Bringing The University Into the Dance Studio

Dancers are often so busy working on their careers, they don’t get to university. After they retire, then what? A new program at Pacific Northwest Ballet brings the university in to dancers. The goal is to introduce dancers to college courses and help them slowly build university credit, be it a quarter at a time, for free. “What the class is designed to do is to give the students sort of a bridge between their life as dancers and their life as university students. They’re just protecting themselves in case they get hurt, or when they’re fortunate to retire. That’s a lot of life, after they retire.”