Youth Dance Program

Out of an abundance of caution, NW Dance Project will be closed for the time being. Our staff is working remotely and can be reached via phone and/or e-mail.

Youth Spring Session: Targeted and progressive weekly-accessible video classes will be provided to all our enrolled Spring Session (May 4 – June 14) youth students. Please call or email us for details, information, and to register (link coming soon).

NW Dance Project has earned a well-deserved reputation for cultivating and nurturing young dancers. Our Youth Dance Program offers exceptional year-round programming for youth ages 4 to 18. Dancers will experience the joy of dance taught by Portland’s finest teachers.

Our innovative program offers a variety of learning opportunities for dancers from a wide range of skills, 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 and encouraging environment.

“An essential part of the city’s art scene” – The Oregonian

“… life changing, thrilling, scary, brilliant, challenging, and transformative. I’ve never felt like I belong somewhere more.” – NW Dance Project Student


Youth Professional Training Progam

Our Professional Training Program provides a comprehensive study of the techniques, discipline and styles of dance that support a professional career. Dancers in our Professional Training Program 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.

Our Young Creatives Program focuses on nurturing the next generation of artists with the addition of choreography-based rehearsals. Today’s dancers are asked to improvise, reinvent steps, change musicality and make their own artistic choices. Technique alone is not enough — dancers must also be creators. Participants in Young Creatives will be featured in the annual Student Artist Showcase and for special performing opportunities and events throughout the year.

To be considered for the Young Creatives, students must audition and be participating in Level 4 or Level 5 of our Professional Training Program. Selected students will work with leading artists in the field to immerse themselves into the creative process.

Young Creatives rehearsals are provided at no additional tuition cost to the students and families. Rehearsals are scheduled twice a week and students must attend all rehearsals to be considered for performances and other opportunities. Students will only be excused for illness or emergencies.

Young Creatives Rehearsals | THU 7:00 to 8:30PM + SAT 2:30 to 4:00PM.
Please note: Extra rehearsals may be added throughout the year.

Youth Professional Training Program
Level 1
Ages 7+
1 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
Level 2
Ages 8+
2 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
Level 3
Ages 9+
3 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Level 4
Ages 12+
3 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Level 4 + Pointe
Ages 12+
5 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Level 5
Ages 14+
4 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Level 5 + Pointe
Ages 14+
6 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Youth Ballet Program Schedule and Attire

Ballet Attire:

Shoes: Ballet slippers are required at all levels. Ballet slippers must match the color of the tights (pink or flesh tone only).
Hair: Long hair must be pulled into a bun in order to show the line of the neck. Shorter hair should be secured with a headband.

PRE-BALLET – Pink leotard + mid-length pink skirt + pink or flesh tone tights.
BALLET 1 – Light blue leotard + mid-length light blue skirt + pink or flesh tone tights.
BALLET 2 – Light blue leotard + pink or flesh tone tights
BALLET 3 – Royal blue leotard + pink or flesh tone tights.
BALLET 4 + 5 – Black leotard + pink or flesh tone tights.
MALE ATTIRE ALL LEVELS – Fitted white t-shirt + black shorts or tights + black ballet slippers (white slippers may be worn with white socks only).

We recommend The Leotard for all your dancewear needs.

Don’t forget to bring a water bottle!

Youth Ballet Program
Age 6 to 8
SUN 9:30 to 10:15AM
Ballet 1
Ages 7+
SUN 10:15 to 11:15AM
Ballet 2
Ages 8+
TUE 3:45 to 4:45PM
SAT 1:30 to 2:30PM
Ballet 3
Ages 9+
MON 4:00 to 5:00PM
WED 4:00 to 5:15PM
FRI 4:45 to 6:00PM
Ballet 4
Ages 12+
TUE 4:45 to 6:15PM
THU 4:00 to 5:30PM
SAT 10:30 to 12:30PM
Ballet 4 Pre Pointe
Ages 12+
TUE 6:15 to 6:45PM
SAT 12:30 to 1:30PM
Ballet 4 Pointe
Ages 12+
THU 5:30 to 6:00PM
SAT 12:30 to 1:30PM
Ballet 5
Age 14 to 19
MON 5:00 to 6:30PM
WED 5:00 to 6:30PM
THU 4:00 to 5:30pm
SAT 10:30 to 12:30PM
Ballet 5 Pointe
Age 14 to 19
WED 6:30 to 7:30PM
THU 5:30 to 6:00PM
SAT 12:30 to 1:30PM
Youth Contemporary Program Schedule and Attire

Contemporary Program Attire:

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ + CREATIVE MOVEMENT – Dance, yoga or athletic wear. No jeans. Long hair in a ponytail or bun and short hair clipped back. No black- soled jazz shoes or sneakers are allowed. Bare feet or socks only.

HIP HOP – Dance, yoga or athletic wear. No jeans. Long hair in a ponytail or bun and short hair clipped back. Clean, light-soled tennis shoes optional or bare feet and socks only. No dark soled-shoes.

We recommend The Leotard for all your dancewear needs.

Don’t forget to bring a water bottle!


Youth Contemporary Program
Creative Movement
Age 4 to 5
FRI 4:00 to 4:45PM
Creative Movement
Age 5 to 7
SUN 8:45 to 9:30AM
Contemporary Jazz
Age 7 to 10
SUN 11:15AM to 12:15PM
Contemporary Jazz
Age 9 to 12
FRI 6:00 to 7:00PM
Contemporary Jazz
Ages 12 to 15
TUE 6:45 to 7:45PM
Contemporary Technique
Age 14 to 19
MON 6:30 to 7:30PM
Contemporary Technique
Age 14 to 19
SAT 1:30 to 2:30PM
Hip Hop
Age 9 to 12
SAT 2:30 to 3:30PM
Hip Hop
Age 12 to 15
SAT 3:30 to 4:30PM
Hip Hop
Age 14 to 19
THU 6:00 to 7:00PM
Summer Offerings at NW Dance Project

NW Dance Project’s Summer Programs offer exceptional weekly curriculum. Dancers will experience the joy of dance taught by Portland’s finest teachers. With an open and inclusive environment that values the creative process, our program develops coordination, balance, individual expression, spatial awareness, flexibility, strength, and group cooperation skills.

Junior Dance Intensive | AUG 10 to 21 / 2020
Our Junior Dance Intensive is geared for more advanced dancers interested in a comprehensive curriculum of techniques, discipline and styles of dance in preparation for NW Dance Project’s Youth Professional Training Program starting SEP 9 / 2019.The Junior Dance Intensive provides in-depth classes in ballet, pointe, contemporary jazz, hip hop, improvisation, and choreography.

Dancers will work with NW Dance Project’s extraordinary faculty of teachers as they are mentored to push and develop their creativity, ideas and versatility . A showcase of choreography and techniques learned will be performed for family and friends on the final day of our Junior Dance Intensive.

Registration will open in APR 2020.

Summer Dance Classes | Session I – JUL 5 to 26 / 2020 + Session II – AUG 2 to 23 / 2020
Keep your dancer active each week with one of our Summer Dance Classes! Classes are offered each weekend throughout July and August.


Youth Dance Program Placement + Registration + Policies


All youth dance classes are only available on multi-week, cost-saving sessions. Registration is required for participation.We hold three sessions per school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. During the summer months, we offer multiple intensives, camps and workshops for dancers to learn, explore and create.

Students should expect to complete a minimum of a year’s study in each level (age appropriate) before moving up to the next level. Placement and advancement is at the discretion of the teacher. Great consideration is taken in the class placement process. Students move through our curriculum according to ability, development, and age.

Registration for Youth Dance Program classes is required. No drop-in classes allowed.

Online Registration: CLICK HERE

Registration over the phone: Call 503.421.7434 to provide registration information and full tuition payment with credit or debit card.

Have questions? Give us a call at 503.421.7434 or e-mail us at

Prior to the start of class, refunds will be provided minus 30% of the tuition cost. After the start of class, no refunds, credits, or exchanges will be given.

Monthly payment plans are available for tuitions over $500. Each monthly payment is subject to an additional $10 processing fee.


No jewelry allowed in class. Please also refrain from applying lotion or oils directly before class.

Every student should bring a water bottle to stay hydrated during class. Food and drinks, except water, are restricted to the lobby only.

Students are approved to miss two classes per session. If a student becomes ill or injured and cannot attend class, they should notify the office of their absence. Students should schedule make-up classes within the same session of their missed classes.

Students participating in the Young Creatives Program may not be permitted to perform if they miss rehearsal.

Dancers are expected to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to their class. Good attendance is critical to consistent progress and advancement. Students who are consistently late or absent may be asked to withdraw from the class without refund. Students may not enter class late or leave early without the teacher’s consent.

Students are expected to treat their peers, staff, and the facility with the utmost respect. Parents will be consulted if a student is exhibiting poor behavior. Student’s cell phones are required to be turned off at all times while the student is in the studio. Students are responsible for keeping track of their belongings. Students should ask teachers or staff to adjust blinds and should not touch mirrors or swing/ hang on ballet barres.

Parents/guardians are not allowed to observe classes inside the studio or take photo/ video of classes.


2019-20 Calendar


SEP 9 to DEC 8 / 2019

NOV 25 to DEC 1 / 2019

HOLIDAY TURNOUT: A Benefit for NW Dance Project’s Youth Education Program
DEC 7 / 2019
Tickets available online HERE

DEC 30 to JAN 3 / 2020

JAN 4 / 2020 – FREE
1:30pm to 3:00pm / Youth Ballet / Age 7 to 13
3:00pm to 5:00pm / Youth Contemporary / Age 13 to 19

JAN 6 to MAR 22 / 2020

MAY 4 to JUN 14 / 2020

JUL 5 to AUG 23 / 2020

JUL 13 to AUG 7 / 2020
Dancers must audition to participate in Summer Dance Intensive. 2020 audition dates will be posted OCT / 2019.

AUG 10 to 21 / 2020