SUMMER PROGRAMS

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.

Schedule

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 an audition video. Videos must be less than 6 months old.

Barre Work
  • (maximum of 5 minutes; only one side needed 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

Guest Teachers

 

Andrea Parsons

At the age of three, Andrea began dance training in Hillsboro, Oregon. She studied at Northwest Conservatory of Dance under the directorship of Anita Mitchel. She continued to train at the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Loyola Marymount University, where she received a BA in dance in 2009. After graduating she joined Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon, where she received a Princess Grace Dance Fellowship award in 2010. For 11 years she performed nationally and internationally, as well as choreographed contemporary dance works for the project company and students. Over the past three years Andrea has specialized in solo, dance theater work. In the summer of 2019 she attended Dell’arte International School of Physical theater where she studied mask, voice, and ensemble building practices. Since 2014 she has collaborated with various Portland multimedia artists to create original work for film and live theater.

 

 

Noel Tenoso
Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Noel Tenoso has earned both his Masters in Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University. He is a Registered Yoga Instructor with the Yoga Alliance. In 1999, Noel founded Advance Sports and Spine Therapy with a vision to connect patients to what’s most important in their lives through a fun and personal rehabilitation setting.

Noel is involved with several committees within the Oregon Physical Therapy Association. His passion for quality care has fueled a desire to assist with much of the government affairs within the profession. Currently, Noel practices physical therapy out of the West Linn Advance Sports and Spine Therapy location. When he’s not in the clinic, you can find him working on his yoga flow or teaching kettlebell classes!

 

 

 

 

Jacob Garrett

Originally from Northwest Arkansas, Jacob was introduced to ballet while participating in his town’s local community theater and began studying with Midwest Regional Ballet in Joplin, Missouri.  After graduating from high school, he trained at The Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy and then moved to New York City to attend The Joffrey Ballet School.  He danced with The Colorado Ballet as an apprentice for one season and professionally with the Saint Louis Ballet for seven seasons.  He retired from ballet in 2014 to complete his BA in psychology at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis and received a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego in 2018.  Currently, he is working towards a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure and works with youth and adolescents.

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.

Registration

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

Payment

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

Pre-Ballet

Tuesdays July 6 – July 27, 2021
4:00-5:00pm
Tuition: $100

Elementary

Mondays & Wednesdays July 5 – July 28, 2021
3:15-4:15pm
Tuition: $175

Level 1

Mondays & Wednesdays July 5 – July 28, 2021
4:45-6:00pm
Tuition: $180

Level 2

Tuesdays & Thursdays July 6 – July 29, 2021
4:300-6:00pm
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 per day with TPB faculty and guest master teachers including ballet technique, contemporary, choreography, and more.

Program Details

  • 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 audition information email
registration@theportlandballet.org
or call 503.452.8448

 

Masters Workshop Guest Faculty

 

Jeff George – Hip Hop

Jeff George trained with Ballet Arts of Minnesota and Broadway Dance Center in NYC. He performed in the East Coast Tour of Sesame Street Live and on the Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Jeff has performed with many PDX companies, including BodyVox, Polaris, Dancing People, SubRosa, Broadway Rose, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Pixiedust, as well as Do Jump, who he joined on Broadway. Jeff recently choreographed “Drowsy Chaperone” at Oregon City High School, “Othello” for PAC, ”Urinetown” for Stumptown Stages which earned a PAMTA nomination for outstanding choreography, “Made To Dance In Burning Buildings” with Shaking the Tree Theater, which earned a Drammy award for outstanding choreography, “You My Love” with Shaking the Tree Theater, and most recently “Sorta Like A Rockstar”, a Netflix film.

 

Shaun Keylock – Contemporary

Shaun Keylock is an award-winning choreographer, director, teacher and dancer based  in Portland, Oregon. Driven by his long-standing interest in new movement research  and cross-disciplinary collaboration, Keylock launched his own dance company in 2018. 

As a choreographer, Keylock’s creative practice is rooted in contemporary performance that is at once both technically sound and radically subversive, often exploring the many facets of LGBTQ+ identity. Oregon ArtsWatch has noted Keylock’s “bold movement and delicate intimacy.” His choreography has been presented at leading festivals and institutions, including On the Boards, Dance Source Houston, Ten Tiny Dances, and New Expressive Works. 

Keylock has taught workshops and master classes throughout Oregon and Washington and has served as a guest teacher and faculty member at several universities and dance schools, including Pacific University, the University of Oregon, Columbia Dance,  The Portland Ballet, NW Dance Project, BodyVox Dance, and Velocity Dance Center.  

Keylock’s work has been supported by grants from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. He was the recipient of a 2018 Artist Residency at New Expressive Works, where he created and premiered his first full length work, Calamus. Most recently, Keylock was awarded the White Bird 2019 Barney Creative Prize to support the creation of a new evening-length work with his company. 

Presently, Keylock continues to create compelling, original works with his company of dancers in Portland, as well as teach both emerging and professional dance artists through his unique approach to choreography and dance making.

 

Nicholas Le-Jurica – Forsythe Improvisations (TPB Alumnus)

Nicholas Le-Jurica (he/him), did most of his growing up in Beaverton Oregon. Always a mover, as well as many other things, it was his love of wiggles and his mother enrolling him in a free ballroom class that led Nicholas to start dancing at a local dance studio. In high school, he spent nearly all of his time studying formalized dance techniques at Arts and Communications Magnet Academy (ACMA), as well as The Portland Ballet. Nicholas went on to study dance as a performing art at Juilliard in New York City. After four years he received his BFA as well as performed many great works of dance, both repertory and new creation. After school, Nicholas moved to Salt Lake City where he danced with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (RWDC). It was with RWDC that he received teacher certifications in dance as education as well as dance as therapy. Nicholas has taught in over 100 public schools, 4 universities, and many dance festivals and summer intensives. Mostly though, he’s just a lover of dance who is very excited to be working with the students of his home town.

 

Anne Mueller – Choreography & Composition (Former TPB Co-Artistic Director)

Anne received her training from Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski, The Washington School of Ballet, and The Kirov Academy. She began her professional career with Alabama Ballet, later joining Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) where she enjoyed a fifteen-year career. She became a principal dancer for OBT and danced leading roles in works by George Balanchine, James Kudelka, Christopher Wheeldon, Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Trey McIntyre, Nicolo Fonte, and had numerous original roles created for her by Christopher Stowell and others. After retiring from the stage, Anne held several positions on the artistic staff of OBT, including Artistic Coordinator, Director of Artistic Operations and Interim Artistic Director.

Anne has worked extensively as a stager, remounting works by Christopher Stowell, Nicolo Fonte, and Trey McIntyre for Ballet West, The Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and Carolina Ballet. She has also served as Choreographic Assistant to Guillaume Côté of the National Ballet of Canada, assisting him in the creation of Frame by Frame, a multi-media collaboration with Robert LePage and the Canadian Film Board.

As a choreographer, her work has been performed by Oregon Ballet Theatre, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Victoria, BodyVox, and The Portland Ballet, where she held a position as Co-Artistic Director from 2015 – 2018. Anne was a co-founder of Trey McIntyre Project, performing as a company artist from 2005 to 2007, also serving as the organization’s founding Managing Director from 2004 to 2006.

 

Andrea Parson – Contemporary

At the age of three, Andrea began dance training in Hillsboro, Oregon. She studied at Northwest Conservatory of Dance under the directorship of Anita Mitchel. She continued to train at the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Loyola Marymount University, where she received a BA in dance in 2009. After graduating she joined Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon, where she received a Princess Grace Dance Fellowship award in 2010. For 11 years she performed nationally and internationally, as well as choreographed contemporary dance works for the project company and students. Over the past three years Andrea has specialized in solo, dance theater work. In the summer of 2019 she attended Dell’arte International School of Physical theater where she studied mask, voice, and ensemble building practices. Since 2014 she has collaborated with various Portland multimedia artists to create original work for film and live theater.

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