The Pacific Northwest Ballet School's annual performance takes place this weekend.
So what, you say, that 20-odd little girls (and the occasional boy) know how to wave their arms to music. Oh, but that’s just the start. The Level II students follow the Level Is to the stage. These more advanced dancers are starting to explore space, not just occupy it. And their pleasure in doing so is enough to squeeze tears from a stone. The wonders continue through performances by Levels III, IV, V, VI and VII. In the course of an hour or so you experience the birth of a dancer, see the art of ballet evolve from literal baby-steps to virtual flight.