Summer Course

July 6–July 31, 2020

It is with a very heavy heart that we must inform you that we will not be holding in-person classes for our 2020 Summer Course. While the state of Washington is gradually lifting restrictions for businesses and social gatherings, we have consulted with our state public health officials, and there are still too many unknown factors that hinder our ability to responsibly guarantee the safety of our students and staff in a live classroom setting.

Online Summer Course

While we are sad to miss out on in-person classes this year, we are not giving up on our desire to provide a rich Summer Course experience for you. In place of in-person classes, we are in the process of designing an all-online curriculum for Summer Course, which will be led by our esteemed PNB School faculty. We remain committed to limiting class size to allow for personalized instruction.


Our Summer Course curriculum offers serious ballet students the highest caliber of intensive classical training, augmented by a rich diversity of dance forms necessary to meet the eclectic demands of dance companies today. PNBS Summer Course also offers students seminars by physicians and dance specialists on a wide variety of topics relevant to the young dancer including injury prevention, mental health, music, strength and conditioning, and pointe shoe care.

Weekly Schedule

Technique, Pointe, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Circuit Training, and Seminars*

*Seminars may include injury prevention, mental health, and other dance-related topics.

Students attend classes Monday–Friday. Class size is limited and all ballet classes are accompanied by professional pianists.


Due to the current pandemic, PNB School is not able to offer housing for the 2020 Summer Course.


Tuition for all levels of the 4-week 2020 Online Summer Course is $1,000.


How do I apply for the year round program?
Summer Course students in Levels VII and VIII who are interested in applying to the 2020-21 Professional Division program must complete and submit the application by July 1, 2020.

Students interested in the year round program must either attend the 2020 Summer Course or must have attended a prior PNB Summer Course. All students complete and submit a written application. Students who are not attending the 2020 Summer Course must also submit 3 recent videos, including 10 minutes of classwork, 1 classical variation, and 1 contemporary variation.

Those invited to the year round program will be notified by the end of the Summer Course. We generally advise students 16 or younger not to move to Seattle unless a family member is relocating with them. No housing is available during the school year, and students must make their own arrangements for housing and completion of high school courses. Please email Denise Bolstad if you are interested:

Are there scholarships &/or financial aid available?
Pacific Northwest Ballet School determines 98% of its awards at the time of the Summer Course audition. Awards are given for part or full tuition only. Financial aid applications are available for those accepted and in need of assistance. Students must register first to hold a spot in the Summer Course before applying for Financial Aid; once registered, PNB School staff will email the application to the student.


The distinguished faculty of PNBS is dedicated to providing the highest caliber of ballet training to our students. PNBS’s diverse and talented faculty includes current and former dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and National Ballet of Canada, among many others.

Marisa Albee
Lucie Baker
Rachel Berman
Peter Boal
Kirsten Cooper
Nancy Crowley
Michele Curtis
Doug Fullington
Ikolo Griffin
Dana Hanson
Jaret Hughes
Dane Holman
Sam Picart
Jonathan Porretta
Meg Potter
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Abbie Siegel
Josh Spell
Eva Stone
Marjorie Thompson
Julie Tobiason
Jennifer Turner
Alexander Ung
Amber Willett
Le Yin

Audition Tour

Auditions for Summer Course 2021 will take place in January 2021. Plans are underway to determine the best way to conduct these auditions while responsibility adhering to current safety protocols. Stay tuned for updates from PNB School by following @pnb_school on Instagram.


For questions or more information about Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Summer Course, please contact:

Pacific Northwest Ballet School
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Pacific Northwest Ballet School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accepted or made available to the students of the School.

Summer Course Audition Tour Sponsor:

Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the SURDNA Foundation

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)