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.

All youth dance classes and dance camps are only available on multi-week, cost-saving sessions. Registration is required. 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. All students will be featured in our annual Student Artist Showcase at Lincoln Performance Hall – June 17 / 2018.

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.

SAVE THE DATE – JUN 17 – STUDENT ARTIST SHOWCASE
Tickets are now on sale and available online HERE. We have a great deal of students participating this year and expect that the showcase will sell out. Tickets are assigned seats, so be sure to purchase early!

 

Youth Professional Training Progam

NW Dance Project’s Professional Training Program is geared for dancers interested in the highest quality dance training available. 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 classes.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 during special performing opportunities and events throughout the year.

Students enrolled in the full Youth Professional Training Program Levels 4-5 will work with leading company artists Andrea Parson and Elijah Labay to immerse themselves into the creative process.

Youth Professional Training Program
Level 1
Age 7 to 9
1 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
2 hrs
$370
Level 2
Age 8 to 11
2 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
3 hrs
$500
Level 3
Age 9 to 12
3 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
5 hrs
$775
Level 4
Age 11 to 14
3 Ballet + 3 Contemporary
8.5 hrs
$1200
Level 4 + Pointe
Age 11 to 14
5 Ballet + 3 Contemporary
10 hrs
$1475
Level 5
Age 13 to 18
4 Ballet + 4 Contemporary
11.5 hrs
$1600
Level 5 + Pointe
Age 13 to 18
6 Ballet + 4 Contemporary
14 hrs
$1720
Youth Ballet Program Schedule and Attire

Attire:
PRE-BALLET – Pink leotard + pink tights for girls. Fitted t-shirt with shorts or tights for boys.

BALLET 1 to 5 – Black leotard + 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 – pink, tan, or white only.

We recommend The Leotard for all your dancewear needs.

Don’t forget to bring a water bottle!

Youth Ballet Program
Pre-Ballet
Age 6 to 7
SUN 9:30 to 10:15AM
$205
Ballet 1
Age 7 to 9
SUN 10:15 to 11:15AM
$205
Ballet 2
Age 8 to 11
TUE 4:00 to 5:00PM
SAT 11:45AM to 12:45PM
$370
Ballet 3
Age 9 to 12
MON 4:00 to 5:00PM
WED 4:00 to 5:00PM
SAT 12:45PM to 1:45PM
$555
Ballet 4
Age 11 to 14
TUE 5:00 to 6:15PM
THU 4:00 to 5:30PM
SAT 2:45 to 4:45PM
$875
Ballet 4 + Pre Pointe
Age 11 to 14
TUE 6:15 to 6:45PM
SAT 4:45 to 5:30PM
$1075
Ballet 4 + Pointe
Age 11 to 14
THU 5:30 to 6:00PM
SAT 4:45 to 5:30PM
$1075
Ballet 5
Age 13 to 18
MON 5:00 to 6:30PM
WED 5:00 to 6:30PM
THU 4:00 to 5:30pm
FRI 5:45 to 7:45PM
$1010
Ballet 5 + Pointe
Age 13 to 18
WED 6:30 to 7:15PM
THU 5:30 to 6:00PM
FRI 7:45 to 8:45PM
$1250
Youth Contemporary Program Schedule and Attire

Attire:

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ, HIP HOP + CREATIVE MOVEMENT – Dance, yoga or athletic wear. Long hair in a ponytail or bun and short hair clipped back. Bare feet or socks only.

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
$205
Creative Movement
Age 6 to 7
SUN 8:45 to 9:30AM
$205
Contemporary Jazz
Age 7 to 9
SUN 11:15AM to 12:15PM
$205
Contemporary Jazz
Age 9 to 12
FRI 4:45 to 5:45PM
$205
Contemporary Jazz
Age 11 to 14
TUE 6:45 to 7:45PM
$205
Contemporary Technique
Age 13 to 18
MON 6:30 to 7:30PM
$205
Contemporary Technique
Age 13 to 18
SAT 9:00 to 10:30AM
$295
Young Creatives
Age 13 to 18
THU 7:00 to 8:30PM
Price included in YPTP
Hip Hop
Age 9 to 12
SAT 1:45 to 2:45PM
$205
Hip Hop
Age 11 to 14
SAT 5:30 to 6:30PM
$205
Hip Hop
Age 13 to 18
THU 6:00 to 7:00PM
$205
Youth Dance Program Registration

Registration is available in person, mailed in form with a check, or over the phone with credit or debit card payment. To better serve our customers and provide the most accurate information regarding placement and class questions, we do not provide online registration.

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 info@nwdanceproject.org.

Summer at NW Dance Project

NW Dance Project’s Summer Programs offer exceptional weekly curriculum. Dancers will experience the joy of dance taught by Portland’s finest teachers. With an open and inclusive environment that values the creative process, our program develops coordination, balance, individual expression, spatial awareness, flexibility, strength, and group cooperation skills.

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JUNIOR DANCE INTENSIVE
August 13 to 24 / 2018
Our Junior Dance Intensive is geared for more advanced dancers interested in a comprehensive curriculum of techniques, discipline and styles of dance in preparation for NW Dance Project’s Youth Professional Training Program starting SEP 10 / 2018.

The Junior Dance Intensive provides in-depth classes in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop, Improvisation, and Choreography. Dancers will work with NW Dance Project’s extraordinary faculty of teachers as they are mentored to push and develop their creativity, ideas and versatility . A showcase of choreography and techniques learned will be performed for family and friends on the final day of our Junior Dance Intensive. More information regarding the Junior Dance Intensive can be found HERE.

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Summer Dance Classes and Dance Weeks are a great introduction to dance and offer dancers of all levels the opportunity to gain an understanding of how their bodies move and how to communicate through dance. NW Dance Project’s philosophy focuses on technique, movement, strengthening and conditioning, versatility and creativity to support a balanced dance training education.

SUMMER DANCE WEEK
JUN 25 to 29 / 2018

For Beginning/Intermediate Dancers
Age 9 to 13 / 9:30am to 1:30pm / $395*
Age 13 to 18 / 2:00pm to 6:00pm / $395*

*Register by APR 30 / 2018 to save $20

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SUMMER DANCE CLASSES
JUL 8 TO 29 / 2018 – SESSION I
AUG 5 TO 36 / 2018 – SESSION II

*Register for both sessions to save $15

 

Summer Dance Classes
Age 4 to 6
Creative Movement
SUN 8:45 to 9:30AM
$80*
Age 6 to 7
Pre Ballet
SUN 9:30 to 10:15AM
$80*
Age 7 to 9
Ballet
SUN 10:15 to 11:15AM
$80*
Age 7 to 9
Contemporary Jazz
SUN 11:15 to 12:15PM
$80*