Workshops & Classes

OBT School offers a wide variety of opportunities for adults who would like to begin or continue their study of dance and physical fitness. Whether you are a beginner ballet dancer or an experienced dancer looking to hone your technique, we hope you’ll join us! Participation is open to students ages 15+.

Workshop Descriptions

Adult Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop
This class is an excellent introduction to ballet with an emphasis on body alignment and the proper execution of ballet steps.

The student will learn the very basics of ballet technique in the structure of a traditional ballet class. The class begins with barre work, consisting of pliés, tendues, jetés, and ronds de jambe. These movements are taught slowly so the student understands the importance of muscle development for strength and rotation. Barre work is concluded with stretching before class resumes with center floor work. Center exercises reinforce the barre work, and port de bras is added. Small jumps are introduced. The class ends with a traditional révérence.

The completion of at least two workshop sessions is recommended to ensure student confidence before moving into Beginning Ballet.

Adult Beginning Ballet Workshop
This class is a continuation of Adult Absolute Beginning Ballet. Participation in at least two terms of Absolute Beginning Ballet or former training is recommended prior to entry. Students new to our Adult Program may begin this class only with instructor approval (please call for placement procedure).

Elementary Ballet’s class structure is always consistent, repeating and building onto prior knowledge of technique. Port de bras is added to pliés, tendues, and jetés, and these movements are executed at a faster tempo and in 5th position. Frappés, fondues, and grands battements are added to the barre work. Sautés and échappés are first introduced at the barre and then executed in the latter half of center work. Barre work always concludes with stretching. Simple adagio exercises are added in center work. Combining two or more steps make up exercises traveling across the room. The class ends with a traditional révérence.

Adult Intermediate Ballet Workshop
The completion of at least two terms of Elementary Ballet is recommended to ensure student confidence before moving into Intermediate Ballet. The class may also be suitable for experienced ballet dancers returning to ballet after a long break or injury.

This class includes barre work, stretching, and center work, including adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and grande allegro. Emphasis is placed on integrating more elements into combinations, including port de bras, epaulment, musicality, and artistry.

Adult Advanced Ballet Workshop
This class expands on our Intermediate level with more focus on artistry, intricate combinations and musicality, and strength building. This class is suitable for active and former professional dancers and intermediate and advanced dancers who have had at least five years of recent consistent training.

Classes are taught by the most sought after teachers in Portland, including OBT Artistic Director Dani Rowe, OBT Principal Rehearsal Director Lisa Kipp, OBT2 Program Director, and senior OBT faculty, including LeeWei Chao, Vanessa Thiessen, Zachary Carroll, Heather Jackson, and Joseph Wyatt.

To register for a workshop: Navigate to our  current schedule, and click the “Register” button under your selection. This will take you to our registration database. Select your workshop or session by clicking “Sign Up Now!” You will be asked to log in or create an account.

Next, you will be taken to the Make a Reservation screen which confirms the workshop you are enrolling in. After confirming it is the correct day and time click “Enroll.” In the Shopping Cart screen you will click Check Out to proceed to the Check Out/Place Order screen.

Once at the Check Out/Place Order screen you will be prompted for payment. Once this information is entered click Place Order and you registration will be complete.

For any questions about classes & workshops, or registration troubleshooting, please contact OBT School. | 503.227.6890