Dancers step into a world of academia at Seattle Uby Julie Monahan
Seattle University’s community connections have reached new lengths in an ongoing and longstanding educational partnership program with Pacific Northwest Ballet. In an effort to educate dancers balancing busy rehearsal and performance schedules, SU has brought the university right to the ballet company’s doorstep at the Seattle Center. Seattle University Magazine recently caught up with the program, which we first profiled back in 2003.
Careers are short for ballet dancers—most retire when they hit their 30s. But Seattle University’s relationship with the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) aims to provide a launching pad for a successful life away from the bright lights of the stage.
“My career can only last so long,” says Ben Griffiths, a PNB soloist who will be in this season’s production of Nutcracker, which begins its holiday run on Nov. 27. “Taking classes is a good way to expand ourselves outside the dance world and prepare for a second career.”
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