Launch: 11

2016 Audition Tour Announced
July 5 - 16, 2016

LAUNCH is a unique project designed for professional dancers seeking opportunities to see and be seen. Selected dancers will work for two intensive weeks alongside leading Artistic Directors and with the two winners of our annual Pretty Creatives Choreographic Competition on movement exploration, improvisation, techniques, creation and choreographic mastery.

LAUNCH is a unique project designed for professional dancers seeking opportunities to see and be seen. Selected dancers will work for two intensive weeks alongside leading Artistic Directors and with the two winners of our annual Pretty Creatives Choreographic Competition on movement exploration, improvisation, techniques, creation 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 provides the opportunity to collaborate in the creative process. Working with two unique 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. This is a ticketed event.

LAUNCH serves as the audition process for NW Dance Project company positions for dancers.

All interested dancers must apply and audition in-person for LAUNCH.

ONE OPEN COMPANY POSITION | 2016-17 SEASON
Employee Position | Competitive Contract |National + International Touring | Health + Dental + Vision Benefits
We love to really see dancers. LAUNCH serves as the audition process for NW Dance Project Company Positions.

LAUNCH: 11    July 5 – 16 / 2016
Dancers must be 20+ 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 NW Dance Project and our guest directors and the two winning choreographers of our Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition.

Dancers are accepted into NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH project by audition only.Dancers must bring a completed application + résumé, head shot, dance shot and audition fee ($30 USD cash only).

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.

LAUNCH: 11 Project Fee / $985

Questions? Please email Caitlin Warren at info@nwdanceproject.org. No phone calls, please.


Portland, OR
Saturday, January 2, 2016

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

Registration / 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Audition / 1:00pm – 3:30pm


Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, January 23, 2016

University of Utah
Marriott Center for Dance – Studio 240
330 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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


San Franciso, CA
Sunday, January 24, 2016

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

Registration / 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Audition / 2:00pm – 4:30pm


New York, NY
Sunday, January 31, 2016

New York City Center Studios – Studio 5
130 West 56th St
New York, NY 10019

Registration / 11:30pm – 12:30pm
Audition / 12:30pm – 3:00pm


Chicago, IL
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lou Conte Dance Center – Studio A
1147 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

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


LAUNCH: 11 participants can arrange their own accommodations, or opt for NW Dance Project-sponsored accommodations.
Please select your choice on your application. Accepted dancers will be provided with the Accommodations Form as needed.

For those requesting NW 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 cityscape 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 NW Dance Projects Creative Center and studios.

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

Check In: July 4 / After 1 p.m. (earlier check-in possible if prearranged)
Check Out: July 17 / Before Noon

NW Dance Project-sponsored accommodations should be requested on your application. Accommodations Request Form will be sent upon acceptance. 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.

Rate: $675 USD (double occupancy)
Payment Deadline: March 11 / 2016

Refunds on all amounts paid, minus $200.00 cancellation fee, will be given for cancellations prior to May 1 / 2016. No refund will be given for any reason on cancellations after May 1 / 2016.