Dancers step into a world of academia at Seattle Uby Julie
December 8, 2009
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
“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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