In addition to providing grants for online learning, university, and community college support, Second Stage developed a partnership with Seattle University in 2003. SU offers PNB dancers college courses at times that work with their busy schedules. The SU partnership teaches academic skills, but perhaps more importantly, demonstrates to the dancers that they are indeed multi-talented individuals capable of diverse achievements on and off the stage. This knowledge provides hope for their future after dance and enriches their lives as dancers today.
The past nineteen years have been remarkably successful for Second Stage. In 1999, only a handful of dancers actively planned their career after dance. Since that time, Second Stage has provided more than $950,000 in grants to dancers and generous donors have contributed over $1,135,000 in support of the program.