Check it out! Retired OBT Dancer and teaching artist Katarina Svetlova  recently had the opportunity to introduce Timber Players Eddie Johnston (left) and Futty Danso (right) to a different kind of fancy footwork at the sneak preview of our new Oregon Ballet Theatre “Beyond the Barre” ballet classes, launching at Oregon Athletic Club at Riverplace starting February 4th.

If Futty can do it… what’s stopping you?

We invite you to add a little grace to your workout routine with our brand new barre ballet classes, being taught Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Oregon Athletic Club at Riverplace.

Classes will be in 6 week sessions, with drop in rates available. Each class is 1 hour long and will be taught by OBT teaching artists Katarina Svetlova and Hannah Downs.

Focusing on increasing core strength, balance, flexibility and that elusive thing called grace, the Oregon Ballet Theatre class will center on key ballet concepts to create a one hour workout. Classes will include both a Barre and center floor component and require no previous ballet training to attend.

Here’s the details:

Regular classes:

  • Saturday at noon, starting February 4th
  • Tuesday 6:15 pm, starting February 7th


  • Members: $18/class (drop-in). $90 for  6-week session*)
  • Non-Members: $25/class (drop-in)*. $ $120 for 6-week session*)

*The six week session price includes one class per week for a total of 6 classes


Fitness Studio, main level

Oregon Athletic Clubs at RiverPlace

0150 SW Montgomery

Portland, Oregon 97201



Katarina Svetlova is a retired principal dancer who danced at Oregon Ballet Theatre and in Germany at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Ballett, one of Germany’s leading classical ballet companies. She is the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Artist of the Year award from the city of Dusseldorf. In recent years (January 24-26, 2008) she performed in the sold out White Bird series Josie Moseley Dance.  She has taught in the School of OBT and presently is a teaching artist for OBT’s Education Outreach programming.

Hannah Downs performed professionally in Colorado with Aspen Ballet Company, in Utah with Ballet West, and in Oregon most recently with Tere Mathern Dance for White Bird’s Uncaged series. She has a BA in Dance from University of Oregon and holds a 200 hour teaching certification from Yoga Union.   Hannah, a teaching artist since 2000, presently teaches at PCC Sylvania and is an in-demand teaching artist with OBT’s Education Outreach department.


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