Summer Course at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle

Summer Course

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July 8–August 9, 2019

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.

With summer course auditions just around the corner, we asked three students from 2017’s summer course to give advice on how to prepare yourself for the intensive training and how to get the most out of your summer course experience. Head over to our blog to see what they had to say!

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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


Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, as demand exceeds capacity. The residence fee includes a bus pass. 2019 Residence Cost: $3,535.

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 Director

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 eighteen 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 all required endorsements.

“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

2019 Summer Course Tuition

Level Tuition
Level IV & V & Young Men $2,110
Weekly Schedule: Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars
Level VI $2,260
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   $2,260
Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Adagio, Pilates Mat Class, and Seminars
The Residence: Room and Board $3,535

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?
If possible, we prefer that students attend one of our scheduled auditions. DVD/video auditions accepted only in extreme circumstances from international students, who cannot attend a scheduled audition. DVD/video submissions will be reviewed after the Summer Course Audition Tour concludes, and only if space is available in the program at that time. Scholarships are not awarded to those students accepted via DVD/video. For more information, please contact the school at

summer_faqsWhen will I find out the results of the audition?
Audition results will be e-mailed within 2-3 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 at the time of audition. Exceptions can be made in special circumstances at the discretion of Denise Bolstad.

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. Students who are 11 years old at the time of the audition but will be 12 years old by the first day of Summer Course are eligible to audition in the 12-year-old group.

What should I bring to the audition?
There is a $45 audition fee (payable by cash or check). 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 complete and submit a written application 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
Dana Hanson
Jaret Hughes
Dane Holman
Petur Iliev
Jason Ohlberg
Meg Potter
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Kiyon Ross
Abbie Siegel
Eva Stone
Marjorie Thompson
Julie Tobiason
Giovanni Villalobos
Jackie Villegas-MacLin
Le Yin

2019 Summer Course Injury Screening Staff

Henry Lu, PT, ATC has been working in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation since 2003 with special interests in spine, foot/ankle, and hip rehabilitation. He utilizes his extensive training in Postural Restoration Institute Techniques, manual therapy, and movement analysis to assist each individual in achieving their fullest potential.  Henry received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from UCSF/SFSU, graduating with honors. He is currently part of the consulting staff for the Pacific Northwest Ballet and School.

Trish, DPT, OCS, received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University. Trish addresses musculoskeletal movement limitations with a hands on approach of manual therapy and incorporating patient education, movement reeducation and therapeutic exercise. She values her diverse experiences in physical therapy, including her experience working in a Neurological ICU and Burn ICU which have shaped her compassionate treatment philosophy for the injured.

Arran, DPT, OMT, FAAOMPT, received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound. She received her Doctorate Certification, Fellowship Certification, and PhD training in Manual Therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute. She specializes in working with injuries of the pelvis, low back and neck but is comfortable treating any diagnosis. She first became interested in physical therapy after walking 1000 miles across Northern Spain and learning how cultures utilize different medical techniques to heal the body.

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.

2019 Summer Course Audition Tour

2019 Audition Tour locations are listed below. Dates and times will be posted in November.

Friday, February 1
7:00 pm, ages 12-18
Atlanta Ballet
Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre
1695 Marietta Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Monday, January 21
5:00 pm, ages 12-18
Ballet Austin
501 West 3rd St.
Austin, TX 78701

Friday, January 4
5:30 pm, ages 12-18
Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Boca Raton
Friday, January 18
7:00 pm, ages 12-18
Harid Conservatory
2285 Potomac Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Saturday, January 5
3:30 pm, ages 12-13
5:00 pm, ages 14-15
6:30 pm, ages 16-18
Boston Ballet
19 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116

Sunday, January 6
3:30 pm, ages 12-14
5:00 pm, ages 15-16
6:30 pm, ages 17-18
Ballet Chicago
17 N State Street, 19th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60602

Saturday, January 12
2:30 pm, ages 12-18
Columbus City Ballet School
763 Radio Dr
Lewis Center, OH 43035

Dallas/Fort Worth
Saturday, January 26
4:00 pm, ages 12-18
Texas Ballet Theater
1540 Mall Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76116

Sunday, January 20
4:30 pm, ages 12-14
6:00 pm, ages 15-18
Colorado Ballet Center
1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

Saturday, February 2
4:30 pm, ages 12-14
6:00 pm, ages 15-18
Houston Ballet
601 Preston St.
Houston, TX 77002

Monday, January 14
Huntsville Ballet
800 Regal Drive SW
Huntsville, AL 35801

Sunday, January 20
4:00 pm, ages 12-14
5:30 pm, ages 15-18
Indianapolis School of Ballet
502 N Capitol Ave, Ste B
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Kansas City
Sunday, January 20
9:30 am, ages 12-18
Kansas City Ballet
Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity
500 W Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Los Angeles
Sunday, January 27
3:30 pm, ages 12-13
5:00 pm, ages 14-15
6:30 pm, ages 16-18
Los Angeles Ballet
11755 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Sunday, January 13
5:30 pm, ages 12-18
Miami City Ballet
2200 Liberty Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

New York
Saturday, January 12
3:30 pm, ages 12-13
5:00 pm, ages 14-15
6:45 pm, ages 16-18
School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Saturday, January 19
6:30 pm, ages 12-18
Orlando Ballet
415 E. Princeton St
Orlando, FL 32803

Osaka, Japan
Sunday, December 9
2:00 pm, ages 12-14
4:00 pm, ages 15-18
Ballet Studio Muse

Wednesday, February 13
5:00 pm, ages 12-18
School of Pennsylvania Ballet
The Louise Reed Center for Dance
323 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Saturday, January 5
3:00 pm, ages 12-18
Ballet Arizona
2835 E Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Friday, January 11
6:45 pm, ages 12-18
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
2900 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Salt Lake City
Friday, January 25
7:30 pm, ages 12-18
Ballet West
Jessie Eccles Quincey Ballet Centre
52 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

San Diego
Monday, January 28
4:30 pm, ages 12-14
6:00 pm, ages 15-18
San Elijo Dance and Music Academy
1635 South Rancho Fe Rd
San Marcos, CA 92078

San Francisco
Saturday, January 26
1:00 pm, ages 12-13
2:30 pm, ages 14-15
4:00 pm, ages 16-18
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
26 Seventh St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, January 12
Saturday, January 12
8:30 am, age 12
10:00 am, age 13
11:30 am, ages 14-15
1:15 pm, ages 16-18
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Saturday, February 2
3:00 pm, ages 12-18
Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

Monday, January 7
5:30 pm, ages 12-18
Next Generation Ballet
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N W.C. MacInnes Pl
Tampa, FL 33602

Tokyo, Japan
Saturday, December 8
1:30 pm, ages 12-14
3:30 pm, ages 15-18

Washington D.C.
Sunday, February 3
4:30 pm, ages 12-14
6:00 pm, ages 15-18
Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Saturday, January 19
8:30 am, ages 12-18
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
1533 S Main St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27127

Audition information: To audition, students must be 12 to 18 years of age during the 2019 Summer Course. Registration with a $45 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.

Pacific 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

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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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