Meg Potter © Angela SterlingAdministrative Staff

Peter Boal, Director
Denise Bolstad, Administrative Director
Abbie Siegel, School Principal
Meg Potter, Assistant Principal
Marjorie Thompson, Assistant Principal
Wendy Casper, Assistant to the Administrative Director
Emily Gordillo, School Supervisor
Teri McCarthy-Greene, Registrar, TMGreene@pnb.org
Jennifer McLain, DanceChance Manager
Lauren Kirchner, DanceChance Coordinator
David Jensen, Summer Residence Director
Andrea Abercrombie, Pilates Coordinator
Bethany Pruitt, FRC Operations Coordinator
Andrea Abercrombie, Katherine Grimm, Barbara Nakatani, Bethany Pruitt, Anna Ramiz, Administrative Assistants

Staff

Peter Boal serves as Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Boal

Peter Boal in rehearsal. © Angela Sterling.

Peter Boal in rehearsal.
© Angela Sterling.

assumed the directorship of Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2005 following a successful career with New York City Ballet as a principal dancer, and as a faculty member at The School of American Ballet. He received his dance training from SAB under the directorship of George Balanchine. His performance career spanned 22 years with New York City Ballet and he was a frequent guest artist with national and international companies. In 2002 he founded Peter Boal and Company, a critically acclaimed chamber ensemble. Mr. Boal joined the faculty of The School of American Ballet in 1997, teaching technique, variations, men’s and women’s classes and partnering. He was a guest teacher at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet School.

Denise Bolstad, Administrative Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, was trained as a dancer in Spokane with Thelma Young and performed with Spokane Concert Ballet. She studied on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School and continued her training in Seattle with Perry Brunson and First Chamber Dance Company. Ms. Bolstad has been on the staff of Pacific Northwest Ballet School since 1980.

Abbie Siegel, School Principal, performed with Connecticut Ballet, then went on to serve as the company’s Associate Ballet Mistress. A former faculty member of the Harkness School, Eliot Feld Ballet in New York and Connecticut Ballet, Ms. Siegel joined PNBS faculty in 1991. In addition to teaching, she served as Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s DanceChance program from 1999-2002, and was appointed Principal of The Francia Russell Center in the summer of 2002.

Faculty

Marisa Albee joined PNB as an apprentice in 1989, became a full Company member in 1990 and was promoted to Soloist in 1994. She was born in Brooklyn and studied at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Summer Course. Prior to joining the faculty at PNBS she taught at the Washington Academy of Performing Arts. Visit Marisa’s website here.

Kelly Boal trained at the School of American Ballet and joined New York City Ballet in 1984, earning a promotion to soloist in 1989. She left NYCB in 1993 to pursue guesting opportunities that included performances with Dutch National Ballet and Ballet Manila and participation in Le Gala des Étoiles in Montreal, Canada. She taught at the School of American Ballet and has served PNBS as a part-time faculty member for two years, teaching both the Professional Division and the Company.

Peter Boal serves as Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Boal assumed the directorship of Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2005 following a successful career with New York City Ballet as a principal dancer, and as a faculty member at The School of American Ballet. He received his dance training from SAB under the directorship of George Balanchine. Mr. Boal was a faculty member at The School of American Ballet since 1997, teaching technique, variations, men’s and women’s classes and partnering. He was a guest teacher at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet School.

Kayti Bouljon joined the PNBS Children’s Division faculty in the Spring of 2005. A native of Illinois, she studied at Kate Carol and Company Dance, Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago, and graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Dance. In addition to teaching for PNBS, she is a member of the PNB Outreach faculty and is the manager of PNB’s Education and Community Programs.

Michele Curtis trained on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Merce Cunningham Dance. She received a BA in Dance from UCLA. Ms. Curtis has performed with various dance companies including Connecticut Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group and Donald Byrd/The Group. She served on the faculty of Connecticut Ballet and worked as a freelance teacher at various studios in New York, Connecticut and throughout the Northwest. Ms. Curtis joined the PNBS faculty in Spring of 2006.

Nancy Crowley grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts, where she received her early ballet training. She joined the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School in 2013 after a performing career in classical and contemporary ballet companies in the United States and Canada. She is a former principal dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, La La La Human Steps, and Ballet Arizona, where, from 2005-2012, she served also as school director and company rehearsal assistant.

Juanita Franke received her early training from the Royal Academy of Dance. She received her BA at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where she danced and choreographed for the Appalachian Dance Ensemble.  Her work was selected for the North Carolina Dance Festival showcase.  She has most recently taught at the Kehl School of Dance in Madison, Wisconsin, where she created a creative movement program for dancers aged 2-3, and choreographed for the Verona Youth Ballet.

Kiyon Gaines is from Baltimore, Maryland. He trained at Baltimore School of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2001 and was promoted to soloist in 2012. As a choreographer, Mr. Gaines created blitz…Fantasyə {SCHWA}, Infinite Intricacies, and Interrupted Pri’si’zh’en for PNB’s annual Choreographers’ Showcase performances. ə{SCHWA} was taken into PNB’s repertory during the 2007 Celebrate Seattle Festival. He also choreographed M-Pulse, set to a commissioned score by Cristina Spinei, for the Company repertory in 2008, and Sum Stravinsky in 2012. Mr. Gaines has also participated in the New York Choreographic Institute.

Naomi Glass trained at Cornish College of the Arts, San Francisco Ballet School and Houston Ballet Academy. She joined Houston Ballet in 1994, retiring as a soloist in 2004. Naomi served on faculty at the University of Houston from 2008-2012 and has guest taught at University of Iowa, Cornish College of the Arts, Wichita State University, Rice University and the American College of Dance Festival Association.

Susan Gorter studied at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and performed as an apprentice with Pennsylvania Ballet. She danced with the Basel Ballet in Switzerland and taught for the Basel Ballet School. Ms. Gorter joined the PNBS faculty in 2001.

Dana Hanson began her training on Vashon Island, Washington with John Wilkins and continued her studies at Olympic Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. She joined the New York City Ballet in 1990, appearing in numerous featured roles in the Balanchine repertoire and touring throughout the world. Prior to joining the PNBS faculty in the fall of 2006, Ms. Hanson was a frequent guest teacher at the School of American Ballet.

Dane Holman

Dane Holman

Dane Holman is originally from Savannah Georgia. She trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre and School of American Ballet. She danced with American Ballet Theatre II and the Cleveland Ballet. Ms. Holman joined the faculty in 1997.

Deborah Kenner received her BFA from the University of Arizona, where she was a full academic and dance scholarship student. Ms. Kenner has had the opportunity to perform with Colorado Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre and State Street Ballet. During the 2008–2010 seasons she was Artistic Director of Tucson Regional Ballet. Ms. Kenner joined PNBS faculty in 2010, she is also a member of the PNBConditioning staff.

Miriam (Wenger) Landis grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She studied at Ballet West Conservatory, San Francisco Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet, and was a member of Miami City Ballet from 1996-2000. Ms. Landis earned a B.A. in English from Stanford University. She has taught ballet at several schools and universities, including Stanford and the University of Utah. Miriam is also the author of two young adult novels: Girl in Motion and and Breaking Pointe. Miriam teaches Children’s Division and Open Class.

Stephanie Liapis’ professional career as a performer, teacher and choreographer spans nearly 20 years and includes work with New York City based companies Doug Varone & Dancers and Nicholas Leichter Dance, Susan Marshall & Company, Nancy Bannon, the MET Ballet, Netta Yerushalmy, Faye Driscoll and Aquila Theater among others. Stephanie holds a B.F.A. in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Washington. Stephanie has served as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Long Island University-Brooklyn as well as Adjunct Lecturer at Texas Women’s University, the University of Washington, Barnard College, Hunter College and SUNY Purchase College. She teaches workshops and sets her work both nationally and abroad.

Caitlin Cooney Mack, a Seattle native, trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School for 11 years. She graduated from PNB’s Professional Division program, and joined Kansas City Ballet. In addition to an 11-year performing career with KCB, Ms. Cooney Mack spent 11 years teaching dancers of all ages at Kansas City Ballet School. She joined the PNB faculty in the fall of 2014.

Dina McDermott holds a BFA in Dance from the Juilliard School, and also an MFA in dance performance/choreography. She has been teaching, choreographing and dancing for over 20 years. She joined the PNBS faculty in 2001 as a Creative Movement teacher. Ms. McDermott is also a member of the PNBConditioning staff.

William Miglino © Lindsay Thomas

William Miglino
© Lindsay Thomas

William Miglino grew up in Seattle, Washington. He studied at Ballet Chicago and performed with Carolina Ballet as well as a number of Chicago based dance companies. Mr. Miglino served on the faculty of the School of Ballet Chicago and also taught at Chicago High School of the Arts. He joined PNBS in 2013 as an Open Program instructor.

Louise Nadeau is from Long Island, New York. She trained at the Alexandra School of Ballet in St. Louis and the School of American Ballet. Ms. Nadeau danced with Basel Ballet and Kansas City Ballet before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Soloist in 1990. She was promoted to Principal in 1992 and retired from the stage with a celebratory gala in June of 2009. Ms. Nadeau performed the Divertissement pas de deux in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. In 2000, she participated in The George Balanchine Foundation’s Interpreters Archive series, dancing excerpts from Balanchine’sAgon, coached by Melissa Hayden. She has toured extensively nationally and internationally throughout her career, and in 2005 performed with Peter Boal and Company. She began teaching for PNB School in 2006, and returns to PNB in the fall of 2015 after serving as School Principal for Evergreen City Ballet.

Meg Potter

Meg Potter

Kaori Nakamura is from Gumma, Japan. She trained at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet Company and the School of American Ballet. In 1986, she won first prize at the 14th Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1988, she won a bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Ms. Nakamura joined Royal Winnipeg in 1990, where she was made a principal dancer. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a soloist in 1997 and was promoted to principal in 1998. Ms. Nakamura joined the PNBS faculty in 2014.

Meg Potter is originally from Metuchen, NJ, and trained on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She danced with Joffrey II Dancers, then joined American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov.  After relocating to the west coast, Ms. Potter danced with Pacific Ballet Theatre where she also served as ballet mistress. She was a faculty member at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, and was an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University. Ms. Potter joined the PNBS faculty in 1998 and also holds the position of Assistant Principal.

Abbie Siegel

Abbie Siegel

Abbie Siegel, School Principal, performed with Connecticut Ballet, then went on to serve as the company’s Associate Ballet Mistress. A former faculty member of the Harkness School, Eliot Feld Ballet in New York and Connecticut Ballet, Ms. Siegel joined PNBS faculty in 1991. In addition to teaching, she served as Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s DanceChance program from 1999-2002, and was appointed Principal of The Francia Russell Center in the summer of 2002.

Suzanne Singla trained with Columbia Dance Ensemble in Vancouver, Oregon Ballet Theatre School and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, where she received a Certificate of Dance. She performed with dance ensembles in Oregon, New York and South Africa. Her teaching credits include faculty positions at Connecticut Dance Theatre, School at Steps and Ballet Hispanico. Ms. Singla joined the PNBS faculty in 2004.

Eva L. Stone received a B.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. She trained at SUNY Purchase, the Alvin Ailey School, and was awarded a scholarship from Dance Magazine to study choreography at Harvard University with David Gordon and Wendy Perron.  Ms. Stone has performed professionally with modern dance companies in both Boston and Los Angeles. She earned her M.A. Degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from the Laban Centre in London, England.  Ms. Stone came to Seattle in 1995, re-established her modern dance company, the Stone Dance Collective, and began an extensive teaching and lecturing career throughout the Puget Sound.

Marjorie Thompson trained at the School of American Ballet and danced with New York City Ballet. She has served on the faculty of the School of American Ballet, Ballet Arts Minnesota, Eliot Feld Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. She first joined the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School in 1996, where she was also Director of Therapy and Conditioning. She went on to serve three years as Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, then moved to Minneapolis where she was School Principal of Minnesota Dance Theatre. She returned to the PNBS faculty in the Summer of 2007, and is PNBConditioning Program Director.

Julie Tobiason studied on scholarship at the School of American Ballet. Prior to joining PNB, Ms. Tobiason danced with Chicago City Ballet under the direction of Maria Tallchief. She joined PNB in 1986, was promoted to Soloist in 1989 and became a Principal in 1992. Ms. Tobiason joined the faculty in the fall of 2002.

Malia Vassar is originally from Portland, OR. She received her training under Haydee Gutiérrez, Josie Mosley, and James Canfield at the Oregon Ballet Theater, and the School of the American Ballet. Prior to joining PNB, she spent 15 years performing in the Portland area, and teaching/directing educational outreach programs throughout the northwest.

Amber Willett trained at Belliston Academy of Ballet in Littleton, Colorado, then continued her studies as a Professional Division Student at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She danced with Sonia Dawkins/Prism Dance Theatre and Whim W’him. In 2011-2012, she served as Choreographer-in-Residence in Tuebingen, Germany with Inztanz, International Center for Dance, where her newest work, Clepsydra-Gezeitenpremiered at the Landestheater and Stadtmuseum of Tuebingen.

Le Yin is from Nan Chang, China. He joined PNB as a Principal in 2002. Mr. Yin was formerly a principal dancer with Houston Ballet. He joined the PNB School faculty in the fall of 2009. Mr. Yin continues to perform as a guest artist with ballet companies around the world.

Guest Faculty

FJ & Catherine Abaya are internationally known Ballroom Champions. They have enjoyed a successful career in competitive dancing, quickly climbing the ranks in the American Rhythm category of ballroom dancing. In addition to competing with their students, F.J. and Catherine teach both American and International Styles locally and abroad.

Kirsten Cooper studied dance and performed professionally in Los Angeles where she received experience in film, music videos and stage productions. She was an assistant teacher on the LA Dance Force convention tour and was a featured dancer on Costa Cruise Lines. She has served on the faculty of the University of Oregon and Theater Ballet of Spokane. Her choreography has been featured at Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Sign of the Times, and Ballet and Bubbly. In addition to teaching Jazz at PNBS, Ms. Cooper is the director of Westlake Dance Center’s pre-professional company.

Kyle Davis is from Green Bay, Wisconsin. He trained at Makaroff School of Ballet and on scholarship at Rock School for Dance Education and North Carolina School of the Arts, and attended summer courses on scholarship at Milwaukee Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He also studied with Ethan Stiefel and Warren Conover. In 2008, Mr. Davis won the Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also won various awards in the Youth American Grand Prix Regional and Finals in 2005 and 2006. He was a 2007–2008 recipient of the Elizabeth Harriet Weaver Memorial Scholarship and the Martha and Spencer Love Foundation Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Davis joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009.

Jaret Hughes has been at the core of Seattle’s hip hop and dance scene for many years, going back to his years with the Seattle Supersonics as the first male dancer in the NBA. In addition to teaching, Jaret choreographs award-winning hip hop routines for local dance teams, and performs with his professional group Twisted Elegance.

Petur Iliev teaches Character Dance at PNBS. Mr. Iliev studied at the National Choreography Academy of Bulgaria and received a Masters Degree in Choreography from the Bulgarian National Institute of Choreography. He served as Artistic Director for dance ensembles in Bulgaria and the U.S., and has choreographed and taught for dance companies, universities and outreach programs, both nationally and internationally. Mr. Iliev joined the PNBS faculty in the summer of 2003.

Nancy Kadel, MD Orthopaedic Surgeon, Group Health Physicians Foot & Ankle Reconstruction, Dance Medicine Co-Chair, Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health President-Elect Performing Arts Medicine Association.

Jackie Villegas-MacLin is the Artistic Director/Instructor/Performer for The Dances of Spain, with over 35 years of extensive training in Flamenco, Classical Spanish, Mexican Folk, Ballet, and Jazz dance.

Jason Ohlberg

Jason Ohlberg

Jason Ohlberg received his formal dance training at the State University of New York at Purchase from 1991 to 1995 and completed his B.F.A. at Cornish College of the Arts in 2013. He danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dance Kaleidoscope, Jan Erkert and Dancers, and Wade Madsen and Dancers. Seattle Dance Project named him resident choreographer for the company’s sixth season in 2013. Jason has served on faculty at Barat College, the school of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Spectrum Dance Theater, Arc Dance Productions, Dance Fremont and the Y.A.I. program of the Seattle Children’s Theater.

2013–14 Guest Faculty

Gaby Baars, Ballet Master, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

Philip Neal, Repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and the Jerome Robbins Rights Trust; former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet

Jennifer Ringer (Guest Lecturer)

Michael Vernon, Ballet Department Chair, Indiana University

Giovanni Villalobos, New York City Ballet

2012–13 Guest Faculty

Maurya Kerr, LINES Ballet

Michael Vernon, Ballet Department Chair, Indiana University

2010–11 Guest Faculty

Damara Bennett, director of the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre

Chan Hon Goh, current director of the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, BC, and former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada

2009–10 Guest Faculty

Daniel Duell, Artistic Director, Ballet Chicago

Patricia Blair, Director of the School of Ballet Chicago

Mark Morris; Artistic Director, Mark Morris Dance Group

2008–09 Guest Faculty

Flemming Halby; Faculty, Pacific Northwest Ballet School (1986–2006)

Mark Morris; Artistic Director, Mark Morris Dance Group

Violette Verdy; Distinguished Professor of Music (Ballet), Indiana University and former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet

2007–08 Guest Faculty

Darla Hoover; Associate Artistic Director, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Academy East

Mark Morris; Artistic Director, Mark Morris Dance Group

Elizabeth Cooper; Dance Department Chair, University of Washington

Noelani Pantastico; Principal Dancer, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and former Principal Dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet

Kaori Nakamura; Principal Dancer, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Bill Evans, Artistic Director, Bill Evans Dance Company

Mikhail Ilyin; Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

Olga Kostrizky; Faculty, School of American Ballet

Meredith Webster; Dancer, LINES Ballet

Don Vollema, Music Staff Coordinator
Kofi Anang
Stephen Barnes
Sheila Bristow
Carol Buschmann
Sue Clifford
David Clodfelter
David Close
Tatyana Dadayeva
Yelena Golets
Irv Huck
Nathan Jensen
Jeff Junkinsmith
Marina Katsel
Adam Kessler
Avi Lasser
Emi Oguri
Genevieve Peaslee
Randall Plut
Katja Rubin
Shelley Sutton-Bolton
Rob Vienneau
Anastasia Workmann
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. In his practice, Dr. Anderson takes the time to identify the causes of sports injuries and complex musculoskeletal conditions. After establishing an accurate diagnosis, he orchestrates conservative treatment programs that are comprehensive and multidisciplinary. Dr. Anderson received his degrees from Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Medicine, is on the Board of the American Board of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatrics, and is the Director for Seattle Pediatric Sports Medicine.

Toby Diamond, Ph.D., PNBS Consulting Psychologist

Toby Diamond joined Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Consulting Staff in 1981 as Consulting Psychologist.  As such, she provides services to PNBS students, parents, faculty and staff regarding the issues involved in serious dance training.

Dr. Diamond holds an M.A. degree from Columbia University in Developmental Psychology and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Educational Psychology.  She worked in public schools from 1964 to 2000, initially as a Special Education teacher and since 1968 as a School Psychologist.  She established a private practice in 1981, encompassing family and individual therapy, psychoeducational evaluation for children and adults with learning difficulties, and consultation.  In addition to her private practice and consulting work for PNBS, Dr. Diamond serves as a consultant for Epiphany and Bertschi private schools, dealing with school adjustment and learning issues.  She is licensed by the State of Washington to practice psychology, and holds State of Washington and National certifications to practice School Psychology.

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. Henry received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from UCSF/SFSU, graduating with honors.

Peggy Otto Swistak, M.S., R.D., C.D., PNBS Consulting Nutritionist

A native of Washington, Peggy Swistak graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics. After an internship in clinical and administrative dietetics at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, Ms. Swistak received a Master’s in Nutrition and Child Development from the University of Washington. She was Chief of Clinical Dietetics at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, and has worked extensively in both Pediatric and Cardiovascular nutrition in various hospitals. She has been working in the area of Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition for the past 30 years.

Peggy has been the Nutrition Consultant for Pacific Northwest Ballet since 1994, and also the Wellness Dietitian for Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, WA, educating and lecturing throughout the community on all topics of nutrition.

Alan S. Woodle, D.P.M., PNBS Consulting Podiatrist

A native of Washington, Dr. Alan S. Woodle has been on PNB School’s consulting staff since 1981. He is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery and Sports Medicine and is on the staff of Swedish Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, Group Health and University of Washington Medical School. He is past president of the Washington State Podiatric Medical Association, vice president of the International Region 7 Foot and Ankle Specialists Association, and on the University of Washington Medical School faculty for the last 25 years.

Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E., Kinesiologist