July 11–August 12, 2016

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, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-3:30 pm. Summer Course also offers students seminars on a wide variety of topics relevant to the young dancer including nutrition, dance history, music, foot health, production 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 Dance History, Anatomy, Nutrition, Pointe Shoe Fittings and other dance-related topics.
Students attend class Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm & Saturday technique class. 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

Watch video

PNBS – Level VII Pointe (2014)

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

Watch video

PNBS – Level VII Pas de Deux (2014)

Taught by former PNB Principal dancer, Le Yin.

Watch video

PNBS Professional Division Program: Men

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

Watch video

PNBS – Level VIII Technique

Taught by former Boston Ballet Principal dancer, Elaine Bauer.

Watch video

PNBS – Level VII Pas de Deux

Taught by former Boston Ballet Principal dancer, Bruce Wells.

Watch video

PNBS – Level VII Pointe

Taught by former Cleveland Ballet, Dane Holman.

Watch video

PNBS – Level VI Pointe

Taught by former NYCB dancer, Marjorie Thompson.

Watch video

PNBS – Level V Technique

Copy: Taught by former PNB soloist, Marisa Albee.

Watch video

PNBS – Level IV Technique

Taught by former ABT dancer, Meg Potter.

Watch video

PNBS – Level VI-VIII Men’s Class

Taught by former PNB dancer, Nicholas Ade.

Watch video

PNBS – Level VI/V Men’s Class

Taught by former PNB dancer, Timothy Lynch.

Summer Course Photos

Student Life


The Summer Course housing cost for 2016 is TBA. 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 fifteen 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. For his duties as Summer Residence bus driver, he 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 12th 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 recently earned her B.S. in General Studies with a minor in Psychology. While attending college, Kirsten has taught at Fort Wayne School of Dance, Diva Danceworks by Amber, and New American Youth Ballet. She will be continuing her education with graduate study in physical therapy. 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 as a trainee. She recently finished her third season with Fort Wayne Ballet as a dancer and teacher. This will be Juanita’s second summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB.

Nadine Barton was born in California. She began her classical ballet training with Orlando Ballet, then later trained in Miami at the Artistic Dance Center of Doral. She also studied at Miami City Ballet and has danced with Oklahoma City Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, and the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. Nadine has taught at Artistic Dance Center in Doral, Florida, and has received awards for her dancing and choreography at YAGP, YoungArts, and the American Dance Competition. She is currently a company member at Alabama Ballet.

Lauren Baznik is a former PNB Summer Course student who currently dances with Switzerland’s Ballet Zurich. She is a graduate of the Princess Grace Academy of Dance in Monte Carlo, Monaco and has also studied at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. Lauren has been recognized as a Semi-Finalist in the International Ballet Competition VARNA, and 1st and 2nd Place at YAGP Chicago. She has extensive experience as a camp counselor in her hometown of Naperville, Illinois.

Ezra Dickinson is a Washington native who began dancing at the age of four at Nancy White’s School of Ballet in Bellingham. A member of the Summer Residence staff for ten years, he began his training at Pacific Northwest Ballet at the age of eight and continued training at PNB on full scholarship for the next twelve years, including two years in the Professional Division. After leaving PNB, he attended Cornish College of the Arts on full scholarship, graduating Cum Laude with a BFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography. Ezra has danced for Zoe/Juniper, Dayna Hanson, Mark Haim, Mary Sheldon Scott, Amy O’Neal, Kent Stowell, Wade Madsen, Kabby Mitchell, Penny Hutchinson, Bruce Wells, Zan Yamashita, Ho Ho-Do, Deborah Wolf, Pat Hon, Iyun Harrison, Rainbow Fletcher, Seattle Dance Project and The Castaways. His choreography through performance and on film has been commissioned by On The Boards, TEDX Rainer, Seattle City Hall, Highline College, 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 Theatre, City Arts Genre Bender, Velocity’s Made In Seattle and The Northwest Film Forum. Ezra is currently dancing for The Maureen Whiting Company, The Murphy/Lachow Company, Tahni Holt, Tamin Totzke and HYPERNOVA, as well as creating choreography for Kyle Loven. He is also developing a new full-length solo work set to premier in the fall of 2016 and developing new performances for The Offshore Project. Find out more at www.ezradickinson.com.

Vivi DiMarco is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she received her B.S. in Chemistry (with honors). She is currently a company dancer with Ballet Nebraska, and has also choreographed on the company. She has danced professionally with Ballet Vero Beach in Florida and The Montgomery Ballet in Alabama, and as Trainee with Joffrey Ballet, Chicago. Her earlier dance training was at Lou Conte Dance Studio (of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Ruth Page School of Dance, and School of DanceWest Ballet. Vivi has worked with young people in a variety of settings: as a dance teacher at a number of studios, as an academic tutor, and as a church youth group leader.

Juliet Greenblatt began her dance training at the School of the Hartford Ballet. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts Management from Ithaca College, where she minored in dance and was Artistic Director of the Rock Hard Dance Company. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant and Residential Advisor at the Center for Creative Youth, located at Wesleyan University. Juliet has also held administrative positions with musical theatre and artist management companies.

Tyler Gum attended Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Summer Course student for four years. He has also studied at Walnut Hill, The Harid Conservatory, Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, and the University of Arizona. Tyler has taught at the Ballet West Academy Summer Intensive and currently dances with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also a visual artist and children’s book illustrator.

Sasha Habash is from Orange County, California, where she trained at Danse Conservatory. She spent summers training at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Texas Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Chicago, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. Sasha graduated from Chapman University with a B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising and minors in Business Administration and English, and she will graduate in June 2015 with an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. Sasha has worked as Registrar for Anaheim Ballet and is currently a Development Intern at Seattle Repertory Theatre. She is a third-year returning Summer Residence counselor.

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 with New Creation Dance Company, a professional contemporary group. In addition, she has worked as a stagehand for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. This will be Laurel’s fifth summer as a Residence Counselor.

Ranleigh Starling is a Seattle native who studied dance in the preparatory division at Cornish College of the Arts and at Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. After spending nine summers as a child at Camp Sealth on nearby Vashon Island, she later returned to work there as a counselor. Ranleigh earned her B.A. from Bennington College with concentrations in Lighting Design, Dance, and Architecture. She has worked in administrative and teaching roles in the dance division of Vashon Allied Arts, as a production intern at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and is currently a Lighting Design Intern with Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Julianne Zilahy grew up dancing at the Woodbury Academy of Ballet in Woodbury, Connecticut. She also attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, The Rock School, Atlanta Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet. She earned her B.F.A. in Ballet with a minor in Writing at Texas Christian University. Julianne was a company dancer with Ballet Arkansas and currently dances with Alabama Ballet. This will be her second 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

2016 Summer Course Tuition

Level Tuition
Level IV & V TBA
Weekly Schedule: Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars
Level VI TBA
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   TBA
Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Adagio, Pilates Mat Class, and Seminars
The Residence: Room and Board TBA

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
Peter Boal
Kirsten Cooper
Nancy Crowley
Michele Curtis
Kyle Davis
Kiyon Gaines
Dana Hanson
Dane Holman
Petur Iliev
William Miglino
Monica Mota
Jason Ohlberg
Meg Potter
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Abbie Siegel
Eva Stone
Marjorie Thompson
Julie Tobiason
Giovanni Villalobos
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

2016 Audition Tour

Summer Course July 11 – August 12

Monday, January 18
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education
1695 Marietta Blvd.  NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Get Map

Monday, January 18
5:30 p.m. ages 12-15
7:00 p.m. ages 16-18
Ballet Austin Butler Dance Education Center
501 West 3rd St.
Austin, TX 78701
Get Map

Boca Raton                                                   
Saturday, January 23
4:00 p.m. ages 12-18
The Harid Conservatory
2285 Potomac Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Get Map

Saturday, January 9
5:00 p.m. ages 12-14
6:30 p.m. ages 15-18
The Boston Ballet
19 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116
Get Map

Sunday, January 10                                                
2:00 p.m. ages 12-13
3:30 p.m. ages 14-15
5:00 p.m. ages 16-18
The School of Ballet Chicago
17 N. State St. suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60602
Get Map

Saturday, January 30
2:30 p.m. ages 12-15
4:00 p.m. ages 16-18
Columbus City Ballet School
763 Radio Drive
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Get Map

Sunday, January 24
3:30 p.m. ages 12-13
5:00 p.m. ages 14-15
6:30 p.m. ages 16-18
Chamberlain School of Ballet
3003 West 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075
Get Map

Saturday, January 2
4:30 p.m. ages 12-14
6:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Colorado Ballet
1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Get Map

Sunday, January 17
4:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:45 p.m. ages 15-18
Houston Ballet
601 Preston St
Houston, TX 77002
Get Map

Saturday, January 9
1:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Huntsville Ballet School
800 Regal Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
Get Map

Saturday, January 23
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Indianapolis School of Ballet
502 N Capitol Avenue, Ste B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Get Map

Kansas City                                                  
Sunday, January 3
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:00 p.m. ages 15-18
Kansas City Ballet
500 W Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
Get Map

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

Saturday, January 2
4:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Miami City Ballet
2200 Liberty Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Get Map

New York                                                     
Saturday, January 16
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:00 p.m. ages 15-16
6:30 p.m. ages 17-18
School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Get Map

Sunday, January 3
3:30 p.m. ages 12-15
5:00 p.m. ages 16-18
Orlando Ballet School
2201 McRae Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
Get Map

Saturday, February 6
4:30 p.m. ages 12-15
6:00 p.m. ages 16-18
The Louise Reed Center for Dance
323 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Get Map

Sunday, January 10
3:00 p.m. ages 15-18
5:30 p.m. ages 12-14
School of Ballet Arizona
2835 E Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Get Map

Friday, January 22
6:45 p.m. ages 12-18
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Get Map

Salt Lake City
Sunday, February 7
1:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Ballet West
Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre
52 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Get Map

San Diego, North County
Friday, January 29
3:30 p.m. ages 12-14
5:00 p.m. ages 15-18
San Elijo Dance and Music Academy
1635 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd #203
San Marcos, CA 92078
Get Map

San Francisco                                               
Sunday, January 31
12:30 p.m. ages 12-13
2:00 p.m. ages 14-15
3:30 p.m. ages 16-18
Alonzo King LINES Dance Center
26 Seventh Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Get Map

Saturday, January 16
1:00 p.m. ages 12-13
3:00 p.m. ages 14-15
4:30 p.m. ages 16-18
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Get Map


Ballet Arts Academy
109 W. Pacific
Spokane, WA 99201
Get Map

Monday, February 8
6:30 p.m. ages 12-18
Ballet Arts
200 South Tucson Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Get Map

Washington D.C.                                          
Sunday, January 17
2:00 p.m. ages 12-15
4:00 p.m. ages 16-18
Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Springs, MD 20910
Get Map

Sunday, February 7
6:00 p.m. ages 12-18
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
1533 South Main St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Get Map

Audition information: To audition students must be 12 to 18 years of age during the 2016 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 mailed within one month.

logo_FreedPacific Northwest Ballet School’s National Audition Tour is sponsored by:

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

Summer Course Video

thumb_summervideoVideo: PNB’s Summer Course

Student life, rehearsal footage, interviews & more!

“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

Student Handbook

2015-2016 Student Handbook

Summer Course
Audition Tour Sponsor