Young, gifted, and ready for more
The dancers in the rising professional training company The Portland Ballet show off their considerable skills
–MAY 25, 2015 // OREGON ARTSWATCH // Martha Ullman West
The 2022-23 season will be held Tuesday, September 6, 2022 through Saturday, June 3, 2023.
Auditions for the 2022-23 season will be held Saturday August 6, 2022. Learn more and register here.
The Curriculum Ballet program provides dancers ages 6-18 with a strong technical foundation and prepares them for a career in dance. Because building these skills takes time and consistency of practice, we ask that Curriculum students commit to the entire nine-month program.
Primary Division (Levels 1-2)
The goal of our Level 1 classes (ages 6-8) is to help all children feel welcome and encouraged to dance. In this introductory level, students learn basic ballet etiquette while enjoying structured, fun movement. Teachers focus on how to act in a studio environment, with an emphasis on dress code, punctuality, working together and listening.
In Level 2 (ages 7-9), students continue their preparation for formal dance training. In addition to the ballet etiquette and fun movement of Level 1, they learn critical thinking, self-evaluation and rhythm. Classes emphasize teamwork, asking questions and taking responsibility for one’s behavior and appearance. High expectations within a nurturing environment create a habit of self-discipline that students can carry forward in their training and their lives.
Intermediate Division (Levels 3-5)
The Intermediate Division provides the foundation of ballet technique. In Levels 3 through 5, students learn basic ballet positions and vocabulary, as well as the structure of a standard ballet class, starting at the barre and moving into introductory center work. Beginning pointe is introduced in Level 5, at the discretion of the Artistic Director, when a dancer’s legs, feet and core are sufficiently strong.
Advancement is based on ability, not age. Some students spend more than two years in one level as their minds and bodies develop and adapt to working in harmony, while others progress more quickly. Once a student has mastered the ballet technique appropriate for a level and is strong enough to accomplish particular movements, she or he will be moved up at the Artistic Director’s discretion. In this way, each student fully assimilates the necessary layers of knowledge that form the foundation of ballet.
The intermediate levels are critical in ballet, as they progressively prepare the student for the rigors of performance. For this reason, students must maintain good attendance to advance.
Advanced Division (Levels 6-7)
Levels 6-7 provide committed dancers with advanced technique. To these dancers TPB regularly offers opportunities to train with guest professional teachers and choreographers. Those who demonstrate proper form may also qualify to learn pas de deux and variations in addition to their regular classwork. Students in the Advanced Division earn their placement through hard work, determination and discipline. The amount of time spent in a level depends solely on the individual student’s improvement as determined by the Artistic Director. Advanced Division students who are at least 14 years of age may also audition for The Portland Ballet’s Youth Company. To dance with the company, female dancers must be strong en pointe.
The Men’s Program syllabus focuses on the needs and skills specific to young male dancers. Beginning in Level 1, boys learn the fundamental exercises that allow them to develop strength, poise and discipline. Nick Le-Jurica, Jason Davis, and Zachary Carroll teach partnering and technique passed down from John Clifford, Jorge Esquivel, Mikko Nissinen and Roudolf Kharatian. The Men’s Program, part of the general Curriculum Ballet syllabus, is tailored specifically to the male dancer.
Registration and Audition
All students interested in joining The Portland Ballet Curriculum program must audition. The placement audition determines a student’s level for the upcoming year. There is NO registration fee. TPB then notifies participants by email of the student’s placement and provides important information regarding performances, parent volunteering and other engagement opportunities. For more information about auditions, click here.
To audition outside the annual audition/placement date, please contact TPB here.
2022-23 Annual Tuition
Level 1 (Pre-Ballet): $1,070
Level 2 (Elementary): $1,960
Level 3: $2,025
Level 4: $2,190
Men 5: $2,980
Girls 5 (Pointe): $3,965
Level 6: $4,495
Level 7: $4,865
The Portland Ballet is committed to making the history and artistry of ballet available to every interested dancer. Through the ongoing generosity of our many private, corporate and foundation sponsors, we have created a generous scholarship program. Approximately 15% of our students receive financial assistance. For financial aid information click here, call 503.452.8448 or contact us by email. A small number of dancers may receive a merit scholarship at the discretion of the Artistic Director; dancers may not apply for merit scholarships.
The Curriculum Ballet Program offers three payment options:
- 1 annual payment by authorized credit card, debit card, or check
- 2 semester payments by authorized credit card, debit card, or automatic bank transfer
- 10 monthly payments by authorized credit card, debit card, or automatic bank transfer
NOTE: The monthly payment program must be authorized for the entire 10 months, and tuition is non-refundable. Please be sure that your child will complete the program before registering. We accept VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Tuition payments are not tax-deductible as a charitable donation and we do not provide refunds.
TPB ballet training includes a dress code. All students Level 1-7 wear a colored, camisole leotard (or a t-shirt for boys) specific to their level. All students must attend every class in dress code. In addition, girls wear pink tights and pink ballet slippers* (full-sole for Level 1-5) and boys wear black tights and black ballet slippers.
*dancers may choose to wear a flesh tone tight and shoe that matches their skin tone, however tights and shoes must either be both pink or both flesh tone.
TPB strives to be a gender-affirming academy with an inclusive dress code. Please contact our Associate Artistic Director with any questions.
We invite full-time students with excellent attendance to participate in three annual performances: the Holiday Production in November (ages 8+), a new production of Carnival of the Animals in May (ages 8+), and the Academy Showcase in May (all levels).
In addition, advanced students ages 14-19 may audition for the Youth Company to participate in the Spring Concert held each May. Career Track program dancers (ages 14-22) perform in both the Spring Concert as well as Studio Theatre Performances in June.
*Subject to change according to OHA and CDC guidance
All dancers must follow these protocols in order to attend in-person classes:
- All Dancers ages 5+ are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and submit proof to registration before attending in-studio classes. Dancers who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief will be reasonably accommodated, please contact registration for details.
- All patrons are required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times while inside The Portland Ballet common areas.
- Currently masking in class is optional.
- We ask all dancers to self-screen prior to coming into the studio for an in-person class:
- Have you had a new or worsening cough?
- Have you had a fever?
- Have you had shortness of breath?
- Have you had a new loss of smell or taste?
- Have you been in close contact with anyone with these symptoms or anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?