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TPB’s Mission

The Portland Ballet is committed to fostering the future of ballet by building the next generation of dancers and audiences. TPB does this by:

  1. Imparting the lineage of ballet to young dancers, preparing them to follow their passions and achieve their highest potential in an environment that is challenging, disciplined and rigorous, while at the same time safe, healthy and nurturing;
  2. Engaging and entertaining a diverse audience with professionally produced ballet productions;
  3. Collaborating with and supporting other arts education institutions in our region.

TPB’s Philosophy

The arts play a major role in the social, physical and educational development of youth. For that reason, TPB helps children develop not only as dancers, but also as people. TPB builds self-confidence, maturity and self-discipline in its students. TPB is committed to fostering the ambitions of dancers from all socio-economic backgrounds and to remove any financial barrier that may come in between a student and their attendance in class or at a performance. TPB has never turned away a dancer or family due to financial circumstances. Whether or not individual dancers pursue a career in ballet, they graduate with the life skills to help them succeed.

Professional Atmosphere

In the classroom, TPB’s faculty draws upon years of experience gained at national and international companies. Visiting guest masters regularly work with our students as well, bringing fresh insight and perspectives, as well as valuable connections to companies throughout the ballet world.  In addition, The Portland Ballet is one of only a handful of U.S. ballet schools linked to The George Balanchine Trust. This tie provides dancers with unmatched learning and performance opportunities.

TPB alumni have become professional dancers at leading companies in the United States and abroad. For more information about the success of TPB alumni in the professional dance world, visit here.

Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy

The Portland Ballet admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, marital status, political opinion, familial status, age, gender, mental or physical disability, military status, gender identity, national and ethnic origin, or source of income or disability status in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other school-administered programs.