Timothy Lynch performs Threads: A Journey of Boys that Dance, tonight (Oct. 20) at Broadway Performance Hall. Based on more than a decade of teaching ballet to boys at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Lynch’s new work features an all-male cast.
“My hope is that dance becomes mainstream, and that all boys who want to dance would pursue it as they would any other sport and be supported by their families, teachers, and peers, not just in Seattle, but throughout the nation,” Lynch said.
The founder and artistic of the Seattle Dance Project, Lynch received his dance training at the School of American Ballet and later joined Pacific Northwest Ballet where he performed in more than sixty ballets from 1993 to 2003. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005, he also has served as guest faculty at Cornish, University of Washington, and Western Washington University. Last year, Lynch began documenting the experiences of the 100+ boys that pass through the PNB School as part of his master’s thesis. In Threads, he draws on his own personal journey from young trainee to professional dancer to dance educator.
Earlier this month, the Dance Educators Association of Washington honored Lynch as Dance Educator of the Year at its conference in Vancouver, WA. Later this week, he also will present Threads at the National Dance Educators Organization’s Conference, Oct. 23-27, in Miami, FL.
“I am passionate about teaching, and to be recognized by peers is such an honor,” Lynch said. “Seeing my students achieve great things fuels me to keep learning and continue to root for them.”
Tickets and more information about Threads is available through Brown Paper Tickets. The performance begins tonight at 5 pm.