The Portland Ballet Presents: DANSEUR



When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 at 3:30pm
Cinema 21
616 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209
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A 30-minute panel discussion with the Director and several of Portland’s finest dancers and teachers will follow the screening.




$15 Adult – $10 Youth/Student

From the official film site:

“Enter any dance studio in the United States and the classes will be brimming with little bunheads dreaming of crossing the stage at Lincoln Center. But you will be hard pressed to find a single boy among them. DANSEUR we will explore why in a country that strives for gender equality, where young women are encouraged to cross the gender barrier and participate in male-dominated fields, especially by their parents, does this disparity exist? Why is it more socially acceptable for parents (fathers in particular) to encourage their sons to participate in all other physical pursuits (ie: sports, fitness) but not the ballet? A recent survey revealed that nearly 96% of male ballet dancers stated that they faced physical or verbal attacks because of dance.

“Our hope is that by sharing the struggles of these young men, we can shed light on the difficult subjects of bullying, homophobia while illustrating the vitality of ballet, through performance, creation, preservation and education.”

Limited Arts-For-All and Arts Card ticket available.
To purchase these tickets please call (503)452-8448.


Zachary Carroll received his early training from George Zoritch at the University of Arizona. He attended The National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada, on full scholarship. As a soloist and principal for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and Ballet West, as well a guest performer for numerous companies, Zachary has danced both nationally and abroad. He has also been a member of Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble. Zachary has performed a wide variety of dance styles, appearing in works by Balanchine, Petipa, Anthony Tudor, Hans Van Manen, Lila York, John Butler, Paul Taylor, and many others. He performed and toured for more than a decade with BodyVox and continues his association with the company as  as a teacher of BodyVox open classes. In addition to teaching locally, he frequently guest teaches around the country. A founding member of The Portland Ballet faculty, Zachary teaches open classes, Career Track classes, and pas de deux.

Theodore Skye Stouber is a native of Portland, Oregon. He began training at The Portland Ballet under the direction of Alex Ballard, Jason Davis, and Nancy Davis before continuing his training at Houston Ballet Academy and later, San Francisco Ballet School. During his time in San Francisco he sustained an injury that would pause his career for nearly 5 years. In 2018 Skye returned to the stage with Skinnner|Kirk Dance Ensemble and then as a Guest Artist with Oregon Ballet Theater for Septime Weber’s Alice in Wonderland. He was subsequently hired by the company as an Apprentice for the 2018/19 season, and in October of 2018 was promoted to Company Artist. In November 2018, Skye guested with The Portland Ballet in the role of Theseus in John Clifford’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Peter Franc was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and began dancing at the age of 11 in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his early training with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre under Maniya Barredo, Robert Barnett, Olivier Muñoz, and Kathryn Wheeler. Peter joined the company at Louisville Ballet School during his senior year in highschool.

Peter spent summers training with Houston Ballet Academy. He spent a year dancing with Houston Ballet II coached by Claudio Muñoz, Lázaro Carreño, and Priscilla Nathan Murphy. After receiving the Michael Wasmund Award, he was then promoted to the company under the artistic direction of Stanton Welch. During his eight years with Houston Ballet, he rose to the rank of demi-soloist. Notable performances include: Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, Lucentio in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Gurn in August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, White Couple in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land, Solo by Hans Van Manen, One/End/One by Jorma Elo, Christopher Bruce’s Grinning in your Face and Rooster, and Stanton Welch’s Clear, Divergence, Play, Velocity, and Red Earth.

Peter joined Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. During his time with ASFB, he featured in works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Cayetano Soto, Nicolo Fonte, Norbert De La Cruz, and Trey McIntyre. After three years and many tours around the globe, he set his eyes on a return to classical ballet with Oregon Ballet Theatre. He joined OBT as a soloist in 2015 and was promoted to principle in 2016.

Peter is a regular instructor/choreographer for the Oregon Ballet Theater School where he has developed a contemporary program, a beginner boy’s program, and is also a children’s coach for Nutcracker.

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