Summer Dance Intensive

2018 Audition Tour Announced
July 16 - August 10, 2018

NW Dance Project’s Summer Dance Intensive offers a rigorous, inspiring, and unique experience for professional and pre-professional dancers ages 14 to 24.

NW Dance Project’s Summer Dance Intensive, held at both our beautiful state-of-the-art Creative Center and on the gorgeous downtown campus of Portland State University, offers a rigorous, inspiring, and unique experience for advanced dancers ages 14 to 24.

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.

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 and college planning and life of a professional dancer will also be offered. The dancers will be split into groups by age and merit in order to facilitate increased individual attention and direction.

In 2017, NW Dance Project inaugurated our Advanced Platform into our Summer Dance Intensive. Our Advanced Platform class 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. Placement for the Advanced Platform is made on first day of intensive and all sessions will be held at Reed College’s stunning Performing Arts Center.

Dancers will dance Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday, 12:30 to 4:30pm.

These four weeks of creative discovery will culminate in an exciting public theater showing on Friday, August 10 / 2018 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 and Artistic Director as they are mentored to push and develop their creativity, ideas and versatility.

2018 Tuition: $2,400 USD
2018 Housing + Meal Plan: $2,450 USD

Summer Dance Intensive auditions have closed, but limited video audition submissions are available upon request. Please email with your resume and cover letter to be considered.


Dancers must audition for inclusion in our 2018 Summer Dance Intensive. Dancers 21+ interested in auditioning for both Summer Dance Intensive and our LAUNCH project must attend both auditions to be considered. We hold “no cut” auditions for our Summer Dance Intensive auditions unless overly full. All dancers applying must be at least age 14 by August 10 / 2018. 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 Summer Dance Intensive. 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.

Portland, OR
Sunday, January 7, 2018

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.

Dallas, TX
Friday, January 12, 2018

Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
2501 Flora St
Dallas TX 75201

Registration / 4:30 – 5:00pm
Audition / 5:00 – 7:00pm

Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, January 13, 2018

University of Minnesota
Barbara Barker Center for Dance – Studio 200

500 21st Avenue S
Minneapolis MN 55455

Registration / 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Audition / 4:30 – 6:30pm

Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ballet West – Studio A
Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre
52 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Registration / 6:00 – 6:30pm
Audition / 6:30 – 8:30pm

San Francisco, CA
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Alonzo King LINES Dance Center  – Studio 5
26 7th Street
San Francisco CA 94103

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

Houston, TX
Sunday, January 14, 2018

MET Dance Center
2808 Caroline St
Houston TX 77004

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

Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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

Registration / 6:00 – 6:30pm
Audition / 6:30 – 8:30pm

Winston-Salem, NC
Friday, January 19, 2018

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Workplace Building – Studio #606
1533 South Main St
Winston-Salem NC 27127

Registration / 10:20 – 10:40am
Audition / 10:40am – 12:40pm

Visitors should park behind the Welcome Center.
Chicago, IL
Saturday, January 20, 2018

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

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

Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Gloria Kaufman School of Dance – Studio 102
849 W 34th St KDC 203
Los Angeles CA 90089

Registration / 3:30 – 4:00pm
Audition / 4:00 – 6:00pm

Vancouver, BC
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Arts Umbrella – Quebec & 7th
77 East 7th Ave
Vancouver BC V5T 1M4

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

$30 USD Cash or $40 Credit/Debit Card
New York, NY
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Alvin Ailey – Studio 6D
405 West 55th St
New York NY 10019

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

Portland, OR
Saturday, February 3, 2018

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

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


NW Dance Project in partnership with Portland State University (PSU) offers students attending our Summer Dance Intensive chaperoned 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.

Students under the age of 18 who stay at PSU are monitored by adult chaperones. Chaperones supervise the students during the week and weekends. Our Lincoln Hall Studios are conveniently located within walking distance (two blocks) from the Broadway Building on the Portland State University campus. NW Dance Project Creative Center is not within walking distance. Chaperones manage transportation to and from NW Dance Project Center (via TriMet) as well as comings/goings and nighttime room checks. They also run extracurricular activities like field trips, grocery store visits and movie nights.

Check-in time is 1pm on Sunday JUL 15 / 2018 (earlier check-in must be pre-arranged) and checkout is noon on Saturday AUG 11 / 2018.

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 17 / 2018 at 4pm in the Broadway Building lobby with chaperones and staff.

Meals: Dining room is located in Ondine Hall, located directly across the street, on 6th Ave, from the Broadway Building

Mon to Fri
Breakfast: 7-8:45am
Dinner: 5-7pm

Sat to Sun
Brunch: 10:30-12:00pm
Dinner: 5pm-7pm

Meal plan includes hot and balanced breakfast and dinner options. Lunch is not provided. A Safeway grocery store is close to campus. For students under 18, grocery visits are set and accompanied by chaperones.

2018 Housing + Meal Plan: TBA

2017 Housing + Meal Plan: $2,400 USD

Some students (senior class) will be required to take public transportation with chaperones to and from the Broadway Building and NW Dance Project Creative Center. Students will need to purchase TriMet bus pass.

Youth (ages 14-17) 30-Day Pass: $30
Adult (age 18+) 30-Day Pass: $100

We recommend using the new 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.