The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre

 

 


SUMMER PROGRAMS OVERVIEW


SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS

This summer the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre will be offering a special 3 week program tailored especially for its younger students. The program will offer students ages 3-11 the chance to experience the joys of ballet and dance under the guidance of SOBT’s professionally trained faculty.

PRE-BALLET & FIRST STEPS MORNING PROGRAM MORE INFO
June 22 – July 9, 2015 / Ages 3 - 7 / Morning Classes
Pre-Ballet and First Steps offer an introduction to music and dance.

SUMMER CAMP MORE INFO
June 22 – July 9, 2015 / Ages 8 - 11 / Half-Day
Daily ballet class as well as introductory classes in other dance forms and music.

PRE-POINTE WORKSHOP MORE INFO
July 21 - August 13, 2015 / Evening Workshop / Curently enrolled SOBT level 2 students / By placement class for students from other schools
Ninety-minute technique classes will focus on developing strength with a specific emphasis on pointe work.

SUMMER INTENSIVE

Ages 12 and older by audition only
6 Weeks (July 13 - August 22, 2015)
4 Weeks (July 13 - August 8, 2015)
2 Weeks (August 10 - 22, 2015)

The Summer Intensive is a full-day program featuring classes in ballet technique, men’s technique, pointe, pas de deux, variations, repertory, character, modern/contemporary and improvisation, among others. MORE INFO

Summer Camp
Photo by Bill Purcell

 

 

Summer Intensive
Photo by Bill Purcell


PRE-BALLET & FIRST STEPS MORNING PROGRAM / June 22 – July 9, 2015


Pre-ballet (Ages 3-4 & 5-6) & First Steps (Ages 6-7)

Classes at these three levels will meet twice a week over a 3 week period in classes that focus on movement and movement in relation to music. Students are taught to connect imagery with movement and begin to develop coordination, listening skills, and musicality. Students will also be introduced to the basic elements of classical dance. Each class will use the theme of a classical story ballet (such as Swan Lake, Cinderella, or The Sleeping Beauty) to explore movement and storytelling and will present an informal showing for parents on the last day of class. Classes will stress the joys of dance, music and movement in a fun and nurturing environment! No prior training is necessary for this program.

Schedule and Tuition:

Pre-ballet ages 3-4
Mondays and Wednesdays
9:00am-10:00am
3 Week Fee $105
Pre-ballet ages 5-6
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00am-10:00am
3 Week Fee $105
First Steps
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00am-10:00am
3 Week Fee $105

Registration:

For registration, please download the registration form HERE and return it to:

School of Oregon Ballet Theatre
Attention: James Holstad, School Administrator
818 SE Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Registration and payment deadline is April 30, 2015.  Please note, space and class size is limited and registration is based strictly on a first come, first serve basis. Registration for all levels is subject to a $35 registration fee. If the class for which you are registering is full, you will be notified and asked if you wish to be placed on the waitlist. 

Pre-Ballet & First Steps

HALF-DAY SUMMER DANCE CAMP / June 22 – July 9, 2015


For Levels 1 and 2 (students roughly ages 8-11), the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre is offering a special 3 week summer camp. Classes and workshops will take place Monday - Thursday from 10:00am - 1:30pm. Besides a daily 1 hour and 30 minute ballet class, both levels will experience classes in other dance forms. There will be visits to various OBT departments and the visits will include fun on-the-job projects. Students shouldn't be surprised if their favorite OBT company dancers stop by for informal visits throughout the camp! In addition, there will be daily dance based workshops that fuel creativity, expression and imagination in improvisation, compositional processes, and performing arts dance forms. The workshops will lead to an informal, in studio showing for parents on the last day of the camp. The workshops will focus on a theme to be determined but will be based on a classical ballet, a well-known story, or a popular piece of music.

The Summer Camp is open to anyone interested in participating ages 8 -11. Students will be placed in one of two levels on the first day of classes. Students currently enrolled at SOBT will be assigned to their current level, unless otherwise notified by the SOBT faculty.

Please contact the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre at 503.227.0014 or schoolofobt@obt.org for more information.

Camp Schedule and Tuition:

Levels 1 and 2
Monday – Thursday
10:00am – 1:30pm
Fee: 3 Weeks $630

Registration:

For registration, please download the registration form HERE and return it to:

School of Oregon Ballet Theatre
Attention: James Holstad, School Administrator
818 SE Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Registration and payment deadline is April 30, 2015.  Please note, space and class size is limited and registration is based strictly on a first come, first serve basis. Registration for all levels is subject to a $35 registration fee. If the class for which you are registering is full, you will be notified and asked if you wish to be placed on the waitlist. 

Pre-Ballet
Photo by Bill Purcell

PRE-POINTE WORKSHOP / July 21 - August 13, 2015


This summer, The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre is offering young dancers preparing to begin pointe a special four week workshop with classes three days a week, Tuesday - Thursday.  The ninety minute technique classes will focus on developing strength with a specific emphasis on pointe work.  The workshop is open to all students currently enrolled in level 2 at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre and by placement class for students from other schools.  Boys are invited to join the workshop as there will be no actual pointe work and much of the strengthening exercises will benefit all dancers in other aspects of their technique such as turns and jumps.

Together with the Summer Camp for Younger Dancers, young dancers can now have a full summer of dance at SOBT!

Please note, participation in this program does not automatically ensure a student will begin pointe in the Annual Session this fall.  SOBT is committed to putting students on pointe only when students are at a healthy point in their development to begin pointe work.

Current SOBT students need only fill out the registration form.  Students from outside SOBT please contact the school at schoolofobt@obt.org or 503.227.0014 for a placement class.

Class size is extremely limited for this workshop and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Workshop Schedule and Tuition:

Tuesday - Thursday
5:00 pm- 6:30 pm
Fee: $250 or $200 if registering for both the workshop and the camp
Pre-Pointe Workshop
Photo by Christopher Peddecord

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, men’s 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 SOBT’s entire year-round professional faculty, members of the Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 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 school’s 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:

SAMPLE SCHEDULE 1

9:00-10:30
10:30-11:00
11:00-12:00
12:00-1:00
1:00-2:30
2:30-3:00
3:00-4:30
Ballet technique
Break
Pilates/Core Strengthening
Lunch
Pas de Deux
Break
Repertory or Variations

SAMPLE SCHEDULE 2

9:00-10:00
10:00-10:30
10:30-12:00
12:00-1:00
1:00-2:00
2:00-3:00
3:00-4:30
Yoga
Break
Ballet Technique
Pointe or Men’s Technique
Lunch
Improvisation
Character

SAMPLE SCHEDULE 3

9:00-10:30
10:30-11:00
11:00-12:30
12:30-1:30
1:30-3:00
3:00-3:15
3:15-4:30
Ballet Technique
Break
Modern
Lunch
Ballet Technique
Break
Stage Make-up workshop

Students attending this year’s 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 OBT’s studios located in Southeast Portland, directly across the river and only minutes from Portland’s 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.

Auditions

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 schoolofobt@obt.org.

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.

Notification

Prospective students will be informed via email of SOBT’s 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 SOBT’s Summer Intensive by submitting a $500 non-refundable deposit.

Tuition

6 Weeks
(July 13 - August 22, 2015)
$2,205
4 Weeks
(July 13 - August 8, 2015)
$1,470
2 Weeks
(August 10 - 22, 2015)
$735

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.

Scholarships

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 schoolofobt@obt.org or 503.227.6890

Summer Intensive
Photo by Jingzi Photography

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