About Community Education

In support of the Vision and Mission of Pacific Northwest Ballet, PNB’s Community Education programs seek to engage the community through programs and partnerships that provide access and equity. PNB views dance as a fundamental part of education and life.

We Value

Community engagement;
Excellence in dance and education;
Collaboration with our partners;
Lifelong learning in the arts.

PNB Community Education programs are committed to serving ALL members of the community. We believe every child and adult has the ability and merit to dance. Programming is inclusive regardless of race, national origin, disability status, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or gender.

Each year, PNB reaches nearly 20,000 community members, including students, teachers, and families through in-school programming, visits to PNB studios, specially-priced student matinees, and community partnerships.

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IDEA Statement

At the heart of PNB Community Education is the understanding that every student comes to our programs inherently creative – bringing rich personal and cultural resources as they imagine, express, move, and dance. Programming is inclusive, not only regardless of race, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity- but with respect and celebration of all the identities that students bring. PNB Community Education programs strive to celebrate, affirm, and amplify the creativity and possibilities in every student.

Research shows that access to arts education for Seattle youth at public schools is inequitable and can be predicted by race and socioeconomic status. PNB Community Education is proud to partner with local school districts like Seattle Public Schools, Highline School District, and Bellevue School District to help narrow this opportunity gap- because all students have the right to arts education.

PNB Community Education programming values and works towards: 

  • a creative process and classroom culture which empowers students and youth as creative agents
  • building community, connection, and collaboration within classroom communities
  • student-centered, inclusive, & culturally responsive curriculum
  • movement and the arts as fundamental parts of basic education and the human experience

Our programming reflects our values:

  • DISCOVER DANCE and DANCE TO LEARN programs bring high-quality dance education to a given grade level of public school students at their school, including all students.
  • In 2019, 66% of DISCOVER DANCE and DANCE TO LEARN students reported as Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, and/or Multiracial.
  • Teaching artists select and develop curriculum, resources, and music to be responsive to students and school communities.
  • Program materials are provided in 12 languages; based on student needs and teacher requests.
  • Low- and no-cost opportunities to visit PNB virtually and in-person include behind-the-scenes studio Fieldtrips and dedicated Student Matinee performances of mainstage productions at McCaw Hall.
  • PNB’s special education & adaptive dance curricula increase access to dance education for students with disabilities. Teaching artists, in collaboration with school and district staff, identify and facilitate individualized supports for students.
  • Live-captioning and/or ASL interpretation is available at DISCOVER DANCE Community Performances at McCaw Hall.
  • Community Education staff and teaching artists participate in ongoing training and professional development in anti-racist & culturally responsive practices.

In partnership,

Shannon Barnes

PNB Director of Community Education



Shannon Barnes
Director of Community Education
PNB Teaching Artist

Shannon has over 20-years of experience in dance education as both an arts administrator and dance teaching artist. Working with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education Programs since 2002, her work with PNB includes standards-based curriculum design, arts integration, teaching extensively in public schools, program assessment and evaluation, and professional development for classroom teachers and arts educators. Shannon is committed to making dance accessible to a broad range of people. In addition to her work at PNB, Shannon’s experience includes creating inclusive dance opportunities for people with and without disabilities, an internship with Candoco- a London-based inclusive dance company, and working as a dance specialist in primary schools in Bath, England. Shannon is the 2018 Dance Educators Association of Washington Dance Educator of the Year and serves as faculty and curriculum director for the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab, adjunct faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, and a guest instructor for Seattle University. Shannon holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from the University of Washington and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Dance in Community from Laban, London.

Ann Marie Caldwell
Community Education Programs Manager
TAT Lab Coordinator
PNB Teaching Artist

Ann Marie Caldwell is passionate about teaching the arts to students. This is her ninth year as a teaching artist, with experience in teaching movement, drama, and visual art. Ann Marie graduated from University of Puget Sound with a degree in theatre before completing the Teaching Artist Apprenticeship at Seattle Children’s Theatre.  She has continued her training with the Creative Dance Center and was a participant in the 2011-12 Washington State Arts Commission-sponsored Teaching Artist Training Lab. Ann Marie is delighted to have joined PNB in 2011.


Adriana Hernandez (she/her) was born in Southern California and grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. She has worked with Maya Soto/ Nico Tower, Iyun Ashani Harrison, Mary Sheldon Scott, Anna Conner, Ktisk Contemporary Dance, Alicia Mullikin, and other artists in Seattle, San Diego, and Mexico. Her choreographic work has been presented through On the Boards’ NorthWest NewWorks, Velocity Dance Center’s Bridge Project, Seattle International Dance Festival, Cornish College of the Arts and at Southwestern Community College where she also received the Outstanding Dancer/ Choreographer Scholarship. Currently, Adriana works as a Teaching Artist for various Community Education Programs in the greater Seattle area where she teaches creative movement and adaptive dance in public schools, early childhood centers and recreation programs. She researches and experiments with movement through choreography, literature, and teaching choreography and creative movement.

Ciara McCormack Greenwalt grew up dancing in Burlington, Vermont and small-town Nebraska. She studied ballet intensively for many years before expanding into other genres, and in 2011 graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stephens College with a BFA in Dance. Since then, Ciara has worked with students of all ages in dance studios, theaters, and schools in the US and Chile. Her continuing education includes the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center, the annual Creative Advantage Institute, and the 2015 Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab. Along with teaching for PNB’s Community Education program, she directs Moving Minds Dance, performs with Intrepidus Dance, and serves as Vice President for the Dance Educators Association of Washington. Ciara’s passion as an educator is to support student’s growth, encourage their sense of joy and wonder, and facilitate their understanding of their world through creative explorations for mind and body.

Robert Moore, from Hamden, CT, began dancing at New England Ballet and continued at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. He is an alumnus of Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, the Ailey Summer Intensive, Cunningham Trust Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow’s Commercial Dance Program, and the Complexions Intensive. He went to Mexico with JUNTOS Collective, and taught with Notes in Motion, Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, and JD/dansfolk. Robert graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and has danced with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, The Steps Repertory Ensemble, AATMA Performing Arts, Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Karin Stevens Dance, the Guild Dance Company, Kinesis Project Dance Theater, The Gray, PRICEArts, Coriolis Dance, Khambatta Dance Company, and Spectrum Dance Theater.

Hayley Shannon joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a teaching artist apprentice in 2014. She comes from Ann Arbor, Michigan where she studied dance for fifteen years and performed professionally with the Michigan Dance Project. Hayley earned a BA in communications and dance from Michigan State University’s Honors College where she was fortunate to direct various student concerts, teach extra-curricular dance programs and facilitate movement workshops with youth. Hayley migrated to Seattle in fall 2013 and has since completed Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Professional Arts Training Program in development and Anne Green Gilbert’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center. In addition to her work at PNB, she is a faculty member and development coordinator at Spectrum Dance Theater and a company artist and communications manager for The Three Yells Performance Company. Through her teaching, Hayley seeks to cultivate community and empower people of all abilities, backgrounds and ages to celebrate their individuality.

Suzanne Singla trained with Columbia Dance Ensemble in Vancouver, Oregon Ballet Theatre School and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, where she received a Certificate of Dance. She performed with dance ensembles in Oregon, New York and South Africa. Her teaching credits include faculty positions at Connecticut Dance Theatre, School at Steps, and Ballet Hispanico. Suzanne joined the Community Education and PNBS faculty in 2004 and served as Children’s Division Coordinator from 2005–2009. She is also a certified STOTT Pilates instructor.

Ellen Tejera was born in Olympia, WA where she began her dance training in ballet, jazz and theatre dance. She received a BFA in Dance, Magna Cum Ladue, from Cornish College of the Arts in 2012. She has also studied with Mark Morris Dance Group and Joffrey Ballet School on scholarship. Ellen danced professionally in the Seattle area in a variety of shows and as a member of Khambatta Dance Company (KDC) from 2012 to 2016. With KDC, she performed locally and on several international tours including trips to Brazil, Mexico, India, and Europe. Ellen began with Pacific Northwest Ballet as in intern in 2012. Now a teaching artist, Ellen loves working with student of all ages and abilities. In addition to teaching with PNB, Ellen has been on faculty at Rainier Dance Center since 2013 where she teaches ballet, pointe, creative dance and combo classes. In the fall of 2018, Ellen decided to take her passion for movement towards a new adventure. She will be earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Washington in 2021.

Adam Kessler is a dedicated drummer, percussionist, and educator. While playing and touring the globe with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, Adam felt the power that music has to bring people together. In 2006 he received a BA in Music from Cornish College of the Arts. While there he gained valuable experience through the study of jazz, Brazilian, electronic, middle eastern, and gamelan music, as well as musicianship and composition training under the private direction of multi-instrumentalist Denney Goodhew. Adam performs regularly in Seattle, teaches privately as well as ensemble classes, and has been an accompanist for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Education programs since 2006.

Becca Baggenstoss teaches and performs a variety of percussion styles. Native of Arkansas, she received a bachelor of music education from Oklahoma State University and a masters in percussion performance from the University of New Mexico. She arrived on the Seattle scene in 2009 and already has a variety of gigs from principle percussionist with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, to performing with the Blue Thunder Drumline, the Seattle Percussion Collective, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, Concert Imaginaire, and Super Geek League. She also teaches the Franklin High School drumline and teaches privately at the Seattle Drum School and various after school music programs. She joined the PNB Education team in 2010.

Max Holmberg is a Seattle based drummer, bandleader and educator. He first started getting to know the drum set at his grandpa’s house at age two. After passing through the renowned programs at Eckstein and Roosevelt HS, Max then moved to Boston where he completed his B.M. at Berklee College of Music. Upon completion, he returned to Seattle in 2014 where he currently resides and can be found performing in person and on the radio with many diverse projects and bands including the 200 Trio, The Arsonists, The Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Alex Dugdale Band, Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band and the Kareem Kandi Band, as well as teaching out of his studio, at the Jazz Night School, and Seattle Drum School. Max hosts the Sunday night jam session at the Angry Beaver in Greenwood, the Student Jam Session at Egan’s, and the Secret Jazz Club on Airbnb.

Throughout Max’s musical journey, he has had the opportunity to gain personal experience and knowledge from many notable musicians. Some highlights include performing clinics at Berklee College of Music with Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez, and Wayne Krantz, a performance/rehearsal at Lincoln Center with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and Wynton Marsalis, workshops with Gerald Clayton, Joe Lovano, the late Rashied Ali, and the late James Moody, a performances and recording with the Roosevelt Jazz Band and Cuong Vu, among others. In addition to these artists, a special thanks goes out to Benny Green, Neal Smith, Katia Roberts, Ernesto Diaz, Tyler Richart, Joanne Brackeen, Stuart MacDonald, Moc Escobedo, Lisa Holmberg and Scott Brown for going above and beyond in helping mentor Max as a musician, drummer and human spirit.

Max has since been a featured guest artist at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville(UVM), Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, several Seattle area high schools, and Whitman College.

Jeremy Jones was raised in Denver, Colorado, and studied music and computer science at Duke University in North Carolina where he received the Lionel Hampton Scholarship for Jazz Studies. After graduating from Duke in 2002, Jeremy moved to Seattle and worked four years full-time at Microsoft while integrating into the diverse music scene of the northwest, joining PNB in 2010. Jeremy has performed and recorded with Billy Taylor, Winard Harper, The Coats, Chevy Chase, Choklate, Reservoir Cats, Upbeat, Seattle Percussion Trio, and Jazz for Peace.  He was selected to Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 2003 and 2005. Jeremy plays in the Seattle-based trio The Teaching with Josh Rawlings and Evan Flory-Barnes. The Teaching has released three albums, a DVD, and won the Earshot Jazz Best Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble in 2009 and Band of Year by the Inside/Out Awards in 2010.  Jeremy received a Grammy Nomination in 2014 for playing drums on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ album The Heist. In addition to his work in the Northwest, Jeremy often performs in his home state of Colorado, and has toured nationally and internationally including Italy and Peru.  He is passionate about education and has given workshops and performances at schools in Massachusetts, Washington, and Colorado. Jeremy is also a certified hatha yoga teacher.