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Ballet Bellingham

1405 Fraser Street Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 746-8508

About Ballet Bellingham

Ballet Bellingham is committed to offering a creative, fun, and supportive environment to its students where they will feel comfortable learning ballet technique.

Ballet Bellingham values a strong sense of community and the preservation of classical ballet technique through proper teaching methods while developing a well-rounded dancer.

Our professional sprung floor and large studio space, allow dancers a healthy and safe place to learn.

About the Artistic Director

Jessica Crook

I began my training at the Nancy Whyte School of Ballet in Bellingham in 1983. In 1991, I joined the Mt. Baker Ballet under the direction of Nancy Whyte.

The Mt. Ballet gave me a chance to perform in many different roles including: Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Odile in Swan Lake, the Sea Queen in Alice in Wonderland, and a variety of roles in The Nutcracker. Along with these classical roles, I had the chance to perform pieces in many different styles of dance including jazz, modern, Latin, character, and contemporary ballet.

During my time with the Mt. Baker Ballet, I had the opportunity to attend and perform at Regional Dance America festivals in Washington, Idaho, Utah, and California. These invaluable experiences gave me the chance to learn from many influential teachers.

As a teenager, I attended summer dance programs on scholarship at the Washington Academy of Performing Arts and Summer Dance Lab in Walla Walla where I had the opportunity to study with Frank Bays, John Passafiume, Paul Sanasardo, Ed Kressley, and Charles Bennett.

I began assisting Nancy Whyte with classes in 1991; and in 1996, under her guidance, I began teaching classes at her studio. There is where I found my true calling. I find such joy in teaching both children and adults to appreciate the art of ballet.

After taking some time way to start a family, I returned to the Mt. Baker Ballet and to teaching at the Nancy Whyte School of Ballet until its closure in August 2009.

I fully believe that learning ballet gives students a well-rounded education that will serve them in all areas of their life.

Happy Dancing!

Jessica Crook