The PNBA succeeded in presenting the Joffrey Ballet in Seattle but faced difficulties along the way. As early as 1966, members of the Seattle theater community questioned why PNBA was supporting touring companies like the Joffrey instead of local talent. PNBA listened, and in October of 1971, they pledged to support the First Chamber Dance Company, a local group of five dancers led by Charles Bennett. Unfortunately, PNBA’s backing of First Chamber Dance Company would not last long. In 1972, Seattle was in the midst of the “Boeing Bust,” and like many Seattleites and organizations, PNBA was struggling financially. First Chamber Dance Company faced bankruptcy, and the PNBA defaulted on their payments to the group. With both the dire financial situation and the negative press it caused, the PNBA needed help, and fast.
Luckily for PNBA, Glynn Ross (1914-2005), the director of the Seattle Opera, was eager to help. Ross offered the PNBA a large loan and proposed that they act as a wing of the Seattle Opera. With few options, the PNBA happily agreed to Ross’ idea. On November 20, 1972, PNBA filed its articles of incorporation, and the company we now know as Pacific Northwest Ballet was formed! The newfound company renamed itself the Pacific Northwest Dance Ballet Company (PNDC) and began a fund drive of $32,000.