The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre Professional Program is a one to two year curriculum providing the experience necessary to ease the transition from student to professional dancer, in a small nurturing environment.
Under the direction of SOBT School Director Damara Bennett, Professional Program dancers participate in daily technique and pointe classes, as well as weekly men’s class, strength and conditioning, pas de deux class, and flexibility training. There are master classes taught throughout the year with notable teachers and choreographers, including representatives from visiting dance companies performing in Portland. Previous guests include Trey McIntyre, Nicolo Fonte, Lola DeAvila, Joan Latham, Yuri Possokhov, Yehuda Maor, Felipe Diaz Gomez, Francia Russell, Nikoloz Makhateli, Bruce Wells, Danica Sena, Leonid Shagalov and others.
Professional Program participants perform and rehearse classical and contemporary choreography from the repertoire of Oregon Ballet Theatre. These performances include outreach presentations at school and community centers as well as appearances at special events. Professional Program dancers understudy and perform many company roles throughout the repertoire, including George Balanchine’sThe Nutcracker, and Christopher Stowell’s Swan Lake. The year culminates in the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre student performance in late April/early May.
Past participants have gone on to dance with Oregon Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre,
Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre among other major national and international companies.
Positions are available for 4 men and 4 women for the 2012-2013 session, which includes a full scholarship to the 2012 SOBT Summer Intensive, July 2, 2012 – August 4, 2012.
Tuition for OBT’s Professional Program is $2,000 per year.
OBT'S COMPANY APPRENTICE PROGRAM
The Oregon Ballet Theatre Apprentice Program is for young dancers of outstanding ability who wish to further develop their skills in pursuit of a professional career in ballet.
Apprentices take company class every day along with school classes as determined by the Artistic Director. Apprentices perform and tour with the professional company, receive a weekly stipend, pointe shoes and per diem and hotel for performances outside the Portland area.
OBT apprentices have gone on to dance with almost every major company in the United States. It is important to note that 12 current company members were former company apprentices with Oregon Ballet Theatre.