SUMMER PROGRAMS

Summer 2018 ~ July 9 – August 4
Audition: January 15, 2018 (MLK Day)
Click HERE for Audition Information

Current TPB Curriculum students do not need to audition!

Tuition $1,750

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.

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.

Schedule

The Summer Intensive program is in session Monday through Saturday. We provide classes in: ballet technique, pointe, variations, men’s technique, partnering, modern, jazz, character, 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 $1750. Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $250 will be due by March 5, 2018. The remaining balance of $1500 will be due in two installments, May 14, 2018 and June 18, 2018. Cash payments are not accepted. All payments must be made with valid Visa/Mastercard. 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 $15 application fee. Scholarship applications are due March 5, 2018. Scholarship applicants are required to submit a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold the dancers place.

Summer Housing

Summer housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis with host families. Room and Board is $30/day paid directly to the host family. If you are in need of summer housing, please indicate this on your registration form. Dancers accepted into the program will be placed with TPB year-round families, as available. If you have questions about summer housing, please inquire at 503.452.8448 or email us here.

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.

The deadline for video submissions is FEBRUARY 19, 2018.

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

Aaron Orza, a San Francisco native, is from a dancing family. His parents danced with Oakland Ballet and all 5 of his siblings danced with SFB or PNB. Aaron started ballet at the age of 8 and was accepted at the age of 11 with full scholarship to San Francisco Ballet. He trained under Jorge Esquivel, Ricardo Bustamante, Irina Jocobson, Parrish Maynard, Johan Renval and many other world-renowned teachers. At the age of 17, he was awarded an apprenticeship with SFB, joining the company only three months later to continue his career there for twelve seasons. After a successful career, he moved on to guest with ballet companies and schools around the country. In 2015, he was named Ballet Master at the Rock School for Dance Education, where he has choreographed numerous solo and ensemble pieces and staged various classical ballets. Aaron joins the TPB summer faculty, bringing with him a passion for preserving the classical art form and a desire to push the boundaries in new works.

John Clifford, Artistic Advisor and Choreographer, is best known as founder and artistic director of the original Los Angeles Ballet, and as a principal dancer and choreographer with New York City Ballet. He is widely considered to be Balanchine’s choreographic protégé.

Trained in Los Angeles, John Clifford produced his early work for the Western Ballet Association, where he was a principal dancer and choreographer. After viewing rehearsals of Mr. Clifford’s ballets, George Balanchine invited Clifford to move to New York and choreograph for his School of American Ballet. In 1966, at the age of 19, Clifford joined the New York City Ballet, where he quickly became a principal dancer and resident choreographer. During his tenure there he choreographed numerous ballets and danced leading roles. Mr. Clifford became the first American male guest artist in history to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet.

More recently, Mr. Clifford premiered his new ballet, Casablanca The Dance, based on the Warner Bros. movie classic at The Great Hall of The People in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China.

Summer 2018 ~ July 9 – August 4

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.

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

Auditions and Policies

If you’re interested in YDS 2018, 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.

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.

Registration

To register, contact registration@theportlandballet.org or call 503.452.8448. Register early, as class size is limited.

Students who miss class due to illness or injury can make up those classes at a lower level.

Payment

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

Class Schedule & Fees

Pre Ballet $95
Saturdays 10-11:00am

Elementary $170
Monday & Wednesday 4:15-5:15pm

Level 1 $175
Monday & Wednesday 5:15-6:30pm

Level 2 $195
Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-6:00pm

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.

End of Summer Master Series ~ August 13-24, 2018

NEW this summer!

Build on the strength gained during your midsummer program or get back in shape after taking a restful summer vacation! 4 hours each day of ballet, contemporary, jazz & modern. Taught by TPB’s excellent staff – Nancy Davis, Anne Mueller, Jason Davis, Michelle Davis, Zachary Carroll, Josie Moseley & Mari Kai Juras.

  •  Monday – Friday
  • 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • 2-two hour master classes each day

* Dancers may attend for 1 week or 2 weeks

Fee Schedule:

1 week: $300
2 weeks: $525 ($500 if paid by June 30)

For registration and information email registration@theportlandballet.org

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