graduate Program


Joined PBT as an Apprentice in 2007

Promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2008

  • Alice in Wonderland (Derek Deane)
  • The Concert (Jerome Robbins)
  • Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes (Mark Morris)
  • Giselle (Terrence S. Orr)
  • La Bayadère (Marius Petipa)
  • Le Corsaire (Marius Petipa)
  • Maelstrom (Mark Morris)
  • Nine Sinatra Songs (Twyla Tharp)
  • The Nutcracker (Terrance S. Orr)
  • Octet (Twyla Tharp)
  • Peter Pan (Jorden Morris)
  • Petite Mort (Jiří Kylián)
  • Rubies (George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust)
  • Sandpaper Ballet (Mark Morris)
  • Sinfonietta (Jiří Kylián)
  • Swan Lake (Terrence S. Orr)
  • Western Symphony (George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust)

Summer Intensives with Boston Ballet School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

  • Husband – Blake
  • Children – Nova (2) and Alberta (newborn)
  • Dog – Quincy (Old English Sheepdog)


What has your favorite role been? Why?

I have always loved “Elegance” in The Nutcracker. It was the first solo role I was given a year or two after joining the company. It was so intimidating to me then, but after performing it many times per run over 10-15 seasons, I think I really grew into the role and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Who would play you in a movie?

Nicole Kidman

If I weren’t a ballet dancer, I would be…

A flower farmer. When I’m not dancing I grow specialty varieties of cut flowers for farm-fresh bouquets, florists, bi-weekly subscriptions and events.