REACH Student Dance Group

Shadou Mintrone
Photo © Gabriel Bienczycki

A collaboration between Pacific Northwest Ballet and Spectrum Dance Theatre, REACH is an intensive dance workshop program, offered in two independent 8-week sessions for students ages 11-15. Participants create new piece of choreography with local dance artists, collaborating and experiencing a professional choreographer’s unique creative process. Each session culminates in a performance at McCaw Hall!

Fall Session, 2014
Contemporary Jazz with Spectrum Dance Theater Company Member, Shadou Mintrone

Rehearsals: Saturdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm, September 20-November 8
Performance: November 15, 2014 at 2:00pm, McCaw Hall
Space is limited. For more information, or to register, email

The Fall REACH session, Contemporary Jazz with Shadou Mintrone,  will blend traditional/classical jazz dance, jazz funk and lyrical jazz. Warm ups, center work and progressions include a focus on isolation and rhythm, stretch and strengthening and knowledge of contemporary and classic jazz steps and choreography. Originally from Southwest Florida, Shadou Mintrone is a graduate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Throughout college she worked under the direction of many choreographers such as Christopher Huggins, Gary Jeter, Ronen Koresh and Scott Jovovich. Since moving to Seattle, Shadou has had the opportunity to perform in Chop Shop, Velocity Fall Kick Off, Bumbershoot, Seattle International Science Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, and the 5th Avenue Theaters production of Oklahoma! This is her third year with Spectrum.

Eric Hipolito Jr. Photo © Lindsay Thomas

Winter Session, 2015
Choreography with Pacific Northwest Ballet Company Member, Eric Hipolito Jr.

Rehearsals: Saturdays from 4:00-5:30pm, January 17-March 14 (no class on 2/14)
Performance: March 21, 2015 at 11:30am, McCaw Hall
Space is limited. For more information, or to register, email

The Winter REACH session, Choreography with Eric Hipolito Jr., is designed to introduce technical, choreographic, and performance aspects of dance. Designed for dancers of all levels, this session will enhance the understanding and engagement of how dance is learned, created, and then presented to an audience. Eric Hipolito Jr. is from Seattle, Washington. He trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, beginning as a DanceChance student in 1998. He attended summer courses at San Francisco Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and was a 2008 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. Eric joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer in 2008, becoming the first Pacific Northwest Ballet School DanceChance student to join the Company.


$125 per session or $200 for both sessions
Scholarships available. To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship request form and return it with your registration form.

REACH Photo Gallery

PNB is a proud member of:

Americans for the Arts
ArtsED Washington
Dance Educators Association of Washington
National Dance Education Organization
Washington State Arts Alliance

PNB is Affiliated With:

Eastside Arts Coalition
Dance USA
Seattle Public Schools
Arts Impact/Puget Sound ESD

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