West Linn Campus Closure Announcement – June 4th, 2020

Dear OBT School Students and Families,

Your OBT School staff has been working tirelessly to maintain a sense of continuity for our students, and we are certainly enjoying seeing your dancers participate in our Google classroom and Zoom online classes.

A difficult decision has been made and unfortunately effective immediately our OBT School West Linn campus will close permanently due to consequences relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The OBT School West Linn satellite has experienced so much growth and progress within the past few years, including scheduling senior faculty, hosting ballet intensives throughout the year, and adding new classes and levels to the programming. The West Linn Junior Intensive held in the summer weeks has also grown into a full day program for our Levels 1 and 2 students. Unfortunately, those recent gains are not abundant enough to withstand the recent health and safety challenges we are all facing.

We certainly hope that you will continue to study ballet at Oregon Ballet Theatre. All students wishing to transfer enrollment from West Linn to our Portland campus will be warmly welcomed as we consolidate and ‘Dance On. Dance Strong’! Summer programming scheduled for West Linn will be integrated into the summer programming in Portland – content and details to follow.

For fall session registration, West Linn students wishing to transfer to our Portland campus will be given priority enrollment consideration and will be embraced as they join the main campus. The need for sensible consolidation and stewardship of resources is apparent. We welcome your feedback, questions, and thoughts as we navigate this passage in time toward a very bright future for OBT.

Yours sincerely,

Marion Tonner, OBT School Director
Kevin Irving, OBT Artistic Director

School Closure and Online Class Update – April 10, 2020

Dear OBT School Students and Families,

We write to update you that with the April 8 announcement from Governor Brown extending the statewide school closures through June 6, OBT School is following suit regarding the continued suspension of all in-person classes, workshops, rehearsals, and activities.

Our staff is compiling resources and information for our student body to offer a personal conditioning regimen from home. These online resources are being compiled to encourage everyone to stay connected to, inspired by, and engaged with OBT and the art form in the weeks to come. Our online learning platform is called OBTS CONNECTS! Currently registered students have received an e-mail with further information on how to participate in this thoughtfully currated content.

OBT School is optimistic that the length of this interruption will be sufficient to avoid any spread of the virus, with classes and programming planned to resume fully for this summer in line with Portland Public Schools District, as well as state and local best practices. We so miss seeing all the happy and engaged young dancers in our studios!

OBT remains committed to ensuring that our community continues to be safe and healthy.

In good health,

Marion Tonner, OBT School Director
Kevin Irving, OBT Artistic Director
Michael Greer, OBT Executive Director