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Next Step: Friday, June 16 at 7:30pm

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Pacific Northwest Ballet and PNB School present


PNB’s annual choreographic showcase features new works created by company dancers, performed by students of the PNB School Professional Division.

One Night Only!

Friday, June 16, 2023

7:30 PM

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, Washingto 

SEATTLE, WA — Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual choreographers’ showcase, NEXT STEP, returns to McCaw Hall for a night of original danceworks. This year’s showcase features seven premieres choreographed by PNB company dancers Mark Cuddihee, Kyle Davis, Zsilas Michael Hughes, Noah Martzall, Joh Morrill, Miles Pertl, and James Kirby Rogers, all set on the Professional Division student dancers of PNB School – the dance stars of tomorrow, on stage today. NEXT STEP will be presented one night only, Friday, June 16 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are only $30 (general admission) and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office, 206.441.2424 or PNB.org. 

NEXT STEP provides dancers, studio space, and rehearsal time for company members who wish to hone their choreography skills. It was originally conceived by Artistic Director Peter Boal as a means to develop emerging choreographic talent, and as a channel for Professional Division students from PNB School (talented young artists one step away from their professional careers) to participate in the creation of a new work. “There are seven exciting NEXT STEP choreographers this season, some returning artists from the past and some new,” said program coordinator Eva Stone. “All are busy creating inside this unique laboratory of movement exploration and discovery. The Professional Division students are not only working with heart and commitment but are learning new perspectives about the creative process from the ground up.”

The NEXT STEP line-up includes:


Music: Lee Bradshaw and Sylvain Chauveau

Choreography: Mark Cuddihee

The premiere of Mark Cuddihee’s Traverse is generously sponsored by Susan Y. Buske and Connie Walsh. 


Music: Kerry Turner, played by American Brass Quintet

Choreography: Miles Pertl

The premiere of Miles Pertl’s Ricochet is generously sponsored by The Lucinda Hughey Endowed Fund and Dr. Joe G. Norman, Jr.

What is Here Today

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Kyle Davis

The premiere of Kyle Davis’s What is Here Today is generously sponsored by Susan Y. Buske. 

In absence of

Music: Ezio Bosso

Choreography: Noah Martzall

The premiere of Noah Martzall’s In absence of is generously sponsored by T.R. Ko. 

Piano Concerto Appassionato in B Minor

Music and Choreography: Zsilas Michael Hughes

The premiere of Zsilas Michael Hughes’ Piano Concerto Appassionato in B. Minor is generously sponsored by Amy J. Haugerud, Toni Hoover & Al Nettles, and Leslie Yamada.


Music: Bulgarian State Television Female Choir

Choreography: James Kirby Rogers

The premiere of James Kirby Rogers’ (a)part is generously sponsored by Stephen and Marie Heil.


Music: Simon Jeffes, performed by Penguin Café Orchestra

Choreography: Joh Morrill

The premiere of Joh Morrill’s Downtime is generously sponsored by Susan Y. Buske, Leslie Yamada, and Paige Davis.


TICKET & SHOWTIME INFORMATIONNEXT STEP will be presented one night only, Friday, June 16. Showtime is 7:30 PM. 

All tickets are $30, and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

·       Phone - 206.441.2424

·       In Person - 301 Mercer Street, Seattle

·       Online - PNB.org

Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to show time at McCaw Hall. There will be no student or senior rush tickets sold for NEXT STEP.

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