Advanced Platform

2019 Audition Tour Announced
JULY 13 - AUGUST 7 / 2020

NW Dance Project’s Advanced Platform offers a rigorous, inspiring, and unique experience for professional and pre-professional dancers ages 18 to 24.

In 2017, NW Dance Project inaugurated our Advanced Platform in our summer programming. Our Advanced Platform is geared for those exemplary dancers 18+ who display advanced technique and artistic maturity and are ready to be pushed and developed to help make the transition from school to career.

NW Dance Project’s Advanced Platform is held at our beautiful state-of-the-art Creative Center and offers a rigorous, inspiring, and unique experience. Today’s dancers are asked to improvise, reinvent steps, switch-up phrases, change musicality and make impulsive, artistic choices. Technique alone is not enough — dancers must also now be creators.

Dancers will train with the award-winning company members of NW Dance Project and be immersed in professional technique classes and experience the creative process, repertoire, improvisation and movement styles that are necessary tools for every dancer. This intense, hands-on month of training will provide dancers with the insights, improvisational skills and creative tools that are needed by the most sought after companies and choreographers of today.

Participants will dance Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday, 12:30 to 4:30pm. Each day will start with a ballet class followed by a contemporary technique class. After the lunch break, dancers will participate in repertoire, improvisation, composition and choreographic development sessions. Informative discussions with our artists on career planning and life of a professional dancer will also be offered.

These four weeks of creative discovery will culminate in an exciting public theater showing on Friday, August 7 / 2020 at Lincoln Performance Hall. This is a ticketed event.

NW Dance Project is committed to offering a supportive and encouraging environment so that each dancer can develop and discover their unique creative voice. Dancers will work with NW Dance Project’s extraordinary, award-winning company members as they are mentored to push and develop their creativity, ideas and versatility.

2019 Tuition: $2,400
2019 Housing + Meal Plan: $1950 + Optional Meal Plan $550

2020 Tuition: TBA
2020 Housing: TBA

Dancers must audition for inclusion in our 2020 Advanced Platform. Dancers 21+ interested in auditioning for Advanced Platform can attend either a LAUNCH project audition or a Summer Dance Intensive audition. We hold “no cut” auditions for our Advanced Platform and Summer Dance Intensive auditions unless overly full. All dancers applying must be at least age 18 by August 7 / 2020. No exceptions will be made.

Dancers should arrive 30 minutes before the audition begins to register and must bring a completed application + résumé, head shot, dance shot and audition fee ($30 USD cash only).

Audition results will be sent by email within one to two weeks following the audition. NW Dance Project has a limited number of spots available in our Advanced Platform. Accepted students are required to confirm their spot and submit their deposit by the registration deadline in their acceptance email. Accepted applicants who have not submitted their registration will have their place offered to dancers on the waiting list.

Limited video audition submissions are available upon request. Please email with your resume and cover letter to be considered.

Pre-Registration for 2020 Advanced Platform Auditions Available NOV 1 / 2019.

Dallas, TX
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Moving Forward Dallas

Audition Time / TBA

Portland, OR
Sunday, January 5, 2020

NW Dance Project Creative Center
211 NE 10th Ave
Portland OR 97232

Registration / 2:30 – 3:00pm
Audition / 3:00 – 5:00pm

Dancers 18+ may be interested in our 5 Dance Days workshop held prior to this audition date.

Pittsburgh, PA
Friday, January 17, 2020

Point Park University 
George Rowland White Performance Center – Studio 3
321 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh PA 15222

Audition Time / TBA

Dates to be Announced

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Audition Time / TBA

New York, NY
Saturday, January 19, 2020

City Center
131 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

Registration / 1:00 – 1:30pm
Audition / 1:30 – 3:30pm

Houston, TX
Dates to be Announced

Audition Time / TBA

Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, January 25, 2020

The University of Utah

Audition Time / TBA

Chicago, IL
Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Registration / 1:00 – 1:30pm
Audition / 1:30 – 3:30pm

Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, February 1, 2020

USC Gloria Kaufman International Dance Center – Studio 104
849 W 34th St
Los Angeles CA 90089

Registration / 1:00 – 1:30pm
Audition / 1:30 – 3:30pm

San Francisco, CA
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Alonzo King LINES Dance Center  – Studio 2
26 7th Street
San Francisco CA 94103

Registration / 1:00 – 1:30pm
Audition / 1:30 – 3:30pm

Portland, OR
Sunday, February 17, 2019

NW Dance Project Creative Center
211 NE 10th Ave
Portland OR 97232

Registration / 12:00 – 12:30pm
Audition / 12:30pm – 2:30pm


NW Dance Project, in partnership with Portland State University (PSU),  offers students attending our Advanced Platform housing at the beautiful Broadway Building located in downtown Portland. Students attending are not required to live in the dormitories – students may choose to commute from home or other accommodations in Portland.

Check-in time is 1pm on Sunday JUL 12 / 2020 (earlier check-in must be pre-arranged) and checkout is noon on Saturday AUG 8 / 2020.

Dorm-style accommodations include two-person rooms with private bathroom. The Broadway Building has spectacular views of Mt. Hood and downtown, internet access (ethernet and wi-fi), spacious meeting areas and an on-campus dining space. These facilities include card-operated laundry. Laundry cards are available for purchase and reload in the Broadway Building lobby. The cost is $1.50 to wash and dry. The Broadway Building provides a standard linen set including sheets, pillow, pillowcase, one blanket and a towel with a weekly laundering service.

Mandatory Housing Orientation Meeting for all students residing at the Broadway Building will be held on Sunday, JUL 12 / 2020 at 4pm in the Broadway Building lobby.

Meals: Meal plan is optional for dancers 18+ in the Advanced Platform. Meal plan includes hot and balanced breakfast and dinner options. Lunch is not provided. The dining room is located in Ondine Hall, located directly across the street, on 6th Ave, from the Broadway Building. A Safeway and Green Zebra grocery store is close to campus.

Monday to Friday
Breakfast: 7:00-8:45am
Dinner: 5:00-7:00pm

Saturday to Sunday
Brunch: 10:30-12:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm-7:00pm

2019 Housing: $1950
+ Optional Meal Plan: $550


NW Dance Project Creative Center is not within walking distance. Students in the Advanced Platform will be required to take public transportation to and from the Broadway Building and NW Dance Project Creative Center. Students will need to purchase TriMet bus pass. Students should wait to purchase Trimet tickets until after they learn where they will be taking classes based on placement. We recommend students use the TriMet smartphone app available as a free download for iPhone and Androids. 30-Day passes can be purchased through the app with credit or debit payment.

Adult (age 18+) 30-Day Pass: $100