The School and PNB offices are closed from December 24-January 3. Zoom classes will resume on January 4th; and we will be reviewing the possibility of returning to in-person classes as soon as we can. As we receive a high volume of questions this time of year, we kindly ask that you reach out to us with your questions after we reopen. We will return email and voice mail messages as soon as we can after January 4th.
As we look ahead to the Winter Break and beyond, many of our students have summer dance programs on their minds. PNB School’s Summer Course structure will look a little different than in previous years, so we wanted to share this information with you:
The ongoing challenges of the current situation continue to affect how we plan and implement our programs. With that in mind, we are rethinking our 2021 Summer Courses with two goals: to accommodate our own students who do not want to travel, and to allow students from around the country to attend PNB. We also are expecting continued restrictions on class sizes; and while we don’t know at this time exactly how restrictive this could be, we are weighing that factor into our Summer Course enrollment planning. Ultimately, we hope to offer the opportunity to study with us this summer to as many qualified students as possible; and we want our own students to have a safe option that doesn’t require traveling out of state.
All currently enrolled PNB School students in Levels I-VI are invited and encouraged to attend Summer Course classes at the Francia Russell Center (no audition required).
The Summer Course at the Phelps Center in Seattle will be open on a case-by-case basis only to students in Level VII, VIII, Intermediate Boys and Men’s Division students. We are committed to working with our upper level students to determine the summer experience that will best suit their needs at this time. Students in these levels who are interested in attending the Phelps Center Summer Course must notify the School office by February 8th, so we can plan class sizes accordingly.
Both the Phelps Center Summer Course and Francia Russell Center Summer Course are 5-week programs (July 12-August 13, 2021). Registration and program information will be available to families in late January/early February.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in January.
You may have heard the latest announcement from Governor
Inslee today (see link below), issuing updated business restrictions as well as
revised guidelines for social gatherings in an attempt to lessen the impact of
COVID-19 on our communities. One of the updates includes the closure of indoor
service at fitness facilities and gyms; dance studios fall into this category.
Given these updates, PNB has once again suspended access to
the PNB studios for all students, beginning immediately. In addition, all
PNB School classes (in person and zoom) will be cancelled on Monday, November
16th, to give PNB Management time to review and potentially
adjust staffing at both the Phelps Center and the Francia Russell Center. We
hope to resume all classes as scheduled via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17th;
however, in order to comply with reduced building capacity mandates, we will
not be able to bring students into the studios, in pods or individually.
These new measures from the Governor are expected to last at
least through December 14th. We are extending the studio
restrictions beyond December 14th, through PNB School’s Winter
Break, and will revisit the situation to see if studio access might be possible
again after January 4, 2021. Of course, we will continue to follow guidelines
from King County Public Health, CDC, Washington Department of Health
authorities, and will keep you apprised of any changes or updates to projected
We understand and share your disappointment at this news, as
we just brought Level VII, VIII, and Men’s Division students back to the
studios. Although reverting back to strictly online instruction was a distinct
possibility moving into the winter months, it is heartbreaking just the same.
And while we are all working to maintain our physical health and safety, mental
well-being is equally important, so we want to take this opportunity to remind
you that PNB School’s Consulting Therapist, Josh Spell, is a tremendous health
and wellness resource for our School families. Josh is available to meet with
students one-on-one as needed, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, we will pass along any updates regarding
COVID-related impacts upon the School as they develop. Until then, keep working
hard in your zoom classes, and please reach out to us if you have any questions
Did you know that PNB School has a Physical Therapy
Consultant? Henry Lu, PT, ATC has been working in orthopedic and sports
rehabilitation since 2003, and has over 10 years of experience working in Dance
Medicine and Rehab. Henry is available to meet with students at his office, Velocity Physiotherapy in Wallingford; and he welcomes
questions from PNB School parents regarding ballet classes and physical therapy
in this new age of online/at home Zoom instruction. (206) 905-8575; email@example.com