David Jensen (he/him) is Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Residence Director. This will be his 28th year with PNB. He grew up in Olympia, Washington, and earned a B.A. in English and Master in Teaching from the University of Washington. Dave has been a public-school teacher for 22 years; he 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.
Patrick Cho (he/him) serves as PNB’s Assistant Residence Director and is returning for his 17th summer at PNB. Patrick is a native of Federal Way, Washington, who earned his B.A. in Developmental Psychology from Duke University and his M.A. in Teaching from the University of Washington. After a career of teaching in the Federal Way and Tacoma public school districts, Patrick will be spending next year traveling through Asia.
Madeline Bez (she/her) grew up in Phoenix, Arizona but moved to Winnipeg to join the Professional Division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School at age 12. Throughout her time there, she attended additional summer programs at Ellison Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. She accepted her first professional contract with Georgia Dance Theatre in 2017 and a year later moved to Oregon to join Eugene Ballet. Madeline moved to New York City in 2021 and has since been freelancing. This is Madeline’s second summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB and she is looking forward to getting to know all the students and being part of their summer intensive experience.
Hannah Boyer (she/her) grew up in Rochester, NY where she completed her dance training at the Draper Center for Dance Education. Whilst training, she attended summer programs at Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. After dancing for two seasons at Rochester City Ballet as an apprentice, she moved to Utah to begin a B.S. in Sociology at Brigham Young University. Along with her classes, she spends her time teaching dance at several studios around Utah Valley, reading lots of books, and playing the piano. This is her second summer as a Residence Counselor and she cannot wait to meet all of the new students and explore more of Seattle!
Rebecca Cornett (she/her) grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. She started her ballet training with Magda Auñón at Ft. Lauderdale Ballet Classique and Miguel Campanería at the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut before accepting the opportunity to train at Boston Ballet School and at Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Professional Division student. She is currently a dancer with the St. Louis Ballet and has completed eight seasons with the company. In St. Louis, she has had the opportunity to perform the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella as well as other principal roles and ballets. She is looking forward to coming back to Seattle for her first summer as a Residence Counselor.
Ezra Dickinson (he/him) is a Washington native who began dancing at the age of four, going on to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet for twelve years on full scholarship. This will be Ezra’s 15th year as a Summer Residence staff member. Ezra earned his B.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis in choreography from Cornish College of The Arts. Ezra’s 2013 solo performance Mother for you I made this, commissioned by Velocity’s “Made In Seattle” program, continues to receive international critical acclaim. Ezra’s most recent solo work Psychic Radio Star, commissioned by On The Boards in 2016, received NEFA NDP production, residency and touring support. Currently in development is “Stories From The Streets” a GPS guided interactive walking tour set on Seattle, featuring interviews from homeless, augmented reality, sound, performance and installation. Funding for this new work provided by 4Culture. Ezra Dickinson’s original work in choreography, film, sculpture, activism, murals, paintings, and movement installations can be seen on display all over the world. Find out more at www.ezradickinson.com.
Joshua Downard (he/him) grew up in Sacramento, California. He trained in dance primarily with the Northern California Dance Conservatory. Joshua has also studied at the schools of Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Ballet Austin, among others. He has spent the last five seasons working with the Eugene Ballet in Oregon where he is currently a company dancer. Joshua has also been attending classes online at Sierra College for the last three years. He is looking forward to returning for his second summer of being a Residence Counselor.
Sophia Grant (they/them) is from the capital district of New York State where they began dance training at the age of three. Throughout their dance career Sophia attended New York State’s Summer School of the Arts for ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s summer intensives, and traveled on tour to perform the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s Nutcracker throughout the Northeast. After graduating from the Academy of the Holy Names high school, Sophia went on to attend Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. They studied Psychology and Dance primarily, along with Education and Social Work, and throughout college spent their free time traveling, hiking and camping, exploring new interests like film editing, and choreographing new dance works within Skidmore’s dance department. Upon graduating Skidmore (May 2022) Sophia plans to take time off from school to pursue different fields of interest, and afterwards return to school to earn certification in Elementary School Education or School Psychology through a graduate degree program. Sophia is looking forward to their first summer as a Residence Counselor and spending time on the west coast.
JonMarie Rose Johnson (she/her) began her dance training at The Louisville Ballet School and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. She studied under teachers including Robert Curran, Mikelle Bruzina, Uwe Kern, and Helen Daigle. She has attended summer intensives with Louisville Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Nashville Ballet. JonMarie is also a 2017 alumna of The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts and was a member of Regional Dance America Southeast for five years. Last summer she had the opportunity to work for Brenau University as the Head RA for their annual Summer Dance Intensive. In 2018 she was accepted into The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and has graduated with her BFA in Dance Summa Cum Laude. She trained with Nashville Ballet in their Professional Training Division and is returning to the Louisville Ballet next season as a level 10 Studio Company Dancer. JonMarie is thrilled to return to PNB but this time as a first-year Residence Counselor!
Sarah Kosterman (she/her) began her ballet training in her hometown of Sacramento, California with Pamela Hayes. She continued her dance studies at Butler University where she had the opportunity to perform principal and soloist roles, as well as tour Eastern Europe with Butler Chamber Dance. She graduated from Butler University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in business. In 2016 she joined Eugene Ballet as an aspirant, was promoted to a company member in 2018 and is excited to be returning for her seventh season this fall, now as a principal dancer. While at Eugene Ballet Sarah has had the opportunity to perform many principal roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, a stepsister in Cinderella, Bianca in Taming of the Shrew, and Maria in Penny Saunders’ Ghost Light. Sarah is very excited for her fourth summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB!
Antonio Lopez (he/him) began his dance training in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended various summer intensives such as Joffrey NYC, Walnut Hill, CPYB and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. His formative, two-year training at CPYB led him to start his professional career in the Twin Cities of Minnesota while also teaching within and around the Twin Cities for three years. He currently looks forward to his third season as a company member with Eugene Ballet and is thrilled to experience his second year as a Residence Counselor with PNB this summer!
Sawyer Smith (they/them) began ballet classes when they were seven in Greenville, South Carolina, and later attended The Fine Arts Center for ballet and modern dance. They worked as a dancer and choreographer in Naina Dewan’s Dance Company, and have performed throughout the state. They are a rising senior at Sarah Lawrence College in NY, where they study dance and production. They’ve worked with choreographers such as Beth Gill, Kyle Marshall, and Lacina Coulibaly, and have had the privilege of producing several of their own performances. They have performed in NYC exactly once. They’re looking forward to spending all their paychecks on coffee and Dick’s milkshakes for their second summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB.