Summer Dance Platform

Rigorous, inspiring, and unique training experiences for professional and pre-professional dancers ages 14 to 24.

Summer Dance Platform

NW Dance Project’s Summer Dance Platform
JUL 19 – AUG 13 / 2021

For Dancers Age 14 to 24

This summer, we will be holding two intensive training platforms that can be taken individually or in combination. Dancers will be separated into limited capacity groups based on age and merit and to ensure a safe and inspiring experience.

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 with special guest artists and the award-winning company members of NW Dance Project 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. After the lunch break, dancers will participate in repertoire, improvisation, composition, and choreographic development sessions. Informative discussions with our artists on career and college planning and the daily work-life of a professional dancer will also be offered. Participating dancers will be split into groups by age and merit in order to facilitate increased individual attention and direction.

NW Dance Project’s Summer Dance Platform will be held at our beautiful state-of-the-art Creative Center (211 NE 10th Ave., Portland OR 97232).

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

Repertoire Platform – JUL 19 to 30 / 2021
Tuition: $1375 USD
Choreography Platform – AUG 2 to 13 / 2021
Tuition: $1375 USD
Combined Platform – JUL 19 to AUG 13 / 2021
Tuition: $2450 USD

Due to limited capacity (following COVID-19 protocols, we may have to prioritize those dancers applying for the full 4 week combined platform.

Questions? Please email Kylie Dimick at info(at)nwdanceproject(dot)org. No phone calls, please.

We plan to hold our annual 2021 Summer Dance Platform (SDP) programs in-person but will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation through the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Oregon Health Authority.

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 in person program.

Each day will start with a ballet class followed by a contemporary technique class. After the lunch break, dancers will participate in repertoire, improvisation, composition and choreographic development sessions. Informative discussions with our artists on career/college planning and life of a professional dancer will also be offered.


With the pandemic preventing live auditions this year, dancers are accepted into our Summer Dance Platform by a virtual or video audition process.

Dancers can audition for inclusion in our 2021 Summer Dance Platform either through a live virtual audition or by submitting a video audition. NW Dance Project has a limited number of spots available in our Summer Dance Platform due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Acceptance into the program will be highly competitive. We encourage all applicants to apply early as we will prioritize enrollment on a rolling application basis.
All dancers applying must be at least age 14 by July 19 / 2021. No exceptions will be made.

Audition results will be sent by email within one to two weeks following the audition. Accepted students are required to confirm their spot and submit their deposit by the registration deadline in their acceptance email. We will have a waitlist for dancers not immediately accepted in the program. Accepted applicants who have not submitted their registration will have their place offered to dancers on the waiting list.

LIVE VIRTUAL AUDITIONS – limited capacity
Sunday JAN 24 / 10AM – 12PM PDT – full
Sunday FEB 7 / 10AM – 12PM PDT – full
Sunday FEB 21 / 10AM – 12PM PDT – full

Dancers will need to pre-register via our online platform at least 48 hours prior to the virtual audition date.
Please be prepared to upload audition materials:
– résumé
– full body dance photo
– headshot photo

Participants taking part in our virtual auditions will need access to a strong internet connection and have Zoom (downloaded on their device). Please make sure the camera on your device is set so that we can see you move and that you can hear us. We understand that not everyone has access to a studio for the auditions. We will take your space and floor conditions into consideration during the audition. A Zoom link will be sent via email 24 hours prior to the audition start. Please make sure you are signed in at least 15 minutes prior to start.

Dancers will need to pre-register for virtual auditions at least 48 hours prior to the audition date.

Our preference is for dancers to attend a virtual live audition but if you cannot attend, we will accept a video audition.
Dancers will need to register on our online platform.
Please be prepared to upload audition materials:
– résumé
– full body dance photo
– headshot photo
– audition links (Vimeo preferred) – Footage should be of clear viewing quality and shot as recent as possible prior to submission. Videos filmed in alternative studio settings are accepted. Videos should not exceed 5 minutes in length total (including all 3 links). Dancers may submit up to 3 links per video audition.

Ballet – 16 counts of each of the following center combinations:
– Tendu
– Adagio
– Pirouettes
– Jump combination: small, medium, or grand allegro (dependent on space allocation)
Contemporary – 1.5-2 minutes of contemporary choreography
Improvisation – 1-minute improvised solo

Please send all materials by MAR 15 / 2021. We do recommend applying early as we have limited capacity and are prioritizing applicants on a rolling basis.

Questions? Please email info[at]nwdanceproject[dot]org. No phone calls, please.


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

Studio suites are two studios connected by a kitchen and bathroom. Ondine Hall has a TV lounge and open seating area. Victor’s Dining Hall is located in the lobby and provides all-you-care-to-eat with an ever-changing menu that includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options during all meal periods. All participants staying at Ondine Hall / PSU are based on single occupancy to maintain strict campus COVID-19 protocols. Guests staying at Ondine Hall must follow all PSU’s safety guidelines. Linens are provided for every guest. Each guest will have a pillow, blanket, sheet set, and towel set available in their unit at check-in. PSU provides a linen exchange on Monday & Thursday of each week. Guests may exchange their used linens for clean ones at Summer Housing & Conferences desk. Additionally, each unit will have a desk lamp, box fan, toilet paper, and garbage bags.

Portland State buildings are closed to the public. At check-in, each guest will be issued a room key and access badge. Ondine Hall is a secure building and all exterior doors and elevators are card access only. No guests are allowed in the rooms.

This year, due to restrictions and pandemic-related complications, we are unable to offer chaperoned housing accommodations for dancers under 18.
For dancers 18+
4 week – 2021 Housing + Meal Plan: $2650* USD (following COVID-19 safety protocols and State guidelines)
*If students 18+ opt out of the meal plan, housing would be $2050 USD