Summer 2021 ~ July 5 – 31
Call for late registration • 503.452.8448

Current TPB Curriculum students do not need to audition!

Tuition $1,875

The Program

The Portland Ballet offers broad, deep and enriching ballet and contemporary dance instruction. Throughout our four-week Summer Intensive, dancers aged 11-18 stretch their limits in a challenging and disciplined setting. Despite the rigor of the program, we ensure that the environment is safe, healthy and nurturing for all dancers.

*Limited space is available for the 2021 Summer Ballet Intensive. Registered dancers will be sorted into small, in-person cohorts on a first-come, first-served basis and priority will be given to dancers who attend the full four-week program.

Not every summer program offers TPB’s blend of intense training and supportive structure. The right choice can have a profound effect on how much a dancer achieves during those precious summer months. Our program specifically targets the needs and goals of aspiring dancers, helping push them to the next level while reinforcing their foundations.

Expert Teachers and Unmatched Curriculum

The Portland Ballet attracts a faculty of dance teachers with distinguished professional experience at companies in North America and Europe. Our teachers and choreographers focus their expertise completely on the young dancers, providing concentrated, individual attention to every student. Visiting instructors offer fresh insight and perspectives, as well as valuable connections to companies throughout the ballet world. Both resident and visiting teachers work with dancers to develop their skills and push their limits.

All of TPB’s teachers work with a dynamic and proven curriculum. TPB’s approach rests on the Russian method of ballet mastery – the approach most famously taught and Americanized by George Balanchine. Our syllabus remains unmatched in the Portland area for breadth, depth and flexibility. It also includes the region’s only Men’s Ballet Program, taught by male teachers and designed specifically for the needs and strengths of young male dancers.


The Summer Intensive program is in session Monday through Saturday. We provide classes in: ballet technique, pointe, variations, men’s technique, modern, contemporary, and core/stretch, as well as a lecture series that includes music appreciation, dancer wellness and dance history. Dancers spend the last part of each day in workshop rehearsals, preparing for the performance at the end of the program.

Acceptance & Payment

After the audition and video audition deadline, TPB will email out letters of acceptance.

The tuition for the Summer Ballet Intensive is $1875. Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $250 will be due by April 11, 2021. The remaining balance of $1625 will be due in two installments, May 3, 2021 and June 7, 2021. Cash payments are not accepted. All payments must be made with valid Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover. Tuition is non-refundable.

All students must read and follow the TPB policies, which are laid out in the Student Handbook. We reserve the right to dismiss any student who does not follow the guidelines.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid scholarships are available upon acceptance into the program. For scholarship information click here or email registration for a scholarship application. There is a $55 application fee. Scholarship applications are due April 20, 2021. Scholarship applicants are required to submit a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold the dancers place.

Summer Housing

Due to Covid-19, host families are not available for out of town dancers. Please contact registration with any housing questions.

Spend the Summer in Beautiful Portland, Oregon

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, Portland boasts the best of both urban culture and natural scenery. The TPB studios are located in the Hillsdale neighborhood, ten minutes from the city center. Enjoy our legendary summer weather while working with some of the finest ballet and contemporary dance professionals in the United States. For help locating housing or to learn more about accommodation in the Portland metro area, please contact us.

Video Audition Requirements

Please submit an audition registration form with your video by mail or by email.

Dancers must provide a digital headshot along with audition video. The video must be less than 6 months old.

Barre Work
  • (maximum of 5 minutes; only one side need of each combination)
    Pliés, tendus, adagio, grands battements
Centre Work
  • (maximum 10 minutes)
    Pirouette combination with pirouettes en-dehors and en-dedans, adagio
Allegro combinations:
  • Small jumps, petit allegro, medium size allegro, including assemblés, jetés, sissonnes, etc.
Pointe Work
  • (for ladies currently dancing on pointe)
    Warm up échappés, retirés, double pirouettes en-dehors and en-dedans on pointe, fouettés

Guest Teachers

2021 Summer Guest Faculty coming soon!

Summer 2021 ~ July 5 – 31

The Young Dancer Summer program is a four-week session for dancers aged 6-12 that builds on the technical skills developed during the curriculum year while also pushing students to deepen their foundation. The program provides weekly or bi-weekly classes for Pre-Ballet through Level Two students. Dancers who hope to move up to the next level for the upcoming curriculum year can use the YDS to prepare. Those simply looking to stay active and enjoy dance throughout the summer have the opportunity to work with excellent teachers and dance with peers.

Dancers new to TPB must audition for placement. Please contact TPB by email or by calling 503.452.8448 to schedule a trial class.

Current TPB students will receive notification of summer placement in Spring of 2021.

Auditions and Policies

If you’re interested in YDS 2021, please email or call the studio 503.452.8448 for a placement audition. 

All auditions are held at The Portland Ballet Studios: 6250 SW Capitol Hwy.

Girls: please wear a simple leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers (or, if applicable, pointe shoes). 
Boys: please wear black tights, a white t-shirt/leotard and ballet slippers.

Dancers who are not currently enrolled in The Portland Ballet’s Curriculum program are welcome to attend the Young Dancer Summer. Current students do not need to audition, as they continue in their Curriculum Ballet level for the summer, however please note that limited space is available in each level to keep in-person cohorts small in accordance with OHA guidelines. Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All students must read and follow the TPB policies, which are laid out in the Student Handbook. We reserve the right to dismiss any student who does not follow the guidelines.


To register, contact or call 503.452.8448. Register early, as class size is limited.


Please pay for the session at the time of registration. We accept checks, cash, VISA, Mastercard, Amex, & Discover. Tuition payments are not tax-deductible as a charitable donation, and we do not provide refunds.

Class Schedule & Fees

YDS 2021 Schedule


Tuesdays July 6 – July 27, 2021
Tuition: $100


Mondays & Wednesdays July 5 – July 28, 2021
Tuition: $175

Level 1

Mondays & Wednesdays July 5 – July 28, 2021
Tuition: $180

Level 2

Tuesdays & Thursdays July 6 – July 29, 2021
Tuition: $205


Class Attire

Female dancers should wear a black or pink leotard with pink tights and pink full-soled ballet slippers. Male dancers should wear a white leotard or close-fitting t-shirt, black tights, white socks and white or black full-soled ballet slippers.

Masters Workshop
August 16-21, 2021

Build on the strength gained during your summer program or get back in shape after a restful summer vacation! 4 hours of classes each day including ballet technique, contemporary, choreography, and more.

Faculty includes:

TPB’s excellent staff Jason Davis
Nancy Davis
Elizabeth Guerin
Lauren Lane
Gretta Marchek
Josie Moseley

Guest Faculty

TPB Alumna
Nicholas Le-Jurica (Forsythe Improvisations)
Former Co-Artistic Director Anne Mueller (Choreography and Composition)
Shaun Keylock (Contemporary)
Jeff George (Hip Hop)
Andrea Parsons (Contemporary)

  • Monday – Saturday
  • 12:00pm – 4:30pm
  • 2 two-hour Master Classes each day
  • Dancers ages 13+ with minimum of two years en pointe
  • New students must audition, please contact the studio


Tuition: $350

For registration and information email
or call 503.452.8448
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