The Portland Ballet Premieres The Wardin Studios at Smash-Hit Gala!
Over 300 people attended The Portland Ballet’s Grand Re-Opening Gala on January 25, smashing attendance expectations and welcoming a new era for The Portland Ballet. TPB’s Youth Company performed twice to standing-room only audiences. The show included performances of Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, When I Close My Eyes, and other works, as well as original piano compositions by Principal Pianist Robert Huffman.
Video by Hot Flash Films PDX
Apart from the dancing, guests got the opportunity to view the new studios – over 75% expanded since 2013. New dressing rooms, administrative space, and of course refitted dance spaces were on display. Patrons and guests broke in Studio C with champagne and snacks from local Hillsdale businesses such as Baker & Spice and Food Front. The Gala surpassed expectations, said Managing Director Jim Lane. “This really showed off the direction that TPB is headed,” said Lane. “We’re ready for the next step.”
Auditions for the Summer Ballet Intensive are coming in March
Dancers are busy preparing for the competitive Summer Ballet Intensive (SBI) auditions, coming March 9 to the TPB studios. These auditions qualify dancers to take part in a four-week summer program, which provides intensive training in a challenging and disciplined environment.
SBI dancers receive concentrated, individual attention from teachers and choreographers. The program offers core/stretch classes, ballet technique, pointe, variations, men’s technique, partnering, modern, jazz, and character, as well as a lecture series that includes music appreciation, dance history and dancer wellness. Dancers spend the last part of each day in workshop rehearsals, preparing for the performance at the end of the program.
Dancers can audition in person at The Wardin Studios on March 9 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm; the auditions cost $25. Out-of-state dancers can send in video auditions by March 9. For more information on the upcoming SBI auditions, please visit The Portland Ballet’s website.
TPB Dancers Will Premiere New Work at SOAR Concert
The Portland Ballet has teamed up with Polaris Dance Theater and Hot Flash Films PDX to help produce a concert and documentary film finale for SOAR. This amazing documentary tells the story of two sisters, both dancers, with unique challenges and an inspiring relationship. Hot Flash Films PDX has followed the dancers for two years – and now, a Kickstarter campaign is helping to fund the end of the film.
The evening will feature TPB dancers in original contemporary choreography - six dancers in an all new work choreographed by Anne Mueller, created specifically for this event (for more on Anne and why we’re excited about her choreography, see below). In addition, the evening will feature dance by Polaris Dance Theater, the Jefferson Dancers, Kemba Shannon Ensemble, & the stars of SOAR, Kiera and Uriah, in the piece that inspired the film, choreographed by Melissa St. Clair. Hot Flash Films PDX will film the concert live as the culmination of the documentary.
The event takes place Monday, April 21st at Portland’s Newmark Theater. Tickets will be on sale soon, so stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, watch the video and donate now to the SOAR Documentary & Dance Concert on Kickstarter!
Anne Mueller joins The Portland Ballet with new Open Ballet Class
The Portland Ballet is adding new instructors to its already prestigious faculty. The expanded studio means TPB has more space for jazz, modern, and additional ballet options. The first new class to appear on the schedule is Open Ballet, led by former OBT dancer Anne Mueller.
Mueller danced professionally for 18 years, including many with Oregon Ballet Theatre. She helped found the Trey McIntyre Project, and served on the artistic staff at OBT as Artistic Coordinator, Director of Artistic Operations, and Interim Artistic Director. Anne is currently is Managing Director for Bag & Baggage Productions, as well as a guest artist and choreographer.
Mueller’s Open Ballet Class runs every Saturday at 10 AM. Meanwhile, TPB favorite adult classes will continue, including Josie Moseley’s Modern class, Mondays at 10 AM. Keep your eyes and ears open for more Open Class options coming soon to The Portland Ballet!
Creative Ballet Classes Now Available for Spring
The ever-popular Creative Ballet sessions start next week – and spaces are filling fast. In Creative Ballet, the littlest dancers learn cooperation, creativity, and self-expression in a fun and safe environment. The sessions are already selling out, so sign up now to reserve your spot!
WEDNESDAYS 3/5 – 4/30
12-12:45 (ages 3-4)
12:45-1:30 (ages 5-6)
SATURDAYS 3/8 – 5/3
8:30 -9:15 (ages 3-4)
9:15-10 (ages 5-6)
SUNDAYS 3/9 – 5/4
9-9:45 (ages 3-4)
9:45-10:30 (ages 4-5)
10:30-11:15 (ages 5-6)