The Portland Ballet Hosts: Audition 101 with John Clifford

December 27-30, 2022

10:30-12 Noon Class
12:30-1:30 PM Tuesday-Thursday Seminar
12:30-2:30 PM Friday Photos

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Advanced Dancers ~ Ages 14+ ~ Girls 2+ Years Pointe
$340 ~ Limited Enrollment
Four Master Classes by John Clifford
Photos by Blaine Truitt Covert
Seminars ~ Resume Writing ~ Audition Tips ~ Mind Over Nerves

Get into top shape for winter auditions with 4 Master Classes taught by John Clifford, one of the
most highly regarded ballet masters working today. Plus, 3 seminars designed to prepare
dancers professionally and mentally. And, photos by dancer’s favorite photographer Blaine Truitt
Covert. All in 4 days between Christmas and New Years!

John Clifford’s ballet pedigree is unrivaled. A Hollywood showbiz kid, he acted and danced in numerous shows during TV’s golden years. All along, he studied ballet with the finest teachers in Los Angeles. As a teenager he met George Balanchine, who took him under his wing to nurture his talents. Mr. Clifford became a favorite in Mr. B’s New York City Ballet as a principal dancer and choreographer. His ability to connect with dancers and give steps that enable them to address technical challenges unique to each student, makes him a dancer’s favorite teacher. Mr. Clifford works with some the most prestigious ballet companies in the world staging ballets and coaching dancers including Kirov, Bolshoi, Paris Opera, The Royal Ballet and many more. For more insight into this fascinating ballet celebrity, read his book Balanchine’s Apprentice: From Hollywood to New York and BackLINK

Mr. Clifford teaching at TPB in 2020


Free Hip-hop & Body Control

Starting September 7
Wednesdays 6:45 – 7:45 PM with Nick Le-Jurica

Ages 13 – 18

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Hip-hop and Body Control encompasses a wide range of street dance styles from breaking to popping and locking. The class focuses on developing rhythm and coordination, while emphasizing individual expression. Guys are invited to stay for ballet partnering class (8:00 – 9:00pm) – no ballet experience needed.

Dress Code

Dancers should wear comfortable clothes they can move in. Dancers may also wear clean tennis shoes.

No clothing with inappropriate images or language.



Free Beginning Ballet Series

January 7, 14 & 21 2023
1:15pm – 2:15pm or 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Registration Here!

The Free Beginning Ballet Series introduces young dancers, ages 6-9, to the fundamentals of ballet. These free classes help children 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.

Dress Code

Female dancers should wear either pink tights and pink ballet shoes or skin tone tights and skin tone ballet shoes and a leotard of any color. They should not wear skirts or tutus. Male dancers should wear black tights, a white t-shirt and black ballet shoes.

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