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Posted 19 May 2007 - 12:16 AM

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET SCHOOL HOSTS REGIONAL DANCE AMERICA'S

ANNUAL SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM

Craft of Choreography Conference


June 18- 30, 2007



SEATTLE, WA - €The nationally-renowned Pacific Northwest Ballet School (PNBS) will host this year's prestigious Craft of Choreography Conference, an annual summer intensive program by Regional Dance America, June 18 - 30, 2007 at the Francia Russell Center, PNBS' Bellevue location.

A multi-faceted program, the conference provides dancers as well as emerging and established choreographers an opportunity to study and create under the guidance of nationally-recognized dance and music professionals during an intensive two-week session. Among the choreographers participating in this year's conference are current PNB corps de ballet dancer Kiyon Gaines and former PNBS student Sayoko Knode.

"The Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Francia Russell Center is proud to host this year's event. It will be an exciting two week intensive for young dancers from around the country and PNBS to interact and work with over fifteen choreographers from throughout the country... This promises to be an exciting adventure for all who choose to participate and grow as young artists. -- Nicholas Ade, PNBS Eastside Principal and former PNB dancer

Tracing its roots back to 1961, the conference serves as an important "training ground" for choreographers and is a chance for dancers to work within a variety of styles, with all participants benefiting from training with expert teachers. PNBS students 13 and above have been invited to participate in this unique experience with students from all over the country. Scholarships and parent volunteer opportunities are available as well as pre-paid cards for morning dance classes, all provided through Regional Dance America.

The 2007 CRAFT OF CHOREOGRAPHY CONFERENCE runs June 18-30 at the Francia Russell Center, 13440 N.E. 16th Street, Bellevue. Further information can be found online at the official conference website - http://www.regionald..._conference.php or by contacting Nicholas Ade, PNBS Eastside Principal, at nade@pnb.org.


More about Regional Dance America

Regional Dance America (RDA) is a national association of ballet companies that was created in 1988 to continue work started by the National Association of Regional Ballet in the mid-1950s. Composed of five regional "organizations" or sectors, RDA seeks to promote the artistic development of dance companies throughout the United States. Its main objectives are to promote its mission on a national level, to define and maintain the artistic standards of quality to which the regional organizations are held, and to provide uniformity of major policies amongst its five regions.

In addition to regional and national dance programs and events, one of RDA's most significant projects is its sponsorship of the annual Craft of Choreography Conference. Through the Conference, RDA focuses on the development of the fundamental underpinnings of the art of dance- choreographers and dancers.

"This method of encouraging and raising the standards of choreography has helped develop many young choreographers who have gone on to productive careers as freelance choreographers and/or artistic directors. Dancers also find it exciting and helpful in learning to work well with many types of choreographers." -- Barbara Crockett, Founder and former Company Director, Sacramento Ballet.

About Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972. On July 1, 2005, Peter Boal assumed the role of Artistic Director, succeeding Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, Co-Artistic Directors of PNB since 1977. The Company of forty-four dancers presents over ninety performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and on tour. The Company has toured to Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and throughout the United States with celebrated appearances in Washington D.C. and New York City.

Founded in 1974, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, under the direction of Francia Russell since 1977 and now under Mr. Boal's direction, is nationally recognized as setting the standard for ballet training offering a complete professional curriculum to over 850 students. The School and Company also provide comprehensive dance education to the greater Seattle area reaching over 10,000 adults and children each year through DanceChance, Discover Dance, Eyes on Dance and other outreach programs and activities.


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