November 13, 2014
Dance Magazine features LAUNCH in its November 2014 issue and article on "Making Workshops Work" HERE

November 1, 2014
5 Dance Days is back! From DEC 29 through JAN 2, participating dancers 14+ can experience what it is like to be a Northwest Dance Project company member while sharpening their technique and learning valuable skills needed in today's dance world. Learn more HERE.

October 20, 2014
After a 2-year search, Northwest Dance Project has secured OUR NEW HOME - a 8,500 square foot facility in the heart of the city at NE 10th Ave and Davis Street! Build-out will be starting soon and the new creative center set to open in February 2015 will feature two professional and sprung dance studios, open lobby, fully equipped company dressing room, laundry area, large open offices, storage and production areas and changing areas for all our students! You can join our construction team and support of capital campaign HERE

August 15, 2014
We are proud and honored to announce that company dancer Viktor Usov has won a 2014 Princess Grace Award for dance! Northwest Dance Project now has THREE Princess Grace Award winners in the company: Andrea Parson (2010), Franco Nieto (2012) and now Viktor Usov (2014).
Read Willamette Week's post about the award and the company's successes.

May 1, 2014
We are proud to announce the winners of our 2014 Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition, Eric Handman and Lesley Telford who will both create new works during our LAUNCH: 9 project. Learn about these rising choreographers HERE

January 21, 2014
Calling Choreographers - We want to see your work! Submit to our sixth annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition.
Submission Deadline: March 28

January 5, 2014
We have announced the dates and auditions for our Summer Dance Intensive (14-18 yrs) and our ninth LAUNCH project (18+).

February 22, 2013
Portland Monthly
names Spring Performances one of "the season's 25 most exciting shows"

January 17, 2013
We have announced the AUDITION dates and details for our LAUNCH: 8 project as well as our Call For Submissions for our 5th annual Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition.
Come dance and create with us!

August 7, 2012
We can FINALLY announce that Northwest Dancer Project dancer Franco Nieto has won a 2012 Princess Grace Award! Given to only six dancers in the country each year (Andrea Parson is a 2010) winner, this award is incredibly prestigious and a tremendous honor. Bravo, Franco! PRESS RELEASE

January 22, 2012
We have posted info on our LAUNCH: 7 and fourth annual Pretty Creatives projects HERE.

November 24, 2011

November 14, 2011
Our piece from Ihsan Rustem, "State of Matter", has won the 2011 Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest, beating out nearly 200 other submissions! As the winner, the company will travel to London in late June of 2012 to perform the piece and the show is going to be included in the Olympics Arts Festival! Read The Oregonian's story on this honor HERE.

October 16, 2011
Incredible reviews of our NEW NOW WOW! show keep coming! The Oregonian notes "Each of the evening's three world premieres was greeted with enthusiastic applause, and for good reason: The works were absorbing, approachable, immersed in the stylistic mindset of contemporary international dance, and performed with joy and sharply honed skill. Artistic director Sarah Slipper's dancers just keep getting better -- sharper, more elastic, more self-assured." Full review HERE.
Willamette Week says "Northwest Dance Project can hold its own on a bigger stage...the dancers bring sound technical and artistic abilities to each new style they tackle." Full review HERE

June 15, 2011
Portland's Mayor proclaims Day of Recognition for Northwest Dance Project! Watch!

June 13, 2011
Read The Oregonian's glowing review of the show that notes "Summer Splendors" showcases the vitality and flexibility of artistic director Sarah Slipper's 10-dancer troupe, which performed a refreshingly varied and well-balanced suite." "Northwest Dance Project is on a high." "high-energy program" ... "The company is strong across the board, with an appealing blend of technique and personality, and the men especially are solid." HERE

May 6, 2011
Congratulations to the winners of our third annual Pretty Creatives Choreographic Competition, Marina Mascarell and Gregory Dolbashian, as well as to Pedro Dias who earned our Choreographic Residency Award and will create a new work on the company in the fall of 2012! All three are enormously talented and gifted and represent the next wave of important new dance makers.

April 25, 2011

At the 25 annual Hannover (Germany) Choreographic Festival (held April 23 & 24), the company (the only U.S. company of the 16 invited and the largest of the bunch) performed Ihsan Rustem's gorgeous "State of Matter" and won the Audience Award!!!


February 10, 2011


That's company dancer Andrea Parson on the cover of the February issue of Dance Spirit Magazine.

Check out her cover story HERE and the feature on the company HERE!



February 1, 2011
Artistic Director Sarah Slipper shares her thoughts concerning dancer video submissions and auditions in this month's Dance Magazine

January 23, 2011
We have announced the details of our LAUNCH: 6 project and auditions, as well as information on submitting to our third annual Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition.

Jan. 1, 2011
Our NEW HARLEQUIN SPRUNG FLOOR is in and it feels awesome! Along with the Cascade marley, this is the exact same floor that American Ballet Theatre uses. Come experience the difference - your body will thank you!

December 18, 2010
Read Willamette Week's review of our "Cool Yule" show HERE.

December 12, 2010
We have a Harlequin Liberty Panel Sprung floor system for our studio -- the BEST dance floor available.
We will busy laying the floor so the studio will be closed Dec 22 to Dec 26.
We can't wait for you to take class on it!

November 28, 2010
Several great summer dance programs are auditioning at Northwest Dance Project in Jan. and Feb.

November 23, 2010
We have announced the details of our LAUNCH: 5 project in January.

August 2, 2010
to company member Andrea Parson on winning a 2010 Princess Grace Award!!! Read the press release HERE.

June 21, 2010
Great Oregonian review from Catherine Thomas of our Summer Splendors show HERE.

June 8, 2010
KBOO's Dmae Roberts did a great interview with Sarah Slipper and James Canfield today about their pieces for our Summer Splendors shows and the other happenings at the Northwest Dance Project. Listen HERE.

June 1, 2010
CONGRATULATIONS to Project Company dancer Andrea Parson who is the subject of a great, full-page "On the Rise" feature in the June 2010 issue of Dance Magazine! Read the article HERE.

April 23, 2010
CONGRATULATIONS to the two amazing winners of our 2010 Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition, Loni Landon and James Gregg!

April 11, 2010
Interesting article in today's Sunday Oregonian featuring the Northwest Dance Project and other great North Mississippi Avenue businesses HERE.

March 15, 2010
Great review of our Spring Performances show in The Oregonian HERE.

March 8, 2010
Great article about company dancer Franco Nieto and our Spring Performances in The Columbian HERE.

December 17, 2009
Great preview in The Portland Mercury of our Waltzing + Wassailing shows HERE.

December 10, 2009
LINES Ballet Summer Program and Summer Dance Lab will be holding auditions in January 2010 at the Northwest Dance Project studio.

October 18, 2009
Oregonian review of our Fall Premieres show HERE.

October 15, 2009
Great preview of our Fall Premieres show on Portland arts blog Art Scatter HERE.

October 6, 2009
Join us for our special holiday "Waltzing + Wassailing" in-studio shows Dec. 18 and 19 with new dance works from local choreographers and live music from Portland's fabulous Vagabond Opera.

September 29, 2009
Calling All French Speakers: Join us for our special Dance / France event on Friday, October 9th! Come into our beautiful studio to enjoy French wine and cheeses while watching Paris-born choreographer and Artistic Director of the amazing Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, work with our Project Company on his latest creation. Following the rehearsal, host Sharon Kitzhaber will lead a discussion with Benoit-Swan about his art in his life, in French. Attendees will be encouraged to join the conversation - in French.

Friday, October 9, 2009
Northwest Dance Project Studio + Performance Center
833 N Shaver Street (at Mississippi Ave.)
6 - 7:30 PM
$20 ($10 students) suggested donation at the door

September 20, 2009
Just confirmed that Edgar Zendejas' new piece for our Fall Premieres show will feature a live performance of Bizet's "Récit et Romance" from The Pearl Fishers with piano playing by Bill Crane and operatic singing by Eric Stern of Vagabond Opera


August 20, 2009
review of our Summer Premieres show HERE.

August 1, 2009
TEENS - Immerse yourself in dance of all styles during Teen Dance! Week, Aug. 24 - 28. Please register at the studio by Aug. 21 to secure your spot.

July 28, 2009
Good news! We have just learned that we have received generous funding from the Oregon Arts Commission as well as Oregon's innovative program that allows you to double your contribution to arts and culture and no additional cost to you, the Oregon Cultural Trust.
We urge you to support these and all organizations that support the arts!

July 17, 2009
Another great article on the Northwest Dance Project in today's Oregonian HERE.

July 16, 2009
Fantastic article on the Northwest Dance Project in today's Portland Tribune HERE.

July 11, 2009
We had a blast today at Portland's largest party, the Mississippi Street Fair. Our Project Company dancers joined the 15,000 people who poured onto the street to teach free dance classes for kids and to bust out the moves in the streets. They were a real hit, especially with the event bloggers, as you can read and see HERE.

June 26, 2009
See pictures of the 4-day fixturing blitz and the results - our gorgeous new dance studio and performance center in the heart of Portland's super-cool Mississippi District HERE.

June 10, 2009
From Willamette's Week's Summer Guide: Aug. 14-15: Northwest Dance Project
Take some of the sharpest young dancers in the nation and mix 'em with a handful of powerhouse choreographers from around the globe and you've got Portland's own Northwest Dance Project. This August the program presents world premieres from a truly jaw-dropping quartet of choreographers: James Canfield, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Lucas Crandall, Chinese dance maker Wen Wei Wang, and Nederlands Dans Theater's Maurice Causey. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 8 pm Friday-Saturday. $20-$40.

June 3, 2009
After over five years as "gypsies" and nearly three of searching, we finally have a home! Beginning June 15, the Northwest Dance Project will be housed in the historic Mississippi Ballroom at 833 N Shaver (corner of Mississippi Avenue and Shaver Street). Our new dance center will serve as our dedicated studio and performance space. Read the Oregonian's Arts Watch story HERE and The Portland Observer's story HERE. Huge thanks to all for your support!

May 1, 2009
The best tickets for our August and October all world premiere shows are now available.
Get tickets to both programs and save 10%!

April 27, 2009
Great Pretty Creatives feature in May issue of Dance Magazine HERE.

April 20, 2009
The Northwest Dance Project has been selected to participate in Macy's annual Community Shopping Day on May 16 at their Washington Square location, 10 AM - 7 PM. We have $10 off coupons that come with a $500 shopping spree raffle ticket available.

April 16, 2009
We have announced the winners of our new Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition, Maurice Causey and Lauren Edson!

April 12, 2009
Northwest Dance Project featured in Spring issue of Dance International Magazine!

April 1, 2009
New class schedule and added classes for ALL dancers! Check out the CLASSES page.

February 14, 2009
We are proud to host a special Countertechnique Workshop Weekend with Angie Mueller of anoukvandijk dc on March 7 & 8 in Portland.

February 10, 2009
We have announced our guest artists roster for LAUNCH: 2 and our audition schedule.

January 30, 2009
Northwest Dance Project's LAUNCH program and dancers from LAUNCH: 1 in December are featured on Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's site - part of the cool "project52" video series.

January 25, 2009
Due to popular demand, Northwest Dance Project will offer unique Contemporary Ballet Classes led by Cristina Betts every Thursday. This innovative, two-hour class will take the dancer from classical barre to contemporary center, with movement that works in conjunction with the body's natural mechanics.

January 25, 2009
Visit our new FACEBOOK page and become a fan!

January 22, 2009
We have announced preliminary information about LAUNCH: 2 (July 8 - 16, 2009) as well as our new choreographic project, The Pretty Creatives. Details are on the PROJECTS page.

January 11, 2009
Northwest Dance Project presents a Special Contemporary Ballet Class led by Cristina Betts
This unique, two-hour class will take the dancer from classical barre to contemporary center, with movement that works in conjunction with the body's natural mechanics.

Thursday / January 15 / 2009 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Northwest Academy / 714 SW 11th Ave. / Portland
$15 / class card

December 18, 2008
Hop into the new year with our special hip-hop class led by Brittain Jackson on Jan. 2, 2009.

December 4, 2008
We are THRILLED and PROUD to announce that Northwest Dance Project has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!
The funds will be used to support the creation and premiere of three new works in 2009, including creations from Portland favorites James Canfield and Sarah Slipper, Northwest Dance Project's Artistic Director.
Northwest Dance Project was one of only two dance companies in the state of Oregon to receive this national funding and prestigious recognition.

December 1, 2008
Please join us for FREE PERFORMANCES in the beautiful rotunda lobby of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts

December 19 and 20, 6 pm
PCPA Lobby, 1111 SW Broadway

Featuring some of the best works from Northwest Dance Project's 2008 season as well as new dances from Northwest Dance Project's Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper.
Stay after Friday's performance to chat with Sarah and our dancers and enjoy some holiday cheer at the Art Bar!


We have announced the information and audition schedule for our new LAUNCH Project.


We are honored to announce that Cristina Betts has joined our teaching roster! Cristina will teach her first ballet class for Northwest Dance Project's fall season on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:30 pm. Our fall class schedule and updated weekly schedule details can be found on the CLASSES page.

CRISTINA BETTS, formerly with BodyVox, was Born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Cristina trained at Cornish College of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She received her first professional contract at the age of 18 with Oregon Ballet Theatre, under the directorship of James Canfield. She has worked with choreographers such as Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, Karole Armitage, Kabby Mitchell, William Whitener, and Balanchine Trust members Francia Russell and Vicky Simon. Cristina has also danced with Kansas City Ballet, Ballet West, Portland Opera and Seattle Opera. Cristina choreographed for Northwest Dance Project in 2007 and has taught for us on special occasions.


Northwest Dance Project is offering a special, free MASTER CLASS led by Northwest Dance Project's Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper, on September 6th. Northwest Dance Project open ballet classes resume September 15th.


See new PHOTOS and watch new VIDEO clips.


Northwest Dance Project is headed to Seattle!
The Company has been invited to perform at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, August 30, 2008. We'll share a dance bill with LAUNCH and perform Sarah Slipper's "A Fine Balance" at the Bagley Wright Theatre (Boeing Performing Arts Stage - 155 Mercer Street) at 1:30 pm.


July 2008 press

- The Portland Tribune ran a really nice article about the company and our recent PCPA performance.
- Just Out recently ran a great overview of our summer performances.
- Portland's free weekly, Willamette Week, came to the studio while we were gearing up for our big show at PCPA show. Read about it HERE.
- The Oregonian preview of our recent show at PCPA HERE.


As a famous flattopped Portlander used to say, "Free is a very good price!" So come see our amazing Company dancers in action, gratis on July 23 in downtown Portland.


The Northwest Professional Dance Project is thrilled to announce the addition of two remarkable artists to our 2008 season roster. Alejandro Cerrudo, a Madrid-born choreographer on the rise currently working with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, will create a new work on the company and Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director of Nashville Ballet, will join us for the 2008 Project period to teach our daily Project ballet classes, to conduct a master class open to the community, as well as to observe our pool of 30 talented young dancers.




Northwest Dance Project is delighted to see one of our 2008 choreographers, Azsure Barton, gracing the cover of April's issue of Dance Magazine. Named "a choreographer to watch," Azsure is an innovative and captivating dance maker with a long list of accolades and accomplishments. Azsure will create a new work for our shows July 11th and 12th, 2008, and we couldn't be happier that she is joining Northwest Dance Project this summer.


We are both thrilled and proud to announce that the Northwest Professional Dance Project has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. This three-year capacity building grant represents the largest single gift Northwest Dance Project has received and will be used to help support our new, full-time Executive Director position. This generous gift will go a long way towards increasing Northwest Dance Project's ability to serve young dancers, innovative choreographers and members of our community, and we extend our appreciative and heartfelt thanks to the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.


Northwest Dance Project is thrilled to announce our roster of incredible 2008 PC Choreographers.


We have announced our 2008 Project Guest Artist roster.


Congratulations to Northwest Dance Project guest artist and teacher, James Canfield, who has been named Interim Artistic Director of Nevada Ballet Theatre. Read about it here. James discusses what he has been up to lately and his work with Northwest Dance Project here. James will return to Northwest Dance Project to lead classes and create a new work on the company which will premiere July 11th and 12th at the Newmark Theater/PCPA.


Northwest Dance Project concluded an extraordinary opportunity to participate in a special intensive weekend workshop with Mary Oslund and Eric Nordstrom focusing on contemporary partnering and improv techniques for the professional dancer - everyone involved had an amazing time.


Northwest Dance Project is proud to have partnered again with the Boys & Girls Club! Northwest Dance Project dancers performed new works from Northwest Dance Project Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper, to help kick-off the organization's benefit evening at the Benson Hotel on February 21st. Northwest Dance Project was honored to take part in this amazing fundraising event for such a wonderful organization serving youth in our community.


Northwest Dance Project is now offering open, Community Ballet Classes at BodyVox Studio and the Northwest Academy Dance Studio in Portland.
Our Ballet Classes are open to area and visiting dancers 15 and older with intermediate to advance technique. These two-hour focused classes featuring live piano accompaniment are being led by Northwest Dance Project Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper, founding Oregon Ballet Theatre Director, James Canfield, Master Teacher Jason Davis and our esteemed Northwest Dance Project guest artists and dance mentors.


Northwest Dance Project has announced and posted our 2008 Project audition schedule and application form. This year, video auditions will not be accepted, so please be sure to make it to one of our sessions in New York, Chicago, Salt Lake City or Portland.


In an article about Portland's most notable female artists of 2007, Portland's weekly newspaper, Willamette Week, praised company dancer Olivia Ancona (pictured), stating she "stood out in an already high-level lineup at August's Northwest Professional Dance Project." The piece goes on to say "Ancona brought liquid lines and a cool dramatic intensity to her roles in Sarah Slipper's "The Nuisance of Being" and Luca Veggetti's "Ensemble for Somnambulists." Go Olivia!


Northwest Dance Project was thrilled to be a part of a Portland holiday tradition, the annual New Year's Eve Festive Concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Company dancers Viktor Usov, Andrea Parson, Andrew Smart and Carlye Eckert performed two new works by Northwest Dance Project's Founder and Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper, during this engaging and entertaining benefit for Sisters of the Road Café and Our House. The whole evening was a smashing success and the gorgeous cathedral was packed tight!


Northwest Dance Project's innovative and successful community outreach program, Dance Moves, continues to make positive differences in the lives of Portland area youth by bringing them our interactive dance exploration and emersion sessions. Following up on a great opportunity and experience with our friends at the Children Healing Art Project held at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Northwest Dance Project dancers and our Dance Moves staff took part in the amazing Dancing For Physical Therapy Month with instructional and fun movement sessions held at the Shute Park and Recreation Center in Hillsboro.


Northwest Dance Project is proud to be featured in the December 2007/January 2008 issue of Pointe Magazine. The article features amazing pictures from Blaine T. Covert of Northwest Dance Project dancers Andrew Smart, Amanda Phillips-Bosshart, Olivia Ancona, Viktor Usov and Colby Damnon, as well as quotes from Brittain Jarret Jackson, Kelly Ann Barton and Northwest Dance Project Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper.

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