The Portland Ballet offers a rare program for men only. Affectionately called the “Wolfpack,” classes are taught by men for men that address their specific needs.
Jason Davis, Nick Le-Jurica, and the rest of TPB’s dedicated men’s program faculty teach skills that are particularly designed to develop strength, poise, and discipline appropriate to male dancers. Partnering and technique passed down from John Clifford, Jorge Esquivel, Mikko Nissinen and Roudolf Kharatian are the foundation of the Men’s Program.
Men’s Program Levels
Curriculum Ballet (Ages 6 – 22)
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, he will be moved up at the Artistic Director’s discretion.
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 scheduled audition dates, please contact TPB here.
Boys must wear black tights and black ballet slippers. Boys’ T-shirts must be white and form fitting.
The Free Ballet for Boys Series introduces male dancers, ages 10-14, to the fundamentals of ballet. Taught by ballet master Jason Davis, these free classes help boys decide if ballet is right for them. TPB welcomes all new dancers in this commitment-free, three-class series, with the goal of giving students the basic foundations and an appreciation of dance. Sign up and find out why TPB is Portland’s premier academy for nurturing, student-centered ballet training.
The final class acts as a placement assessment for the Curriculum Ballet program. Students must attend the full series (all three classes) but are not required to pay an audition fee. Register early, as class size is limited. Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment may be cancelled.
New session of Free Ballet for Boys coming soon!
Black tights, a white t-shirt and black ballet shoes.