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For those who dream of becoming a ballet dancer, The Portland Ballet is holding auditions for new students Aug. 4. Get signed up now for the free auditions.

COURTESY PHOTO - Dancers ages 8-22 can audition Aug. 4 for placement in The Portland Ballets Curriculum and Career Track programs.

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The Portland Ballet will hold auditions for new students, ages 8-22, for the 2019-20 Curriculum and Career Track programs Aug. 4. Auditions will be held at TPB's studio, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway. There is no registration fee.

The audition is for new students only; current TPB students are not required to audition. The curriculum program is for ages 8-18. The Career Track program is for career-focused students ages 14-22. Audition forms will be provided at the time of audition, and digital photos will be taken during registration. Dancers should not bring resumes or headshots.

Opportunities to perform in professionally produced shows this season will include a world premiere of "Petrushka" by former New York City Ballet soloist Tom Gold, "Firebird" by John Clifford, a piece by George Balanchine, and a collaborative work with Sebe Kan, a West African youth dance and drum group. The Portland State University Orchestra, under the direction of Ken Selden, will perform live at all of TPB's traditional Thanksgiving weekend shows, celebrating 11 years of collaboration.

Auditions will be held Aug. 4. Dancers ages 8-11 will register at noon for a class from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dancers ages 12-22 will register at 1:15 p.m. for a class happening from 1:45-3:45 p.m. Dancers en pointe should plan to attend the later class.

Girls should wear a simple leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers or pointe shoes. Boys should wear black tights, a white T-shirt/leotard and ballet slippers.

For more information, visit theportlandballet.org or call 503-452-8448.

Considered a world-class ballet academy, The Portland Ballet is committed to fostering the future of ballet by building the next generation of dancers and audiences. Founded in 2001, TPB is shaped by the vision, artistic experience and family-centered sensibility of the founding directors. Artistic Director Nancy Davis and Executive Director Jim Lane trained at the School of American Ballet and enjoyed distinguised professional careers in companies throughout the nation. After retiring as principal dancers of the Los Angeles Ballet — where their relationship onstage led to a marriage and family off the stage — they moved to Portland and founded The Portland Ballet.

Graduates have carried TPB's reputation for excellence into professional companies and conservatory programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.


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