Dance

There’s music and movement for every age at the J Dance Studio—ballet, yoga, parent/child dance exercise, drama and performance. The studios are spacious and bright with a lovely view of Mt. Baker.

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Northwest Ballet

The Jansen Art Center’s partnership with Northwest Ballet Academy started in 2012, as part of our opening, and they will be truly missed.

We wish them a fond farewell and a heartfelt “thank you!” for all the joy they have brought to the J over the years.

History

Northwest Ballet Theater & Academy was formed under the vision and direction of John Bishop and Maureen Skomerza. The hope was to build a high-quality regional ballet company that would produce professional-level classical and contemporary productions for audiences in the Puget Sound area.

John Bishop with his wife, Mieko Bishop.

Statement


This has been such a challenging year for so many that I really didn’t want to say too much about my academy’s closing except that I felt compelled to let people I have worked, danced and connected with over the years just how much I have appreciated their kindness and support.

During Northwest Ballet Theater’s 21 seasons we have performed all over Washington on stages in Bellingham, Lynden, Port Angeles, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Snohomish, La Conner, Fairhaven, Sedro Woolley, Stanwood and Seattle. It is kind of mind-blowing to me now just how many venues and different audiences we performed with.

My deepest wish and hope is that the arts can survive during this time and perhaps come out even stronger when this is all over. In the meantime I will reflect on the wonderful memories I have had and shared with others.

Sincerely,
John Bishop

We are exploring partnership options for the Dance Studio.

For dance studio partnership inquiries, contact Executive Director, Vin Quenneville  – [email protected].

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I rent out the dance studio?

In order to make sure we preserve the integrity of the dance studio floor, being able to rent out the studio is determined on a case by case basis. For all rental inquiries, please email our Rental Coordinator Margaret at [email protected]