Exposing the Choreographic Process

How do you create a ballet? International choreographer Nicolo Fonte is currently sharing that process with Portlanders at OBT Exposed in Pioneer Square. It is the company’s 25th anniversary season and in celebration, Mr. Fonte is choreographing a brand new ballet set to local musical favorite and internationally acclaimed Pink Martini. Mr. Fonte begins the… Read More

OBT Dancers at Burgerville

  It’s true – ballerinas enjoy a fresh, local, sustainably-produced burger and some sweet potato fries now and then, but our apprentice dancers were recently at Burgerville headquarters for a different reason.   In an ongoing partnership with Work for Art (a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council), OBT was recently engaged in Work… Read More


Well, here we are, just a few short days away from the actual beginning of the 2013-2014 season for OBT!  This is my first season here in Portland and I cannot express how eagerly I am awaiting the work that will start and the journey that begins when the dancers and I get together for… Read More

Dancin’ in the Rain at Oregon Dance Week

[Katherine Laidlaw, one of Oregon’s first professional dance instructors, in the Oregon, forest. 1920s. Image provide by Carol Shults] In 2011, Oregon Senator Bonamicci successfully introduced a bill to the Oregon State Legislature declaring the last week of April “Oregon Dance Week.” The week will feature free dance classes, studio rehearsals and an Oregon Choreographer’s… Read More