June 29 – August 8

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We are on our toes and remaining flexible in these uncertain times. OBT School is hopeful and excited for our summer programming to go ahead as planned. We look forward to greeting returning students and meeting new students this summer!

Marion Tonner, School Director

Please note, auditions for the OBT School’s 2020 Summer Intensive are now complete. If you were not able to attend, but wish to be considered for the program, please review our information on how to submit a video audition here on how to submit a video.

6 Week Session – June 29–August 8

4 Week SessionJune 29–July 25

2 Week SessionJuly 27–August 8

General Information

The senior Summer Intensive is a full-day program for students ages 12 and older by audition only. It features classes in ballet technique, men’s technique, pointe, pas de deux, variations, repertory, character, modern/contemporary, and flamenco. Classes such as Pilates, yoga, and strength training are also a part of the curriculum as are seminars such as make-up, health and nutrition and dance history.

The faculty includes OBT School’s entire year-round professional faculty, members of Oregon Ballet Theatre’s artistic staff, principal dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre, as well as various guest teachers.

Out-of-town students requiring housing will be housed in fully chaperoned dormitories on the campus of Portland State University, only a short distance from the school’s studios. Weekend excursions and outings are included in housing tuition.

Students will have a full day of classes Monday through Friday (9:00-4:30) and a technique class on Saturday morning. Samples of weekday schedules will be as follows:

Sample Schedule 1

9:00-10:30 | Ballet technique
10:30-11:00 | Break
11:00-12:00 | Pilates/Core Strengthening
12:00-1:00 | Lunch
1:00-2:30 | Pas de Deux
2:30-3:00 | Break
3:00-4:30 | Repertory or Variations

Sample Schedule 2

9:00-10:00 | Yoga
10:00-10:30 | Break
10:30-12:00 | Ballet Technique
12:00-1:00 | Pointe or Men’s Technique
1:00-2:00 | Lunch
2:00-3:00 | Improvisation
3:00-4:30 | Character

Sample Schedule 3

9:00-10:30 | Ballet Technique
10:30-11:00 | Break
11:00-12:30 | Modern
12:30-1:30 | Lunch
1:30-3:00 | Ballet Technique
3:00-3:15 | Break
3:15-4:30 | Stage Make-up workshop

Featured Guest Teachers:

William Glassman — Former Head of the Boys program at the Royal Ballet School for 20 years; former American Ballet Theatre Soloist Dancer
Roy Kaiser — Nevada Ballet Theater Artistic Director
Andrei Kisselev — Former Moiseyev Dancer
Stephanie Saland — Former Principal Ballerina of New York City Ballet and teacher/coach
Kevin Irving — Oregon Ballet Theatre Artistic Director

Summer Faculty:

Natasha Bar — Oregon Ballet Theatre School Faculty
Sarah Brown – Oregon Ballet Theatre Education Outreach Teaching Artist
Phillip Carman — Oregon Ballet Theatre School Faculty
LeeWei Chao — Oregon Ballet Theatre School Faculty
Lisa Kipp — Oregon Ballet Theatre Rehearsal Director; former Oregon Ballet Theatre Dancer
Elise Legere — Oregon Ballet Theatre School Faculty
Laura Onizuka — Flamenco Instructor and Dancer
Jessica Post – Oregon Ballet Theatre Faculty
Alison Roper — Former Oregon Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer; Choreographer
Lisa Sundstrom — OBT2 Program Director; Oregon Ballet Theatre School Faculty
Katarina Svetlova — Former Oregon Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer
Marion Tonner — Oregon Ballet Theatre School Director
Robyn Ulibarri – Oregon Ballet Theatre Education Outreach Teaching Artist
Allison Wales – Oregon Ballet Theatre Education Outreach Teaching Artist
Regina Wollrabe – Professional Mime and Clown Artist
Joe Wyatt – Former Oregon Ballet Theatre School Director; former Dance Theater of Harlem Principal Dancer
OBT Company Members


Students placed in Level 6 for OBT School’s senior Summer Intensive will be considered for OBT2. The OBT2 program is a select group of dancers at the top level of the school who also work with OBT’s professional company. OBT2 marked its first official year with the 2016|17 season. Dancers who want to be considered for this program must attend the Summer Intensive for a minimum of the first 4 weeks, though all 6 weeks is recommended, and admission is based solely on invitation from the Artistic Director, OBT2 Program Director and School Director.

International Student Experience

Aya Araki, current OBT2 member, shares her 2018 Summer Intensive experience.

Tuition – 2020 Program

6 Weeks – $3,450.00
4 Weeks – $2,315.00
2 Weeks – $1,185.00

A non-refundable deposit of one-quarter the tuition associated with the chosen session, plus a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee, included in the tuition price above, are due within two weeks of being notified of acceptance in order to reserve a spot in the Senior Summer Intensive.
All deposits, tuition and fees are non-refundable.
*OBT School offers a 10% sibling discount on tuition. Families registering more than one child will receive the discount on the second, third, fourth, etc. tuition amount. Please contact the school prior to registration in order to take advantage of this offer.

Housing – 2020 Program

6 Weeks – $3,315.00
4 Weeks – $2,210.00
2 Weeks – $1,105.00

Supervised Student Housing on the campus of Portland State University:

Students ages 12 and older requiring housing in Portland will be housed in fully chaperoned dormitories on the campus of Portland State University, Oregon’s only urban university.

This year’s housing on PSU’s campus will be at the Broadway Residence Hall, 625 SW Jackson St. PSU is located in beautiful downtown Portland and under two miles from OBT’s studios. PSU is centrally located with direct TriMet, Portland’s public transportation system, access to OBT and all other parts of the city. Students will utilize TriMet’s streetcar to and from our studios in Portland’s South Waterfront.

Broadway Residence Hall
This building comes with all the latest contemporary accommodations. The two-person studio units feature loft-like cement floors and other distinctive amenities. Amenities include: fee operated laundry facilities, dedicated high speed wireless internet, stove top (no oven), small refrigerator, computer lab onsite and lounge areas. There are 353 Units – 325 sq. ft., double occupancy, with an unfurnished kitchenette and bath. The Broadway features an eco-roof, one of the largest in the city of Portland.

Room and Board includes:
– Triple security (requires a key for building entry, elevator and room)
– Uniformed 24-hour campus security
– Experienced OBT School Resident Assistants on duty at all times
-Wireless internet access
-Twin beds – mattress, sheets, pillows, blankets, towels all provided. Students bring their own personal supplies including soap, shampoo and laundry detergent
-Breakfast and dinner provided daily. Students are required to provide their own lunches.
-Light snacks are available for purchase from the PSU campus store and Starbucks located on the first floor of the Broadway Residence Hall
– Common areas are cleaned by the PSU custodial staff
– TriMet transportation pass and weekend excursions

Please note housing is separate from Summer Intensive program registration – registering for the Summer Intensive does not reserve the student a place in the residence hall. Demand may exceed space available and therefore reservations will be made on a first come basis. In order to reserve a place at the residence hall, payment in full or a non-refundable advance deposit of one-quarter of the total housing price is required, payable online through MINDBODY. The deposit deadline is two weeks after notification of acceptance to the Summer Intensive program.

More information about housing is available by contacting the school. Upon acceptance to the Summer Intensive, students will receive a comprehensive housing packet with their registration forms, including information on student rules and regulations, airport transportation, extracurricular activities, etc.


A limited number of financial and merit scholarships are available. Please indicate on the Summer Intensive audition form if you are interested in receiving scholarship information.

From OBT’s School Director

Dear 2020 Summer Intensive Dancers,

OBT School is expecting another exciting Summer Intensive, and we are looking forward to having you join us! The daily schedule is rigorous and full. During the Summer Intensive weeks we are hosting a galaxy of guest teachers, including:

Mr. Kevin Irving, OBT’s Artistic Director, will also be sharing time with our upper level students during the first two weeks, by presenting workshops exploring the choreography of Nacho Duato.

Ms. Stephanie Saland, former principal ballerina of New York City Ballet, as well as teacher and coach.

Mr. Roy Kaiser, Artistic Director of Nevada Ballet Theater and former Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet joins us again this summer.

Mr. William Glassman, former Head of the Boys program at the Royal Ballet School for 20 years, in addition to having a stellar performing career with American Ballet Theatre.

Mr. Andrei Kisselev, former Moiseyev dancer, and amazing ballet and character dance teacher and choreographer.

Also guiding your progress during the 2020 Summer Intensive and joining School Director, Marion Tonner will be: Natasha Bar, Phillip Carman, LeeWei Chao, Lisa Kipp, Elise Legere, Alison Roper, Katarina Svetlova, Lisa Sundstrom (OBT2 Program Director), Joe Wyatt, and OBT company dancers.

Your schedule will include live accompaniment and classes in daily classical ballet technique, Flamenco, contemporary, repertory, pointe, variations, partnering, Pilates, conditioning, men’s class, character class, music education, classical mime, and dancer wellness.

We want you to have the best and most comprehensive experience with us. schoolofobt@obt.org.

We wish you all the best for a successful end of season!


Marion Tonner
School Director
Oregon Ballet Theatre


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