Summer Course at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle
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Summer Course

July 6–August 7, 2020

Summer Course students and Company dancers share our state-of-the-art facility, The Phelps Center, located in the heart of downtown Seattle by the historic Space Needle. In our spacious, light-filled studios students experience the ultimate setting for professional training while enjoying the benefits of PNB’s outstanding faculty, rigorous curriculum, and safe, secure environment.


Our Summer Course curriculum offers serious ballet students the highest caliber of intensive classical training, augmented by a rich diversity of dance forms necessary to meet the eclectic demands of dance companies today. Students attend class Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. PNBS Summer Course also offers students seminars by physicians and dance specialists on a wide variety of topics relevant to the young dancer including nutrition, injury prevention, music, strength and conditioning, foot health, and pointe shoe care.

Level Weekly Schedule
IV & V Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars*
VI Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Pas de Deux (if enrollment permits), Pilates Mat Class and Seminars*
VII & VIII   Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Pas de Deux, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars*

* Seminars include nutrition, injury prevention, music, strength and conditioning, foot health, and other dance-related topics.
Students attend class Monday–Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm & Saturdays 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Class size is limited and all ballet classes are accompanied by professional pianists.
Students’ placement may change the first week of classes.
Classes are subject to change and may vary from week to week.


PNBConditioning is designed to develop core strength, promote long, lean muscles and increase a dancer’s range of movement and flexibility. All Summer Course students participate in weekly Pilates Mat classes. Students in Levels VI through VIII may sign up for Pilates apparatus classes for an additional fee. Information on apparatus classes is mailed to registered Summer Course students in May.


Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, as demand exceeds capacity. The residence fee includes daily transportation. 2020 Residence Cost: $3,680.

PNBS provides safe, supervised housing for Summer Course students ages 12–18 in Levels IV through VIII. The Residence is a secure building located on the picturesque campus of Seattle Pacific University in a quiet residential neighborhood approximately 1.5 miles from PNBS. We are the only group occupying the Residence. Cable TV and wireless internet access are provided. Other features include a comfortable main lounge with grand piano, a theater-style TV lounge with big-screen TV, separate lounges and kitchenettes with refrigerators on each floor, two large, well-equipped laundry rooms, an ice machine, and quiet study rooms. The bathrooms and kitchenettes were recently renovated. All students are assigned to spacious double or triple rooms with boys and girls on separate floors and counselors living on each floor. Ample space is provided for co-ed socializing, supervised by Residence staff, while each living floor also has a single-sex lounge. Daily custom bus transportation to and from the Residence is provided. Emphasis is placed on creative, delicious, and highly nutritious meals served in SPU’s Gwinn Commons cafeteria.

The Residence is staffed by experienced and friendly adult counselors who live on-site to ensure a safe, congenial atmosphere and individual attention given to all residents. An extensive program of chaperoned activities is offered exclusively to Residence students to enhance their stay in the Pacific Northwest, including live theatre and dance performances, scenic ferry rides on Puget Sound, trips to the Experience Music Project museum, city tours, a Seattle Mariners baseball game, shopping trips, Wild Waves & Enchanted Village amusement parks, Puget Sound and lakeside beaches and the nationally acclaimed Woodland Park Zoo – as well as a trip to the top of the Space Needle. Birthday cakes, movie nights, craft nights, a talent show, and seminars by PNB School consulting staff members are all part of student life at the Residence. Optional shuttle service to and from the airport is available, chaperoned by PNB School staff.

The Residence’s location in a thriving, world-class city is a tremendous asset for Summer Course students. Seattle is a major trade center, popular tourist destination, and gateway to Canada and the Pacific Rim. The city is surrounded by water and mountains, providing daily photo opportunities with seagulls, bridges, ferryboats, and snow-capped peaks.

Summer Course Residence Staff

David Jensen is Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Residence Director. This will be his 25th PNB Summer Course. He grew up in Olympia, Washington, and earned a B.A. in English and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington. Dave has been a public-school teacher for many years and taught high school for ten years before moving to his current position as an English and language arts teacher at Tillicum Middle School in Bellevue, Washington, in 2010. He has been a member of the Summer Residence staff since 1995 and has also served PNB School in the roles of Registrar and Eastside Administrative Assistant. In addition, Dave is one of our Summer Residence bus drivers, and holds a commercial driver’s license with all required endorsements. 

“My husband and I really appreciate how organized and thorough you and your staff are about keeping track of all these students this summer.  It really gives peace of mind that they are accounted for at all times, and they are safe.  Thanks for all you do!”
— PNBS 2014 Summer Course Parent, Federal Way, WA


Level Tuition
Level IV & V & Young Men $2,198
Weekly Schedule: Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars
Level VI $2,355
Weekly Schedule: Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Repertory, Variations, Adagio (if enrollment permits), Pilates Mat Class, and Seminars
Level VII & VIII & Men   $2,355
Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Adagio, Pilates Mat Class, and Seminars
The Residence: Room and Board $3,680

Please see Classes for specific information about Summer Course curriculum and schedule.

A limited number of scholarships are awarded on the basis of dance talent and financial need. For more information, please contact us.


Can I audition by DVD or videotape?
We prefer students attend one of our scheduled auditions (see below for Audition Tour dates and locations). DVD/video auditions accepted only in extreme circumstances or from international students, who cannot attend a scheduled audition. DVD/video submissions will be reviewed after the Summer Course Audition Tour concludes, and only if space is available in the program at that time. Scholarships are not awarded to those students accepted via DVD/video. For more information, please contact the school at

When will I find out the results of the audition?
Audition results will be e-mailed within 2-3 weeks of the audition date. No critique of the audition will be given. Results for auditions held closer to the Summer Course registration deadline will be emailed within a few days of the audition date.

Is there a maximum age to audition?
Students must be between 12–18 years old for Summer Course and no older than 18 years at the time of audition. Exceptions can be made in special circumstances at the discretion of Denise Bolstad.

What age group should I audition if I am one age at the audition and a different age when Summer Course begins?
Students should audition in the age group according to their age at the time of the audition. Students who are 11 years old at the time of the audition but will be 12 years old by the first day of Summer Course are eligible to audition in the 12-year-old group.

What should I expect at the audition?
PNB auditions consist of a full technique class, with pointe work in the last 10-15 minutes of class. There are no eliminations during the audition; all students will participate in a full class.

PNB Faculty/staff who are conducting auditions are sensitive to varying age differences if all ages are together in one audition.

What should I bring to the audition?
There is a $45 audition fee (payable by cash or check; no credit cards). Registration begins half hour prior to the audition time, and students will be instructed to complete an audition form. No resumes or photos are required.

Students should wear regular class attire (any leotard color is allowed); women should bring pointe shoes.

How do I apply for the year round program?
Students interested in the year round program must attend the Summer Course. Students complete and submit a written application and are then evaluated and interviewed. Those invited to stay for the year round program will be notified by the end of the Summer Course. We generally advise students 16 or younger not to move to Seattle unless a family member is relocating with them. No housing is available during the school year, and students must make their own arrangements for housing and completion of high school courses. Please email Denise Bolstad if you are interested:

Are there scholarships &/or financial aid available?
Pacific Northwest Ballet School determines 98% of its awards at the time of the Summer Course audition. Awards are given for part or full tuition only. Financial aid applications are available for those accepted and in need of assistance. Students must register first to hold a spot in the Summer Course before applying for Financial Aid; once registered, PNB School staff will email the application to the student. Additional financial awards will most likely be made after the Summer Course registration deadline at the end of February.


The distinguished faculty of PNBS is dedicated to providing the highest caliber of ballet training to our students. PNBS’s diverse and talented faculty includes current and former dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and National Ballet of Canada, among many others.

Marisa Albee
FJ Abaya
Catherine Abaya
Peter Boal
Kirsten Cooper
Nancy Crowley
Michele Curtis
Kyle Davis
Ikolo Griffin
Dana Hanson
Jaret Hughes
Dane Holman
Petur Iliev
Jason Ohlberg
Sam Picart
Jonathan Porretta
Meg Potter
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Abbie Siegel
Eva Stone
Marjorie Thompson
Julie Tobiason
Jennifer Turner
Giovanni Villalobos
Jackie Villegas-Maclin
Le Yin

2020 Audition Tour

Audition information: To audition, students must be 12 to 18 years of age during the 2020 Summer Course. Registration with a $45 fee begins ½ hour prior to audition. Students should wear regular class attire and bring pointe shoes; no photos or resumes. Audition results will be mailed within one month.

Updated Start Time for Philadelphia
The audition will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11.

Friday, January 17
7:00 p.m. ages 12-18
Atlanta Ballet
Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre
1695 Marietta Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Saturday, January 11
5:00 p.m. ages 12-18
Ballet Austin
501 West 3rd St.
Austin, TX 78701

Saturday, February 1
11:30 a.m. ages 12-18
Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Boca Raton
Friday, January 17
7:00 p.m. ages 12-18
Harid Conservatory
2285 Potomac Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Saturday, January 4
4:00 p.m. ages 12-14
5:30 p.m. ages 15-16
7:00 p.m. ages 17-18
Boston Ballet
19 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116

Sunday, January 12 2020
6:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Charlotte Ballet
701 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Sunday, January 5
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:00 p.m. ages 15-16
6:30 p.m. ages 17-18
Ballet Chicago
17 N State Street, 19th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60602

Saturday, January 25
2:00 p.m. ages 12-18
Columbus City Ballet School
763 Radio Dr
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Dallas/Fort Worth
Sunday, January 12
2:00 p.m. ages 12-14
3:30 p.m. ages 15-18
Texas Ballet Theater
1540 Mall Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76116

Saturday, January 4
4:00 p.m. ages 12-14
5:30 p.m. ages 15-18
Colorado Ballet Center
1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

Saturday, February 1
4:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Houston Ballet
601 Preston St.
Houston, TX 77002

Monday, January 13
6:15 p.m. ages 12-18
Huntsville Ballet
800 Regal Drive SW
Huntsville, AL 35801

Sunday, January 19
4:00 p.m. ages 12-14
5:30 p.m. ages 15-18
Indianapolis School of Ballet
502 N Capitol Ave, Ste B
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Kansas City
Sunday, January 19
4:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Kansas City Ballet
Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity
500 W Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Los Angeles
Sunday, January 26
3:30 p.m. ages 12-13
5:00 p.m. ages 14-15
6:30 p.m. ages 16-18
Los Angeles Ballet
11755 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Sunday, January 12
4:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Miami City Ballet
2200 Liberty Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

New York
Saturday, January 11
3:30 p.m. ages 12-13
5:00 p.m. ages 14-15
6:45 p.m. ages 16-18
School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Saturday, January 18
6:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Orlando Ballet
7988 Via Dellagio Way Suite 204
Orlando, FL 32819

Saturday, January 11
UPDATED START TIME: 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. ages 12-18
School of Pennsylvania Ballet
The Louise Reed Center for Dance
323 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Monday, January 20
5:00 p.m. ages 12-18
Ballet Arizona
2835 E Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Friday, January 10
6:45 p.m. ages 12-18
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
2900 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Salt Lake City
Friday, January 24
7:00 p.m. ages 12-18
Ballet West
Jessie Eccles Quincey Ballet Centre
52 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

San Diego
Monday, January 27
4:30 p.m. ages 12-14
6:00 p.m. ages 15-18
San Elijo Dance and Music Academy
1635 South Rancho Fe Rd
San Marcos, CA 92078

San Francisco
Saturday, January 25
1:00 p.m. ages 12-13
2:30 p.m. ages 14-15
4:00 p.m. ages 16-18
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
26 Seventh St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, January 25
8:30 a.m. age 12
10:00 a.m. age 13
11:30 a.m. ages 14-15
1:15 p.m. ages 16-18
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Saturday, January 18
3:00 p.m. ages 12-18
Gonzaga University
Theatre and Dance Studio Building
1108 N Pearl
Spokane, WA 99258

Saturday, February 8
1:30 p.m. ages 8-12 (Francia Russell Center Summer Course)
4:00 p.m. ages 13-18 (Seattle Summer Course)
Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center
705 Opera Alley
Tacoma, WA 98402

Monday, January 6
5:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Next Generation Ballet
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N W.C. MacInnes Pl
Tampa, FL 33602

Washington D.C.
Sunday, February 2
4:30 p.m. ages 12-14
6:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Monday, January 20
4:30 p.m. ages 12-18
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
1533 S Main St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27127


For questions or more information about Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Summer Course, please contact:

Pacific Northwest Ballet School
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Pacific Northwest Ballet School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accepted or made available to the students of the School.

Summer Course Audition Tour Sponsor:

Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the SURDNA Foundation

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)