Summer Course at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle

Summer Course

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Summer Course registration is first-come, first- served. Classes and Residence space are filling quickly; it is possible that classes and/or the Residence will fill before the February 28 registration deadline.

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 daily transportation. 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 Staff

David Jensen is Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Residence Director. This will be his 25th PNB Summer Course. 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 many years and 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 serves as PNB’s Assistant Residence Director and is returning for his 16th 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. 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.

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. Madison is excited to return for her third year as a Residence Counselor.

Savannah Cox began her dance training at the age of three in northeastern Kansas. At age 15, she furthered her dance training at Kansas City Ballet School, where she had the opportunity to dance in Todd Bolender’s Nutcracker and soloist roles with Kansas City Youth Ballet. The following two years, she trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary, where she had the opportunity to perform George Balanchine’s Nutcracker, Emeralds and Western Symphony. She was then accepted into Louisville Ballet’s trainee program, where she spent a year working under the direction of Artistic Director, Robert Curran. She spent her summers training at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, Washington Ballet and Tulsa Ballet, where she then spent a year training with Wang Yi. Savannah is delighted to return for a second season with Eugene Ballet as an aspirant. Savannah has trained five previous summers at Pacific Northwest Ballet and is thrilled to return for her first year as a Residence Counselor.

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 14th 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. 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

Chloe Edelstein is originally from Cazenovia, New York where she trained at the Center of Ballet and Dance Arts. She attended summer intensives with the Paris Opera Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. She continued her training at Butler University where she had the opportunity to tour Europe with Butler Chamber Dance and perform soloist roles throughout the four years. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. After graduating, she accepted a yearlong traineeship with Nevada Ballet Theatre. Currently, she is a company member with Ballet Tucson where she has danced for the last two years. Chloe is very excited to be in Seattle for her first summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB!

Sarena Fishman Jimenez is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and has lived in Seattle for over a decade. She has a B.A. in Ballet Mastering/Ballet Pedagogy from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she studied for five years, coached by principal dancer of the Mariinsky Ballet, Igor Kolb. Most recently, she worked as assistant to the choreographer for PNB soloist Margaret Mullin, who created a new work for PNB’s Professional Division students for the 2019 School Performance. Sarena has also taught Character Dance Technique and Repertoire at the Olympic Ballet School and worked as a private coach with dancers in the United States and Russia, rehearsing and staging classical, neoclassical, and Soviet ballet repertoire. She is fluent in Spanish and Russian. It is a great joy for her to be able to rejoin the Summer Residence team for a third year.

Miranda Hashemi was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up mostly in Virginia Beach, VA. She began dance at Denise Wall’s Dance Energy studying Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Flamenco, Tap, and Musical Theater. During this time she competed in various competitions in their associated studio company. She continued her pre-professional training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet through her high school career. She has been fortunate enough to attend summer programs at The Kirov Academy, San Francisco Ballet, Chautauqua, and Boston Ballet. She then went on to dance with Charlotte Ballet as an apprentice, and a company member with Nevada Ballet. She is soon to receive her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, while teaching dance, and performing with Elbert Watson’s Dance Company. After her obtaining her Nursing degree she plans to return to company dance life, while nursing part time. After her dance career she looks to further her degree in the medical field to possibly nurse practitioner or a specialty in pediatrics. This will be Miranda’s second summer as a Residence Counselor for PNB’s summer program. She looks forward to helping make this summer the best experience possible for our students.

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 second season as a company member. Sarah is very excited for her second summer as a Residence Counselor with PNB!

Emily Lovdahl is from southeastern Wisconsin and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. She received her ballet training at The Studio of Classical Dance Arts in Racine, WI. She trained additionally at summer programs with Milwaukee Ballet, BalletMet, and Oklahoma City Ballet. After completing high school, she continued her training with Milwaukee Ballet II and at BalletMet as a trainee. Emily danced with Nevada Ballet Theatre for two seasons before joining Festival Ballet, where she will return this September for her second season. This is Emily’s second year as a Residence Counselor at PNB and she is looking forward to helping all of our students have a great summer.

Yamil Maldonado was raised in Sarasota, Florida where he trained with the Sarasota Ballet, and under the Margaret Barbieris conservatory of dance. He has danced in summer programs with the American Ballet Theatre, the Carreño-Barbieri festival, and with the Sarasota Ballet. Yamil is currently a company member with the Eugene Ballet, and is very excited for his first year as a Residence Counselor with PNB.

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. at 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 BA in philosophy at Brigham Young University, which she attained in 2017. Now she is working towards a Masters degree at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA; her program of study is Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Expressive Art Therapies, with a specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy. Taylor has also been an English teacher in China, and plans to teach in the near future in Thailand. This is Taylor’s fourth 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.

Anna Parnigoni is from Cincinnati, Ohio and looking forward for her first summer as a PNB Counselor. Anna graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Media Communications and has since lived and worked in London, Los Angeles, and New York. She is returning to Ohio this fall to begin a graduate program at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP school. Anna has a background in dance and trained primarily at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. She attended summer programs at The Rock, Orlando Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and PNB.

Julia Turner is from Chicago, IL. She began her classical ballet training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Downers Grove, IL, and continued at the Joffrey Ballet’s Academy of Dance in Chicago. She competed and placed at the Youth America Grand Prix competitions in 2009, 2010, and 2012, and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Miami City Ballet. Julia also spent two years in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division. Upon completing this program, she joined Tulsa Ballet II for one season and spent two years as a company member at Grand Rapids Ballet. For the past two seasons, Julia was a corps de ballet member at Ballet San Antonio, but she is looking forward to returning to Grand Rapids Ballet this fall as a company member. In addition to dancing, Julia is pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Harvard Extension School. Julia has spent two summers as a Residence Counselor at PNB, and is excited to return for a third year!

Shelby Whallon is from Upland, California and began her dance training at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy. She has attended summer programs including School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She was presented with the opportunity to stay with PNB’s Professional Division Program in 2014. After her two years in the program, she moved back to California as a corps de ballet member with Los Angeles Ballet and will be continuing into her fourth year with them this fall. She is looking forward to returning to PNB’s Summer Course in the role of Residence Counselor for the second summer.

Akiko “Acco” Kennedy is the Japanese interpreter for Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Residence. She grew up in Himeji, Japan, and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Washington State University. Her daughter graduated from the PNB School in 2019 after dancing there for 14 years. Throughout those years, Acco has helped Japanese parents of students in the PNB School and has been an active member of the PNBS Parent Association. She works as a para-educator at Juanita High School, and has also worked as an instructional assistant at Lakeview Elementary. Acco has supported international students throughout her college and professional life. This is her second year as a member of the Residence staff.

“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
Sam Picart
Karine Plantadit
Meg Potter
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Kiyon Ross
Abbie Siegel
Eva Stone
Marjorie Thompson
Julie Tobiason
Giovanni Villalobos
Jackie Villegas-Mac
Lin 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

Our 2019 Audition Tour has concluded. Thank you to all who attended!

Please check back in November for 2020 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

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)

Summer Course
Audition Tour Sponsor