July 10–August 11, 2017

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.

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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.

Summer Course Videos

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PNBS – Level VII Pointe (2014)

Taught by former New York City Ballet dancer, Dana Hanson.

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PNBS – Level VII Pas de Deux (2014)

Taught by former PNB Principal dancer, Le Yin.

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PNBS Professional Division Program: Men

Hear from Price & Christian about their experience in our men’s PD Program.

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PNBS – Level VIII Technique

Taught by former Boston Ballet Principal dancer, Elaine Bauer.

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PNBS – Level VII Pas de Deux

Taught by former Boston Ballet Principal dancer, Bruce Wells.

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PNBS – Level VII Pointe

Taught by former Cleveland Ballet dancer, Dane Holman.

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PNBS – Level VI Pointe

Taught by former NYCB dancer, Marjorie Thompson.

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PNBS – Level V Technique

Copy: Taught by former PNB soloist, Marisa Albee.

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PNBS – Level IV Technique

Taught by former ABT dancer, Meg Potter.

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PNBS – Level VI-VIII Men’s Class

Taught by former PNB dancer, Nicholas Ade.

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PNBS – Young Men

Taught by former PNB dancer, Timothy Lynch.

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Student Life


The Summer Course housing cost for 2017 is $3,290. Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, as demand exceeds capacity. The residence fee includes a bus pass.

summer_housing2PNBS 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.

cafeteriaThe 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.


“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

2017 Summer Course Tuition

Level Tuition
Level IV & V & Young Men $1,965
Weekly Schedule: Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars
Level VI $2,105
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   $2,105
Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Adagio, Pilates Mat Class, and Seminars
The Residence: Room and Board $3,290

Photo © Angela Sterling

Photo © Angela Sterling

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I audition by DVD or videotape?
We do not accept DVD/videotape auditions. However, after much consideration of the distance and expense to students, we will review videos from over sea applicants. Scholarships are not awarded to those students accepted via DVD/videotape. For more information, please contact the school at pnbschool@pnb.org

summer_faqsWhen will I find out the results of the audition? Can I receive a critical evaluation of my audition?
Audition results will be mailed within a few weeks of the audition. No critique of the audition will be given.

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

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. And if a student is 11 years old at the time of the audition but will be 12 years old by the first day of Summer Course, then they are eligible to audition in the 12-year-old group.

What should I bring to the audition?
There is a $40 audition fee (payable by cash, check or money order only). 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.

Photo © Angela Sterling

Photo © Angela Sterling

Students should wear regular class attire; girls 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 apply to stay for the Fall 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.

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.


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
Kiyon Gaines
Dana Hanson
Jaret Hughes
Dane Holman
Petur Iliev
William Miglino
Jason Ohlberg
Meg Potter
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Abbie Siegel
Eva Stone
Marjorie Thompson
Julie Tobiason
Jackie Villegas-MacLin
Le Yin
Photo © Angela Sterling

Photo © Angela Sterling


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

summer_housingPacific 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.

Pacific Northwest Ballet School

2017 Audition Tour

Audition information:
To audition students must be 12 to 18 years of age during the 2017 Summer Course. Registration with a $40 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 emailed within one month.

Friday, February 3
5:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Atlanta Ballet
Michael C. Carolos Dance Centre
1695 Marietta Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30318

Sunday, January 29
10:00 a.m. ages 12-14
11:30 a.m. ages 15-18
Ballet Austin
501 West 3rd St.
Austin, TX 78701

Friday, January 6
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Baltimore School of the Arts
712 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Boca Raton
Sunday, January 29
3:00 p.m. ages 12-18
The Harid Conservatory
2285 Potomac Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Saturday, January 7
2:30 p.m. ages 12-14
4:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Boston Ballet
19 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116

Sunday, January 8
3:30 p.m. ages 12-13
5:00 p.m. ages 14-15
6:30 p.m. ages 16-18
Ballet Chicago
17 N State Street 19th floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Saturday, January 28
4:00 p.m. ages 12-15
5:30 p.m. ages 16-18
Columbus City Ballet School
763 Rado Dr.
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Saturday, January 28
4:30 p.m. ages 12-13
6:00 p.m. ages 14-15
7:30 p.m. ages 16-18
Chamberlain School of Ballet
3003 West 15th St.
Plano, TX 75075

Friday, January 6
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Colorado Ballet Center
1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

Saturday, January 21
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:15 p.m. ages 15-18
Academy of City Ballet of Houston
1331 Upland Dr. #6
Houston, TX 77043

Monday, January 9
6:30 p.m., ages 12-18
Huntsville Ballet School
800 Regal Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801

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

Kansas City
Saturday, January 7
12:30 p.m. ages 12-14
2:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Kansas City Ballet
Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity
500 W Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Los Angeles
Sunday, January 22
2:30 p.m. ages 12-13
4:00 p.m. ages 14-15
5:30 p.m. ages 16-18
Los Angeles Ballet
11755 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Sunday, January 8
4:00 p.m. ages 12-18
Miami City Ballet
2200 Liberty Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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

Monday, January 16
4:30 p.m. ages 12-14
6:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Orlando Ballet School
415 E. Princeton St.
Orlando, FL 32803

Sunday, February 5
4:30 p.m. ages 12-18
School of Pennsylvania Ballet
The Louise Reed Center for Dance
323 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Saturday, January 14
11:30 a.m. ages 12-18
Ballet Arizona
2835 E. Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Friday, January 20
6:45 p.m. ages 12-18
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
2900 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Salt Lake City
Friday, January 27
7:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Ballet West
Jessie Eccles Quincey Ballet Centre
52 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, U T 84101

San Diego
Friday, January 27
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:00 p.m. ages 15-18
San Elijo Dance and Music Academy
1635 South Rancho Fe Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92078

San Francisco
Saturday, January 21
1:00 p.m. ages 15-16
2:30 p.m. ages 12-14
4:00 p.m. ages 17-18
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
26 Seventh St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, January 28
11:30 a.m. age 12
1:00 p.m. age 13
2:30 p.m. ages 14-15
4:00 p.m. ages 16-18
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Saturday, February 4
10:30 a.m. ages 12-18
Patel Conservatory
Straz Center
1010 N.W. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602

Washington D.C.
Sunday, January 15
2:30 p.m. ages 12-14
4:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Dr.
Silver Springs, MD 20910

Sunday, January 22
3:30 p.m. ages 12-18
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
1533 S Main St
Winston-Salem, NC 27127


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“You truly have created a professional environment that feels like family.”
—PNBS Summer Course Parent

“From the moment I stepped into the ballet studio, I never wanted to leave. Pacific Northwest Ballet School trained and nurtured me from an early age, leading me to my future with Pacific Northwest Ballet.”
—Patricia Barker, former PNB principal dancer and PNBS scholarship student

PNBS Summer Course student. Photo © Angela Sterling

PNBS Summer Course student. Photo © Angela Sterling

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