The Summer Course housing cost for 2015 is $3,100. Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, as demand exceeds capacity. The residence fee includes a bus pass.
PNBS provides safe, supervised housing for Summer Course students ages 12–18 in Levels IV through VIII. The Residence is a secure building located on the picturesque campus of Seattle Pacific University in a quiet residential neighborhood approximately 1.5 miles from PNBS. We are the only group occupying the Residence. Cable TV and wireless internet access are provided. Other features include a comfortable main lounge with grand piano, a theater-style TV lounge with big-screen TV, separate lounges and kitchenettes with refrigerators on each floor, two large, well-equipped laundry rooms, an ice machine, and quiet study rooms. The bathrooms and kitchenettes were recently renovated. All students are assigned to spacious double or triple rooms with boys and girls on separate floors and counselors living on each floor. Ample space is provided for co-ed socializing, supervised by Residence staff, while each living floor also has a single-sex lounge. Daily custom bus transportation to and from the Residence is provided. Emphasis is placed on creative, delicious, and highly nutritious meals, served in SPU's Gwinn Commons cafeteria.
The Residence is staffed by experienced and friendly adult counselors who live on-site to ensure a safe, congenial atmosphere and individual attention given to all residents. An extensive program of chaperoned activities is offered exclusively to Residence students to enhance their stay in the Pacific Northwest, including live theatre and dance performances, scenic ferry rides on Puget Sound, trips to the Experience Music Project museum, city tours, a Seattle Mariners baseball game, shopping trips, Wild Waves & Enchanted Village amusement parks, Puget Sound and lakeside beaches and the nationally acclaimed Woodland Park Zoo – as well as a trip to the top of the Space Needle. Birthday cakes, movie nights, craft nights, a talent show, and seminars by PNB School consulting staff members are all part of student life at the Residence. Optional shuttle service to and from the airport is available, chaperoned by PNB School staff.
The Residence's location in a thriving, world-class city is a tremendous asset for Summer Course students. Seattle is a major trade center, popular tourist destination, and gateway to Canada and the Pacific Rim. The city is surrounded by water and mountains, providing daily photo opportunities with seagulls, bridges, ferryboats, and snow-capped peaks.
David Jensen is Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Residence Director. He grew up in Olympia, Washington, and earned a B.A. in English and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington. Dave has been a public school teacher for fifteen years; he taught high school for ten years before moving to his current position as an English and language arts teacher at Tillicum Middle School in Bellevue, Washington, in 2010. He has been a member of the Summer Residence staff since 1995 and has also served PNB School in the roles of Registrar and Eastside Administrative Assistant. For his duties as Summer Residence bus driver, he holds a commercial driver’s license with passenger and air brake endorsements.
Patrick Cho serves as PNB’s Assistant Residence Director and is returning for his 12th summer at the Residence. Patrick is a native of Federal Way, Washington, where he is a middle school art and humanities teacher. Patrick earned his B.A. in Developmental Psychology from Duke University and his M.A. in Teaching from the University of Washington. In addition to his administrative duties assisting the Residence Director, Patrick is also one of our boys’ Group Counselors.
Kirsten Allman is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory, as well as summer intensives at The Rock School, Miami City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and five summers at PNB. After a year in PNB’s Professional Division, she danced professionally with Louisville Ballet before enrolling at Indiana University, where she recently earned her B.S. in General Studies with a minor in Psychology. While attending college, Kirsten has taught at Fort Wayne School of Dance, Diva Danceworks by Amber, and New American Youth Ballet. She will be continuing her education with graduate study in physical therapy. Kirsten has been a Summer Residence Counselor since 2011.
Juanita Araque is from Louisville, Kentucky. She received her early ballet training from Louisville Ballet School and flamenco training from Ballet Español. She attended and performed at SERBA (RDA) festivals and received summer scholarships across the country, including Joffrey Ballet NY and Craft of Choreography (PNB). After high school, Juanita joined Louisville Ballet Company as a trainee. She recently finished her third season with Fort Wayne Ballet as a dancer and teacher. This will be Juanita's second summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB.
Nadine Barton was born in California. She began her classical ballet training with Orlando Ballet, then later trained in Miami at the Artistic Dance Center of Doral. She also studied at Miami City Ballet and has danced with Oklahoma City Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, and the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. Nadine has taught at Artistic Dance Center in Doral, Florida, and has received awards for her dancing and choreography at YAGP, YoungArts, and the American Dance Competition. She is currently a company member at Alabama Ballet.
Lauren Baznik is a former PNB Summer Course student who currently dances with Switzerland’s Ballet Zurich. She is a graduate of the Princess Grace Academy of Dance in Monte Carlo, Monaco and has also studied at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. Lauren has been recognized as a Semi-Finalist in the International Ballet Competition VARNA, and 1st and 2nd Place at YAGP Chicago. She has extensive experience as a camp counselor in her hometown of Naperville, Illinois.
Ezra Dickinson is a Washington native who began dancing at the age of four at Nancy White's School of Ballet in Bellingham. A member of the Summer Residence staff for ten years, he began his training at Pacific Northwest Ballet at the age of eight and continued training at PNB on full scholarship for the next twelve years, including two years in the Professional Division. After leaving PNB, he attended Cornish College of the Arts on full scholarship, graduating Cum Laude with a BFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography. Ezra has danced for Zoe/Juniper, Dayna Hanson, Mark Haim, Mary Sheldon Scott, Amy O'Neal, Kent Stowell, Wade Madsen, Kabby Mitchell, Penny Hutchinson, Bruce Wells, Zan Yamashita, Ho Ho-Do, Deborah Wolf, Pat Hon, Iyun Harrison, Rainbow Fletcher, Seattle Dance Project and The Castaways. His choreography through performance and on film has been commissioned by On The Boards, TEDX Rainer, Seattle City Hall, Highline College, Seattle International Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, AMFEST Russia, Jaipur International Film Festival, Shorts Premiere Chile, Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival Next Dance Cinema, Northwest New Works Festival, ACT Theater, Moore Inside Out, Heathrow Airport, Henry Art Gallery, 911 media arts center, Velocity's Next Fest Northwest, Zocalo Mexico City, Spectrum Dance Theatre, City Arts Genre Bender, Velocity's Made In Seattle and The Northwest Film Forum. Ezra is currently dancing for The Maureen Whiting Company, The Murphy/Lachow Company, Tahni Holt, Tamin Totzke and HYPERNOVA, as well as creating choreography for Kyle Loven. He is also developing a new full-length solo work set to premier in the fall of 2016 and developing new performances for The Offshore Project. Find out more at www.ezradickinson.com.
Vivi DiMarco is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she received her B.S. in Chemistry (with honors). She is currently a company dancer with Ballet Nebraska, and has also choreographed on the company. She has danced professionally with Ballet Vero Beach in Florida and The Montgomery Ballet in Alabama, and as Trainee with Joffrey Ballet, Chicago. Her earlier dance training was at Lou Conte Dance Studio (of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Ruth Page School of Dance, and School of DanceWest Ballet. Vivi has worked with young people in a variety of settings: as a dance teacher at a number of studios, as an academic tutor, and as a church youth group leader.
Juliet Greenblatt began her dance training at the School of the Hartford Ballet. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts Management from Ithaca College, where she minored in dance and was Artistic Director of the Rock Hard Dance Company. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant and Residential Advisor at the Center for Creative Youth, located at Wesleyan University. Juliet has also held administrative positions with musical theatre and artist management companies.
Tyler Gum attended Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Summer Course student for four years. He has also studied at Walnut Hill, The Harid Conservatory, Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, and the University of Arizona. Tyler has taught at the Ballet West Academy Summer Intensive and currently dances with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also a visual artist and children’s book illustrator.
Sasha Habash is from Orange County, California, where she trained at Danse Conservatory. She spent summers training at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Texas Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Chicago, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. Sasha graduated from Chapman University with a B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising and minors in Business Administration and English, and she will graduate in June 2015 with an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. Sasha has worked as Registrar for Anaheim Ballet and is currently a Development Intern at Seattle Repertory Theatre. She is a third-year returning Summer Residence counselor.
Laurel Simon is from Seattle, but currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas. She trained at PNB School for six years, along with summer courses at The Boston Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Laurel was a Ballet Performance major at the University of Oklahoma and also pursued a second major in Multidisciplinary Studies: Technical and Critical Theatre. After graduation, she danced for Ballet Arkansas. She currently dances with New Creation Dance Company, a professional contemporary group. In addition, she has worked as a stagehand for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. This will be Laurel’s fifth summer as a Residence Counselor.
Ranleigh Starling is a Seattle native who studied dance in the preparatory division at Cornish College of the Arts and at Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. After spending nine summers as a child at Camp Sealth on nearby Vashon Island, she later returned to work there as a counselor. Ranleigh earned her B.A. from Bennington College with concentrations in Lighting Design, Dance, and Architecture. She has worked in administrative and teaching roles in the dance division of Vashon Allied Arts, as a production intern at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and is currently a Lighting Design Intern with Seattle Repertory Theatre.
“My husband and I really appreciate how organized and thorough you and your staff are about keeping track of all these students this summer. It really gives peace of mind that they are accounted for at all times and they are safe. Thanks for all you do!”
— PNBS 2014 Summer Course Parent, Federal Way, WA