The DanceChance Screening team visits partner schools in the fall and identifies third-grade students with the unique physical aptitude and focus required to pursue a career in dance. Selected students participate in a 9-week introductory fall session. Students are invited to continue on to the subsequent spring session and the fourth grade class based on their progress, potential and interest. Upon graduation from the two year program, some students are invited to integrate into PNBS Level III classes.
DanceChance aims to:
Enrich each student’s life with the opportunity to study classical ballet.
Cultivate a diverse Company and School
Train the next generation of ballet dancers.
Students with the physical aptitude, coordination, musicality, and focus are provided with:
Full scholarships for classical ballet training twice a week
Dancewear and shoes
Transportation to and from PNB from their elementary school
Tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet performances
In addition students receive a well-rounded dance education, including: fieldtrips to PNB’s Costume Shop, a chance to meet professional dances, and guest teachers in Modern, Hip Hop, Afro-Brazilian and Jazz.
All classes are taught by Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s renowned faculty of educators with live musical accompaniment.
DanceChance and Academic Education
DanceChance aims to enrich the lives of students through classical ballet training, developing beneficial skills regardless of their future career paths. Research shows that arts education teaches children life skills such as developing an informed perception, articulating a vision, learning to solve problems and make decisions, building self-confidence, and self-discipline (Americans for the Arts, 2002).
Students have the opportunity to perform in the Annual PNB School performance in the spring and often perform with the Company in PNB productions such as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Graduates have also danced professionally with such distinguished companies as San Francisco Ballet, Singapore Dance Theater and Oregon Ballet Theatre.
The DanceChance Mentorship Program serves as a support system for our DanceChance students and families upon their graduation from the two year program. Entering into the larger PNB School in Level III can be a challenging transition as students become more serious in their ballet training. By creating a mentorship relationship with upper level DanceChance graduates, younger students and their families can receive wisdom and encouragement from those who have gone before them in this process.