Pacific Northwest Ballet Programs
Each year, Pacific Northwest Ballet Company presents approximately 100 performances in six varied programs, the holiday classic, Nutcracker, and on tour. The Company's repertory grows as new choreography is introduced each season, currently representing over 250 works by almost 100 choreographers, both rising stars and internationally renowned artists. PNB Company's artistic goals are centered on the New Works Initiative, an expansive effort to build its signature body of work and bring new choreography to our community.
PNB School is regarded as one of the preeminent training institutions in the nation. Offering a comprehensive curriculum to more than 1,100 students in academic year and summer sessions, the School plays an instrumental role in developing the Company's distinctive style and versatility. Our Professional Division and Summer Course attract and train talented students from around the U.S. and the world. In addition, DanceChance, part of PNB School, offers all-inclusive dance education to talented students from low-income, culturally and ethnically diverse communities.
PNB's Community Education Department reaches almost 29,000 people annually. Its youth and adult education programs are offered both in the community and at PNB facilities to engage students, educators, and patrons in the artistic process. Last year, PNB's youth outreach efforts, many of which focus on underserved communities, benefitted 18,861 students and educators through in-school residencies aligned with state arts standards, special performances, field trips to PNB studios, and customized workshops for Puget Sound area schools. Adult education programming emphasizes audience development and education; it includes PNB's lecture series, open discussions with artists, special lecture-demonstrations with choreographers and PNB dancers, and pre- and post-performance lectures with Q & A sessions.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
PNB is committed to distinguishing itself within the arts and culture community in three key ways: presenting world-class dance performance that showcases innovative contemporary choreography as well as the best in ballet's traditions; increasing community members' access to dance through live performance and behind-the-scenes experiences; maintaining organizational and financial stability in an ever-changing economic climate.
The success of PNB's New Works Initiative has allowed PNB to bring more than 70 new acquisitions and commissions to the region since 2005. This initiative builds PNB's repertory as well as supporting and enhancing the cultural fabric of the dance world. By supporting local choreographers and bringing renowned artists to the region, the New Works Initiative highlights the breadth and depth of the art form while offering local audiences world-class dance.
Each season, PNB is pleased to feature a diverse repertory that challenges our dancers, engages our audiences, and builds PNB's signature body of work. Donors play an influential role in PNB's success. Annual support makes the presentation of classical and contemporary works possible. Donations also support PNB's outreach and education programming as well as PNB School, which offers access to high-quality dance education to young dancers from the Seattle area and around the world.