Youth Dance Program

Registration Available Now

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 19. 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, brilliant, challenging, and transformative. I’ve never felt like I belong somewhere more.” – NW Dance Project Student

We are pleased to announce our Youth Fall Program will start on Monday, SEP 14 as a hybrid in-person and virtual model. 

Fall Session will run through DEC 6. Classes are cancelled and the studio will be closed NOV 23 – 29 for Thanksgiving break.


Our plan is to start in-person classes with limited capacity that exceed all safety protocols issued by the Oregon Health Authority. As class sizes will be very limited to provide 100 sq. ft. (plus) of space per dancer in the studio, we will first open priority registration to those students enrolling in our Youth Professional Training Program (both contemporary + ballet offerings).

In-person spots (if available) will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will have a waitlist for in-person classes as we may be able to implement secondary classes.

Studio Health + Safety Procedures

-A staff member will take your temperature outside and let you into the building no earlier than 5 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.

-Student’s must be fully ready for class, dressed appropriately, before entering the building. Changing areas are not available.

-Once you enter 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 use will be limited to one student at a time.

-Studio is stocked with hand sanitizer, gloves, and disposable paper masks.

-We ask student to exit the building as soon as class is completed.

-Rigorous and regular studio, equipment and facility sanitation.


Dancers will have the option to train virtually and will have access to the complete fall curriculum from the comfort of home. Registration is open for both our Youth Professional Training Program and individual classes for students wishing to train virtually through our live-streamed Zoom platform.

Private Classes

Out of safety concerns and to allow for ample social distancing before we offer group classes again, we are pleased to announce new opportunities for young dancers.
In-Studio Private Classes
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 (1 or 1.5 hours)

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

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.

Youth Professional Training Program
Level 1
Ages 7 to 10
1 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
Level 2
Ages 8 to 11
2 Ballet + 1 Contemporary
Level 3
Ages 9 to 12
3 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Level 4
Ages 12 to 15
3 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Level 4 + Pointe
Ages 12 to 15
5 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Level 5
Ages 14 to 19
4 Ballet + 2 Contemporary
Level 5 + Pointe
Ages 14 to 19
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
Primary Ballet
Age 6 to 8
SUN 9:30 to 10:30AM
Ballet 1
Ages 7 to 10
SUN 10:45 to 11:45AM
Ballet 2
Ages 8 to 11
TUE 2:30 to 3:30PM
THU 2:30 to 3:30PM
Ballet 3
Ages 10 to 13
MON 3:00 to 4:15PM
WED 3:00 to 4:15PM
SAT 10:45 to 12:00PM
Ballet 4
Ages 12 to 15
TUE 5:00 to 6:30PM
FRI 4:15 to 5:45PM
SAT 10:00 to 12:00PM
Ballet 4 Pointe
Ages 12 to 15
TUE 6:30 to 7:00PM
FRI 5:45 to 6:15PM
SAT 12:30 to 1:30PM
Ballet 5
Age 14 to 19
MON 5:45 to 7:15PM
WED 4:30 to 6:00PM
THU 3:45 to 5:15pm
SAT 10:00 to 12:00PM
Ballet 5 Pointe
Age 14 to 19
WED 6:00 to 6:45PM
THU 5:15 to 5:45PM
SAT 12:00 to 1:00PM
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 6
Contemporary Jazz
Age 7 to 10
SUN 12:00 to 1:00PM
Contemporary Jazz
Age 8 to 11
TUE 3:45 to 4:45PM
Contemporary Jazz
Ages 10 to 13
MON 4:30 to 5:30PM
Contemporary Jazz
Age 12 to 15
TUE 7:15 to 8:15PM
Contemporary Technique
Age 14 to 19
MON 7:15 to 8:15PM
Hip Hop
Age 9 to 12
SAT 12:15 to 1:15PM
Hip Hop
Age 12 to 15
SAT 1:30 to 2:30PM
Hip Hop
Age 14 to 19
THU 6:00 to 7:00PM

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 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 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 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.

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.