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 technique 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 Nancy Davis 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, Tom Gold, 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. Recent Career Track students have gone on to apprenticeships with Ballet Idaho, San Diego Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet, and have continued their studies on scholarship with San Francisco Ballet School, Ballet Arizona, and at Boston Conservatory.

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, & workshops  Monday 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
  • September 7, 2021 through June 4, 2022
  • Annual Tuition: $6,850

Thanksgiving Weekend

TBD pending Covid restrictions.

Spring Concert

TBD pending Covid restrictions.

Studio Theatre Performance

TBD pending Covid restrictions.

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