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Pacific Northwest Ballet - Flemming Halby Dance Student Exchange Program

     Pacific Northwest Ballet School (PNBS) was founded in 1974 and has achieved national recognition as one of the leading dance institutions in the country. Beginning in 2007, Scan|Design Foundation partnered with Northwest Danish Foundation to establish the Flemming Halby Dance Student Exchange Program in honor of Flemming Halby, retired school principal. Mr Halby, a Dane, had a long career with the Royal Danish Ballet before joining the Pacific Northwest Ballet in the 1970's.

     Two students from the Royal Danish Ballet School (RDBS) attend PNBS's 5-week Summer Course in July. In addition to taking courses with the Company, members of Northwest Danish Foundation introduce the students to various aspects of the Pacific Northwest region.

     Two PNB Professional Division students attend the Royal Danish Ballet School's 7-week summer course in August and September.  In addition to taking classes with the Company, attending Company performances, and learning the Bournonville style of dance, PNB's students are able to explore and experience Denmark during their stay with the assistance of a Copenhagen based Coordinator.

2007 Recipients                                                                                         

Emma Love

Emma is from Wichita, Kansas. Ms. Love joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009.

 

Andrew Bartee

Andrew is from Everett, Washington. Mr. Bartee joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009.

 

Christian Hammekin

Christian is originally from Frederiksberg, Denmark. He was an inaugural member of the Flemming Halby Dance Exchange, coming to PNB in 2007.

 

Sigmund Hegstad

Born in Oslo, Sigmund Hegstad was educated at the Norwegian National Ballet School from 2000-2003 and at the Canadian National Ballet School from 2003-2006. He was an inaugural member of the Flemming Halby Dance Exchange, coming to Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2007.

 

 

2008 Recipients      

Eric Hipolito, Jr.

Eric is from Seattle, Washington. Mr. Hipolito joined PNB Company as a corps de ballet dancer in 2008, becoming the first Pacific Northwest Ballet School DanceChance student to join the company.

 

Stephan Possin

Stephan is from Woodinville, Washington. Over the last five years, he has advanced to Pacific Northwest Ballet's Professional division Level, where he will take classes full-time and perform on stage in some PNB Company productions. 

 

 

2009 Recipients                                                                                    

Ezra Thomson

Ezra is from San Bernardino, California. He danced with Orland Ballet before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2009.  He was promoted to corps de ballet in 2010.

 

Ryan Cardea

Ryan is from New York, New York.  Mr. Cardea joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2009 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2010.

 
  Holly Dorger  

 

2010 Recipients

Jordan Veit

Jordan is from Seattle, Washington, and is currently a scholarship student in Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Professional Division.  Jordan originated leading roles in Bruce Wells' Hansel and Gretel and Pinocchio and has performed in various PNB Company productions.

 

Stephanie Sahlgren

Stephanie has been dancing at the Royal Danish Ballet School for eight years and proudly joined the corps at the Royal Danish Ballet this summer.

 

 

Andreas Kaas

Andreas is a 1st year apprentice with the Royal Danish Ballet

 

 

2011 Recipients

 

Laura Anne Wallace

 
 

Jeppe Johan Hougaard Banke

1st year apprentice with the Royal Danish Ballet

Evaluation

 

Astrid Grarup Elbo

Astrid started at the Royal Danish Ballet School when she was 7 years old.  She will begin her 11th year with The Royal Danish  Ballet this coming season as a 2nd year apprentice.   Evaluation

 

Stephanie Chen Gundorph Moeller

Stephanie started at The Royal Danish Ballet School when she was 8 years old.  She will begin her 10th year with The Royal Danish Ballet this coming season and has been promoted to a 2nd year apprentice.   Evaluation

 

Ida Praetorius

Ida started at The Royal Danish Ballet School when she was 8 years old.  In 2010 she had her debut on the American Tour with the Royal Danish Ballet as the Danish student in "The Lesson" by Flemming Flindt.   Evaluation

 

 

2012 Recipients

Enrico Hipolito

 

Evaluation

 

Andreas Kaas

Andreas is a 3rd year apprentice with the Royal Danish Ballet. 

Evaluation

 

Viktoria Falck-Schmidt

Viktoria joined the Royal Danish Ballet as an apprentice in 2010.

 

 

2013 Recipients

Beila Ungar

Beila began her dance studies at the age of 6 with Maryland Youth Ballet.  She joined PNB School for the Summer Course 2012 and is currently in her second year as a Professional Division student. Evaluation

 

Christian Poppe

Christian has studied at PNB School and Cornish College of the Arts Preparatory Dance, among other ballet training experiences.  Following two years as a Professional Division student at PNB School, Christian joined PNB Company as an apprentice in 2013.

 

 

2014 Recipients

Abigail Diedrich

Abigail studied at Baltimore School of the Arts prior to joining Pacific Northwest Ballet School.  She joined PNBS for the 2013 Summer Course and is currently in her first year as a Professional Division student.

 

Nicole Rizzitano

Nicole studied at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School prior to joining Pacific Northwest Ballet School.  She joined PNBS for the 2013 summer Course and is currently a first year Professional Division student.  Evaluation

 

 

2015 Recipients

Laura Husted Christensen

Laura is a First year apprentice with Royal Danish Ballet

 

Lea Sindberg-Lyager Jensen

Lea is a First year apprentice with Royal Danish Ballet

 

Brianna Moriarty

Brianna is a Second year Pacific Northwest Ballet student.

 

Kuu Sakuragi

Kuu is a First year Pacific Northwest Ballet student.

 

 

2016 Recipients

Isaac Bates-Vinueza

Isaac is from Louisville, Colorado and has trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet since 2012.  He is currently in his second year as a Professional Division student and has performed in a number of Scholl and PNB Company productions.

 

Christopher Brown

Christopher is from Spokane, Washington and has trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet since 2012.  He is completing his second year as a Professional Division student in June 2016.

 

Emma Riis-Kofold

Emma has been a student with the Royal Danish Ballet School for 13 years and is a third year apprentice with Royal Danish Ballet.

 

Anna Westerholm

Anna studied with the Helsinki Dance Institute for 11 years and has been a student with the Royal Danish Ballet School for 2 years.  She is a third year apprentice with Royal Danish Ballet.

 

 

2017 Recipients

Maria Millard

Maria is from Alanson, Michigan and has trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet since 2015.  Prior to coming to PNB, she trained at the School of American Ballet.  Marie is currently in her first year as a Professional Division student and has performed in a number of School and PNB Company productions.

 

Ludwig af Rosenborg

Ludwig is from Birkerod, Denmark.  He began dancing at the age of three, and has trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School since the age of 7.  He looks forward to visiting Seatttle and experiencing classes at PNB School.

 

Isabel Dokkedal

Isabel is from Esbjerg, Denmark.  She began dancing at an early age and has trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School since 2014. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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