Summer Course

July 12–August 13, 2021

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.

We are currently planning to bring students into the studio for Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s 2021 Summer Course. While our intention is to provide in-person instruction, we have a contingency plan in place for online training, if state and local health guidelines and mandates deem it necessary.

Auditions for the 2021 Online Summer Course have ended.


We are currently planning for small, in-person classes for the 2021 Summer Course, following all health and safety guidelines established by PNB’s COVID-19 team (based on state and local health mandates). Students and faculty will be masked and socially distanced in the classroom. Please note: if restrictions increase and cause us to shift to all-virtual or hybrid instruction, tuition will remain the same.

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. PNB School’s Summer Course also offers students seminars by PNB consultants and dance specialists on a wide variety of topics relevant to the young dancer including injury prevention, mental health, music, strength and conditioning, and pointe shoe care.

Weekly Schedule

Technique, Pointe, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Circuit Training, and Seminars*

*Seminars may include injury prevention, mental health, and other dance-related topics.

Students attend classes Monday–Saturday. Class size is limited and all ballet classes are accompanied by professional pianists.

COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures

We understand your questions and concerns regarding the health and safety of your student while attending PNB School. Students who register for the 2021 Summer Course will receive an email with PNB’s current COVID-19 Student guidelines to review and give you an idea of what you may expect this summer.

These guidelines will be amended for the 2021 Summer Course and will include information for the Summer Residence, which will have its own set of strict protocols. Official Summer Course COVID-19 Guidelines will be sent to registered students later this spring.

All guidelines, protocols and procedures are subject to change at any time.


Housing Update
April 5, 2021

Housing will be provided on the beautiful campus of Seattle Pacific University for a limited number of students for the 2021 Summer Course.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, and we are following state and local health mandates to guide all decisions regarding Summer Course classes and housing. Due to the reconfiguration of our rooms, HOUSING is extremely limited.

We ask that students and families give careful thought and consideration to the following information regarding the Summer Residence before signing up for housing. PNB will do everything in its power to make the Residence the best experience we can, but please note it will not be the same compared to past years, due to COVID restrictions. Students who choose to live in the Summer Residence must be mature enough and prepared to spend free time alone; be able to work independently; and to follow very strict COVID safety procedures and protocol.

Housing Information

Housing registration opens at 9:00am on Monday, April 5th. Registered Summer Course students will receive additional Housing information and registration instructions via email.

Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, as demand exceeds capacity. The residence fee includes daily transportation to and from the PNB studios and three full meals per day.

2021 Residence Cost: $4,675 (Single Rooms only)

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, a large, well-equipped laundry room, and an ice machine. Access to all of the above will be limited based on strict COVID protocol. All students will be assigned to single rooms, with students on separate gender-specific floors and counselors living on each floor. Each student will share an adjoining bathroom with one other student, and common areas and bathrooms will be cleaned frequently by University staff. Daily transportation to and from the Residence and PNB studios is provided. Meals are served in SPU’s Gwinn Commons cafeteria (eaten in small dining areas with the student’s cohort).

The Residence is staffed by experienced adult counselors who live on-site during the entire 6 weeks to ensure a safe, congenial atmosphere and individual attention given to all residents.

Depending on what COVID restrictions are in place at the time of Summer Course, Residence students may have extremely limited activities outside class. Our usual calendar of optional group outings will likely not take place, and students may be required to remain in their class cohorts at all times in order to minimize exposure. In this scenario, students should anticipate spending a lot of down time in their rooms or outdoors with other members of their cohort. A laptop computer or tablet will be required for zoom classes, entertainment, communication, and all-house meetings.

In the event that restrictions have been lifted before Summer Course begins, we will add whatever optional group outings we feel are safe and practical, and will contact you with information about signing up for them. If feasible, we will also reinstate house meetings, craft nights, birthday celebrations, the Dorm Dance, the Talent Show, and other in-house activities.

The Residence’s location in a thriving, world-class city is a tremendous asset for Summer Course students. Seattle is surrounded by water and mountains, providing daily photo opportunities with seagulls, bridges, ferryboats, and snow-capped peaks. Public transportation continues to be available in the city, and students will be able to explore the city (masked at all times) via walking and/or Metro Transit (bus).  Just up the hill from campus is a village-like avenue with coffee-shop and eateries. Other neighborhood attractions within walking distance of the Summer Residence include the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Fremont neighborhood, featuring public art and local boutiques.

Summer Course Residence Staff

For over 25 years, David Jensen has been Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Residence Director. He grew up in Olympia, Washington, and earned a B.A. in English and a Master in Teaching degree from the University of Washington. Dave has been a public-school teacher for over 20 years; he taught high school for ten years before moving to his current position as an English 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.

Taylor Ottley serves as PNB’s Assistant Residence Director and is returning for her fifth year on the Residence staff. Taylor is a graduate of the Cecchetti Society of Dance, a former professional division student with PNB, and former apprentice with Dresden Semperoper Ballet. She represented the U.S. as a finalist in the 2011 Cecchetti International Ballet Competition in England, and has worked closely with renowned dancers and choreographers from Alonzo King LINES Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. After a 14-year-long ballet career, Taylor decided to change paths and pursue higher education at Brigham Young University. There she received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. She went on to receive a dual master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University. She is excited to return to Seattle to create a great experience for PNB’s young dancers.

Madeline Bez 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. Upon graduating she continued on to RWB’s post-secondary program for three years where she had many opportunities to perform alongside the company. She accepted her first professional contract with Georgia Dance Theatre in 2017 and a year later moved to Oregon to join Eugene Ballet. Madeline has been dancing with Eugene Ballet since 2018 but in the fall will be moving to China to join Harbin Ballet. This is Madeline’s first 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 is from Rochester, New York. She just finished up her second and final season as an apprentice at Rochester City Ballet and is moving to Utah this fall to pursue a B.S. in Sociology. She loves music, reading, and exploring new places, so she is very grateful to have the opportunity to spend time in Seattle this summer, her first as a Residence Counselor.

Joshua Downard 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 four 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 two years where he is pursuing an associate degree. He is looking forward to his first summer of being a Residence Counselor.

Sarena Fishman Jimenez is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and is returning for her fourth summer as a Residence Counselor at PNB. She received her B.A. in the Art of the Ballet Master (Repetiteur/Pedagogy focus) from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she studied for five years under the tutelage of principal dancers of the Mariinsky Theatre. Sarena has worked as Assistant to the Choreographer for Eva Stone during the creation of her piece “F O I L” for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, which premiered November 2019. She has also worked as a repetiteur for former Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist Margaret Mullin, who created the new work “SACCADE” for PNB’s Professional Division students for the 2019 School Performance. In addition, she has taught Character Dance at the Olympic Ballet School and worked as a private coach with dancers in the United States and Russia. In 2021, Sarena was awarded a full scholarship by the Russian government agency “Rossotrudnichestvo” to study for her master’s degree at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. She is also a writer, filmmaker, and founder of Cinagogue, a film production company, with a new film premiering summer 2021, starring Kathryn Morgan.

Sarah Kosterman 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 and will be continuing with them this fall in her fourth season as a company member. While at Eugene Ballet Sarah has had the opportunity to perform many soloist and principal roles including Pas de Trois in Swan Lake and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Sarah is very excited for her third summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB!

Antonio Lopez 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 second season as a company member with Eugene Ballet and is thrilled to experience his first year as a Residence Counselor with PNB this summer!

Sierra Ortega is from Huntsville, Alabama. She trained at the Alabama Ballet School and attended summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet and ABT New York. Upon completing high school, she continued her training at Butler University where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a minor in Strategic Communication. She then joined Ballet San Antonio as an apprentice and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet the following season. She will begin her fifth season with the company this fall under the direction of Sofiane Sylve. Sierra is excited to begin her first year as a Residence Counselor at PNB!

Mackenna Pieper currently resides in Dallas, Texas. She began her training at Miami Valley Dance Company in Dayton, Ohio and Ballet Conservatory in Lewisville, Texas before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division program at age 16. While at PNB she danced with the company in George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Kent Stowell’s “Camina Burana,” and several Next Step pieces. She has trained at American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, San Francisco, and PNB, all on scholarship. She was awarded first place in the classical senior and junior division at the Youth America Grand Prix and was a three-time YAGP NYC finals competitor. Mackenna just finished performing with Ballet Concerto in their 39th Summer Dance Concert in Fort Worth. She is excited to join the PNB Summer Residence team for her first year as a Residence Counselor.

Sawyer Smith is a rising junior at Sarah Lawrence College, where they are studying dance, education, film, literature, and political ecology. They started dancing in Greenville, South Carolina where they attended The Fine Arts Center, a high school for the arts, for ballet and modern dance. They worked as a dancer and choreographer in Naina Dewan’s Dance Company, and has performed at art festivals throughout the state. They’ve worked with choreographers such as Banning Bouldin and Lacina Coulibaly. They have also worked with the Center for the Urban River at Bezcak making environmental education curriculum. Sawyer is thrilled for their first summer with PNB as a Residence Counselor.

Sophie Teachout developed a passion for dance in her hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina. She became a part of her state’s vibrant dance community through her experiences dancing at a private studio, Dance Project: The School at City Arts, and a public performing arts high school, Weaver Academy. She spent her summers exploring modern and contemporary dance at programs such as the American Dance Festival, the Paul Taylor School, and the National Choreography Intensive. Sophie currently attends Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she is pursuing a B.A. in Liberal Arts, with concentrations in Dance and Cultural Studies. At SLC she has had the honor of studying with numerous celebrated dance artists, including John Jasperse, Beth Gill, Mina Nishimura, Fumiyo Ikeda, Paul Singh, and Jennifer Nugent. She is very passionate about dance history and education, and is looking forward to bringing those passions into her first summer at PNB as a Residence Counselor.


Level IV, V, & Young Men $2,198

 Level VI, VII, VIII, & Men’s Division $2,355


How do I apply for the year round program?
Please visit our audition page to learn more about applying for the year round program.

Are there scholarships and/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.


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
Lucie Baker
Peter Boal
Mikhail Calliste
Rachel Coats
Kirsten Cooper
Patrick Corbin
Nancy Crowley
Doug Fullington
Ikolo Griffin
Dana Hanson
Jaret Hughes
Dane Holman
Carrie Imler
Kaylie Johnson
Ramona Kelley
Sam Picart
Jonathan Porretta
Meg Potter
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Abbie Siegel
Josh Spell
Eva Stone
Marjorie Thompson
Julie Tobiason
Jennifer Turner
Alexander Ung
Jane Weiner
Amber Willett
Le Yin

Audition Online

Auditions for the 2021 Online Summer Course have ended.

Tips to help students navigate audition season while maintaining relationships with schools:

Communicate Openly
Schools pledge to communicate and find solutions if students have concerns about overlapping deadlines or program dates.

Respect Policies
Once you have made your decision, please identify and follow each school’s response policies.

Honor Deadlines
Respect scholarship offers by responding on or before deadlines to improve a school’s ability to manage enrollment, housing, and wait-lists.

Follow Through
After accepting an offer, please follow through and stand by your commitment.

Endorsed by members of the Dance/USA School Directors Affinity Group.


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)