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Lynch leaves Seattle for Ohio's BalletMet

Seattle Dance Project’s artistic director Timothy Lynch is leaving Seattle to take the position of Academy Director for the BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. SDP announced his departure today.

Lynch was a founding member of SDP and has served as its artistic director.
Tim Lynch, photo by Angela Sterling

A former Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer, Lynch co-founded Seattle Dance Project in 2007 with another former PNB dancer Julie Tobiason. He has served as sole artistic director for Seattle Dance Project for the past three years. His wife, former PNB soloist Alexandra Dickson, also joins BalletMet as a teacher and the children’s ballet mistress for company productions.

Last October, Lynch’s piece “Threads: A Journey of Boys that Dance” premiered in Seattle. This work was based on his many years of teaching ballet to boys at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School

Lynch began his dance career at PNB as an apprentice in 1993 and was promoted to full company member in 1994. He retired at the end of the 2002/03 season. A graduate of Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts in 2005, Lynch also served on the college’s faculty.

Founded in 2007, the Seattle Dance Project focuses on creating a movement methodology where the “muscular strength and classical lines of ballet converge with the emancipating movement of modern dance.”

“Project 7” takes place May 2 to 4 at the Broadway Performance Hall.