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.
|IV & V
||Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars*
||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
Taught by former New York City Ballet dancer, Dana Hanson.
Taught by former PNB Principal dancer, Le Yin.
Hear from Price & Christian about their experience in our men’s PD Program.
Taught by former Boston Ballet Principal dancer, Elaine Bauer.
Taught by former Boston Ballet Principal dancer, Bruce Wells.
Taught by former Cleveland Ballet dancer, Dane Holman.
Taught by former NYCB dancer, Marjorie Thompson.
Copy: Taught by former PNB soloist, Marisa Albee.
Taught by former ABT dancer, Meg Potter.
Taught by former PNB dancer, Nicholas Ade.
Taught by former PNB dancer, Timothy Lynch.
Summer Course Photos
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 sixteen 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 passenger and air brake endorsements.
Patrick Cho serves as PNB’s Assistant Residence Director and is returning for his 13th 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.
“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
2017 Summer Course Tuition
|Level IV & V & Young Men
|Weekly Schedule: Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars
|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
|Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Adagio, Pilates Mat Class, and Seminars
|The Residence: Room and Board
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 email@example.com
When 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
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.
Photo © Angela Sterling
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.
Pacific Northwest Ballet School
2017 Audition Tour
Our 2017 Summer Course Audition Tour has concluded. Please check back in November for 2018 Tour Dates.
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