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Sondra Forsyth

Sondra Forsyth

 

Sondra Forsyth is a member of the Dance Critics Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. A former ballerina who danced principal roles with New York Dance Theatre and Huntington Ballet Theatre, she is a faculty member at Centralia Ballet Academy/Ballet Theatre of Washington in Centralia, Washington. Sondra founded Ballet Ambassadors in New York City and was the Artistic Director for 17 years with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She has served as a guest teacher for the American Ballet Theatre open classes and on the faculty of The School at Steps on Broadway, the Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Studio de Ballet Opera in Beirut, Lebanon. She was Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director with Jan Hanniford Goetz of Huntington School of Ballet and Huntington Ballet Theatre (now called Long Island Ballet Theatre) on Long Island. Her most notable teachers for dance were David Howard, Frank Ohman, Ana Roje, Mme. Gabriela Darvash, Thalia Mara, and Yurek Lazowski. Sondra is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of thirdAGE.com and formerly held the posts of Executive Editor at Ladies’ Home Journal, Features Editor at Cosmopolitan, and Articles Editor at Bride’s. Her byline has appeared in Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher as well as many major publications. She is the author, co-author, or ghostwriter of twelve books and holds an M.A. from Harvard. Sondra has a grown son and daughter, a son-in-law, and two grandsons.

 




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Feature: KIYON ROSS TO BECOME PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S NEW ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR at
September 21, 2022

As Associate Artistic Director, Mr. Ross will work in close collaboration with Mr. Boal to implement and advance PNB’s artistic vision, and consult on all artistic matters including programming, hiring, and casting. He will also provide oversight for PNB’s special projects such as Next Step, PNB Dance Film Festival, and digital programming. As part of his new appointment, Mr. Ross will continue to co-lead PNB’s I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) committee.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S “SWAN LAKE” RETURNS TO THE STAGE at McCaw Hall
May 13, 2022

Kent Stowell’s “Swan Lake” was back on stage from April 15th to 24th 2022 as part of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s post-pandemic return to live performances at Macaw Hall in Seattle.

BWW Review: PNB: PLOT POINTS at McCaw Hall
March 31, 2022

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Rep 4 for the 2021-2022 season is “Plot Points”, a quadruple bill of mesmerizingly inventive works that includes a PNB Premiere by Justin Peck and a World Premiere by Robin Mareko Williams.

BWW Review: PNB'S NOELANI PANTASTICO'S FAREWELL PERFORMANCE IN “ROMEO ET JULIETTE” at McCaw Hall
February 24, 2022

PNB’s mesmerizing production of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s contemporary interpretation of “Roméo et Juliette”, filmed live on February 13th 2022 at McCaw Hall in Seattle and streaming digitally from February 24th to February 26th, is the exquisite Noelani Pantastico’s farewell performance after a 27-year career.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER® at McCaw Hall
December 20, 2021

‘Tis the season for Nutcracker performances.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET REP 2 2021: “BEYOND BALLET”
November 19, 2021

A triple bill by three choreographers with global acclaim

BWW Review: PNB'S DIGITAL SEASON, REP 1, “SINGULARLY CERRUDO” Filmed at McCaw Hall
October 7, 2021

The Pacific Northwest Ballet was back on stage in Seattle’s McCaw Hall in September of 2021, dancing for a live audience for the first time since the pandemic closed dance studios and theaters worldwide. Yet as welcome as that return to in-person performing was, PNB chose not to do away with the digital programming that had been its only option for over a year.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET SEASON ENCORE 2020-2021 Filmed at McCaw Hall and Elsewhere
June 18, 2021

From June 18th to June 22nd, PNB’s final digital performance of the 2020-2021 season bids a bittersweet good-bye to seven dancers who are leaving to begin new chapters of their lives.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S ALL-DIGITAL SEASON, REP 6 Filmed at McCaw Hall
June 10, 2021

PNB’s eminently satisfying all-digital season for 2020-2021 continues with Rep 6, livestreamed from June 10th to June 14th, 2021.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S “COPPELIA” ON THE DIGITAL STAGE Filmed at McCaw Hall
May 6, 2021

PNB’s Digital Season continues from May 6th to May 10th 2021 with a delightful archival recording from 2016 of PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s “Coppélia”, choreographed by Mr. B and Alexandra Danilova to the music of Léo Delibes.

BWW Update: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET BIDS ADIEUX TO PRINCIPAL DANCERS JEROME AND LAURA TISSERAND. at McCaw Hall
May 4, 2021

Pacific Northwest Ballet will be bidding an adieux passionnés to principal dancers Jerome Tisserand and Laura Tisserand at the end of the company’s 2020-2021 season: The couple have announced that they will be leaving Seattle this summer, to accept positions with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

BWW Update: SAD NEWS: JACQUES D'AMBOISE HAS DIED AT AGE 86
May 3, 2021

He will be greatly missed.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET SCHOOL'S PERFORMANCE OF “FANFARE” Online
April 20, 2021

Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s annual “Spring Fling”, including an archival video from 2018 of students performing Jerome Robbins’ “Fanfare”, is online now until May 3rd.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S ALL DIGITAL SEASON, REP 4 Filmed at McCaw Hall
April 1, 2021

PNB’s all-digital season continues with Rep 4, a varied and enjoyable triple bill that streams from April 1st to April 5th 2021. Digital ticket holders can watch as many times as they like until the link expires.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S THE INTERMISSION PROJECT at Various Locations
March 9, 2021

As PNB’s digital offerings continue, Price Suddath’s innovative “The Intermission Project” is offered free to all from March 8th to March 24th 2021.

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S ROMEO ET JULIETTE Filmed at McCaw Hall
February 12, 2021

Balletomanes, I sincerely hope you read this in time to get digital tickets for PNB’s Roméo et Juliette that is slated for February 11th to 15th 2021.

BWW Feature: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER® Filmed at McCaw Hall
December 7, 2020

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2020-2021 Dance Happens Everywhere digital season brings the Northwest’s favorite holiday tradition to the comfort of home with its sparkling production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

BWW Feature: PNB ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PETER BOAL ANNOUNCES THREE PROMOTIONS DURING FIRST LOOK TO THE FUTURE GALA. at McCaw Hall
November 20, 2020

“It gives me tremendous pleasure to be able to promote three dancers in our company this evening.”

BWW Review: PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S ALL-DIGITAL SEASON, REP 2 Filmed at McCaw Hall
November 13, 2020

From November 12th to November 16th 2020, Pacific Northwest Ballet offers Rep 2

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET ANNOUNCES MILLION-DOLLAR GIFT FROM FRIDAY FOUNDATION, TO ENDOWMENT McCaw Hall
October 20, 2020

Pacific Northwest Ballet is honored to announce the receipt of a million-dollar gift from the Friday Foundation. With this gift – designated to the Pacific Northwest Ballet Foundation – PNB has created a new endowment, the Jane Lang Davis New Works Fund. Annual income from the invested fund will be used in perpetuity to provide support for one new ballet each season, and/or support the full breadth of PNB’s New Works initiative, including workshops for emerging artists.