Summer Course at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle

Summer Course

July 10–August 11, 2017

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.

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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.

New for Summer 2017!

Composition/Choreography with Eva Stone, PNB Faculty (Modern/Choreography)
This course is available for Levels VA, VB, VIA, VIB, Summer 2017.

Composition/Choreography is an intensive course of study designed to build and refine skills in the art of choreography. Students will participate in weekly classes, fulfill both in-class assignments as well as out-of-class “homework” assignments. Course studies will culminate in a student-generated dance project to be performed in an informal showing at the PNB studios on the last day of Composition/Choreography classes. The course is designed to help students learn more about the craft and design of movement and gain a deeper understanding of dance as a mode of artistic expression. All students must bring a notebook and pen/pencil to each class.

Eva Stone is a faculty member of the PNB School, teaching modern and choreography. She is also the Artistic Director of The Stone Dance Collective and producer/curator of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, an annual contemporary dance festival. She has been creating dance works for over 25 years and is dedicated to sharing her insights and experience with students of dance.


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


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.

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 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

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

2017 Summer Course Tuition

Level Tuition
Level IV & V & Young Men $1,965
Weekly Schedule: Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Modern, Music, Pilates Mat Class and Seminars
Level VI $2,105
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   $2,105
Technique, Pointe, Men’s Class, Jazz, Character, Flamenco, Modern, Variations, Adagio, Pilates Mat Class, and Seminars
The Residence: Room and Board $3,290

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?
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

summer_faqsWhen 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

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.

Marisa Albee
FJ Abaya
Catherine Abaya
Peter Boal
Kirsten Cooper
Nancy Crowley
Michele Curtis
Kyle Davis
Kiyon Gaines
Dana Hanson
Jaret Hughes
Dane Holman
Petur Iliev
William Miglino
Jason Ohlberg
Meg Potter
Louise Nadeau
Kaori Nakamura
Abbie Siegel
Eva Stone
Marjorie Thompson
Julie Tobiason
Jackie Villegas-MacLin
Le Yin

2017 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:

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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.

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2017 Audition Tour

Our 2017 Summer Course Audition Tour has concluded. Please check back in November for 2018 Tour Dates.

logo_FreedPacific 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

Summer Course Video

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Student life, rehearsal footage, interviews & more!

“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

Student Handbook

2016-2017 Student Handbook

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