Our pre-professional ballet program, OBT2, provides rigorous training and performance experience to facilitate the transition from student to professional dancer in a select group working creatively with the support of OBT School’s expert faculty, guest teachers, stagers, and choreographers.
OBT’s junior company, OBT2, is divided between OBT2 Artists and Trainees. OBT2 provides rigorous training and performance experience to facilitate the transition from student to professional dancer in a select group working creatively with the support of OBT School’s expert faculty, guest teachers, stagers, and choreographers. OBT2 performs throughout the state of Oregon through public performances and in professional OBT company productions. OBT2 is designed to give a true company experience.
OBT2 is a tuition-based program, however merit and need-based scholarships are available. Participation is 1-2 years. Admission to OBT2 is based solely on invitation from the Artistic and School Director.
OBT2 Artists are under the guidance of the OBT2 Rehearsal Director, and OBT’s Artistic and School Directors. OBT2 Artists participate in daily technique classes, taking class with OBT’s professional company once per week. The Member’s schedule is geared towards attending rehearsals with the professional company with the opportunity to join OBT2 Trainees in classes to supplement their schedules.
OBT2 Artists understudy and perform professional company roles throughout the season in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and other large-scale productions. In the spring OBT2 Artists perform alongside the Trainees and OBT School students in the school’s annual performance, On Stage at the Newmark Theatre. They also perform in OBT2 specific productions as a part of their Spring Tour which takes place at the end of the season, typically April through June. OBT2 Artists are given a shoe allowance to be determined at the beginning of every season.
Those ages 18 to 22 years old wishing to be considered as an OBT2 Member must be admitted to OBT School’s Summer Intensive in Level 6 and attend a minimum of the first 4 weeks, though all 6 weeks is recommended.
OBT2 Trainees are under the same guidance as OBT2 Artists. The tuition-based program aims to nurture and develop the technical skills and artistry of young dancers. This program will prepare them for a professional dance career by bridging the gap between students and OBT2 Artists. OBT2 Trainees take daily classes with OBT2 Artists, with class once per week dedicated to just to the Trainees. Their schedule also includes pointe class, men’s class, strength and conditioning, pas de deux, contemporary, and repertory.
OBT2 Trainees have the opportunity to be considered for performances with OBT’s professional company during the season. Trainees also perform with OBT2 Artists in the spring OBT2 Tour and the school’s annual performance, On Stage.
Those ages 16 to 20 years old wishing to be considered for the program must be admitted to OBT School’s Summer Intensive in Levels 5 or 6 and attend a minimum of the first 4 weeks, though all 6 weeks is recommended.