Summer Dance Intensive

2016 Audition Tour Announced
July 18 - August 12, 2016

NW Dance Project’s Summer Dance Intensive offers a rigorous, inspiring, and unique experience for advanced pre-professional dancers ages 14 to 22.

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 22.

Immerse yourself in professional technique classes and experience the creative process, repertoire, improvisation and movement styles that are necessary tools for every dancer. Dancers will train with the award-winning company members of NW Dance Project.

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.

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.

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 12 / 2016 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.

2016 Tuition: $2,000 USD
2016 Housing + Meal Plan: $2,400 USD

Dancers must audition for inclusion in NW Dance Project’s 2016 Summer Dance Intensive.  We hold “no cut” auditions unless overly full. All dancers applying must be at least age 14 by AUG 12 / 2016. No exceptions will be made.

Early registration is strongly encouraged to reserve your audition spot. Dancers must submit or 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 week 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
Saturday, January 2, 2016

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

Registration / 10:00-10:30am
Audition / 10:30-12:30pm

Seattle, WA
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Spectrum Dance Theater
Second floor studio
800 Lake Washington Blvd
Seattle WA 98122

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

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 84112Col

Registration / 11:00-11:30am
Audition / 11:30-1:30pm

Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Colburn School – Studio A
200 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles CA 90012

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

Boise, ID
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Ballet Idaho
501 South 8th St.
Boise ID 83702

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

San Francisco, CA
Sunday, January 24, 2016

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

Registration / 11:30-12:00pm
Audition / 12:00-2:00pm

Dallas, TX
Monday, January 25, 2016

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

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

Houston, TX
Friday, January 29, 2016

Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
4001 Stanford St
Houston TX 77006

Only a select few audition spots are available for this audition. Please email to acquire more information.
Houston, TX
Friday, January 29, 2016

Houston Metropolitan Dance Center
2808 Caroline St
Houston TX 77004

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

New York, NY
Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Ailey Studios –
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Registration / 5:00-5:30pm
Audition / 5:30-7:30pm

Chicago, IL
Saturday, February 6, 2016

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

Registration / 5:00-5:30pm
Audition / 5:30-7:00pm

Vancouver, BC
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Arts Umbrella
Granville Island
1286 Cartwright Street
Vancouver BC V6H 3R8

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

USD cash + credit/debit cards only, all applicants should register at audition
Portland, OR
Saturday, February 13, 2016

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 17 / 2016 (earlier check-in must be pre-arranged) and checkout is noon on Saturday AUG 13 / 2016.

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 will be held on Sunday JUL 17 / 2016 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.

2016 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.

Passes are also available for purchase online at Please note that passes bought online are mailed, and must be purchased well before Summer Dance Intensive begins.