OBT L.A.B (Learn About Ballet)

OBT L.A.B. (Learn About Ballet)
OBT L.A.B. students watch as a Sugar Plum Fairy tutu is readied for a performance. Photo by Rachel Austen.

One of Online-Education.net's Top 15 Field Trip DestinationsOBT L.A.B. is an outreach program that is targeted for grades K-1. Dance is explored in the classroom, the dance studio and in performance. The name represents two important themes:

To Learn About Ballet is the goal of this program; exposing children to the basic concepts of dance and the key features that inform ballet, specifically its vocabulary, history, and communication in story dances. 
A lab is a place in schools where: new ideas are explored, connections created, improvisations occur, surprises happen, and discoveries are made. OBT L.A.B. intends to do just that with this two-week residency program that weaves dance and academics.

During each residency, students work with an OBT Teaching Artist to explore movement, creativity, and imagination.  The goals of this program are to both increase students’ and teachers’ exposure and knowledge, and to identify students who may have tremendous potential to develop as ballet dancers.

OBT L.A.B. offers three on-site classes a week for two weeks at each school.  Students are introduced to ballet through creative movement, music, rhythm, and history.  They will practice processes that connect thoughts to actions. As part of the program, participating schools are invited to visit OBT studios to meet our artistic director, and see the company dancers in action.  Participating classes are invited to attend our Student Performance Series at the Keller or Newmark Theatres free of charge. In addition, the rest of the school is invited to attend for half price. 

Following an audition process, students who demonstrate significant potential and interest may be offered the opportunity to study dance through merit scholarships to the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. 

GRADES K - 1 / Pricing


“Thank you for the free bus. Thank you for the free performance. Thank you for the free dance lessons. Hannah taught me dance lessons. Hannah you were nice to me. Thank you for the shows. Hannah you worked hard. - First grader, Jason Lee, 2008


Oregon Ballet Theatre endeavors to provide dance education that is both excellent and exciting. To keep user fees affordable, many programs are supported by generous donations to OBT's Education & Outreach programs.

OBT L.A.B. is offered without cost to participating schools due to the generous support of the Kuse Foundation.

Regional Art & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland,
Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund. Work for Art,
including contributions from more than 75 companies and 2,000 employees.
Oregon Arts Commission
National Endowment for the Arts

Regional Arts and Culture Council

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This programming is supported in part by a grant from the
Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.


William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation
Anne A. Berni Foundation
The Boeing Company
Clark Foundation
Northwest Natural

OnPoint Community Credit Union
Pacific Power Foundation
PGE Foundation
Wintz Family Foundation
Juan Young Trust

Kasandra Gruener, MA
Director of Education & Outreach

OBT / National Endowment for the Arts Oregon Arts Commission Regional Arts & Culture Council Work for Art Portland Monthly
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