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ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

NW Dance Project has earned a well-deserved reputation for cultivating and nurturing young dancers. Our Youth Dance Program offers exceptional year-round training for youth ages 4 to 19. Dancers will experience the joy of dance taught by Portland’s finest teachers in the city’s safest and best-equipped professional dance studios.

Our innovative program offers a variety of learning opportunities for dancers from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. NW Dance Project’s philosophy focuses on technique, movement, strengthening and conditioning, versatility, and creativity to support a balanced dance training education. Our programs provide an in-depth approach to training that takes into consideration each individual dancer’s needs and progression. We love creative expression, imagination, engagement, and offer comprehensive instruction in a supportive, inclusive, and encouraging environment.

All classes are at our light, bright, and Air Conditioned Creative Center
211 NE 10th Ave (at NE Davis St.) / 97232

2024-25 YOUTH PROGRAM

2024-25 CALENDAR

Program Dates - SEP 9 / 2024 to JUN 8 / 2025

No Classes (Veteran's Day) - NOV 11 / 2024
Thanksgiving Break - NOV 25 to DEC 1 / 2024
Winter Showcase - DEC 14 + 15 / 2024
Winter Break - DEC 16 / 2024 to JAN 5 / 2025
Winter Dance Intensive - DEC 30 / 2024 to JAN 3 / 2025
Youth Classes Resume - JAN 6 / 2025
No Classes (MLK Jr. Day) - JAN 20 / 2025
No Classes (President's Day) - FEB 17 / 2025
Spring Break - MAR 24 to MAR 30 / 2025
No Classes (Memorial Day) - MAY 26 / 2025
Student Artist Showcase Rehearsal - JUN 7 / 2025
Student Artist Showcase - JUN 8 / 2025

Registration opens soon!

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM

PRO TRACK PROGRAM

Our PRO TRACK Program provides a comprehensive study of the techniques, discipline, and styles of dance that support a professional career. Dancers in our PRO TRACK Program will participate in an extensive schedule of classes, which increase in rigor of training to provide suitable preparation for entry into leading companies, conservatories, and colleges today.

PRO TRACK PROGRAM
3 Ballet + 1 Pointe + 2 Contemporary + 1 Hip Hop + 1 Strength & Stretch

JUNIOR TRACK | Level 1 - 3

Our JUNIOR TRACK Program preps our younger students with a well rounded and encompassing instruction in a supportive environment that will take them to the next level. As students advance through our JUNIOR TRACK Program, our curriculum balances physical development with emotional and intellectual growth. Students will train in ballet and contemporary classes that focus on technique, movement, versatility and creativity at a cost effective tuition rate.

JUNIOR TRACK LEVEL 3
3 Ballet + 1 Pre-pointe + 1 Contemporary + 1 Hip Hop + 1 Strength & Stretch

JUNIOR TRACK LEVEL 2
2 Ballet + 1 Contemporary

JUNIOR TRACK LEVEL 1A + 1B
1 Ballet + 1 Contemporary

INDIVIDUAL CLASS STYLES

Students may also choose to train in individual styles.

Annual registration is required for participation.
Payment plan available.
No drop-ins allowed.

BALLET (Level 1 to Pro Track) - AGE 7 to 18
Ballet starts with introducing dancers to basic ballet steps. We then train our dancers to develop strong technical and artistic foundations by focusing on alignment, placement, balance, flexibility, musicality, and strength through age-appropriate progressions.

CONTEMPORARY (Level 1 to Pro Track) – AGE 7 to 18
Our contemporary dance classes are designed to improve technique, flexibility, stamina, and artistry. These classes fuse contemporary dance styles with jazz, ballet, and world dance influences. It emphasizes and develops proper body alignment, strength and flexibility, rhythmic and musical phrasing, and self-expression.

HIP HOP – AGE 9 to 18
Hip Hop classes introduce the classic urban styles - breaking, housing, popping, locking, and beyond. This class gives the basic tools of rhythm, isolation, coordination, and musicality to allow students to feel confident in their own style and choreography. A great encouraging and challenging class for all dance enthusiasts!

Throughout the year, our aspiring young dance artists will have performance opportunities concluding with our annual year-end Student Artist Showcase in June.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT + PRIMARY BALLET

Creative Movement + Primary Ballet classes are held over three separate sessions (fall, winter, and spring).

Fall Session | SEP 9 to DEC 15 / 2024

Winter Session | JAN 6 to MAR 23 / 2025

Spring Session | MAR 31 to JUN 8 / 2025

CREATIVE MOVEMENT – AGE 4 to 5
Creative Movement classes introduce our youngest dancers to beginning ballet and jazz moves combined with creative movement activities and dance activities. Class enhances balance, coordination, strength, mind-body activities for children, and flexibility.

PRIMARY BALLET – AGE 6 to 7
Primary Ballet classes introduce our young dancers to age-appropriate, beginning ballet exercises in an energetic, creative, and nurturing weekly class structure. Students gain fine motor dexterity through activities that encompass storytelling and creating.

REGISTRATION + PLACEMENT

ANNUAL ENROLLMENT | SEP 2024 - JUN 2025

All students participating in Level 1 through Pro Track classes and programs are enrolling for the entire school year (SEP 9 / 2024 to JUN 8 / 2025) and are obligated to pay the full year's tuition fees, regardless of payment option:

Option 1:
Pay in full at the time of registration.

Option 2: Pay a deposit at the time of registration + 8 monthly payments charged automatically SEP through APR.
Subject to $50 payment plan fee at time of registration

SESSION ENROLLMENT | FALL + WINTER + SPRING

Our Primary Ballet and Creative Movement classes are held over three sessions (fall, winter, and spring). These classes must be paid in full at the time of registration and do not have a payment plan option.

PLACEMENT

Great consideration is taken in our class placement process. Students move up through our curriculum according to physical ability, age, maturity, and work ethic. Students should expect to complete a minimum of a year in each level before advancing. Placement and advancement are at the discretion of the teacher.

SUMMER DANCE OPPORTUNITIES
Our Summer Dance Intensives + Classes can be used to place students who would like to join our 2024/25 Youth Program.

PLACEMENT PRIVATE
We can schedule a private placement class for new students with a NW Dance Project Faculty member to be evaluated and placed in the appropriate level. Inquire for availability and rates.

Learn more about placement options by emailing or calling 503.421.7434.

PRIVATE CLASSES

NW Dance Project also offers private and semi-private (2 or 3 students) lessons in Ballet, Contemporary, and Conditioning. Private lessons are a great way for students to supplement their dance training, receive personalized attention, and address individual needs and goals.

For more information about rates and availability, please or call 503.421.7434.