SUMMER PROGRAMS

Summer 2017 ~ July 5 – August 5
Click HERE for Audition Information

Current TPB Curriculum students do not need to audition! Simply fill out a registration form!

Tuition $2,050

The Program

The Portland Ballet offers broad, deep and enriching ballet and contemporary dance instruction. Throughout our five-week Summer Intensive, dancers aged 11-18 stretch their limits in a challenging and disciplined setting. Despite the rigor of the program, we ensure that the environment is safe, healthy and nurturing for all dancers.

Not every summer program offers TPB’s blend of intense training and supportive structure. The right choice can have a profound effect on how much a dancer achieves during those precious summer months. Our program specifically targets the needs and goals of aspiring dancers, helping push them to the next level while reinforcing their foundations.

Expert Teachers and Unmatched Curriculum

The Portland Ballet attracts a faculty of dance teachers with distinguished professional experience at companies in North America and Europe. Our teachers and choreographers focus their expertise completely on the young dancers, providing concentrated, individual attention to every student. Visiting instructors offer fresh insight and perspectives, as well as valuable connections to companies throughout the ballet world. Both resident and visiting teachers work with dancers to develop their skills and push their limits.

All of TPB’s teachers work with a dynamic and proven curriculum. TPB’s approach rests on the Russian method of ballet mastery – the approach most famously taught and Americanized by George Balanchine. Our syllabus remains unmatched in the Portland area for breadth, depth and flexibility. It also includes the region’s only Men’s Ballet Program, taught by male teachers and designed specifically for the needs and strengths of young male dancers.

Schedule

The Summer Intensive program is in session Monday through Saturday. We provide classes in: ballet technique, pointe, variations, men’s technique, partnering, modern, jazz, character, and core/stretch, as well as a lecture series that includes music appreciation, dancer wellness and dance history. Dancers spend the last part of each day in workshop rehearsals, preparing for the performance at the end of the program.

Acceptance & Payment

After the audition and video audition deadline, TPB will email out letters of acceptance.

The tuition for the Summer Ballet Intensive is $2050. Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $250 will be due by March 1, 2017. The remaining balance of $1800 will be due in two installments, May 12, 2017 and June 9, 2017. Cash payments are not accepted. All payments must be made with valid Visa/Mastercard. Tuition is non-refundable.

All students must read and follow the TPB policies, which are laid out in the Student Handbook. We reserve the right to dismiss any student who does not follow the guidelines.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid scholarships are available upon acceptance into the program. For scholarship information click here or email registration for a scholarship application. There is a $15 application fee. Scholarship applications are due March 1, 2017. Scholarship applicants are required to submit a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold the dancers place.

Summer Housing

Summer housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis with host families. Room and Board is $30/day paid directly to the host family. If you are in need of summer housing, please indicate this on your registration form. Dancers accepted into the program will be placed with TPB year-round families, as available. If you have questions about summer housing, please inquire at 503.452.8448 or email us here.

Spend the Summer in Beautiful Portland, Oregon

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, Portland boasts the best of both urban culture and natural scenery. The TPB studios are located in the Hillsdale neighborhood, ten minutes from the city center. Enjoy our legendary summer weather while working with some of the finest ballet and contemporary dance professionals in the United States. For help locating housing or to learn more about accommodation in the Portland metro area, please contact us.

Video Audition Requirements

Please submit an audition registration form with your video by mail or by email.

Dancers must provide a digital headshot along with audition video. The video must be less than 6 months old.

The deadline for video submissions is FEBRUARY 24, 2017.

Barre Work
  • (maximum of 5 minutes; only one side need of each combination)
    Pliés, tendus, adagio, grands battements
Centre Work
  • (maximum 10 minutes)
    Pirouette combination with pirouettes en-dehors and en-dedans, adagio
Allegro combinations:
  • Small jumps, petit allegro, medium size allegro, including assemblés, jetés, sissonnes, etc.
Pointe Work
  • (for ladies currently dancing on pointe)
    Warm up échappés, retirés, double pirouettes en-dehors and en-dedans on pointe, fouettés

Summer 2017 ~ July 10 – August 5

Program Description

The Young Dancer Summer program is a four-week session for dancers aged 6-12 that builds on the technical skills developed during the curriculum year while also pushing students to deepen their foundation. The program provides weekly or bi-weekly classes for Pre-Ballet through Level Two students. Dancers who hope to move up to the next level for the upcoming curriculum year can use the YDS to prepare. Those simply looking to stay active and enjoy dance throughout the summer have the opportunity to work with excellent teachers and dance with peers.

Auditions and Policies

If you’re interested in YDS 2017, click HERE for audition information!

All auditions are held at The Portland Ballet Studios: 6250 SW Capitol Hwy.

Girls: please wear a simple leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers (or, if applicable, pointe shoes). 
Boys: please wear black tights, a white t-shirt/leotard and ballet slippers.

Dancers who are not currently enrolled in The Portland Ballet’s Curriculum program are welcome to attend the Young Dancer Summer. Current students do not need to audition, as they continue in their Curriculum Ballet level for the summer.

All students must read and follow the TPB policies, which are laid out in the Student Handbook. We reserve the right to dismiss any student who does not follow the guidelines.

Registration

Parents who wish to enroll their children must complete a Registration Form. Register early, as class size is limited.

Students who miss class due to illness or injury can make up those classes at a lower level.

Payment

Please pay for the session at the time of registration. We accept checks, cash, VISA, and Mastercard. Tuition payments are not tax-deductible as a charitable donation, and we do not provide refunds.

Class Schedule & Fees

Pre-Ballet – FREE
Monday 4:30-5:30pm OR Saturday 10:00-11:00am (7/10-8/5)

Elementary Ballet – $158
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-4:30pm (7/11-8/3)

Level I/Men I – $160
Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-5:45pm (7/11-8/3)

Level II/Men II – $178
Monday & Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm (7/10-8/2)

Class Attire

Female dancers should wear a black or pink leotard with pink tights and pink full-soled ballet slippers. Male dancers should wear a white leotard or close-fitting t-shirt, black tights, white socks and white or black full-soled ballet slippers.

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