Q&A with Dave Jensen, Summer Residence Director

We know your job is crazy, so how would you describe it in the “30-second elevator pitch”? 

My stock description is “I run the dorm for PNB’s 5-week summer intensive program for about 200 teenage advanced ballet students from all over the world.” 

Okay, now give us […]

Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer Seth Orza announces retirement, and launch of new business, ORZA

ORZA combines technology and experience to revolutionize dance shoes designed for the next generation of dancers.

August 12, 2021 – SEATTLE, WA – Following a lifelong career in dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Seth Orza has announced his retirement from the company and his leap into a […]

Season Encore message from Peter Boal & Ellen Walker

Dear Friends,

There were a few moments just over a year ago, when we looked at each other and wondered if PNB would survive the circumstances surrounding us – no dance, no music, no ballet […]

There were a few moments just over a year ago, when we looked at each other and wondered if PNB would survive the circumstances surrounding us – no dance, no music, no ballet […]

Rep VI – Letter from Ellen Walker, Executive Director

Dear Friends,  

Thank you for joining us for our final digital repertory program of this wholly unique season. A year ago, we were consumed with apprehension about the wellbeing of our colleagues, the future of PNB, and the impact of Covid on our region’s incredible, but vulnerable, arts and culture sector. Among […]

Director’s Notebook: Rep 6

As a stream of earth-toned silk slices through space, a dancer vanishes before our eyes. It is a fleeting, yet memorable moment. So piercing and sudden, we question if our eyes deceived us. This is not the smooth hand of a magician, or the clever edit of a skilled cinematographer, it is choreographer […]

Dance Happens Everywhere Digital Season Encore

The culmination of our first-ever digital season, a celebration of departing dancers, and an enormous, heartfelt thank-you to our loyal patrons during this unprecedented past year, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Season Encore Performance bids adieu to a season like no other. Season Encore celebrates the careers […]

Pride 2021 Reading List

As a part of PNB’s celebration of Pride Month 2021, we have compiled these resources for anyone looking to add to their To Be Read or To Be Watched lists. This post is not exhaustive by any means, but we hope it will be a helpful place to start for anyone looking for […]

PNB School Faculty Spotlight: Meg Potter

This month’s PNB School Spotlight features PNB School Assistant Principal Meg Potter!

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 […]

Arts Collaborations During A Global Pandemic

Principal Dancer Lucien Postlewaite’s recent collaboration with local Seattle folk/pop band Fretland brought together a wealth of musical and performance artists from multiple disciplines and organizations. Filmed at The Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle, the music video highlights empty arts spaces, and the longing we all have to be […]

Building confidence with young dancers: PNBS Mentorship Program November Wrap Up

This month the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Mentorship Program’s discussion topics focused on building confidence as young adults and aspiring dancers. 

Major themes that emerged through our November sessions were:

  • Hard work is admired in whatever field you are in.
  • Re-learn to be a good dancer for yourself. […]
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