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Fall 2019 Term | September 17 – November 21, 2019

Full descriptions, prices, and schedules for adult workshops are below.

  • Tuesdays – Adult Elementary Ballet Workshop | 7:45 PM-9:00 PM
  • Wednesday – Adult Intermediate Ballet Workshop | 7:45 PM-9:00 PM
  • Thursday – Adult Novice Ballet Workshop | 7:45 PM-9:00 PM

To register for an adult class: New and returning adult students to OBT School are required to complete the 2019-20 Adult Class registration form. Click here to complete OBT School’s Adult Class registration form. Once you have completed this form you will be redirected back to this page where you can select your class from the schedule below and sign up by clicking “Register Here.”

Next, you will be taken to the Make a Reservation screen. 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.

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:

schoolofobt@obt.org | 503.227.6890


Adult Novice Ballet

September 19, 2019

Thursdays | 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM
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This class is an introduction to ballet with an emphasis on body alignment for 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 Elementary Ballet.

Adult Elementary Ballet

Starts September 17, 2019

Tuesdays | 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM

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This class is a continuation of Novice Ballet. 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

Starts September 18, 2019

Wednesdays | 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM

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


Class Details

Workshop Classes

  • Registration is required for all workshops.
  • A live accompanist is provided for ballet workshops to enhance movement and musicality.
  • New students will not be allowed to join a workshop in session after its third class unless approved by the instructor after a trial class ($17.00; non-refundable). If a student is given permission to join after the initial three weeks, all remaining classes will be prorated at $14.70 per class.
  • Drop-in students are not permitted in workshop classes.
  • Workshop classes must have an initial enrollment of 15 students to continue.