Eastside Summer Dance Workshops

Children’s Division

Ages 5* – 7

July 8-August 2, 2024

Students ages 5*–7 participate in a week-long workshop session meeting daily at the Francia Russell Center in Bellevue for three hours (Students may register for more than one session). Week-long sessions focus on different ballets (George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Beauty and the Beast, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Swan Lake). Each day includes an hour-long dance class, music class, story, craft project and a break for a snack. Sessions culminate with an informal mini-performance featuring choreography relating to that week’s theme and scenery and props created by the students.

Dance Class

Dance classes provide students with an imaginative introduction to dance, rhythm and music. Beginning ballet vocabulary is introduced while encouraging confidence, creativity, the flexibility of movement and self-expression. Class structure and content is age-appropriate and focused on the ballet theme of the week.

Arts, Crafts, and Stories

Students spend an hour of each day creating unique and fun projects (magic wands, sock puppets) relating to the ballet theme of the week and developing the scenery and props for the mini-performance. The ballet is further explored through story time.

Session Information

Ages 5*-7
*students must be 5 by July 1, 2024 and can register for more than one session
Cost: Cost $312 per session

Morning Sessions: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Each daily session includes a one-hour dance class, music class, story time, arts and crafts, and a snack break.

For more info call 425.451.1241 or email pnbschool@pnb.org.

Session 1 Morning: Nutcracker, July 8 – 12 from 9am-12pm

Register for Session 1 Morning

Session 2: Beauty and the Beast, July 15 – 19 from 9am-12pm

Register for Session 2 Morning

Session 1 Afternoon: Nutcracker, July 8 – 12 from 1pm – 4pm

Register for Session 1 Afternoon

Session 3: Harold and the Purple Crayon, July 22 – 26 from 9am-12pm

Register for Session 3 Morning

Session 4: Swan Lake, July 29 – August 2 from 9am-12pm

Register for Session 4 Morning

Donald Byrd + Leah Terada Choreography Workshop

Summer 2024
August 5-9

Spectrum Dance Theater & PNB School present the Donald Byrd Summer Workshop

Pacific Northwest Ballet School and The School of Spectrum Dance Theater are thrilled to announce a new collaborative summer intensive experience. PNB School will host an extension of SDT’s annual Donald Byrd Workshop for dancers ages 12 and up at the Francia Russell Center in Bellevue. Developing dancers are invited to a week-long contemporary dance workshop with Spectrum Dance Theater’s artistic director and choreographer Donald Byrd (whose work Love and Loss was recently performed during PNB’s 2023/24 Season) or PNB Company dancer Leah Terada.

The workshop portion for dancers ages 12-15 will be led by Leah Terada. What does it mean to exist in the space of a new choreography? How does one tap in to their own self-expression in order to make choreographic choices? This week-long workshop with Pacific Northwest Ballet Soloist Leah Terada will give young dancers the tools they need to discuss and think critically about the choreographic process, create thoughtful movement with intention, and provide a guide to learn to explore their own voice through dance and the choreographic process.

Participating dancers ages 16 to 30 will take the workshop portion led by Mr. Byrd. Each day will include technique class and choreography class where students will work with Mr. Byrd or Terada on new choreographic phrases as well as excerpts of classic Donald Byrd dance works. Technique class focuses on Mr. Byrd’s movement aesthetics. It emphasizes a relaxed, strong, and flexible torso with highly articulated feet and legs with increasing rhythmic and spatial exactness. With this focus, the dancer becomes more efficient in managing energy and more able to control the visual, emotional, and physical impact of their body moving.

The PNB School + Spectrum Dance Theater Donald Byrd Workshop will take place August 5-9, 2024. The week-long workshop will culminate in an informal showcase of learned choreography.

PNB School + Spectrum Dance Theater Donald Byrd Workshop

Ages 12-15 | Led by PNB Company dancer Leah Terada

Ages 16-30 | Led by Spectrum Dance Theater artistic director Donald Byrd

August 5 -9, 2024 | 11:30am – 4:30pm | Francia Russell Center – Eastside

Daily Schedule: 2 hour class | 30 minute break | 2.5 hour process/repertory workshop

Click the link to register for the workshop led by Leah Terada for ages 12-15 – priority registration ends May 1st.

Click the link to register for the workshop led by Donald Byrd for ages 16-30 – priority registration ends May 1st.

Student Division Summer Course

Summer 2024
July 8-August 2

Students enrolled in the Francia Russell Center Summer Course will continue to learn progressive levels of ballet technique in a nurturing and professional environment.

Enrollment in the Francia Russell Center Summer Course will be open to all PNB School students currently registered in Levels I-V in the 2023-24 School Year. Please check back in the spring for more information and to register for Summer 2024.

Summer course at the FRC.


The Francia Russell Center Summer Course will offer ballet technique classes three to six days a week for students in Level I-V. Classes in other forms of dance complement the weekly schedule for Level III-V, providing students with a rich summer dance experience.

 “I really enjoyed PNB School’s summer program. I learned a lot about how I can improve my dancing and take care of my body. The program was a good experience for me. I hope to come back next summer!”

PNBS Summer Course student

Summer Course Faculty

Marisa Albee
Emily Coello
Nancy Crowley
Rachel Foster
Susan Gorter
Ikolo Griffin
Dana Hanson
Eric Hipolito
Carrie Imler
Deborah Kenner
Kaori Nakamura
Abbie Siegel
Marjorie Thompson
Jennifer Turner

Guest Faculty


Photos © Angela Sterling