TPB Summer 2020

The 2020 Summer Ballet Intensive and Young Dancer Summer, although different, will be unique and special in their own way. TPB will be holding virtual summer intensives through Zoom and you are invited to join us.


Summer Ballet Intensive ~ July 13 – August 8

Classes will include ballet, pointe prep, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, conditioning, injury prevention, dance history, and music for dancers. Joining us will be guest teachers John Clifford, Tom Gold, Marika Anderson, Michael McGonegal, Lauren Lane, Alicia Cutaia, Matthew Dibble, and Tiffany Mori!


July 13 – August 8, 2020
Monday – Saturday

Sample Schedule
Dancers will be assigned a level prior to the start of the program and given a final schedule of classes and breaks. The average hours per week for our 2020 Virtual Summer Ballet Intensive is 20 hours.

Monday – Friday
Approximately 10:00-3:00pm

Approximately 11:30-3:00pm


Can be purchased for $350/week if unable to attend all 4 weeks.

$600 due 6/15/2020
$600 due 7/10/2020

Mail checks payable to The Portland Ballet 6250 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97239

Call 503-452-8448 or email for credit card payment.

If you are in need of financial aid for the 2020 Virtual Summer Ballet Intensive, please contact for more information.

Scholarship applications due by June 5, 2020

To Enroll

Email by June 5, 2020.

Marika Anderson

Marika Anderson was born in Portland, Oregon, and began her dance training at the age of four at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, where she studied with Haydée Gutiérrez, James Canfield, and Elena Carter. She was an apprentice with Oregon Ballet Theatre during the 2001-2002 season. Ms. Anderson entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of NYCB, in the fall of 2002. In November 2004 she became an apprentice with NYCB, and in June 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.



John Clifford

John Clifford is best known as founder and artistic director of the original Los Angeles Ballet, and 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.



Alicia Cutaia

Alicia Cutaia earned her BFA with honors from Point Park University with a double major in Classical Ballet and Jazz. Her previous training included scholarships at Hubbard Street Dance, North Carolina Dance Theater, and River North Dance Company. She has worked with and performed pieces by many renowned choreographers from all over the world. Ms. Cutaia Spent many years touring internationally with professional dance company’s. This work includes Rehearsal Director, Costume Manager and Dancer with Eisenhower Dance Detroit, Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and Bodyvox.  Along her journey, she fell in love with circus performance and became a professional fire dancer and harness aerialist. Ms.Cutaia has performed these skills at many events and shows here in Portland  and around the world.

She also enjoys teaching and setting choreography. Her choreography has been showcased at many choreographic festivals such as the Jazz Dance World Congress, the “Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award”, “Michigan Youth Arts Festival”, “Dance Chicago”, Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Kaleidoscope Dance Festival, Midwest Rad Festival and the “NSAL Mid-Michigan Chapter” and many more.also  Her choreography for competition and ballet schools has won many National awards. Some of Ms. Cutaia’s teaching credits include the Lou Conte Dance Studio, Oakland University, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem, Eisenhower Center for Dance, BodyVox Dance Center, Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy, The Portland Ballet, and many others across the country.  A number of Ms. Cutaia’s students have been accepted on scholarship to many prestigious summer and college dance programs.

In addition to teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary, contemporary ballet, tap, and improv dance, Alicia teaches specialized dance and movement creation classes for aerialists, acrobats, prop manipulators, rhythmic gymnasts, and figure skaters. These classes focus on artistry and clean lines while utilizing exercises to help the student create new movements and methods for their performance. Her teaching credits include, The Circus Project, BodyVox, Portland Skaters Association, Pacific Fire Gathering, and many more. She also teaches private lessons to many dance, flow, and circus artists.

On top Of being Program Director and Ballet Coach for Rose City Rhythmic,  Alicia is also the co-director for ARC In Movement LLC, an innovative circus production company that creates one of kind acts and shows combining aerial, dance, and fire.



Matthew Dibble

Matthew Dibble was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, U.K. At the age of 11, he entered the Royal Ballet School White Lodge where he trained for five years followed by two years in the Royal Ballet Upper School. Upon graduating, he became a member of the Royal Ballet under the directorship of Anthony Dowell. In his five years in the company, Matthew rose to First Artist, dancing many roles including those created for him by choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, Ashley Page, Twyla Tharp, William Tuckett, and Michael Clark.

In 1999, Matthew decided to leave the Royal Ballet to become a founding member of K Ballet Company in Tokyo, Japan. He spent three years in Japan, working closely with director Tetsuya Kumakawa and choreographers such as Roland Petit. He danced many leading roles in the classics and modern classics including those by Sir Frederick Ashton.

Matthew was then invited to the United States where he began a close collaboration with famed choreographer Twyla Tharp. He became a member of her company Twyla Tharp Dance, later joining the cast of her smash hit musical “Movin’ Out” to the music of Billy Joel. He appeared in several parts including the principal roles of Eddie and James in both the Broadway production in New York and the West End production in London.

In 2007, Matthew returned to Europe to join Matthew Bourne’s company, Adventures in Motion Pictures in London, dancing in the production of “The Car Man, Bizet’s Carmen Reimagined” around the United Kingdom. During this time, he also became a guest principal artist with the Scottish Ballet, worked with Benjamin Millepied and was a member of Christopher Wheeldon’s company Morphoses in New York City.

Thereafter, Matthew came back to Broadway in 2010 to create the principal role of Chanos in Tharp’s new musical “Come Fly Away” which he then danced on tour around the world as well as at the Tony Awards. Two decades after first inviting Matthew to join her company, Tharp continues to create many featured works for him, including Yowzie and Beethoven Opus 130 featured during Twyla Tharp Dance’s 50th Anniversary Tour. Along with dancing, Matthew now has the great honor of staging both Benjamin Millepied and Twyla Tharp’s works in the United States and abroad, along with leading master classes and workshops for students and professionals alike.



Tom Gold

“A force for good in the ballet world” (Wall Street Journal), Tom Gold is the founder and director of Tom Gold Dance. A 21-year member (1987–2008) of New York City Ballet where he rose to the rank of soloist, Gold has also performed with THARP!, New York City Opera, Donald Byrd/The Group and many other companies throughout the United States. At City Ballet, he performed leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and William Forsythe. In 2002 Susan Stroman created the ballet Double Feature for Mr. Gold. In demand internationally as a guest artist, choreographer, and instructor, Gold has created more than a dozen original works for Tom Gold Dance as well as for Vassar College, the Bermuda Arts Festival, Oregon Ballet Theater, the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute, and many other dance academies, companies, festivals, television, and special events, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Bravo series Odd Mom Out starring Jill Kargman, and the New York City Fringe Festival for which he won the 2016 award for Overall Excellence for his work in the Joey Variations: A Play With Dance. Gold has collaborated with composers John Zorn, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, as well as numerous scenic and costume designers. He is the featured performer and choreographer of the 2wice Arts Foundation’s DOT DOT DOT, an interactive iPad application designed by Abbott Miller of Pentagram. Gold has been called “as ne a choreographer as…he was a dancer – perhaps better” (Critical Dance). He “sees dance, as Balanchine or Neumier, as a way to innovate and explore the boundaries of classical dance, pushing the envelope in a manner that is true to the fundamentals of the technique” (NYC Dance Stu).



Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane hails from Portland, OR and was a founding student at The Portland Ballet. In 2006, she joined Miami City Ballet School’s Advanced Division where she trained with Edward Villella and Carter Alexander. Two years later, Ms. Lane accepted a company position with St. Louis Ballet under Gen Horiuchi. During her 12 years with St. Louis Ballet, Ms. Lane performed many principal roles in classical ballets including Cinderella (Cinderella), Odette (Swan Lake), Mythra (Giselle), Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop (Nutcracker), Queen of the Dryads (Don Quixote), and Lilac Fairy (Sleeping Beauty). She also danced principal roles in iconic Balanchine ballets including Concerto Barocco (1st Violin), Rubies (Tall Girl), Who Cares? (Jumping Girl), Western Symphony(1st movement principal), and Valse Fantasie. Other notable roles of her career include Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs (All the Way) and Christopher Wheeldon’s The American (pas de deux). Ms. Lane has also originated roles with choreographers such as: Tom Gold, Emery LeCrone, Christopher d’Amboise, Francis Patrelli and Gen Horiuchi.

Ms. Lane had the privilege of being chosen to be one of the original Dancers and Dogs dancers, and was also featured in People Magazine in 2019 for Dancers and Dogs’ holiday Muttcracker campaign. While dancing professionally with St. Louis Ballet, Ms. Lane also obtained her Associates Degree in Education. She is excited to share her knowledge, performing experience, and love of ballet with the next generation of dancers.



Rachel Lundberg, ERYT 500, ABYS L2, YACEP

Rachel brings over 25 years of experience in body movement to her yoga teaching and teacher training programs. Trained originally as a dancer, Rachel has studied all styles of dance with an emphasis in modern and classical ballet. After the birth of her third child, she began taking yoga classes and instantly fell in love. She was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Iyengar style of yoga from her very first class. Her yoga training has focused extensively on proper alignment, detailed instruction, anatomy, and yoga therapeutics. Rachel has been teaching yoga to all ages and levels since 2006 and is passionate about guiding her students toward increased body awareness, strength, and flexibility through the practice of yoga.

Rachel’s teaching is dedicated to meeting people where they are at in any aspect of their physical movement and life. She approaches her teaching from her heart, coupled with her deep understanding of the how the body moves in safe and sustainable ways. Because of her own journey through chronic illness and her deep dive into personal expansion, Rachel invites those she teaches into their own heart-wisdom through movement, story, laughter, and connection.

Rachel Lundberg is the creator of the Lundberg Yoga School which offers 200 hour and 300 hour certifications in Alignment Based Yoga. She is also the creator of the Alignment Based Yoga Specialist (ABYS) certification available through her teacher training programs. You can find out more about Rachel and her offerings at



Michael McGonegal

Michael McGonegal is from Portland, OR and was a founding student at The Portland Ballet. In 2007, he left to join Houston Ballet II, studying under Claudio Muñoz and Lazaro Carreño. In 2008, Mr. McGonegal was offered an apprenticeship with Houston Ballet and the following year was promoted to full company member. During his time with Houston Ballet, Mr. McGonegal performed works by renowned choreographers including: Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Ben Stevenson, and artistic director, Stanton Welch.

In 2012, Mr. McGonegal joined St. Louis Ballet under the direction of Gen Horiuchi. In his time with the company, Mr. McGonegal originated principal roles in world premieres by choreographers including: Amy Seiwert, Christopher d’Amboise, Emery LeCrone, Francis Patrelli, and Pam Tanowitz. He also performed principal roles in both classical and contemporary works including: Albrecht (Giselle), Basilio (Don Quixote), Mercuitio (Romeo & Juliet), Who Cares?, Waltz Boy (Serenade), Western Symphony, Rubies, Valse Fantasieand danced the role of The Storyteller in Twyla Tharp’s The Storyteller.



Tiffany Mori

Tiffany Mori was born in Osaka, Japan where she began her training at the Soda Ballet School. After being awarded the silver medal at the National Ballet Competition in Japan, Ms. Mori traveled to the U.S. to complete her training at the Miami City Ballet School, under the direction of Edward Villella. Ms. Mori began her professional career with Tulsa Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, then proceeded to join the Saint Louis Ballet under the direction of Gen Horiuchi in 2009. As a leading artist of the company she has performed principal roles in full-length ballets including: Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty, and has also starred in works by Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine. She has originated roles in world premieres created by Amy Seiwert, Brian Enos, Monique Meunier, Emery LeCrone, Francis Patrelle and Tom Gold, to name a few. Every summer, from 2011-2018, Ms. Mori was invited by Gen Horiuchi to dance in the Ballet for the Future Gala, performing in cities all over Japan. She was also asked by Tom Gold in 2018 to premiere his work in New York City, for Tom Gold Dance. While dancing, Ms. Mori obtained her degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from University of Missouri graduating magna cum laude. Pointe Magazine featured Ms. Mori in an article that depicted her ability to successfully balance her full-time career while earning her bachelors in their Oct. 2016 issue. She is delighted to be passing her knowledge down to students around the Saint Louis community and has been a faculty member at Center Of Creative Arts (COCA), Saint Louis Academy of Dance, and DK Dance Productions. Ms. Mori strives to provide a safe learning environment for her students in the classroom by being certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED and YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates for Dance). Ms. Mori hopes students will gain the passion and joy of dance through their dedication and commitment in their class, and to utilize the tools they acquire to achieve and fulfill their goals.

Young Dancer Summer ~ July 13 – August 8

TPB’s 2020 Virtual Young Dancer Summer will be unique, but no less challenging. Teachers will engage students virtually through Zoom to hone their skills. Although different from past summer programs, our goal is to keep students thriving and improving their technique through these four weeks of classes.




July 13 – August 8, 2020




PreBallet – $75
Thursdays, 7/16-8/6

Elementary – $150
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7/13-8/3

Level 1 – $155
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7/13-8/3

Level 2 – $180
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7/14-8/4



To Enroll

Scholarships available

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