Founded in 1974, Pacific Northwest Ballet School is recognized as one of the top three ballet training institutions in the United States. Under the direction of Peter Boal, the School offers a complete, professional curriculum to more than 1,000 students. The School's Open Program attracts 600 teens and adults who wish to pursue recreational dance instruction in a supportive and encouraging setting.
Pacific Northwest Ballet School is divided into three divisions that are designed to challenge students with each year of study.
The Children's Division is divided into Pre-K for ages 2–4, Creative Movement for ages 5–6, Pre-Ballet for age 7, and Children's Division Boy's Class for boys ages 5–7. Students are introduced to music, movement and group interaction.
The Student Division offers eight levels of instruction. Auditions are required for admission and placement is based on age, strength and physical development.
The School's Professional Division offers advanced instruction for those students planning a professional dance career.
The School offers full and partial tuition scholarships to students who demonstrate artistic potential and financial need.
Each year, Pacific Northwest Ballet School holds an intensive, five-week Summer Course that attracts students from around the United States and beyond. Students are admitted by invitation only, based on the results of a national audition tour held in January and February. Other School activities include a Teachers' Seminar, attracting ballet teachers from throughout North America and abroad.
Pacific Northwest Ballet's DanceChance program strives to reach into the community and discover talented, Seattle-area elementary school students. Children who show they have the physical ability to become professional dancers are provided with classical training, allowing them the opportunity they might not otherwise have to pursue a dance career. Students attend classes twice a week on full tuition scholarship with dance attire, transportation and complimentary tickets to company performances provided.