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Summer Ballet Intensive

Four Week Intensive

AGES 11 - 18
JUNE 30 - JULY 26

The program

When looking for the right summer program, you face a critical decision. All summer ballet programs are not created equal. The right choice can make a quantum difference in the level of achievement gained during the precious summer months of intense training. The Portland Ballet offers the broadest, deepest, and most enriching ballet instruction in the region. It does so in an environment that is challenging and supportive, disciplined and rigorous, yet also safe, healthy, and nurturing.

The best blend of teaching & curriculum

TPB has assembled an unparalleled staff of teachers, all with distinguished professional dance experience. Their expertise and dedication are focused within a curriculum unmatched in the area for breadth, depth, and flexibility. TPB’s syllabus is based on the Russian Vaganova method of ballet mastery (the approach most famously taught and Americanized by George Balanchine) and includes the region’s only Men’s Ballet Program, with male teachers.

In addition, the school is one of a handful across the US with a tie to The George Balanchine Trust, qualifying dancers for rare learning and performance opportunities. TPB’s summer program is designed to provide a concentrated experience with multiple teachers and choreographers. Fabulous visiting guest artists round-out the program by further expanding the curriculum and network connections in the ballet world.


The program runs Monday through Saturday. Classes offered will include core/stretch, ballet technique, pointe, variations, men’s technique, partnering, modern, jazz, character as well as a lecture series including Music Appreciation. The last part of the day is spent in workshop rehearsals in preparation for the performance at the end of the program.


After the audition and video audition deadline, TPB will mail out letters of acceptance.  If you are accepted into TPB’s Summer Ballet Intensive, you will be sent a schedule of tuition payments.  TUITION IS NON REFUNDABLE.  Payments can be made in full or auto charged with a secure credit card number.

Financial Assistance

If you wish to apply for financial assistance, please call and request a Scholarship Application.  Prior to review of your application, we must receive all the required tax forms listed on your Scholarship Application, your SBI paperwork mailed at the time of acceptance, and your deposit.

Summer Housing

Please inquire at 503.452.8448 or email Kate Andries, General Manager, if interested in summer housing.

Located in “People Friendly” Portland, OR

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, Portland has the best of urban culture and beautiful nature.  The TPB studios are located in the Hillsdale neighborhood, five minutes from city center.  Enjoy our legendary summer weather while working hard with some of the finest ballet professionals in the United States.

James F & Marion L Miller Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Oregon Arts Commission Regional Arts & Culture Council Work for Art