Dance Matters
Dance Matters program in a local school

As part of Oregon Ballet Theatre’s ongoing commitment to help provide movement education to as many youth in the metropolitan area as possible, we have offered our instructional services to programs and agencies that meet the needs of children and youth who have experienced compromising circumstances. Delivered in collaboration with therapeutic treatment staff and public school instructors, highly qualified OBT teaching-artists open the art of dance to these students since 1991. Occurring at early intervention, day treatment and residential centers where academics are offered, students, aged 4 - 20, are encouraged to learn about the basics of dance and its relevance in their life: instilling physical confidence, rejuvenating self-esteem, trust and the pure joy of movement in a safe environment.  This program, available by application only, supports the idea that children may reclaim a sense of wholeness when they connect their mind, body and spirit during dance exploration.  Classroom teachers experience curriculum enrichment and deepen understanding of their students from this collaboration. 

AGE: 4 - 20

Call for available times
503.227.0977 x212
or email outreach@obt.org


"I have witnessed first-hand the positive theraputic impact and shear exuberance that our students experience with every visit." - Anne Furfey, Occupational Therapist, Portland Public Schools


William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation
The Boeing Company
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PGE Foundation
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation
Juan Young Trust
Wells Fargo
Work for Art
Wintz Family Foundation

Kasandra Gruener, MA
Director of Education & Outreach

Photo Gallery of images from the Dance Matters program
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