Thursday, August 27 2020

PNB School is thrilled to introduce you to Josh Spell, former
PNB Company Dancer, and our new Consulting Therapist!
  Josh officially joined our Consulting staff
in July to present health and wellness seminars for our 2020 Seattle Summer
Course students, and he will oversee student health and wellness programs and
initiatives moving forward. He will present and/or coordinate seminars
throughout the school year on topics based on “Creating the Holistic Dancer,”
including nutrition, mental health, and stress management; he will be available
to meet with students one-on-one as needed or requested; he will work with
Company dancers Cecilia Iliescu and Amanda Morgan to continue to develop the
mentorship programs that were established last spring for students in Levels
VII, VIII, and the Professional Division. More information on Josh’s background
can be found below. We are so excited to welcome Josh back into the PNB family,
and he is looking forward to working with our students.


Josh Spell
is a licensed social worker in the state of Washington. He has a master’s
degree in social work from the University of Washington and received his
undergrad from Seattle University. He began working with eating disorders in a
partial level of care setting in 2017 and has also worked in a generalized
partial hospitalization program for mood disorders. Josh offers a compassionate
and direct approach when working with clients in order to break down perceived problems
into manageable steps, remain in the present moment with curiosity, provide a
willingness to learn from distress and identify specific goals that are in line
with overarching values. H
e has been intensively trained in Radically
Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy and utilizes principles of Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, among others. Josh danced
professionally with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for ten years and the Kansas
City Ballet for two years. He trained at School of American Ballet and attended
the summer program at PNB School. His former career as a professional ballet
dancer informs his current approach, and he is passionate about working with
dancers and athletes. Josh is currently a Primary Therapist with Opal Food +
Body Wisdom in Seattle, WA. He is excited to return to the dance world in a new
role consulting with professional and aspiring dancers from a holistic


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