Francia Russell Center - Pacific Northwest Ballet
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Pacific Northwest Ballet is proud to announce that the new Francia Russell Center (FRC) is now open. More than a ballet school, the FRC is an Eastside gathering space dedicated to education, creativity, and the shared joy of artistic expression.

The NEW Francia Russell Center
1611 136th PL NE
Bellevue, WA  98005

“The arts and educational opportunities [at the Francia Russell Center] provided in ongoing programs are a significant cultural asset to the City of Bellevue, helping create vibrancy in arts and culture on the Eastside.”
-Bellevue City Council Members

Francia Russell Center Features

  • State-of-the-art dance studios with high ceilings, sprung floors, and mirrored walls.
  • Seven total studios – including a new performance space.
  • A library stocked with dance resources and space for homework.
  • Public spaces for families to enjoy and to serve the greater Eastside community.
  • Additional studio space for more early childhood dance classes.
  • Certified LEED Gold “green” facility

Level 1 Dancers © Lindsay Thomas

Level 1 Dancers © Lindsay Thomas

Fall Registration opens June 18th! Check back soon for more information on class times and tuition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the new building? What’s the address?  

The new Francia Russell Center is located next door to the old facility, and the address is the same:
1611 136th Place NE
Bellevue, WA 98005 View Map

How many studios will there be?

Seven, plus a Pilates Studio

Will there be more space to do our hair?

Yes, we are working on a dedicated “Hair Counter” with mirrors.

Is there WIFI and a space to work?

Yes! There will be high-speed internet and ample work space.

Will there be a family dressing room?

Yes, there are family dressing rooms on both the main and second level.

When are we moving into the new building?

We will move in August of 2017, and open on time, in September!

Is FRC Summer and Eastside Summer Dance Workshops happening at the temp space or the new building? 

Summer 2017 courses will be held in the temporary space.

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We Need Your Help

Please contact Hannah Franke, Major Gifts Officer, at with questions.

Donate now and designate your gift to the FRC under recognition options.

$5,000 - Ground Breaker

  • Invitation to reception at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony*
  • Listing on prominently placed Donor Wall*

$2,500-$4,999 – Architect

  • A private Hard Hat Tour through the Francia Russell Center during construction*
  • A 3-class Conditioning Class Pass for Pilates Apparatus Class at the Francia Russell Center (Eastside) or the Phelps Center (Seattle)

$1,000-$2,499 – Engineer

  • A group Hard Hat Tour through the Francia Russell Center during construction*
  • A pair of pointe shoes signed by a principal dancer

$500-$999 – Builder

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the Costume Shop in the Phelps Center*
  • A signed photo of a PNB Company dancer of your choice*

$250-$499 – Carpenter

  • 2 Complimentary Premier seat tickets to the School Performance
  • An invitation to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Francia Russell Center*

$100-$249 – Apprentice

  • An “I Love PNB” button*
  • Recognition in PNB’s Annual Report as a Francia Russell Center donor*

* Benefits with no value are marked with an asterisk.

Benefits extend one calendar year from the date of your gift.

Benefits also include annual fund membership benefits at the same giving level.
Benefits listed in any category include those at the lower levels.

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