Youth Dance Program


FALL REGISTRATION will open in early July.

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 5 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.

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

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


Our FALL Youth Registration will be opening in July!


We remain committed to advancing our students’ training and know how important it is for students to connect with their teachers, to be dancing on a professionally-made sprung dance floor, and having adequate space to move freely and safely.

In adherence to state guidelines, we are offering our students limited-capacity, safe-distancing in-person training.
Due to limited class sizes, early registration is highly recommended. Waitlists will be available when classes are filled.

Studio Health + Safety Procedures
– A staff member will take your temperature outside and let you into the building no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start of class.
– Parents/guardians are not allowed in the building and should call the studio if they need to reach their student while in class.
– Students must be fully ready for class, dressed appropriately, before entering the building. Changing areas are not available.
– Once in the lobby, dancers must immediately wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the studio.
– Masks must be worn at all times.
– Bring your own water bottle. Disposable cups are unavailable.
– Restroom and Public Changing rooms are open
– Studio is stocked with hand sanitizer, gloves, and disposable paper masks.
– We ask students to exit the building as soon as class is completed.
– Rigorous and regular studio, equipment, and facility sanitation.


NW Dance Project is no longer offering virtual classes.

Private Classes

In-Studio Private Classes are now available!

Private (1 dancer) and Semi-Private (2 or 3 dancers) youth classes in Ballet, Contemporary, and Conditioning.
Private Classes: $95 per Hour (1 or 1.5 hours)
Semi-Private Classes: $65 per Hour per Student (1 or 1.5 hours)

For more information, details, and scheduling, please email or call 503.421.7434

Youth Professional Training Progam

PRO TRACK – Dancers 14+
Our PRO TRACK Program is geared for dancers 14+ provides a comprehensive study of the techniques, discipline, and styles of dance that support a professional career. Dancers in our PRO TRACK 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.

In addition, PRO TRACK dancers will be involved in our Young Creatives. Our Young Creatives focuses on nurturing the next generation of artists with the addition of choreography-based rehearsals and performances. Dancers will work with leading artists in the field to immerse themselves into the creative process. Young Creatives will be featured in our annual Student Artist Showcase and during special performing opportunities and events throughout the year.

Young Creatives rehearsals are provided at no additional tuition cost to the students and families.

JUNIOR TRACK – Dancers 7 to 14
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. Students will train in a variety of disciplines that offers a balanced dance training that focuses on technique, movement, versatility and creativity.



Youth Professional Training Program
Level 1
Ages 7 to 10
1 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
Level 2
Ages 8 to 12
2 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
Level 3 + Pre Pointe
Ages 10 to 14
4 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
PRO Track
Ages 14+
6 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Youth Ballet Program Schedule and Attire


Female-Identifying Students

Shoes: Ballet slippers are required at all levels. Ballet slippers should match the color of the tights (pink or flesh tone only) as closely as possible.
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 PRO Track – Black leotard + pink or flesh tone tights.

Male-Identifying Students
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 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 athletic 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!

Placement + Registration

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 are at the discretion of the teacher. Great consideration is taken in our 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 RegistrationCLICK 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 the term, refunds will be provided minus 30% of the tuition cost. After the start of the term, no refunds, credits, or exchanges will be given.

Payment plans are available for tuition over $500. Contact us for details.


No jewelry allowed in class. Please also refrain from applying lotion or oils prior to class.

Students should bring a water bottle to stay hydrated during class (we have a filtered filling station). 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.

Dancers are expected to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to each 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.