Youth Dance Program

NW Dance Project has earned a well-deserved reputation for cultivating and nurturing young dancers. Our Youth Dance Program offers exceptional year-round programming for youth ages 4 to 18. Dancers will experience the joy of dance taught by Portland’s finest teachers.

Our innovative program offers a variety of learning opportunities for dancers from a wide range of skills, backgrounds and experiences. NW Dance Project’s philosophy focuses on technique, movement, strengthening and conditioning, versatility and creativity to support a balanced dance training education. Our programs provide an in-depth approach to training that takes into consideration each individual dancer’s needs and progression. We love creative expression, imagination, engagement, and offer comprehensive instruction in a supportive and encouraging environment.

“An essential part of the city’s art scene” – The Oregonian

“… life changing, thrilling, scary, brilliant, challenging, and transformative. I’ve never felt like I belong somewhere more.” – NW Dance Project Student

Save the Date – Student Artist Showcase – JUN 16 / 2019

Youth Professional Training Progam

Our Professional Training Program provides a comprehensive study of the techniques, discipline and styles of dance that support a professional career. Dancers in our Professional Training Program participate in an extensive schedule of classes, which increase in rigor of training to provide suitable preparation for entry into leading companies, conservatories and colleges today.

Our Young Creatives Program focuses on nurturing the next generation of artists with the addition of choreography-based rehearsals. Today’s dancers are asked to improvise, reinvent steps, change musicality and make their own artistic choices. Technique alone is not enough — dancers must also be creators. Participants in Young Creatives will be featured in the annual Student Artist Showcase and for special performing opportunities and events throughout the year.

To be considered for the Young Creatives, students must audition and be participating in Level 4 or Level 5 of our Professional Training Program. Selected students will work with leading artists in the field to immerse themselves into the creative process.

Young Creatives rehearsals are provided at no additional tuition cost to the students and families. Rehearsals are scheduled twice a week and students must attend all rehearsals to be considered for performances and other opportunities. Students will only be excused for illness or emergencies.

Young Creatives Rehearsals | THU 7:00 to 8:30PM + SAT 2:30 to 4:00PM


Youth Professional Training Program
Level 1
Age 7 to 10
1 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
Level 2
Age 8 to 11
2 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
Level 3
Age 9 to 12
3 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Level 4
Age 12 to 15
3 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
2 Rehearsals
Level 4 + Pointe
Age 12 to 15
5 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
2 Rehearsals
Level 5
Age 13 to 18
4 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
2 Rehearsals
Level 5 + Pointe
Age 13 to 18
6 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
2 Rehearsals
Youth Ballet Program Schedule and Attire

Ballet Attire:
All dancers are required to wear ballet slippers – pink, tan, or white only. Long hair pulled into a bun or shorter hair held back with a headband.

PRE-BALLET – Pink leotard + pink tights.
BALLET 1 + 2 – Light blue leotard + pink tights.
BALLET 3 – Royal blue leotard + pink tights.
BALLET 4 + 5 – Black leotard + pink tights.
MALE ATTIRE ALL LEVELS – Fitted white t-shirt + black shorts or tights.

We recommend The Leotard for all your dancewear needs.

Don’t forget to bring a water bottle!

Youth Ballet Program
Age 6 to 8
SUN 9:30 to 10:15AM
Ballet 1
Age 7 to 10
SUN 10:15 to 11:15AM
Ballet 2
Age 8 to 11
TUE 3:45 to 4:45PM
SAT 2:30 to 3:30PM
Ballet 3
Age 9 to 12
MON 4:00 to 5:00PM
WED 4:00 to 5:00PM
SAT 3:30 to 4:45PM
Ballet 4
Age 12 to 15
TUE 4:45 to 6:15PM
THU 4:00 to 5:30PM
FRI 5:45 to 7:45PM
Ballet 4 Pre Pointe
Age 12 to 15
TUE 6:15 to 6:45PM
FRI 7:45 to 8:45PM
Ballet 4 Pointe
Age 12 to 15
THU 5:30 to 6:00PM
FRI 7:45 to 8:45PM
Ballet 5
Age 13 to 18
MON 5:00 to 6:30PM
WED 5:00 to 6:30PM
THU 4:00 to 5:30pm
SAT 10:30 to 12:30PM
Ballet 5 Pointe
Age 13 to 18
WED 6:30 to 7:30PM
THU 5:30 to 6:00PM
SAT 12:30 to 1:30PM
Youth Contemporary Program Schedule and Attire

Contemporary Program Attire:

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ + CREATIVE MOVEMENT – Dance, yoga or athletic wear. No jeans. Long hair in a ponytail or bun and short hair clipped back. No black- soled jazz shoes or sneakers are allowed. Bare feet or socks only.

HIP HOP – Dance, yoga or athletic wear. No jeans. Long hair in a ponytail or bun and short hair clipped back. Clean, light-soled tennis shoes optional or bare feet and socks only. No dark soled-shoes.

We recommend The Leotard for all your dancewear needs.

Don’t forget to bring a water bottle!


Youth Contemporary Program
Creative Movement
Age 4 to 5
FRI 4:00 to 4:45PM
Creative Movement
Age 6 to 8
SUN 8:45 to 9:30AM
Contemporary Jazz
Age 7 to 10
SUN 11:15AM to 12:15PM
Contemporary Jazz
Age 9 to 12
FRI 4:45 to 5:45PM
Contemporary Jazz
Age 12 to 15
TUE 6:45 to 7:45PM
Contemporary Technique
Age 13 to 18
MON 6:30 to 7:30PM
Contemporary Technique
Age 13 to 18
SAT 1:30 to 2:30PM
Hip Hop
Age 9 to 12
SAT 4:45 to 5:45PM
Hip Hop
Age 12 to 15
SAT 5:45 to 6:45PM
Hip Hop
Age 13 to 18
THU 6:00 to 7:00PM
Youth Dance Program Placement + Registration + Policies


All youth dance classes are only available on multi-week, cost-saving sessions. Registration is required for participation.We hold three sessions per school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. During the summer months, we offer multiple intensives, camps and workshops for dancers to learn, explore and create.

Students should expect to complete a minimum of a year’s study in each level (age appropriate) before moving up to the next level. Placement and advancement is at the discretion of the teacher. Great consideration is taken in the class placement process. Students move through our curriculum according to ability, development, and age.

Registration for Youth Dance Program classes is required. No drop-in classes allowed. To better serve our customers and provide the most accurate information regarding placement and class questions, we do not provide online registration. Registration is available in person, mailed in form with a check, or over the phone with credit or debit card payment.

Over the phone: Call 503.421.7434 to provide registration information and full tuition payment with credit or debit card.

In person: Come in to our Creative Center located at 211 NE 10th Ave (at Davis St) to fill out the form and pay with cash, check, credit or debit card.

Mail in: Print and fill in form below, and mail in with full tuition payment to:
NW Dance Project
PO Box 42488
Portland, OR 97242

Have questions? Give us a call at 503.421.7434 or e-mail us at

Prior to the start of class, refunds will be provided minus 30% of the tuition cost. After the start of class, no refunds, credits, or exchanges will be given.

Monthly payment plans are available for tuitions over $500. Each monthly payment is subject to an additional $10 processing fee.


No jewelry allowed in class. Please also refrain from applying lotion or oils directly before class.

Every student should bring a water bottle to stay hydrated during class. Food and drinks, except water, are restricted to the lobby only.

Students are approved to miss two classes per session. If a student becomes ill or injured and cannot attend class, they should notify the office of their absence. Students should schedule make-up classes within the same session of their missed classes.

Students participating in the Young Creatives Program may not be permitted to perform if they miss rehearsal.

Dancers are expected to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to their class. Good attendance is critical to consistent progress and advancement. Students who are consistently late or absent may be asked to withdraw from the class without refund. Students may not enter class late or leave early without the teacher’s consent.

Students are expected to treat their peers, staff, and the facility with the utmost respect. Parents will be consulted if a student is exhibiting poor behavior. Student’s cell phones are required to be turned off at all times while the student is in the studio. Students are responsible for keeping track of their belongings. Students should ask teachers or staff to adjust blinds and should not touch mirrors or swing/ hang on ballet barres.

Parents/guardians are not allowed to observe classes inside the studio or take photo/ video of classes.


Winter Dance Week

NW Dance Project’s Youth Winter Dance Week offers dance focusing on technique, strengthening, and movement invention taught by our incredible company artists and Portland’s finest teachers. This week long intensive offers daily in-depth training in a variety of techniques and styles that support a developing pre-professional dancer. Dancers will take ballet daily and will alternate between contemporary jazz, hip hop, musical theater, choreography and improvisation.

DEC 17 – 21 / 2018
10:00AM to 2:00PM / Ages 9 to 12
2:00 to 6:00PM / Ages 13 to 18

Intensive Fee: $375*
*$50 Early Registration Discount before DEC 1 / 2018
Registrations and payment must be received by DEC 14 / 2018

**Participants may be interested in our Summer Dance Intensive auditions that will be held on Sunday / JAN 6.

Ballet Attire – Royal Blue leotard (ages 9 to 12) or black leotard (ages 13 to 18) + pink tights for girls. Fitted white t-shirt with black shorts or tights for boys. Long hair pulled into a bun or shorter hair held back with a headband. All dancers are required to wear ballet slippers.
Contemporary Jazz / Musical Theater / Hip Hop / Improv Attire – Dance, yoga, or athletic wear. Long hair in a ponytail or bun and short hair clipped back. Bare feet or socks only.

Don’t forget to bring a water bottle and snacks for breaks!

Info + To Register
Phone | 503.421.7434
Online | Submit your registration form via email to after submitting the Project Fee online HERE
Mail | Mail in your registration form with a money order or check to PO Box 42488, Portland OR 97242

2018-19 Calendar

JUL 21 + SEP 8 / 2018

SEP 10 to DEC 9 / 2018

DEC 1 / 2018
*Only Ballet Levels 4, 5, and Young Creatives will be performing.

DEC 17 to 21 / 2018

JAN 7 to MAR 24 / 2019

APR 4 to JUN 16 / 2019

JUN 16 / 2019
*All classes will be performing.This is a a public, ticketed event at Lincoln Performance Hall.

JUN 24 to JUN 28 / 2019

JUL 7 to AUG 25 / 2019

JUL 15 to AUG 9 / 2019
*By audition only. Learn more HERE.

AUG 12 to AUG 23 / 2019