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

YOUTH PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM
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.

YOUNG CREATIVES
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

CHECK BACK FOR  2019 YOUNG CREATIVES AUDITION DATES

Youth Professional Training Program
Level 1
Age 7 to 10
1 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
$385
Level 2
Age 8 to 11
2 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
$575
Level 3
Age 9 to 12
3 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
$980
Level 4
Age 12 to 15
3 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
2 Rehearsals
$1340
Level 4 + Pointe
Age 12 to 15
5 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
2 Rehearsals
$1720
Level 5
Age 13 to 18
4 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
2 Rehearsals
$1625
Level 5 + Pointe
Age 13 to 18
6 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
2 Rehearsals
$1875
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
Pre-Ballet
Age 6 to 8
SUN 9:30 to 10:15AM
$205
Ballet 1
Age 7 to 10
SUN 10:15 to 11:15AM
$225
Ballet 2
Age 8 to 11
TUE 3:45 to 4:45PM
SAT 2:30 to 3:30PM
$405
Ballet 3
Age 9 to 12
MON 4:00 to 5:00PM
WED 4:00 to 5:00PM
SAT 3:30 to 4:45PM
$650
Ballet 4
Age 12 to 15
TUE 4:45 to 6:15PM
THU 4:00 to 5:30PM
FRI 5:45 to 7:45PM
$995
Ballet 4 Pre Pointe
Age 12 to 15
TUE 6:15 to 6:45PM
FRI 7:45 to 8:45PM
$375
Ballet 4 Pointe
Age 12 to 15
THU 5:30 to 6:00PM
FRI 7:45 to 8:45PM
$375
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
$1285
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
$475
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
$205
Creative Movement
Age 6 to 8
SUN 8:45 to 9:30AM
$205
Contemporary Jazz
Age 7 to 10
SUN 11:15AM to 12:15PM
$225
Contemporary Jazz
Age 9 to 12
FRI 4:45 to 5:45PM
$225
Contemporary Jazz
Age 12 to 15
TUE 6:45 to 7:45PM
$225
Contemporary Technique
Age 13 to 18
MON 6:30 to 7:30PM
$225
Contemporary Technique
Age 13 to 18
SAT 1:30 to 2:30PM
$225
Young Creatives
Age 13 to 18
THU 7:00 to 8:30PM
SAT 2:30 to 4:00PM
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Hip Hop
Age 9 to 12
SAT 4:45 to 5:45PM
$225
Hip Hop
Age 12 to 15
SAT 5:45 to 6:45PM
$225
Hip Hop
Age 13 to 18
THU 6:00 to 7:00PM
$225
Youth Dance Program Placement + Registration + Policies

PLACEMENT + REGISTRATION

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 info@nwdanceproject.org.

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.

STUDIO EXPECTATIONS + POLICIES

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.

 

2018-19 Calendar

BALLET PLACEMENT + YOUNG CREATIVES AUDITIONS
JUL 21 + SEP 8 / 2018

FALL SESSION
SEP 10 to DEC 9 / 2018

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

WINTER DANCE WEEK
DEC 17 to 21 / 2018

WINTER SESSION
JAN 7 to MAR 24 / 2019

SPRING SESSION
APR 4 to JUN 16 / 2019

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

SUMMER DANCE WEEK
JUN 24 to JUN 28 / 2019

SUMMER SESSION
JUL 7 to AUG 25 / 2019

SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE*
JUL 15 to AUG 9 / 2019
*By audition only

JUNIOR DANCE INTENSIVE
AUG 12 to AUG 23 / 2019