Welcome to
OBT Education and Community Engagement

Education and Community Engagement’s Mission is to:

  • SHARE meaningful, high-quality dance experiences with students, families, and communities
  • INSPIRE children and adults to use their bodies in new and different ways through dance
  • CONNECT with the community by removing physical and cultural barriers and providing greater access to dance
  • OBT Education and Community Engagement is dedicated to sharing the experience of dancers from all races and backgrounds who have had significant influence on ballet. We recognize ballet’s historically racial prejudice and female stereotypes. Teaching artists are at work undoing those stereotypes and helping all students see themselves as dancers.


    • In-person dance residencies resumed in public schools
    • Over 5000 students, educators and families served
    • 77% of schools are Title 1 Schools
    • 51% of students identify as BIPOC, 32% are emergent bilingual

    Thank you to our Foundation and Government partners!


    Oregon Cultural Trust logo
    Applied Materials Foundation
    Clark Foundation
    First Interstate BancSystem Foundation
    Hampton Family Foundation of the Oregon Community Foundation
    Hoover Family Foundation
    The H.W. Irwin and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation
    IQ Credit Union
    Multnomah Athletic Foundation
    Northwest Natural
    Pacific Power Foundation
    PGE Foundation
    Reser Family Foundation
    Starseed Foundation
    Wintz Family Foundation
    Zidell Family Foundation

    header photo by Brook Manning