Teachers' Seminar - Pacific Northwest Ballet
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2020 Teachers’ Seminar

April 15-18, 2020

The Teachers’ Seminar brings together dance educators from across the country for a four-day total immersion experience into the dance training, philosophies, syllabus, and dancer wellness program that makes Pacific Northwest Ballet School one of the nation’s finest professional ballet training institutions. Participants will gain an inside view of PNB School programs from Level I through Professional Division. Exchange ideas and make new connections at PNB’s Seattle studios for Company and School. Attendees will also enjoy a PNB performance of Giselle.


Full Seminar

April 15-18, 2020

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Day 1

April 15, 2020

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Day 2

April 16, 2020

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Day 3

April 17, 2020

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Day 4

April 18, 2020

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Hotel Accommodations

To reserve a room from 4/15-4/18 at the Maxwell Hotel (one block from PNB), click the button below and use the special promo code for great rates.

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If you would like to arrive prior to 4/15 or extend your stay beyond 4/18, please contact the Maxwell’s reservations department at 866-866-7977 or email reservations@staypineapple.com. Reservations for this special rate on these dates will be accepted up until Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

Seminar Highlights

(subject to change)

Wednesday, April 15

  • Level I & II Syllabus Demonstration and Discussion, PNB faculty will lead students ages 8-9 in this demonstration and in- depth explanation of the first levels of the PNB School syllabus; with opportunities for questions from Seminar participants.
  • Ballet Class for Participants Incorporating Level I/II Syllabus, Seminar Participants are the students in this class taught by PNBS Faculty, further exploring the Level I/II curriculum in more physical detail.
  • Observe PNBS classes
  • Reception with Peter Boal, PNBS Faculty, and Staff

Thursday, April 16

  • Observe PNB Company class
  • Level III Syllabus Demonstration and Discussion; Pre-Pointe exercises. Pre-Pointe curriculum for students ages 10-11 is covered in this demonstration; with opportunities for questions from Seminar participants.
  • Ballet Class for Participants Incorporating Level III Syllabus. Seminar Participants further explore the Level III curriculum in this ballet class taught by PNBS faculty.
  • Level IV Pointe (1st year) Syllabus Demonstration and Discussion. Beginning Pointe curriculum for students ages 11-12 will be featured in this demonstration; with opportunities for questions from Seminar participants.
  • Guest Speaker Presentation with Sandra Noll Hammond, dance teacher, historian, and educator: “Nineteenth-century ballet technique and training in the time of Giselle”
  • PNB Performance: Giselle, the story of a young woman who dies of a broken heart, is famous for the Wilis—a sisterhood of ghostly maidens who call Giselle’s spirit from the grave to take revenge on the nobleman who betrayed her. This is Giselle‘s first return since PNB’s production received magnificent new sets and costumes in 2014.
  • Post-Performance Q & A

Friday, April 17

  • Level V/VI Syllabus Demonstration and Discussion. Curriculum for intermediate-level students ages 13-15 is highlighted in this demonstration;
    with opportunities for questions from Seminar participants.
  • Intermediate – Advanced Pointe Demonstration and Discussion. PNBS faculty will explain the syllabus covering pointe work for Levels V-VIII in this
  • In Depth Panel Discussion on Ballet Technique (panel TBA). We encourage visiting teachers to bring forth ideas and questions regarding ballet technique
    today in this interactive panel discussion.
  • Guest Speaker Presentation: Josh Spell, MSW. Josh’s seminars cover a range of topics from empowerment, discrimination, micro-aggression,
    mental and eating disorders, and depression.
  • PNB Performance: Giselle; followed by Post-Performance Q & A
  • Backstage Bash: Come mingle with company dancers and arts fans to celebrate the ballet amidst free-flowing champagne and glamorous fashion. Enjoy free drinks, delicious eats, an onstage dance party, and more! Black tie or cocktail attire encouraged.

Saturday, April 18

  • Ballet Class for Participants Incorporating Level V & VI Syllabus.
  • Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet Concepts. This demonstration features curriculum introducing basic movement concepts for children ages
    4-6, and the transition to Pre Ballet for 7-year olds.
  • Guest Speaker Presentation: Dr. Steven Anderson, MD. Dr. Anderson specializes in sports medicine, with a particular interest in problems unique to the
    pediatric and adolescent-age athlete.
  • Pre-Performance Lecture at McCaw Hall. Join Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington or a guest speaker for an informal 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design, and the process of bringing ballet to the stage. Featuring special guests from the PNB/UW Giselle symposium.
  • PNB Performance: Giselle
  • Post-Performance Q & A. Join Artistic Director Peter Boal or a member of PNB’s artistic staff with PNB Company dancers for a lively question-and-answer session following each performance.

“The seminar was truly a wonderful experience, valuable in so many ways!”

Emily Wallace, Ballet Idaho, 2018 Participant

“Thank you! It was truly enjoyable, relevant and inspirational.”

Elizabeth Banke, 2016 Participant

“PNB’s teaching team has brought the level of ballet training to great heights in the Northwest. We are lucky to have them in our own backyard.”

Dean Speer

“The entire staff was spectacular. I loved the process of hearing about the levels and then getting up to explore them ourselves. The information given about how to introduce steps was invaluable. I’m always thinking of good exercises for my students to introduce steps but the ideas presented were so simple and clear…I can’t wait to sign up again.”

Brooke Evans, 2016 Participant

“Connecting with colleagues and friends and making new ones, was certainly a highlight for me…So many teachers are ‘isolated’ and it’s great to get together for so many reasons.”

Dean Speer

Seminar Guest Speakers

Stephen J. Anderson, M.D., Sports Medicine
Dr. Anderson specializes in sports medicine, and has a particular interest in problems unique to the pediatric and adolescent-age athlete. Honors & awards include: Physician Director-Board of Certification, National Athletic Trainers Association; Seattle Magazine Best Doctor 2004-05; Past chairman, AAP Sports & Fitness Committee

Henry Lu, PT, ATC, Physical Therapist
Henry Lu 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, Primal Reflex Release Techniques, and movement analysis to assist each individual in achieving their fullest potential.

Nancy Kadel, M.D.
Dr. Kadel is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in Foot & Ankle Reconstruction with an additional research fellowship in Sports Medicine. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries with a focus on foot and ankle problems and the care of dancers and performing artists. Dr. Kadel runs the Seattle Clinic for Performing Artists (COPA) with Dr. Matthew Grierson, MD.

Doug Fullington
Doug Fullington is the Audience Education Manager and Assistant to Artistic Director Peter Boal at Pacific Northwest Ballet. He is responsible for developing PNB’s audience education programs and is also on the consulting staff of PNB School as dance historian.