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.
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, 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.
The 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 seventeen 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.
Patrick Cho serves as PNB’s Assistant Residence Director and is returning for his 14th summer at the Residence. 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. In addition to his administrative duties assisting the Residence Director, Patrick is also one of our boys’ Group Counselors. Patrick currently teaches in the Tacoma School District.
Brandon Alexander is from Houston, Texas where he trained with Lori Amare and at the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. He attended summer programs at The Rock School, The Harid Conservatory, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and two summers with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He has danced with Houston Ballet II, The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Rochester City Ballet, and is about to enter his sixth season with the Vanemuine Ballet in Tartu, Estonia. He is very excited to return to PNBS for his first year as a Residence Counselor.
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 for three seasons, then danced with Fort Wayne Ballet as a dancer and teacher for three seasons. She currently dances and teaches with De La Dance Company and School in Cincinnati, Ohio. This will be Juanita’s fourth summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB.
Madison Coppock grew up in Fairhope, Alabama. She started her dance training at Mobile Ballet, and then continued to train in the Boston Ballet Pre-Professional Program when she was 15 years old. She attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She stayed to join PNB’s Professional Division for two years, and after that joined Nevada Ballet Theatre for a year. She is currently a company member with Ballet Tucson.
Ezra Dickinson 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 twelfth 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. While at Cornish, Ezra was the recipient of The Merce Cunningham Scholarship, The Kreielshimer Scholarship, and The President’s Scholarship in Dance. Ezra’s 2013 solo performance Mother for you I made this, commissioned by Velocity’s “Made In Seattle” program, continues to receive national critical acclaim. Ezra’s most recent solo work Psychic Radio Star, commissioned by On The Boards in 2016, has received National Dance and Performance production, residency and touring support. Along with being co-artistic director of The Offshore Project and Actually Really, Ezra is also a member of The New Mystics, Saint Genet, HYPERNOVA, The Murphy Lachow Company, and The Maureen Whiting Company. Ezra Dickinson’s original work in choreography, film, sculpture, murals, paintings, and movement installations can be seen on display all over the world. Find out more at www.ezradickinson.com.
Sarena Fishman Jimenez is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and has lived in Seattle for eleven years. She is currently a third year student at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she is majoring in Ballet Mastering and Ballet Pedagogy, studying under principal dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet, Igor Kolb and Sofia Gumerova. Last summer, she taught Character Dance Technique and Repertoire at the Olympic Ballet School, and also worked as a summer camp instructor and supervisor, teaching handwork at the Seattle Waldorf Grade School. In addition, she has worked as a private coach with dancers in the United States and Russia, rehearsing excerpts from classical, neoclassical, and Soviet ballet repertoire. She is fluent in Spanish and Russian. Having first fallen in love with ballet at PNB, it is a great joy for her to be able to join the Residence Staff team to help make the summer intensive experience an enjoyable and positive as one.
Liz Gore is from Seattle, Washington and is excited for her first summer as a Residence Counselor. Growing up, Liz trained at Dance Fremont and spent summers at Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Ballet Chicago. Liz went on to receive a B.F.A. in ballet performance and a minor in nutrition from the University of Utah. Although she still dances frequently, Liz chose to focus on a career in nutrition after graduating. She spent a year as an AmeriCorps member in Pittsburgh before moving back to Seattle this year. Liz recently finished her first year as a Master of Public Health student at the University of Washington in the Nutritional Sciences Program. After finishing her degree next year, Liz will be a Registered Dietitian and is interested in working in pediatric and adolescent health.
Kaylee Grippando is from Miami, Florida. She attended summer intensives at Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, and Chautauqua School of Dance as an Apprentice. Kaylee was a National YoungArts winner in Ballet in 2014 and 2015. At 16, Kaylee joined the pre-professional program at Miami City Ballet School and the following year left to dance on full scholarship in the Professional Division at Pacific Northwest Ballet under the direction of Peter Boal. Kaylee is currently a ballet major at Indiana University.
Grace Haskins began dancing at the age of three through a local studio in Reno, Nevada, before moving to Seattle soon afterwards. She became a student at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, under the direction of Francia Russell and later Peter Boal. From 2003-2015 she trained with PNBS on full scholarship – the last two years as a member of its Professional Division program – with an extensive list of notable faculty and guest faculty, as well as performed in numerous School and Company productions. Grace has attended summer programs at PNBS (2008, ’09, ’11), on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet School under Edward Villella, on exchange and full scholarship with Canada’s National Ballet School, and on full scholarship with Boston Ballet School. Since 2015 she has danced with Grand Rapids Ballet, under the directorship of former PNB principal Patricia Barker, where she is currently a Company member. Through North Seattle College’s Running Start program, Grace earned her Associates in Science degree in 2014, in conjunction with her high school diploma. Ms. Haskins was one of Pointe magazine’s “Stars of the Corps” in the August/September 2016 issue.
Maggie Kase is originally from Newtown, Connecticut. She has just graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a B.A. in English Literature and Arts Management. During her time in college she worked with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s Teen Writing Workshop as a general staff member, Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, as the Public Programming Assistant, and at Gallery 51 as the Assistant Gallery Manager. She currently lives in Bremerton, Washington, where she is waiting to attend graduate school at the University of Washington this fall.
Emily Lovdahl is from southeastern Wisconsin and currently lives in Las Vegas. She received her ballet training at The Studio of Classical Dance Arts in Racine, Wisconsin. She trained additionally at summer programs with Milwaukee Ballet, BalletMet, and Oklahoma City Ballet. After completing high school, she joined Milwaukee Ballet II. She then spent a year at BalletMet as a trainee before joining Nevada Ballet Theatre, where she will return in August for her second season. This is Emily’s first year as a Residence Counselor at PNB and she is looking forward to helping all of the students have a great summer!
Jordan Murphy started dancing in 2004 through Pacific Northwest Ballet’s DanceChance program, and continued as a student of PNB School for the next ten years. She attended summer programs such as Ballet Austin, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Evergreen City Ballet. She also attended choreography classes at Spectrum Dance Theater. She is currently attending Western Washington University, pursuing a double major in French and International Business with an Economics minor. In the fall, Jordan will be continuing her education in Bordeaux, France, at the Kedge Business School.
Taylor Ottley began her ballet training at Black Mountain Dance Centre in San Diego. She attended summer courses at Marin Dance Theatre, Cecchetti Santa Barbara, and PNB, where she was offered a spot in the Professional Division program. During her time with PNB, she represented the U.S. during the CIBC Competition in England, and performed as a guest apprentice with Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Germany. Due to injury, she left PNB to pursue a philosophy degree at Brigham Young University, which she will receive this December. Next fall, she will begin a Masters program in Dance Movement Therapy. Taylor has also been an English teacher in China, and plans to teach in Thailand. This is Taylor’s second year as a Summer Residence counselor at PNB, and she is excited to return to Seattle to create a great experience for PNB’s young dancers.
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 has danced and taught with New Creation Dance Company, a professional contemporary group, for the past three seasons. In addition, she has worked as a stagehand for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and overhire for the local IATSE. This will be Laurel’s seventh summer as a Residence Counselor.
Mirell Sork was born in Tallinn, Estonia, and grew up in Los Angeles, California. She began dancing at the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet and continued her pre-professional training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She continued on to dance professionally with Oklahoma City Ballet, Eugene Ballet Company, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, and as a guest artist in New York City and San Francisco. She is currently a company member of Vanemuine Theatre in Estonia. She has a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Mirell has previously worked as a member of the Residence Staff at Ballet Austin and as a Dorm Director at CPYB. This will be Mirell’s second summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB.
“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