Open Company Positions

NW Dance Project is looking to hire – Open Company Positions for our 2020-21 season
Competitive Contract | 36 weeks+ | Paid Employee Position | International & National Touring | 100% Full Health + Dental + Vision Benefits

NW Dance Project is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative, new contemporary dance works from established and emerging dance makers created in an open and artistically stimulating environment. We are looking for experienced soloist dancers interested in a diverse collaborative environment that focuses on the innovation and creation of contemporary dance. Artists should have a strong classical and contemporary background, professional performance experience and a passion for the creative process.

Dancers must be 21+ and legally eligible to work in the USA to hold a company position. Preference is given to dancers with a minimum of 3+ years of professional experience. We don’t hold cattle call auditions — we really need to SEE dancers work and create over time in a company setting.

Dancers interested in auditioning for our 2020-21 season should audition through our LAUNCH project.
All dancers must audition for, and attend LAUNCH, June 30 to July 11 / 2020, to be considered for company positions.

No phone calls, please.

Work Study - Ongoing

Work Study Studio Assistants work a minimum of 5-7 hours per week in the studio and offices for unlimited classes at NW Dance Project.

Our Work Study program provides an opportunity for students to take classes at the studio in exchange for working at the front desk and in our offices. Duties include customer services such as checking-in clients, handling payments and maintaining student records, as well as general office work and light studio cleaning, such as answering phones and vacuuming the studios.

These positions require excellent organizational and customer services skills as well as the ability to work in a fast paced environment with detailed accuracy and perform multiple tasks simultaneously with agility. Proficiency with standard computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel is necessary.

Open to dancers 18 yrs+. Program participants must be available for one shift per week and honor a 3-month minimum commitment. Possible shifts (pending program availability) include:

Monday – Thursday
Mornings: 8:00am to 1:30pm

If interested in applying, please email cover letter and current résumé, with at least three references, to Kolina Chitta, Studio Manager,  at

Dance Instructors - Ongoing and Substitutes

We are always looking to expand our substitute pool for experienced, professional dance instructors for various styles including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and core balance (yoga and pilates experience required) for both youth and adult students.

If interested in applying, please email cover letter and current résumé to Maeve Dougal, Education & Outreach Coordinator,


We are looking to deepen our pool of available, experienced, professional piano accompanists to play for our daily, open company ballet class. If interested in applying, please email cover letter and current résumé to Maeve Dougal, Education & Outreach Coordinator,

Summer Chaperone

NW Dance Project is currently accepting applications for a chaperone position during our annual Summer Dance Intensive. We are seeking applicants who have experience working with teenagers, possess excellent communication skills, and are incredibly self-motivated and reliable.

Commitment Dates: JUL 12 – AUG 8 / 2020

Hours: Monday-Friday, Overnight 5:00pm to 9:00am + All day Saturday and Sunday

Location: Broadway Building | Portland State University, 625 SW Jackson Ave., Portland OR 97201

Responsibilities: Chaperones are responsible for providing safety and security to students residing in the dorms while also providing a comforting and nurturing environment. Chaperones monitor the comings and goings of students (ages 14 to 18), plan engaging weekend events, and accompany students to any medical or physical therapy appointments made during the intensive.

Compensation: Breakfast and dinner is provided at Ondine Hall, the Portland State University dining hall located across the street from the Broadway Building. Chaperones have a private room, bathroom, and kitchenette for the entire stay. Chaperones also receive a stipend for their four week commitment and two complimentary tickets to the Summer Dance Intensive showing on Friday, AUG 9, at PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall. More details available during interviews.

To apply, please send cover letter and résumé to Kolina Chitta, Studio Manager, at