Dear PNBS students and families,
As we witness repeated injustice in our world, and as we see racial injustice called out in all its manifestations in our society, Pacific Northwest Ballet School wants our students and families to know we stand in complete solidarity with our Black and Brown students, colleagues, and community, and with those who experience discrimination and prejudice.
We acknowledge when we look at systemic racism, we must start by looking in the mirror. When a child enters a ballet studio or a ballet school and doesn’t see anyone who looks like them in the class, in the front of the room, on staff or on stage, how welcome do they feel? Though the commitment to this issue within our School is longstanding, we have more work to do. PNBS is committed to dismantling systemic racism in our institution. Every student deserves to feel safe, welcomed and represented. Every student deserves to feel valued. Recognizing some students may not feel this way when they walk through our doors because of a history of racism is part of our work.
I know we haven’t seen you lately except through a laptop, cell phone or monitor, but even though we are teaching, we are also listening as individuals and as an institution, and we are implementing change where change is needed.
A separate email will be sent to all of you with a list of resources for dialogue and mental health during this turbulent time. In the meantime, I want you to hear from me and from all of us: We are committed to a future of equity, diversity and inclusion without racism.
Stay safe and well, Peter Boal
We may not be able to meet in the studio right now, but we want to help you keep learning! Scroll down for resources to keep your ballet education going from home.
DIY Barre & Home Flooring
How To Make a Ballet Barre at Home
Learn how to make your own ballet barre at home; including a shopping list and detailed instructions. Special thanks to Ben and Lauri-Michelle Houk for sharing these links. Ben and Lauri-Michelle are former PNB Company dancers and PNB School Faculty members. They are currently the directors of the San Elijo Dance and Music Academy in California.
Harlequin Floors Home Studio Flooring Options
Harlequin offers a variety of Home Studio products that allow dancers the use of a professional dance floor at home. Improve technique, build confidence, and reduce the risk of injury by practicing on the right surface.