Student Performance Series
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Registration Required: Email outreach@obt.org or call 503-227-0977

Bring your class to the ballet!

Join us in the theater as we invite student grou ps of all ages to experience the joy and excitement of live dance performances during the school day.  In age-appropriate programs that feature OBT company artists and School of OBT dancers, students are given an opportunity to see fully produced works of ballet, which often include live music.

In concert with Oregon state standards for competency in the arts, OBT’s Education Outreach Department crafts thematic frameworks for each performance that support literacy in academic subject areas.  Participating groups may download multi-media support materials and OBT Education Outreach Study Guides free of charge.

NEW THIS YEAR! School groups may apply to receive a pre-performance presentation in their classroom by an OBT teaching artist that includes student participation and a post-performance reflection designed to get students thinking about how the arts impact our lives. This is great for groups that are new to ballet or for those who wish to expand and deepen the experience. Call today to schedule your school group—limited availability.

GRADES: K - 12
PRICING: Groups of 5 or less pay $10 per group. Groups of 6 or more pay $2.00 per seat.

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Each program presented to students in the 2013-2104 SPS season will explore various approaches to contrast in dance.

SPS Study Guide Fall 2013
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Study Guide HERE

Past and Present -
Por Vos Muero
October 17, 2013
noon - 1pm
Keller Auditorium

The Fall program looks at Past and Present. The audience will see the company premiere of Por Vos Muero, a work by Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato. In this piece, dancers take contemporary ballet movements back in time, transported by ancient Spanish music and poetry of the XV and XVI centuries. Spanish speaking students will have a treat to hear poetry spoken in Spanish within the piece — translation, dance words, and more key ideas will be explored in the downloadable Study Guide for this performance.

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The Lost Dance

Photo: Alison Roper, Kate Oderkirk and Makino Hayashi in Matjash Mroweski's The Lost Dance. Photo by James McGrew.

SPS Study Guide Winter 2014
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Study Guide HERE

Silence to Big Sound!
Almost Mozart + Bolero
February 27, 2014 / noon - 1pm
Keller Auditorium

The Winter program will explore how dance (and the audience’s experience) is impacted by dynamic variations of music—Silence to Big Sound! Students will see an excerpt of Almost Mozart—a work that was recently performed in Washington DC at the John F. Kennedy Center or the Performing Arts.

Photo: Alison Roper, Damian Drake and Paul DeStrooper in James Kudelka's Almost Mozart. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

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Almost Mozart

SPS Study Guide Winter 2014
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Study Guide HERE

Effects of Light and Color - Petal
April 23* & 24, 2014 / noon - 1pm
Newmark Theatre

*Wednesday, April 23 is SOLD OUT – seats are still available for Thursday, April 24!

How does lighting impact our experience of dance? What emotions or ideas come to mind when we add different colors? This show will explore these questions and more as we see Petal, choreographed by Helen Pickett, and other excerpts from our spring show.

Photo: Smuin Ballet's Jane Rehm and Jonathan Dummar in Helen Pickett's Petal. Photo: Keith Sutter, Smuin Ballet

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“The ballet dancers strength and balance showed a lot of the beauty of linear equipoise…” - Canby High School Student 2008

“WOW the Mandolin Dance was jaw dropping!” - Richard, Canby High School 2008

“I loved how you took a story so strange and turned it into a dance that was so amazing. Then you leave a message that says everyone needs to make an effort to help the environment. Thank you.” - Jeremy, Canby High School 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.

Some scholarship funding may be available for OBT's educational programming. Please call Kasandra Gruener, 503.227.0977 x212, for information.


If using Run for the Arts funds, please refer to  Young Audiences guidelines. Oregon Ballet Theatre is listed as a "Cultural Organization." Please call Kasandra Gruener, 503.227.0977 x212, for information.


William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation
The Boeing Company
The Clark Foundation
Northwest Natural
Pacific Power Foundation
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation
Juan Young Trust
Wells Fargo
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Wintz Family Foundation


Kasandra Gruener, MA
Director of Education & Outreach


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