Launch: 10

July 7 - 18, 2015

LAUNCH is designed for pre-and-professional dancers seeking opportunities to see and be seen. Selected dancers will work for two intensive weeks alongside leading Artistic Directors and two selected emerging choreographers on movement exploration, improvisation, and choreographic mastery.

Our tenth installment of LAUNCH is designed for pre-and-professional dancers (21+) seeking opportunities to see and be seen. Be twisted, turned, torqued, motivated, developed, inspired and pushed beyond your current boundaries. Selected dancers will work for two intensive weeks alongside leading Artistic Directors and two selected emerging choreographers on movement exploration, improvisation and choreographic mastery.

In addition to morning master ballet classes and working closely with our esteemed guest directors, experiencing their artistic and company’s style and making critical professional connections, LAUNCH: 10 provides the opportunity to collaborate in the creative process. Working with two unique, emerging creative voices, the two winners of our annual Pretty Creatives choreographic competition, dancers will have an opportunity to present newly created works at Lincoln Performance Hall before a public audience on the final day.

All interested dancers must apply and audition in-person for LAUNCH: 10 unless they have participated in a previous LAUNCH Project within the last two years or have recieved expressed earned permission to audition by video.

Matthew Neenan of BalletX
Matthew Neenan
BalletX - Co-Founder

Matthew Neenan began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School and with noted teachers Nan C. Keating and Jacqueline Cronsberg. He later attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet in New York. From 1994-2007, Matthew danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet.

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Sarah Slipper
Founding Artistic Director

Sarah Slipper was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and received her professional training at the Royal Ballet School in London, England and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. In 1980, she made her professional debut with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a corps de ballet member, and became one of the company’s leading dramatic ballerinas.

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Olivier Wevers of Whim W'Him
Olivier Wevers
Whim W'Him - Artistic Director

Originally from Brussels, Belgium, Olivier Wevers is the founder and Artistic Director of Seattle’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company Whim W’Him. In 2012, Olivier was honored with the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Arts Award and in 2011 he received the Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship. In 2010 and 2011, Oliviers’ choreography won the grand prize award at the Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in California and has also been named by Dance Magazine as one of their “25 To Watch”.

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Banning Boulding Pretty Creatives
Banning Bouldin
Pretty Creatives Award Winner 2015

Banning is a Nashville native, who received her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School in 2002. She spent the first eight years of her career working internationally with some of her field’s most renowned companies, dancers, and choreographers.

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Yoshito Sakuraba Pretty Creatives Winner Northwest Dance Project
Yoshito Sakuraba
Pretty Creatives Award Winner 2015

He departed from Japan to New York at the age of 19 and started dancing a year later. He received Dance from Manhattanville College then graduated from the Martha Graham School. In the fall of 2012, he founded his own dance company.

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Employee Position | Competitive Contract
We love to really see dancers. LAUNCH serves as the audition process for Northwest Dance Project Company Positions.

LAUNCH: 10  July 7 – 18 / 2015
Dancers must be 21+ and demonstrate advanced ballet technique, be versatile and movement oriented, be open to artistic direction and suggestion, and be explorative and highly professional.

Participation in LAUNCH is highly selective and limited in order to provide each dancer the opportunity to work directly and intimately with Northwest Dance Project and our guest directors and the two winning choreographers of our Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition.

Dancers are accepted into Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH project by audition only.

Dancers must bring a completed application + résumé, dance photo and audition fee ($30 USD cash only).

Audition fee: $30 USD cash only

Dancers who have participated in previous LAUNCH projects in the past two years can apply without auditioning but acceptance is not guaranteed. To secure position, dancers must re-audition. Completed application and $30 USD fee must be postmarked by January 30, 2015.

We only accept auditions by DVD or online link in very special circumstances. Permission must be requested prior and with good reason. We wish to remind dancers that because of LAUNCH’s distinctiveness and limited project positions, we want to see dancers audition in-person.

Questions? Please email Caitlin Warren at No phone calls, please.

Audition Application Form
Portland, OR
Saturday, January 3, 2015

Northwest Dance Project
PSU Lincoln Hall
1621 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Registration / 12:30-1pm
Audition / 1pm-3:30pm

All applicants should register at audition
Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, January 10, 2015

University of Utah
Dance Department
330 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Registration / 1:30-1:30pm
Audition / 1:30-4:00pm

All applicants should register at audition
San Francisco, CA
Sunday, January 25, 2015

Alonzo King LINES Dance Center 
26 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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

All applicants should register at audition
New York, NY
Saturday, January 31, 2015

New York City Center – Studio 5
130 West 56th Street
New York NY 10019

Registration / 2:00-2:30pm
Audition / 2:30-5:00pm

All applicants should register at audition
Chicago, IL
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Lou Conte Dance Center 
1147 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago IL 60607

Registration / 2:00-2:30pm
Audition / 2:30-5:00pm

All applicants should register at audition

LAUNCH: 10 participants can arrange their own accommodations, or opt for Northwest Dance Project-sponsored accommodations.
Please select your choice on your application (application window has closed).
Accepted dancers will be provided with the Accommodations Form as needed.

For those requesting Northwest Dance Project-sponsored accommodations, we have arranged a special, discounted rate at Broadway Hall, Portland State University’s on-campus housing facility conveniently located in downtown Portland.

Each of Broadway Building’s modern rooms feature comfortable amenities and spectacular city scape and mountain views. Amenities include complete kitchen with built-in appliances, private bathroom, internet access, towel and linen service, telephone and laundry facilities. Participants have free access to the University’s athletic center which includes a junior-sized Olympic pool and parking is available at a discounted rate. There are many restaurants, delis, coffee shops, food stores and even a farmer’s market located in the area to accommodate students’ budgets, and the center of the city’s award-winning public transportation system is just blocks away and recommended for travel to and from Northwest Dance Projects creative center and studios.

Broadway Building / Portland State University
625 SW Jackson Ave., Portland OR 97201

Check In:       July 6   / 1 p.m. (earlier check-in possible if prearranged)
Check Out:    July 19  /  Noon

Rate: $675 USD (double occupancy)

Northwest Dance Project-sponsored accommodations should be requested on your application. Due to limited availability, we highly suggest dancers submit their payment as soon as possible. Apartments will be allocated on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Payment Deadline / March 13 / 2015     |    Accommodations Request Form Sent Upon Acceptance

Refunds on all amounts paid, minus $200.00 cancellation fee, will be given for cancellations prior to May 1 / 2015. No refund will be given for any reason on cancellations after May 1 / 2015.