The Summer Course housing cost for 2016 is $3,195. Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, as demand exceeds capacity. The residence fee includes a bus pass.
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 Counselors
David Jensen is Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Residence Director. 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 sixteen 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. Dave is also our Summer Residence bus driver, and holds a commercial driver’s license with passenger and air brake endorsements.
Patrick Cho serves as PNB’s Assistant Residence Director and is returning for his 13th summer at the Residence. Patrick is a native of Federal Way, Washington, where he is a middle school art and humanities teacher. Patrick earned his B.A. in Developmental Psychology from Duke University and his M.A. in Teaching from the University of Washington. In addition to his administrative duties assisting the Residence Director, Patrick is also one of our boys’ Group Counselors.
Kirsten Allman is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory, as well as summer intensives at The Rock School, Miami City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and five summers at PNB. After a year in PNB’s Professional Division, she danced professionally with Louisville Ballet before enrolling at Indiana University, where she earned her B.S. in General Studies with a minor in Psychology. Kirsten has taught at Fort Wayne School of Dance, Diva Danceworks by Amber, and New American Youth Ballet. After this year’s Summer Course, she will begin her studies in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Trine University. Kirsten has been a Summer Residence Counselor since 2011.
Juanita Araque is from Louisville, Kentucky. She received her early ballet training from Louisville Ballet School and flamenco training from Ballet Español. She attended and performed at SERBA (RDA) festivals and received summer scholarships across the country, including Joffrey Ballet NY and Craft of Choreography (PNB). After high school, Juanita joined Louisville Ballet Company for three seasons, then danced with Fort Wayne Ballet as a dancer and teacher for three seasons. She currently dances with De La Dance Company. This will be Juanita’s third summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB.
Kayleigh Elizabeth Danowski is originally from Northeast Ohio. She received her classical ballet training from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Graduate Program. She also attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow. Kayleigh has since danced professionally with Montgomery Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet and currently dances with Ballet Quad Cities. She has also had the pleasure of training and coaching many young dancers in the art of ballet at dance academies in many states. Kayleigh is very excited to be returning to Seattle this summer!
Ezra Dickinson Ezra Dickinson 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 eleventh year as a Summer Residence staff member. Ezra earned his BFA in Dance with an emphasis in choreography from Cornish College of The Arts. While at Cornish, Ezra was the recipient of The Merce Cunningham Scholarship, The Kreielshimer Scholarship, and The President’s Scholarship in Dance. Most recently Velocity’s Made In Seattle program produced Ezra’s work Mother for you I made this, which continues to receive widespread critical acclaim. Up next, On The Boards will be producing Ezra’s new solo work entitled Psychic Radio Star, set to premiere Nov 3-6. Along with being co-artistic director of The Offshore Project and Actually Really, Ezra is also a member of The New Mystics, Saint Genet, HYPERNOVA, The Murphy Lachow Company and The Maureen Whiting Company. Ezra Dickinson’s original work in choreography, film and movement installations have been on display at SAM, On the Boards, TEDX Rainier, Seattle City Hall, Seattle International Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, AMFEST Russia, Jaipur International Film Festival, Shorts Premiere Chile, Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival, Next dance Cinema, Northwest New Works Festival, ACT Theater, Moore Inside Out, Heathrow Airport, Henry Art Gallery, 911 media arts center, Velocity’s Next Fest Northwest, Zocalo Mexico City, Spectrum Dance Theater, City Arts Genre Bender and The Northwest Film Forum as well as many others. Find out more at www.ezradickinson.com.
Christian Griggs-Drane started dancing in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. He has attended summer programs with Boston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, The Rock School, and both the contemporary and ballet programs at The School of Jacob’s Pillow. Christian also completed studies at Butler University, receiving a BFA in Dance Performance. Following university, he joined Grand Rapids Ballet in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has been dancing for the last two seasons.
Taylor Ottley began her ballet training at Black Mountain Dance Centre in San Diego. She attended summer courses at Marin Dance Theatre, Cecchetti Santa Barbara, and PNB, where she was offered a spot in the professional division program. During her time with PNB, she represented the US during the CIBC Competition in England, and performed as a guest apprentice with Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Germany. Due to injury, she left PNB to pursue a philosophy degree at Brigham Young University. She has also been an English teacher in China, and plans to teach next year in Thailand. Taylor is excited to return to Seattle and create a great experience for PNB’s young dancers.
Laurel Simon is from Seattle, but currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas. She trained at PNB School for six years, along with summer courses at The Boston Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Laurel was a Ballet Performance major at the University of Oklahoma and also pursued a second major in Multidisciplinary Studies: Technical and Critical Theatre. After graduation, she danced for Ballet Arkansas. She currently dances and teaches with New Creation Dance Company, a professional contemporary group. In addition, she has worked as a stagehand for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and overhire for the local IATSE. This will be Laurel’s sixth summer as a Residence Counselor.
Elisabeth Staal comes from Boston, Massachusetts where she just completed her B.A. in English, Communication + Media Studies, with minors in Music-Theatre and Psychology from Emmanuel College. She has been dancing since she was four, and has been performing through theatre since she was ten. She has served as Dance Captain for musicals, been part of a collegiate dance company, and has choreographed in different capacities. Most recently, she had the honor of choreographing The World Goes ‘Round in its entirety for Emmanuel College this past fall. Based on acting performances she has been sent, twice, to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1. She has worked at the Boston Ballet for about two years in an administrative capacity, and as a volunteer Teacher Assistant for their Adaptive Dance program. She is originally from California, and happy to be on the west coast for the summer!
Hannah Strauch is originally from Long Beach California and formerly attended PNB’s summer course on full scholarship. In addition, she spent summers training at CPYB, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet and Houston Ballet. While attending Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy for two years she simultaneously graduated from Keystone National High School online. She joined Cincinnati Ballet as a Trainee and Second Company member and currently is dancing with Alabama Ballet.
Alanna Swovelin is from Los Angeles, California. She started her professional career dancing for Ballet Idaho and Eugene Ballet Company. Her credits include the Bolshoi Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Los Angeles Opera, LA Fashion Week, MGM Grand China, and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as artists such as Michael Bublé, 50 Cent, and Jay Leno. Alanna most recently returned from a year and a half dancing at Tokyo Disneyland.
Julia Turner was born in Lugano, Switzerland, and raised in Chicago, IL. She started her classical ballet training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Downers Grove, IL, and continued at the Joffrey Ballet’s Academy of Dance in Chicago. She competed and placed at the Youth America Grand Prix competitions in 2009, 2010, and 2012, and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Miami City Ballet. Julia spent two years in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division, and one year with Tulsa Ballet II. She is currently a company member at Grand Rapids Ballet.
Julianne Zilahy grew up dancing at the Woodbury Academy of Ballet in Woodbury, Connecticut. She attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, The Rock School, Atlanta Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet with a minor in Writing at Texas Christian University in 2013. Following graduation, Julianne spent one season dancing professionally with Ballet Arkansas and two seasons with the Alabama Ballet. This August, Julianne will be joining the class of 2019 at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, in pursuit of a Juris Doctor degree in Environmental Law. This will be her third summer as a Residence Counselor.
“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