Launched in 2015-16, The Portland Ballet’s Career Track program offers well-trained, advanced dancers with professional intent a setting that simulates a professional company experience. Students aged 14-22 who wish to pursue a performance career are eligible to audition for the program. An intense and personal learning environment is fostered, culminating each academic year with a performance comprised exclusively of Career Track dancers.

The CT schedule is rigorous and well paced—starting midday with company class, followed by rehearsals. In the evenings dancers join the Curriculum classes and rehearsals. Career Track dancers should expect a 25- to 30-hour workweek. In addition to classes, rehearsals and performances, dancers receive supportive one-on-one evaluation and coaching in technique, performance skills and goal setting, as well as tools for auditioning, injury prevention, cross training and nutrition.

Artistic Director Anne Mueller leads the program with assistance from TPB’s rich staff of teachers and choreographers. TPB’s active performance schedule provides Career Track dancers the experience they need to be “company ready” when auditioning for professional companies. TPB’s incomparable staff, spacious facility and industry connections—including the George Balanchine Trust, John Clifford, Trey McIntyre, Alonzo King, and more—give promising dancers the edge needed to go professional.

Whether your goal is to transition to a major ballet company’s school for finishing, attend a conservatory style collegiate program, or get right into a company in the U.S. or abroad, the Career Track will prepare you to achieve your goals.

Note: for dancers who have not completed high school, TPB has information about online and alternative schooling options.

Career Track Quick Facts

  • Company class & rehearsal Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4:15 pm
  • Level 5 or 6 schedule Monday thru Saturday
  • Four-program performance season annually
  • Technique and performance skills coaching
  • Career counseling
  • Audition video assistance
  • Repertoire – classical, Balanchine, contemporary, modern
  • August 22, 2016 through June 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend

With PSU Orchestra
The Enchanted Toyshop Rossini/Clifford
New Ballet Bizet/Mueller
November 25, 26 & 27, 2016
VENUE: Lincoln Performance Hall

Studio Theatre Performance

Heartaches Patsy Cline/Anne Mueller
Rip/Tide by BodyVox directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland set by Zach Carroll
La Bayadère  Shades Trio
Concerto in F (Third Movement) Gershwin/Davis after Clifford
Kukátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe – Guest Artists
March 10,11 & 12, 2017
TICKETS: $10 – $25
VENUE: The Portland Ballet Studio Theatre

Spring Concert

Les Sylphides Chopin-Glazunov/Fokine
Festival Russie Various/Tom Gold
Who Cares? (excerpts) Gershwin/Balanchine staged by John Clifford
New Work by Lane Hunter
May 26 & 27, 2017
TICKETS: $5 – $35
VENUE: Lincoln Performance Hall

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