Eastside Summer Dance Workshops in Bellevue Washington

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July 10–August 11, 2017

Eastside-SDW_videoimgJoin us for an enriching and educational ballet experience this Summer! Students participating in the Eastside Summer Dance Workshops at The Francia Russell Center will gain a deeper appreciation for ballet and its rich history through dance classes with our outstanding faculty and unique and fun projects.

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Children’s Division, Ages 4–7

July 10–August 11, 2017

(4-year-olds must turn 5 by December 31, 2017)

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Students ages 4–7 participate in a week-long session meeting daily for three hours (Creative Movement students may register for more than one session). Week-long sessions are focused around different ballets (Cinderella, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®The Sleeping Beauty, etc.). 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.
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Classes provide students with an imaginative introduction to dance, rhythm and music. Beginning ballet vocabulary is introduced while encouraging confidence, creativity, flexibility of movement and self-expression. Class structure and content is age-appropriate and focused on the ballet theme of the week.
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.
Cost: $250 per session
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Each daily session includes a one-hour dance class, a music class, arts and crafts, and a snack break.

Session 1: Cinderella                July 10-July 14
Session 2: Sleeping Beauty       July 17 – July 21
Session 3: Nutcracker               July 24 – July 28
Session 4: Swan Lake               July 31 – August 4
Session 5: Cinderella                August 7-August 11

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(Students may register for more than one session)

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Cost: $250 per session
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Pre-Ballet Session 1:     Sleeping Beauty           July 17 – July 21
Pre-Ballet Session 2:     Cinderella                    August 7-August 11

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All sessions subject to cancellation, pending enrollment.

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A smock/apron or craft-friendly clothes are needed for the arts and crafts portion of the daily session for boys and girls.

Creative Movement Girls: Pink tights and pink leather ballet slippers with a white, short-sleeved leotard (no underwear). Mid-length to long hair is required to be pulled back into a neat bun and fastened securely using pins and a hair net. Only hair nets or crocheted bun covers (same color as hair) are permitted. Short hair needs to be fastened away from face.

Pre-Ballet Girls: Pink tights and pink leather ballet slippers with a red, short-sleeved leotard (no underwear). Mid-length to long hair is required to be pulled back into a neat bun and fastened securely using pins and a hair net. Only hair nets or crocheted bun covers (same color as hair) are permitted. Short hair needs to be fastened away from face.

Boys: Short-sleeved white leotards with black tights, thin white crew-length dance socks (no tube socks) and white ballet shoes. Hair should be combed and fastened away from face if long.

Please note: Do not use fabric softeners when laundering dance attire, as it damages the studio floors.

Caitlin Cooney Mack, a Seattle native, trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School for 11 years. She graduated from PNB’s Professional Division program, and joined Kansas City Ballet. In addition to an 11-year performing career with KCB, Ms. Cooney Mack spent 11 years teaching dancers of all ages at Kansas City Ballet School. She joined the PNB faculty in the fall of 2014.

Deborah Kenner received her BFA from the University of Arizona, where she was a full academic and dance scholarship student. Ms. Kenner has had the opportunity to perform with Colorado Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre and State Street Ballet. During the 2008–2010 seasons she was Artistic Director of Tucson Regional Ballet. Ms. Kenner joined PNBS faculty in 2010, she is also a member of the PNBConditioning staff.

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. Ms. Singla joined the PNBS faculty in 2004.

Malia Vassar is originally from Portland, OR. She received her training under Haydee Gutiérrez, Josie Mosley, and James Canfield at the Oregon Ballet Theater, and the School of the American Ballet. Prior to joining PNB, she spent 15 years performing in the Portland area, and teaching/directing educational outreach programs throughout the northwest.

Student Division, Ages 8–13

The Francia Russell Center Summer Course 2017

Pacific Northwest Ballet School student levels are designed to challenge the physical and technical abilities of each student. Children enrolled in the Student Division learn progressive levels of ballet technique in a nurturing and professional environment.

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Level I

Level I students meet three days a week for three weeks. Each day offers classes in  classical ballet, music and/or character dance.
July 10-July 28
Cost: $565

Level II

Level II students meet three days a week for three weeks. Each day   offers classes in classical ballet, music and/or hip hop.
July 10-July 28
Cost: $565

Level III

Level III students meet four days a week for five weeks. Each day      includes ballet technique, followed by classes in pre-pointe, jazz,     modern, character dance, music, or musical theatre.
July 10-August 12
Cost: $1,260

Level IV

Level IV students meet six days a week for five weeks. Students have a daily ballet technique class, followed by classes in pointe, jazz, modern, character dance, music, or musical theatre, plus one Pilates-based class per week.
July 10-August 12
Cost: $1,965

Classes are subject to change and may vary from week to week.

To Enroll

Audition necessary for non-PNBS students ages 8-13 at the Francia Russell Center.

Open auditions for the Eastside Summer Course were held on March 4th.

For More Information

For more information about the Student Division Summer Course at The Francia Russell Center, please contact PNB at either of our two locations: 206.441.2435 or 425.451.1241.