Summer Course

July 11–August 12, 2022

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 looking forward to welcoming students into the studio for in-person instruction for Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s 2022 Summer Course

Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Course is for intermediate and advanced students, 12 to 18 years old who are at a stage of technical advancement proportionate to their age and who have the physical qualifications suited to the demands of classical dance. Twelve year olds must already be training on pointe by the time of their Summer Course audition.

Classes

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, Variations, 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. We are currently planning for in-person classes for the 2022 Summer Course, following all guidelines established by PNB’s COVID-19 team (based on state and local health mandates).

At this time, PNB School requires all students age 12 and above to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to participate in classes. Students, faculty, and staff are masked and socially distanced at all times in the PNB facilities and in the classroom.

Students who attend PNB School’s 2022 Summer Course must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Additional student guidelines outlining PNB’s COVID-19 procedures will be sent to registered students in the spring. These guidelines and will include information for the Summer Residence, which will have its own set of strict protocols.

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

Housing

Housing will be provided on the beautiful campus of Seattle Pacific University for a limited number of students for the 2022 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.

Housing Information

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.

2022 Residence Cost: $3,830 (shared room); $4,325 (single)

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. Daily transportation to and from the Residence and PNB studios is provided. Meals are served in SPU’s Gwinn Commons cafeteria.

The Residence is staffed by experienced adult counselors who live on-site during the entire 5 weeks to ensure a safe, congenial atmosphere and individual attention given to all residents.

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.

Tuition

Level IV, V, & Young Men
$2,290

 Level VI, VII, VIII, & Men’s Division
$2,455

FAQ’s

Can I audition by video?
We prefer students attend one of our scheduled auditions (in person). Video auditions are accepted only in extreme circumstances from students who cannot attend a scheduled audition. Video submissions will be reviewed after all Summer Course Auditions conclude, and only if space is available in the program at that time. Scholarships are not awarded to those students accepted via video. For more information, please contact the school at pnbschool@pnb.org.

When will I find out the results of the audition?
Audition results will be e-mailed within 2-3 weeks of the audition date. Any student who does not hear back within two weeks should email pnbschool@pnb.org after checking any spam folders. No critique of the audition will be given.

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.

Faculty

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.

FJ & Catherine Abaya
Marisa Albee
Lucie Baker
Peter Boal
Rachel Coats
Emily Coello
Kirsten Cooper
Nancy Crowley
Doug Fullington
Ikolo Griffin
Dana Hanson
Jaret Hughes
Carrie Imler
Kaylie Johnson
Jonathan Porretta
Meg Potter
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Abbie Siegel
Josh Spell
Eva Stone
Marjorie Thompson
Jennifer Turner
Alexander Ung
Amber Willett
Le Yin

Summer Course Residence Staff

David Jensen (he/him) is Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Residence Director. This will be his 28th year with PNB. He grew up in Olympia, Washington, and earned a B.A. in English and Master in Teaching from the University of Washington. Dave has been a public-school teacher for 22 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. In addition, Dave is one of our Summer Residence bus drivers and holds a commercial driver’s license with all required endorsements.

Patrick Cho (he/him) serves as PNB’s Assistant Residence Director and is returning for his 17th summer at PNB. Patrick is a native of Federal Way, Washington, who earned his B.A. in Developmental Psychology from Duke University and his M.A. in Teaching from the University of Washington. After a career of teaching in the Federal Way and Tacoma public school districts, Patrick will be spending next year traveling through Asia.

Madeline Bez (she/her) 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. She accepted her first professional contract with Georgia Dance Theatre in 2017 and a year later moved to Oregon to join Eugene Ballet. Madeline moved to New York City in 2021 and has since been freelancing. This is Madeline’s second 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 (she/her) grew up in Rochester, NY where she completed her dance training at the Draper Center for Dance Education. Whilst training, she attended summer programs at Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. After dancing for two seasons at Rochester City Ballet as an apprentice, she moved to Utah to begin a B.S. in Sociology at Brigham Young University. Along with her classes, she spends her time teaching dance at several studios around Utah Valley, reading lots of books, and playing the piano. This is her second summer as a Residence Counselor and she cannot wait to meet all of the new students and explore more of Seattle!

Rebecca Cornett (she/her) grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. She started her ballet training with Magda Auñón at Ft. Lauderdale Ballet Classique and Miguel Campanería at the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut before accepting the opportunity to train at Boston Ballet School and at Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Professional Division student. She is currently a dancer with the St. Louis Ballet and has completed eight seasons with the company. In St. Louis, she has had the opportunity to perform the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella as well as other principal roles and ballets. She is looking forward to coming back to Seattle for her first summer as a Residence Counselor.

Ezra Dickinson (he/him) 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 15th year as a Summer Residence staff member. Ezra earned his B.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis in choreography from Cornish College of The Arts. Ezra’s 2013 solo performance Mother for you I made this, commissioned by Velocity’s “Made In Seattle” program, continues to receive international critical acclaim. Ezra’s most recent solo work Psychic Radio Star, commissioned by On The Boards in 2016, received NEFA NDP production, residency and touring support. Currently in development is “Stories From The Streets” a GPS guided interactive walking tour set on Seattle, featuring interviews from homeless, augmented reality, sound, performance and installation. Funding for this new work provided by 4Culture. Ezra Dickinson’s original work in choreography, film, sculpture, activism, murals, paintings, and movement installations can be seen on display all over the world. Find out more at www.ezradickinson.com.

Joshua Downard (he/him) 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 five 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 three years. He is looking forward to returning for his second summer of being a Residence Counselor.

Sophia Grant (they/them) is from the capital district of New York State where they began dance training at the age of three. Throughout their dance career Sophia attended New York State’s Summer School of the Arts for ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s summer intensives, and traveled on tour to perform the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s Nutcracker throughout the Northeast. After graduating from the Academy of the Holy Names high school, Sophia went on to attend Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. They studied Psychology and Dance primarily, along with Education and Social Work, and throughout college spent their free time traveling, hiking and camping, exploring new interests like film editing, and choreographing new dance works within Skidmore’s dance department. Upon graduating Skidmore (May 2022) Sophia plans to take time off from school to pursue different fields of interest, and afterwards return to school to earn certification in Elementary School Education or School Psychology through a graduate degree program. Sophia is looking forward to their first summer as a Residence Counselor and spending time on the west coast.

JonMarie Rose Johnson (she/her) began her dance training at The Louisville Ballet School and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. She studied under teachers including Robert Curran, Mikelle Bruzina, Uwe Kern, and Helen Daigle. She has attended summer intensives with Louisville Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Nashville Ballet. JonMarie is also a 2017 alumna of The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts and was a member of Regional Dance America Southeast for five years. Last summer she had the opportunity to work for Brenau University as the Head RA for their annual Summer Dance Intensive. In 2018 she was accepted into The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and has graduated with her BFA in Dance Summa Cum Laude. She trained with Nashville Ballet in their Professional Training Division and is returning to the Louisville Ballet next season as a level 10 Studio Company Dancer. JonMarie is thrilled to return to PNB but this time as a first-year Residence Counselor!

Sarah Kosterman (she/her) 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, was promoted to a company member in 2018 and is excited to be returning for her seventh season this fall, now as a principal dancer.  While at Eugene Ballet Sarah has had the opportunity to perform many principal roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, a stepsister in Cinderella, Bianca in Taming of the Shrew, and Maria in Penny Saunders’ Ghost Light. Sarah is very excited for her fourth summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB!

Antonio Lopez (he/him) 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 third season as a company member with Eugene Ballet and is thrilled to experience his second year as a Residence Counselor with PNB this summer!

Sawyer Smith (they/them) began ballet classes when they were seven in Greenville, South Carolina, and later attended The Fine Arts Center for ballet and modern dance. They worked as a dancer and choreographer in Naina Dewan’s Dance Company, and have performed throughout the state. They are a rising senior at Sarah Lawrence College in NY, where they study dance and production. They’ve worked with choreographers such as Beth Gill, Kyle Marshall, and Lacina Coulibaly, and have had the privilege of producing several of their own performances. They have performed in NYC exactly once. They’re looking forward to spending all their paychecks on coffee and Dick’s milkshakes for their second summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB.

Contact

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

Pacific Northwest Ballet School
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.441.2435
pnbschool@pnb.org

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)