PNB School Performance & Next Step

The standard line we get nowadays is that people should be “lifelong learners,” but that’s been true in the dance world for years. Even seasoned professional dancers are still students, taking class every day. Likewise, choreographers remain in constant practice, showing every experimental step or hard-learned lesson whenever they create a new work. To close its season, Pacific Northwest Ballet today presents a pair of shows that illustrates this state of educational affairs. The afternoon School Performance show features tykes taking their first steps on stage and talented young PNB trainees graduating to contracts with companies around the country. In the evening, the Next Step program offers choreography from eight current company members stretching into a new phase of their careers. And both shows are accompanied by another group of gifted students, the Seattle Youth Symphony. (Performances at 1:30 p.m., $15-$65; and 7 p.m., $10-$20.) SANDRA KURTZ

Sat., June 18, 1:30 & 7 p.m., 2011

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