Pacific Northwest Ballet Programs
Each year, Pacific Northwest Ballet Company presents approximately 100 performances in six varied programs, the holiday classical, Nutcracker, and on tour. The Company's repertory represents 255 works by 96 choreographers and continues to expand as new choreography is introduced each season. Pacific Northwest Ballet Company's artistic goals are centered on the New Works Initiative, an expansive effort to build PNB's signature body of work and bring new choreography to our community.
Pacific Northwest Ballet School is regarded as one of the preeminent ballet institutions in the nation. Offering a complete professional curriculum to more than 1,100 students annually, 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 served 20,621 students and educators through in-school residencies aligned with state arts standards, special performances, field trips to PNB studios, and customized workshops for schools throughout the Puget Sound region. 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
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 is an expansive effort to build the PNB repertory as well as support and enhance the cultural fabric of the dance world. PNB has been able to support local choreographers and bring 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 showcase 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 possible PNB's presentation of classical and contemporary works. Donations also support Pacific Northwest Ballet School, which offers access to high-quality dance education to young dancers from the Seattle area and around the world.