SUMMER PROGRAMS

Summer 2023 – July 3 – 29

Audition required for new dancers. Learn more HERE.

Current TPB Curriculum students do not need to audition!

Tuition – $1975

The Program

The Portland Ballet offers broad, deep and enriching ballet and contemporary dance instruction. Throughout the four-week Summer Intensive, dancers aged 11-18 stretch their limits in a challenging and disciplined setting. Despite the rigor of the program, TPB ensures 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. TPB’s 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. The 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. TPB’s 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. TPB provides 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 $1975. Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $250 will be due by March 11, 2022. The remaining balance of $1725 will be due in two installments, May 2, 2022 and June 6, 2022. 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. TPB reserves 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 March 4, 2022. 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 Oregon’s 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 TPB.

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

Summer 2023 – August 7- 19

Junior Dance Intensive

New this summer is our Junior Dance Intensive for dancers ages 9-12! This brand new program is led by Gretta Marchek and features daily ballet technique class, repertory rehearsal, musical theater taught by Julana Torres. Expand your dancing horizons learning choreography that will be performed on the last day for your families in TPB’s fabulous studio theatre.

Sign up a fun program and be ready for September classes! 

Program details

Monday, August 7 – Saturday, August 19, 2023
1:00 – 5:30pm (with a snack break)
Ages 9 – 12
Tuition – $350

To reserve your spot, please fill out this registration form and email to registration. A placement class is required for new dancers to TPB.

Summer 2023 – July 3 – 29

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 click here for audition information.

Current TPB students will receive notification of summer placement in Spring of 2023.

Auditions and Policies

Audition: Call 503-452-8448 for information

Registration: noon
Audition Class: 12:30 – 1:30pm for dancers age 8 – 11
Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please download and complete our registration form and email it to registration.

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 2022 Schedule

Pre-Ballet

Thursdays July 7 – July 28, 2022
Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm
Tuition: $125

Elementary

Mondays & Wednesdays July 7 – July 27, 2022
Time: 3:45 – 4:45pm
Tuition: $200

Level 1

Mondays & Wednesdays July 7 – July 27, 2022
Time: 4:45 – 6:00pm
Tuition: $225

Level 2

Tuesdays & Thursdays July 5 – July 28, 2022
Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm
Tuition: $245

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.

Summer 2023 – August 7 – 19

Dance on Film Workshop

August 7 – 19, 2023

Tuition: $700

To reserve your spot, please fill out this registration form and email to registration. A placement class is required for new dancers to TPB.

In the ever changing and increasingly technological world of dance it has become paramount for dancers to be as comfortable on film as they are on stage. Dance on film is not only an effective form of sharing art, but an equitable one too. Financial and geographic barriers, as well as the needs for people of divergent abilities, can be addressed in ways that have previously been impossible.

For these reasons, The Portland Ballet has created an end of summer workshop for pre-professional and advanced level dancers to experience the process of working in a dance film. Students will work with local emerging choreographers Samuel Hobbs & Sara Parker to create two brand new works.

During the two-week period (Monday-Saturday) dancers will take classes from prominent teachers in and around the Portland dance community. These classes will serve as a company class, where students will prepare for the day and unify with their fellow cast members. In the afternoon students will transition to rehearsals on or off site to collaborate and create.

Throughout the entire process Skye Stouber alumni, local dance artist, and filmmaker will be working alongside the choreographers and students as the film director.

At the end of the Workshop there will be a film shoot and the following week, after some editing magic, students, friends, and family will come to The Portland Ballet to witness the world premiere of their new works. There will be a small viewing fee for non-participants.

 

Program perks:

  • All participants will have access to the footage to use in their own portfolios and audition videos – a great asset for any aspiring professional dancer.
  • A chance to brush shoulders with local and hiring directors and choreographers.
  • Morning class is available as drop-in for students wishing to take part in class, but not the choreographic process.
  • Teaching faculty includes: Nancy Davis, Samuel Hobbs, Peter Franc, Josie Moseley, Jason Davis, Nick Le-Jurica, Marika Anderson, Sara Parker, LeeWei Chao, Charlene Hannibal, & Shaun Keylock – all prominent members and contributors of the Portland dance community.
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