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Summer Dance Platform

Rigorous, inspiring, and unique training experiences for professional and career track dancers

JUL 11 - AUG 5 | 2022

Spend 4 enriching weeks with NW Dance Project in an open and safe studio, connect with other dancers and artists, be inspired, and activate your artistic and physical practices in a spacious and stimulating environment.

We have re-vamped our previous projects (LAUNCH + MOVE) and this summer we are offering two separate platforms MOVE and PRO to engage artists Participating dancers will be split into groups by age, merit and experience in order to facilitate increased individual attention and direction.

Dancers will work with NW Dance Project’s extraordinary guest artists, directors and award-winning company members as they are mentored to push and develop their creativity, ideas, and versatility.

“Some of the best dancers you will ever see.”

Calgary Herald

Move Platform

Geared for dancers pivoting to professional career

Dancers AGE 18+ can audition for this platform – we are prioritizing dancers completing college/conservatory training
9:00AM to 5:00PM
12:00PM to 4:00PM (SAT only)

Pro Platform

Geared for dancers to train, develop and grow in the contemporary dance form

Dancers AGE 14+ can audition for this platform
9:00AM to 5:00PM
12:00PM to 4:00PM (SAT only)

General Information

We’re looking for dancers who are curious, open and desiring opportunities to push beyond their current capabilities. Dancers need to be physically fit for the rigor and intensity required in our SUMMER DANCE PLATFORM. This includes having the stamina to be fully active for up to 8 hours per day for our in person program.

Today’s dancers are asked to improvise, reinvent steps, switch up phrases, change musicality, and make impulsive, artistic choices. Technique alone is not enough — dancers must also now be creators. Dancers will train while being immersed in professional technique classes and experience the creative process, repertoire, improvisation, and movement styles that are necessary tools for every dancer. This intense, hands-on month of training will provide dancers with the insights, improvisational skills, and creative tools that are needed by the most sought-after companies and choreographers of today.

Each day will start with a ballet class followed by a contemporary technique class. Dancers will be mentored and participate in repertoire, improvisation, composition and choreographic development sessions Monday to Saturday. Informative discussions with our artists on career planning and life as a professional dancer will also be offered.

NW Dance Project has a limited number of spots available in both of our MOVE and PRO PLATFORMS. Acceptance into the program will be highly competitive. We encourage all applicants to apply/audition early as we will prioritize enrollment on a rolling application basis.

NW Dance Project is committed to offering a supportive and encouraging environment so that each dancer can develop and discover their unique creative voice. All participants must be fully vaccinated and comply with our organization’s masking mandates.



Dancers are accepted into our SUMMER DANCE PLATFORM through an audition process.


Pre-registration via our online platform is required for all scheduled auditions (in-person or virtual) and will close 48 hours prior to registration date. There is limited capacity requirements for both LIVE IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL LIVE auditions. We recommend early application.

Proof of vaccine

All participants will be required to provide proof of full vaccination (+ booster if applicable) for COVID-19 and be masked to participate in NW Dance Project in-person auditions and to be considered for acceptance into Summer Dance Platform. Proof of vaccination will be required during check-in on day of audition

There are 3 ways to apply / audition for our Summer Dance Platform.

  1. Attend an in-person audition
  2. Attend a virtual live audition
  3. Submit a video audition

Audition results

Audition results will be sent by email within one to two weeks following the audition. Accepted students are required to confirm their spot and submit their deposit by the registration deadline in their acceptance email. We will have a waitlist for dancers not immediately accepted in the program. Accepted applicants who have not submitted their registration will have their place offered to dancers on the waiting list.

All dancers applying must be at least age 14 by July 11 / 2022. No exceptions will be made.


PORTLAND OR JAN 29 / 2022 – spots open AGE 14 to 18 – 1:30 to 3:30PM AGE 19+ – 3:30 to 6:00PM

NW Dance Project’s Creative Center 211 NE 10th Ave Portland OR 97232

LOS ANGELES CA FEB 6 / 2022 – spots open AGE 14 to 18 – 1:00 to 3:00PM AGE 19+ – 3:00 to 6:00PM

Stomping Ground 5453 Alhambra Ave Los Angeles CA 90032

NEW YORK NY FEB 26 / 2022 – spots open AGE 18+ – 10:00AM to 12:30PM

NY City Center 130 W 56th St New York NY 10019

Please be prepared to upload audition materials: – résumé – full body dance photo – headshot photo – proof of vaccination (photo / scanned – jpg preferred)


JAN 23 / 2022 – limited capacity AGE 14 to 18 – 1:00 to 3:00PM PST AGE 19+ – 3:00 to 5:30PM PST

FEB 13 / 2022 – spots open AGE 14 to 18 – 1:00 to 3:00PM PST AGE 19+ – 3:00 to 5:30PM PST

Please be prepared to upload audition materials: – résumé – full body dance photo – headshot photo – proof of vaccination (photo / scanned – jpg preferred)

Participants taking part in our virtual auditions will need access to a strong internet connection and have Zoom (downloaded on their device). Please make sure the camera on your device is set so that we can see you move and that you can hear us. Lighting is extremely important – we want to see you. We understand that not everyone has access to a studio for the auditions. We will take your space and floor conditions into consideration during the audition. A Zoom link will be sent via email 24 hours prior to the audition start. Please make sure you are signed in at least 15 minutes prior to start.

Dancers will need to pre-register for virtual auditions at least 48 hours prior to the audition date. Registration will open soon.


Our preference is for dancers to attend an in-person or virtual live audition but if you cannot attend, we will accept a video audition. Dancers will need to register on our online platform. Registration will open soon.

Please upload all video audition materials by MAR 14 / 2022. We do recommend applying early as we have limited capacity and are prioritizing applicants on a rolling basis.

Please be prepared to upload audition materials: – résumé – full body dance photo – headshot photo – proof of vaccination (photo / scanned – jpg preferred) – audition links (Vimeo preferred) – Footage should be of clear viewing quality and shot as recent as possible prior to submission. Videos filmed in alternative studio settings are accepted. Videos should not exceed 5 minutes in length total (including all 3 links). Dancers may submit up to 3 links per video audition.

Ballet Link – 16 counts of each of the following center combinations: – Tendu – Adagio – Pirouettes – Jump combination: small, medium, or grand allegro (dependent on space allocation) Contemporary Link – 1.5-2 minutes of contemporary choreography Improvisation Link – 1-minute improvised solo

Questions? Please email info[at]nwdanceproject[dot]org. No phone calls, please.