Open Classes

Open classes are offered seven days a week for the beginning/intermediate to professional dancer.  Our highly qualified teachers design classes tailored to the needs and desires of adult students. All dancers with some ballet experience, aged 13 and up, are welcome to participate.

TPB is closed and does not hold Open Classes on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Years Day.

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Classes are held 7 days a week at 10:00am.

*Teachers/pianists are subject to change

Monday ~ Intermediate Ballet for 50+
Georgann Kelly/Jordan Strang

Tuesday ~ Intermediate Ballet
Zachary Carroll/Richard Hugunine

Wednesday ~ Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Brett Mills/Jordan Strang

Thursday ~ Intermediate Ballet
Zachary Carroll/Jeremy Reinhold

Friday ~ Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Zachary Carroll/Jeremy Reinhold

Saturday ~ Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Rotating Teachers: Jason Davis & Kristin Bacon Trad/Richard Hugunine

Sunday ~ Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Michelle Davis/Jordan Strang

Adult Absolute Beginning Ballet Series

The Portland Ballet regularly offers eight-week sessions of absolute beginner ballet classes that provide interested adults with a fun and informative introduction to ballet basics. Once a week on Sundays, Michelle Davis guides dancers through the fundamentals of ballet at two different levels. $120 for 8 Weeks.

Interested in joining mid-session? Call the studio for pro-rated registration.

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm. For the absolute beginner.

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Students must complete a Registration/Liability Waiver Form prior to taking any class at TPB. All Open Class students receive an ID Card, which they should present at the front desk at the beginning of each class.

Registration/Liability Waiver
Professional Rate Application


Students pay a drop-in rate of $17/class, or $12/class for barre only. We also offer the following discounts for our returning and ongoing students:

  • $80 for five classes (equal to $16/class)
  • $150 for ten classes (equal to $15/class)
  • $240 for twenty classes (equal to $12/class)

College students and professional dancers may qualify for a discount rate of $13/class.  The Professional/Student class card rates are:

  • $110 for 10 classes (equal to $11/class)

Students must show a college ID to receive the Student Rate; high school students are not eligible for this discount. For TPB Curriculum students, Open Classes count as a drop-in class. Professional dancers can apply to receive the Professional Rate. To apply, please complete the Professional Rate Application and return it to the front desk. The Portland Ballet will review the information before approving the Professional Rate. We accept checks, cash, VISA, and Mastercard. Tuition payments are not tax-deductible as a charitable donation, and we do not provide refunds.

Building/Studio Conduct

  • Adult students must sign-in at the reception desk.
  • Only water is allowed in the studio.  Absolutely no other drinks (sports drinks, coffee, etc.) or food are allowed.  Gum is prohibited.
  • Please turn off/set to silence or vibrate all cell phones and pagers upon entering the building.
  • Unless permission is given, only accompanists may touch, move, or play the pianos.
  • Classes are not available for observation by friends or family.

Class Tardiness

Proper warm-up is necessary for injury prevention.  These exercises commence at the beginning of class.  Any student arriving 10 or more minutes after the class start time will not be admitted.

Class Attire/Personal Hygiene

  • Our instructors need to see student’s body lines in order to make corrections and ensure that everyone is dancing safely.  Leotards, tights, and skirts are suggested, but are not mandatory.  Tighter-fitting yoga clothes are also appropriate.  Gentlemen, dance belts must be worn with tights, leggings, jazz pants, or sweat pants. Jeans and other street clothes are not acceptable.
  • Instructors reserve the right to require specific attire for their classes and may ask students to leave class or change if their attire is inappropriate.
  • Proper dance shoes must be worn at all times.  Appropriate dance shoes include flat ballet slippers, pointe shoes, modern dance paws or jazz shoes.
  • As a courtesy to TPB students and instructors, please use deodorant—unscented, if possible.  Offensive personal hygiene will be confidentially addressed and may be grounds for dismissal from class.
  • Because many people have sensitivities and allergies, please avoid using scented lotions and body sprays.
  • In order to ensure the safety of the dance floors, please do not apply lotions, oils, or salves before class.

Class Observation

Anyone who wishes to observe an Open Class must obtain consent beforehand from the instructor and the Director or General Manager.

Holiday Closures

Open Classes are cancelled on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Please see the Open Class Schedule for more detailed class and instructor information.

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