ARC is a non-profit arts organization that operates a 9,000 square foot dance facility in the North Ballard/ Crown Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. ARC supports community dance education programs and performances through ARC Dance Company and Arc School of Ballet.
ARC Dance is committed to high artistic values and bringing the community closer to dance by presenting a diverse repertoire in intimate venues. ARC operates a large facility to foster dance as an art form through training programs as well as the creative work of contemporary dance makers.
Répertoire is usually selected and staged with proscenium arch theaters in mind; however, this may change based on programming that requires smaller venues. An open audition call for ARC Dance Company is held annually. Professional dancers with a strong classical ballet foundation and broad experience in contemporary dance make up ARC.
The diverse répertoire includes works by nationally and locally established choreographers as well as those by emerging choreographers. Please see the list of choreographers under Artistic Staff.
Choreographers interested in submitting works for consideration should Contact ARC.
Marie Chong began working to establish a new professional dance company in Seattle in 1997. The company’s defining elements would include professional production values, technically strong and versatile dancers, and an eclectic répertoire of dance works that would promote dance as a universal language. Chong also sought to bring the public closer to dance by presenting performances in affordable settings and by curating interesting, yet artistically accessible, choreography.
ARC Dance Productions was incorporated in June, 1999 and received its initial IRS tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 organization in October, 1999. ARC Dance Company gave its debut performance that same year. ARC has maintained a two-production season since the addition of the annual Nutcracker performances in 2001. Also in 2001, ARC began a working relationship with the Seattle Symphony by providing dance to augment outreach programs such as Discover Music at Benaroya Hall.
In 2004, Arc School of Ballet (ASB) was launched to offer the Seattle community personalized, mentor-guided, classical ballet training. ASB offers programs for dancers of all ages, from beginner to the professional-bound dancer. Pre-professional students in the Mentor/Apprentice program at ASB perform with the professional dancers in ARC Dance Company. ARC Dance Company and Arc School of Ballet have resided in the former Crown Hill Elementary School in North Ballard since 2004 on a long-term lease. The facility includes multiple studios, a cross-training center, and a performance space.