Transparency in Motion

Pacific Northwest Ballet Francia Russell Center

Bellevue, WA

New Home for Dance

Students are immersed in the dance experience as they enter the new Francia Russell Center. The design provides a transparent environment for students of all ages to learn, engage and develop their talent.

Tuned for Young Dancers

Child-height windows peer into double-height dance studios equipped with sprung floors, acoustic panels and a piano for live music. Support areas are scaled for children with playful textiles, furniture and graphics. Dance spaces are filled with daylight, while dimmer lighting in the back of house sets a more moody tone.

Anchor for the Arts Community

Displaced by the Sound Transit East Link route construction, the center capitalizes on the relocation to create a vibrant hub for the local arts community. With full auditorium functionality, the 150-seat performance studio is a flexible venue for diverse events and programs—from dance recitals and plays to presentations—with an adjoining kitchen and social space.

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