Chalnessa Eames

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Chalnessa Eames
Born 1978 (age 36–37)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Ballet dancer
Current group Whim W'Him
Former groups Royal Winnipeg Ballet (1998-2001)
Pacific Northwest Ballet (2001-2011)

Chalnessa Eames (born 1978)[1] is a ballet dancer who performed with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Eames was born in Los Angeles, California.[3] She is one of five children born to Rebecca (Becky) and David Eames.[4] From the age of three, she grew up in Bellingham, Washington,[3] where she studied ballet at the Nancy Whyte School of Ballet and the Morca Academy of Performing Arts.[1] She then moved to Eugene (Oregon) to work with Kathleen Smith Epstein, who taught using the Vaganova syllabus. Classes were very strict and for a year it was just her in class! She worked with her for two years, from ages 12–14, and then felt she needed to move on for high school.[5]

She auditioned for Harid Conservatory [Boca Raton, Florida] (auditions were held at PNB) and received a two-year scholarship. She attended summer programs at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and completed her final year of training at Winnipeg.[2][3]


In 1996, at the age of 18, she joined Royal Winnipeg Ballet,[2] as an apprentice and was promoted to the corps de ballet the following year.[1] She joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2001, where she was promoted to soloist in 2007.[2] Eames left the Pacific Northwest Ballet in June 2011.[6][7] She currently performs with Olivier Wevers' Whim W'Him dance company.[8][9]

Leading roles[edit]

Eames has danced leading roles which include:[2]

She also originated the leading roles in:[2]

Other work[edit]

Eames danced in Guy Maddin's 2002 film Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary.[2][10]

Personal life[edit]

Eames is married to Ash Modha,[1][11] the CEO and co-founder of the Mondetta Clothing Company.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Loisel, Brooke (2010). "Act II: Life After Ballet". Klipsun magazine. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Chalnessa Eames". Pacific Northwest Ballet. Archived from the original on August 24, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Speer, Dean; Timlin, Francis (March 2008). "Pacific Northwest Ballet Soloist Chalnessa Eames". Ballet-Dance Magazine. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Obituary: David Alan Eames". Skagit Valley Herald. November 19, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Speer, Dean; Timlin, Francis (March 2008). "Pacific Northwest Ballet Soloist Chalnessa Eames". Ballet-Dance Magazine. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  6. ^ Sillman, Marcie (June 16, 2011). "Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Encore, or Why I Will Miss Chalnessa Eames". Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ Gaynor, Rosie (April 6, 2011). "PNB’s Encore Celebrates Eight Departing Dancers". SeattleDances. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chalnessa Eames". Whim W'Him. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ van Baker, Michael (January 22, 2012). "From Whim W’Him, Sex Kittens and Sex Kills". The SunBreak. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)". Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ Fuhrer, Margaret (February–March 2010). "Inside Chalnessa Eames' Dance Bag image". Pointe Magazine. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ Woolman, Avi (April 21, 2011). "Exclusive Interview With MPG Sport Founder". Retrieved February 3, 2012.