The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s In-School Programs
The former owner of Chicago’s Biddy Mulligans music bar, Amin Andy Lakha now oversees operations at Lakha Investments as the firm’s chief operating officer. In his spare time, Amin Andy Lakha contributes to the Washington arts scene via his contributions to the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB).
In addition to performances, PNB offers an in-school educational program operates in 15 schools throughout the United States, reaching 600 students. Its team of teaching artists specializes in the integration of literacy, early childhood development, and choreography teaching, and is adept at working with students with disabilities.
PNB’s in-school workshops offer students the opportunity to experience ballet first-hand. Available for grades K-12, the workshops feature live musical performances for students to dance along to. Further, PNB offers flexible residencies for K-12 students that can last for however long the school needs the program. Residencies focus more intently on integrating existing school curriculum into the workshops and challenge students to create choreography based on what they learn. Longer residencies often conclude with performances of the students’ choreographed pieces.