Rebuilding the Francia Russell Center - Pacific Northwest Ballet

Rebuilding the Francia Russell Center

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Rebuilding our Eastside Home

Pacific Northwest Ballet is building a replacement Francia Russell Center (FRC) in Bellevue to maintain its long-standing presence on the Eastside, respond to community demand for high-quality dance instruction, and expand access to meaningful arts experiences for young people. Sound Transit has condemned the current FRC to accommodate the route of the new Eastlink Light Rail. PNB was required to quickly respond in order to maintain an Eastside presence, and then plan for an unanticipated capital project. Though four times the cost of our original FRC, PNB is deeply committed to its presence in Bellevue. Our brand new school will open in the fall of 2017 right next door to the former location.

Replacement Facility Quick Facts

  • State-of-the-art facility featuring high-ceiling studios with specially designed floors, library, office spaces, Pilates studios, locker rooms, a student lounge, a separate lounge for families and siblings, and costume storage for PNB productions.
  • Two additional studios (7 in total) to accommodate expanding enrollment.
  • LEED Silver certification and ample natural light.
  • Larger footprint providing a gathering place for students to stretch and warm up for class, and a performance studio with seating capacity of 150.

We Need Your Help

Please contact Hannah Franke, Major Gifts Officer, at with questions.

Donate now and designate your gift to the FRC under recognition options.

Benefits extend one calendar year from the date of your gift.

Benefits also include annual fund membership benefits at the same giving level.
Benefits listed in any category include those at the lower levels.


$5,000 – Ground Breaker

  • Invitation to reception at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony*
  • Listing on prominently placed Donor Wall*

$2,500-$4,999 – Architect

  • A private Hard Hat Tour through the Francia Russell Center during construction*
  • A 3-class Conditioning Class Pass for Pilates Apparatus Class at the Francia Russell Center (Eastside) or the Phelps Center (Seattle)

$1,000-$2,499 – Engineer

  • A group Hard Hat Tour through the Francia Russell Center during construction*
  • A pair of pointe shoes signed by a principal dancer

$500-$999 – Builder

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the Costume Shop in the Phelps Center*
  • A signed photo of a PNB Company dancer of your choice*

$250-$499 – Carpenter

  • 2 Complimentary Premier seat tickets to the School Performance
  • An invitation to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Francia Russell Center*

$100-$249 – Apprentice

  • An “I Love PNB” button*
  • Recognition in PNB’s Annual Report as a Francia Russell Center donor*

* Benefits with no value are marked with an asterisk.