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. Students attend class Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. PNBS Summer Course also offers students seminars by physicians and dance specialists on a wide variety of topics relevant to the young dancer including nutrition, injury prevention, music, strength and conditioning, foot health, and pointe shoe care.
|IV & V||Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars*|
|VI||Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Pas de Deux (if enrollment permits), Pilates Mat Class and Seminars*|
|VII & VIII||Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Pas de Deux, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars*|
PNBConditioning is designed to develop core strength, promote long, lean muscles and increase a dancer’s range of movement and flexibility. All Summer Course students participate in weekly Pilates Mat classes. Students in Levels VI through VIII may sign up for Pilates apparatus classes for an additional fee. Information on apparatus classes is mailed to registered Summer Course students in May.
Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, as demand exceeds capacity. The residence fee includes daily transportation. 2020 Residence Cost: TBA.
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.
Summer Course Residence Staff
David Jensen is Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Residence Director. This will be his 25th PNB Summer Course. 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 many years and 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. In addition, Dave is one of our Summer Residence bus drivers, and holds a commercial driver’s license with all required endorsements.
“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
|Level IV & V & Young Men||TBA|
|Weekly Schedule: Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars|
|Weekly Schedule: Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Repertory, Variations, Adagio (if enrollment permits), Pilates Mat Class, and Seminars|
|Level VII & VIII & Men||TBA|
|Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Adagio, Pilates Mat Class, and Seminars|
|The Residence: Room and Board||TBA|
A limited number of scholarships are awarded on the basis of dance talent and financial need. For more information, please contact us.
Can I audition by DVD or videotape?
We prefer students attend one of our scheduled auditions (see below for Audition Tour dates and locations). DVD/video auditions accepted only in extreme circumstances or from international students, who cannot attend a scheduled audition. DVD/video submissions will be reviewed after the Summer Course Audition Tour concludes, and only if space is available in the program at that time. Scholarships are not awarded to those students accepted via DVD/video. For more information, please contact the school at email@example.com.
When will I find out the results of the audition?
Audition results will be e-mailed within 2-3 weeks of the audition date. No critique of the audition will be given. Results for auditions held closer to the Summer Course registration deadline will be emailed within a few days of the audition date.
Is there a maximum age to audition?
Students must be between 12–18 years old for Summer Course and no older than 18 years at the time of audition. Exceptions can be made in special circumstances at the discretion of Denise Bolstad.
What age group should I audition if I am one age at the audition and a different age when Summer Course begins?
Students should audition in the age group according to their age at the time of the audition. Students who are 11 years old at the time of the audition but will be 12 years old by the first day of Summer Course are eligible to audition in the 12-year-old group.
What should I expect at the audition?
PNB auditions consist of a full technique class, with pointe work in the last 10-15 minutes of class. There are no eliminations during the audition; all students will participate in a full class.
PNB Faculty/staff who are conducting auditions are sensitive to varying age differences if all ages are together in one audition.
What should I bring to the audition?
There is a $45 audition fee (payable by cash or check; no credit cards). Registration begins half hour prior to the audition time, and students will be instructed to complete an audition form. No resumes or photos are required.
Students should wear regular class attire (any leotard color is allowed); women should bring pointe shoes.
How do I apply for the year round program?
Students interested in the year round program must attend the Summer Course. Students complete and submit a written application and are then evaluated and interviewed. Those invited to stay for 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Additional financial awards will most likely be made after the Summer Course registration deadline at the end of February.
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.
2020 Audition Tour
Audition information: To audition, students must be 12 to 18 years of age during the 2020 Summer Course. Registration with a $45 fee begins ½ hour prior to audition. Students should wear regular class attire and bring pointe shoes; no photos or resumes. Audition results will be mailed within one month.
Saturday, February 8
1:30 p.m. ages 8-12 (Francia Russell Center Summer Course)
4:00 p.m. ages 13-18 (Seattle Summer Course)
Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center
705 Opera Alley
Tacoma, WA 98402
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.