Summer Intensive 2020: Meet your teachers

Incredible guest instructors coming from around the US to you (with health precautions in place).

Kirsten Cooper ( both weeks)

Ms. Cooper trained in Los Angeles with many teachers, assisting Rhonda Miller and Jeff Amsden. She danced in various stage, film, and video productions, and was a principal dancer for Costa Cruise Lines. She now runs a pre-professional jazz company in the Seattle area, and is teaching for the 8th year at Pacific Northwest Ballet Summer School and Dance This Intensive with Seattle Theatre Group. Her choreography has been seen at Bumbershoot Arts Festival (Seattle), Tanzommer Dance Festival (Austria), Sign of the Times (Westlake Productions), PONCHO Gala (Seattle) and at Theatre Ballet of Spokane. Many of her students have gone on to careers in the professional world of dance, performing and teaching. Her former dancers have performed with Backstreet Boys, Fiona Apple, Black Eyed Peas, Paul McCartney, and Celine Dion, as well as the Broadway tour of "Wicked", LA based Hysterica Dance Co., Evolutions, and Soul Escape.

Timothy Lynch (week 2 only)

Mr. Lynch is from Mineola, NY. He received his dance training from the School of American Ballet, his BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2005, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and his MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. In 1993, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet, and performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Four Temperaments, and works by Jerome Robbins, Kent Stowell, and Paul Taylor. He originated roles in works by Donald Byrd, Val Caniparoli, Kevin O’Day, Mark Dendy, Kent Stowell, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Film works include the role of Nick Bottom in the BBC Production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

He became co-director of PNB’s Outreach Youth Performing Group in 2001 and began teaching in PNB’s Dance Chance program. In 2003, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet School as a full-time faculty member, where he choreographed and helped shape the men’s program for over 10 years. He has been a guest faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and Western Washington University. He founded Seattle Dance Project in 2007, earned the KOMO Kids First Award for mentoring local youth in 2011, and was awarded Educator of the Year 2012 from the Dance Educators Association of Washington.  From 2014-2016, Mr. Lynch served as the Academy Director for BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio.  Most recently Tim and his wife Alexandra opened their own studio, Lynch Dance Institute, in San Diego. Tim is also a certified yoga instructor.