Summer 2020 ~ July 6 – August 1
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.

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, 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 $1875. Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $250 will be due by March 2, 2020. The remaining balance of $1625 will be due in two installments, May 4, 2020 and June 8, 2020. 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 $20 application fee. Scholarship applications are due March 2, 2020. 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 $50/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.

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

Lauren Lane

Lauren is from Portland, OR and trained with The Portland Ballet from its opening in 2001 until 2006 when she left to attend the Miami City Ballet School where she trained with Edward Villella and Carter Alexander. After 2 years with MCBS, she received a company contract to dance with the Saint Louis Ballet.

Now in her 11th season and a principal dancer with the company, she has performed the many roles including: Sugar Plum Fairy, Cinderella, Odette, Myrta, Queen of the Dryads, Lilac Fairy, and principal roles in Balanchine’s Western Symphony (1st Movement), Valse Fantasie, Who Cares? (Jumping Girl), and Rubies (Tall Girl). She has also worked with choreographers such as Tom Gold, Emery LeCrone, Christopher d’Amboise, Brian Enos, Kam Saunders, Francis Patrelli, and has had principal roles created for her by SLB Artistic Director, Gen Horiuchi.

During her time with SLB, Lauren earned her Associate’s Degree in Education from Saint Louis Community College.

Michael McGonegal

Michael is from Portland, OR and was a founding member of The Portland Ballet Men’s Program. He trained with TPB until 2007 when he left to study at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy. He was quickly promoted to Houston Ballet II and then received a company contract. In 2011 he joined Saint Louis Ballet.

As a principal dancer with SLB, he has been featured as Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Basilio  (Don Quixote), Franz (Coppélia), Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty), Snow King and Sugar Plum’s Cavalier (The Nutcracker), The Storyteller in Twyla Tharp’s The Storyteller, and principal roles in Balanchine’s Serenade (Waltz Boy), Western Symphony (4th Movement), Who Cares?, Valse Fantasie, and Rubies. He has also had many principal roles created for him by acclaimed choreographers such as Pam Tanowitz, Emery LeCrone, Tom Gold, Christopher d’Amboise, Brian Enos and Francis Patrelli.

Summer 2020 ~ July 6 – August 1

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 2020.

Auditions and Policies

If you’re interested in YDS 2020, 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.


To register, contact 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.


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

Coming Soon!

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 17-28, 2020

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 & modern.

TPB’s excellent staff – Zachary Carroll, Jason Davis, Nancy Davis, Elizabeth Guerin, Mari Kai Juras & Josie Moseley

Guest Teachers – Alison Roper & Peter Franc!

  • Monday – Friday
  • 11:30am – 4:00pm
  • 2-two hour master classes each day
  • Contemporary Ballet Workshop (Franc)
  • Modern Workshop (Moseley)
  • Contemporary Workshop (Juras)
  • Variations (N. Davis, Guerin & Roper)
  • Performance Skills (J. Davis)
  • Dancers ages 13+ with minimum of one year en pointe
  • New students must audition, please contact the studio

* 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
or call 503.452.8448

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