The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre



SUMMER PROGRAMS: Summer Intensive 2015

General Information:

The Summer Intensive is a full-day program and is open to students ages 12 and older by audition only. It will feature classes in ballet technique, menís technique, pointe, pas de deux, variations, repertory, character, modern/contemporary and improvisation. Classes in Pilates, yoga, and strength training will also be a part of the curriculum as will seminars such as make-up, health and nutrition and dance history, among others.

The faculty will include SOBTís entire year-round professional faculty, members of the Oregon Ballet Theatreís artistic staff, principal dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre, as well as different guest teachers every two weeks.

Out-of-town students ages 14 and higher requiring housing will be housed in fully chaperoned dormitories on the campus of Portland State University, only a short distance from the schoolís studios. For those ages 12 and 13, students with be placed with a trusted host family. All housing requires additional fees outside of regular tuition. Weekend excursions and outings are included in all housing tuition.

Students will have a full day of classes Monday through Friday (9:00-4:30) and a technique class on Saturday morning. Samples of weekday schedules will be as follows:


Ballet technique
Pilates/Core Strengthening
Pas de Deux
Repertory or Variations


Ballet Technique
Pointe or Men’s Technique


Ballet Technique
Ballet Technique
Stage Make-up workshop

Students attending this yearís Intensive have the option of a six week session (July 13 - August 22, 2015), a four week session (July 13 - August 8, 2015), and a two week session (August 10 - 22, 2015).

The Summer Intensive takes place at OBTís studios located in Southeast Portland, directly across the river and only minutes from Portlandís dynamic city center.

Professional Division/OBT2

Advanced dancers attending this year’s Summer Intensive will be considered for acceptance to the Professional Division/OBT2, beginning in September 2015. The Professional Division is a select group of dancers who will be a part of the school but will also work with the company and form (along with the company apprentices) OBT2. OBT2 marks its first official year with the 2015/16 season. Dancers wishing to be considered for this program must attend the Summer Intensive for a minimum of 4 weeks (though 6 weeks is recommended), and admission is based solely on invitation from the artistic director and school director.


Entrance to the 2015 SOBT Summer Intensive is by audition only. Students can audition at one of our scheduled auditions or by video. All applicants must attach a headshot and a photo of a ballet pose of their choice to their application form. A $20 audition fee is required of all applicants (cash or check payable to School of Oregon Ballet Theatre are accepted).

Application forms will be available on audition day at audition locations or click below to download a video application form for video auditions.

Audition Tour: CLICK HERE for audition dates, times and locations.

Video Auditions: Prospective students from outside a 200 mile radius of an audition city may submit a video application. This video should show barre and center work (as well as pointe work for girls) and be no longer than 10 minutes. Advanced students have the option of sending a classical variation with their classroom work; this is not mandatory but encouraged if a student is applying for the Professional Division level or OBT2. A DVD, digital file or a Youtube link can be submitted as a video. Video applications require a headshot and a photo in a dance pose of your choice as well as a $20 application fee (check payable to School of Oregon Ballet Theatre). The Video Audition submission deadline is February 28, 2015.

Please download the Video Application Form here and include with your application. Applications may be submitted by mail or e-mail. Mailed audition materials should be sent to The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, Attn: School Director, 818 SE 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97214. E-mailed auditions should be submitted to

International Students

International students may apply for admission using the video audition information as stated above, or attend one of our scheduled auditions. International students who are accepted will need to obtain an M-1 visa through the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. An M-1 visa allows a student to study in the United States for a specified amount of time exclusively at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre.


Prospective students will be informed via email of SOBTís decision within two weeks of their audition date or two weeks after a video application is received. Students who are accepted to the program will have two weeks to confirm their place in SOBTís Summer Intensive by submitting a $500 non-refundable deposit.


6 Weeks
(July 13 - August 22, 2015)
4 Weeks
(July 13 - August 8, 2015)
2 Weeks
(August 10 - 22, 2015)

A $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $35 registration fee is required to reserve a spot in the Summer Intensive within two weeks of being notified of acceptance. All tuition is non-refundable.


A limited number of financial and merit scholarships are available. Please indicate on the application form if you are interested in receiving scholarship information. Preference is given to students attending the 6 and 4 week sessions.

For additional information please contact us at or 503.227.6890

Summer Intensive Dates:
6 Weeks (July 13 - August 22, 2015)
4 Weeks (July 13 - August 8, 2015)
2 Weeks (August 10 - 22, 2015)

Photo: George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15. Choreography by George Balanchine© The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Eric Griswold.

The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre