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Summer Dance Platform

JUL 15 TO AUG 9 / 2024


"A life-changing four weeks" - SDP Participant

Spend four enriching weeks with NW Dance Project in an open and safe studio, connect with other dancers and artists, be inspired, and activate your artistic and physical practices in a spacious and stimulating environment.

Dancers will work with NW Dance Project’s extraordinary guest artists and award-winning company members as they are mentored to push and develop their creativity, ideas, and versatility.

Participating dancers will be split into groups by age, merit, and experience to facilitate increased individual attention and direction.

Schedule Overview
Dancers 15 to 18 | Dancers 19 to 24
9:00AM to 5:00PM
12:00PM to 4:00PM (SAT only)

Class sessions and workshops consist of ballet, contemporary, improvisation, floor work, partnering, stretch and core, conditioning, choreography, repertoire, site specific creation, injury prevention, professional development, creation, networking, and performance.


"This intensive has fully turned my world upside down, there aren’t words to describe how special this experience was for me." - SDP Participant

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 while being 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. Dancers will be mentored and participate in repertoire, improvisation, composition, and choreographic development sessions Monday to Saturday. Informative discussions with our artists on career planning and life as a professional dancer will be offered as well as a wellness and injury prevention clinic.

We’re looking for dancers who are curious, open, and desiring opportunities to push beyond their current capabilities. Dancers need to be physically fit for the rigor and intensity required in our SUMMER DANCE PLATFORM. This includes having the stamina to be fully active for up to 8 hours per day for our program.

NW Dance Project is committed to offering a supportive and encouraging environment so that each dancer can develop and discover their unique creative voice.

Summer Dance Platform Showing

Summer Dance Platform culminates in two public showings featuring NW Dance Project repertoire and original creation. This is a ticketed event held at NW Dance Project's Creative Center.

AUG 9 / 5:30PM + 7:30PM

Tickets are now available HERE.


Dancers will work with NW Dance Project’s extraordinary guest artists, directors, and award-winning company members as they are mentored to push and develop their creativity, ideas, and versatility.


SARAH SLIPPER - Artistic Director

AMY WERNER - Wellness

(subject to change)



SUMMER DANCE PLATFORM 2024 Tuition - $2700 USD (4 weeks)


NW Dance Project in partnership with Portland State University (PSU) offers students attending our Summer Dance Platform housing at the centrally located Ondine Hall 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.

Amenities include complete kitchen with built-in appliances, bathroom, internet access, towel and linen service, and laundry facilities. 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 Project's Creative Center and studios.

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.

2024 Housing + Meal Plan*: $2900 USD (Double Occupancy)
2024 Housing Only: $2175 USD (Double Occupancy)
*Meal plans are required for all dancers under the age of 18. Students 18+ can opt out of meal plan.