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A Nutcracker Tea 2016 Auditions

Sep.12, 2016
Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin (guest dancer from Ballet Idaho) and Mia Kimura

Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin (guest dancer from Ballet Idaho) and Mia Kimura (NWDT company dancer)

Nutcracker season is in the air! Guest dancer auditions for A Nutcracker Tea 2016 are open to the public, and will be held Saturday, September 24th, for ages seven and older at June Taylor’s School of Dance in Tualatin. Audition times are as follows (please allow one hour for each audition):

5:00 p.m. Ages 7 & 8
5:15 p.m. Ages 9 & 10
5:45 p.m. Ages 11 & older
6:30 p.m. Boys ages 7 & older

Performances will be held at the PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center on Dec 10-12 and December 16-18, 2016. Come be a part of this magical production! Please contact NWDT Student Coordinator Gail Anderson at (503) 925-3898 or via e-mail at nutcracker@nwdt.org for more information.

(Photo by Carrigg Photography & Design)

Performances & Tickets

Sep.1, 2016

A Nutcracker Tea

December 10-18, 2016

Tickets run $17-33 and go on sale October 17th, 2016

Performance times:

December 10th (Saturday) 2:00pm & 7:00pm

December 11th (Sunday) at 2:00pm

December 16th (Friday) at 7:00pm

December 17th (Saturday) at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

December 18th (Sunday) at 2:00pm

Performance venue: PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Photo by Carrigg Photography & Design

Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin (guest dancer from Ballet Idaho) and Mia Kimura. Photo by Carrigg Photography & Design.

Each December Northwest Dance Theatre presents its annual holiday production of A Nutcracker Tea, a family-friendly adaptation of the holiday story that follows Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a heartwarming journey through the Snow Kingdom and Land of Sweets. Paired with NWDT’s beautifully crafted sets and costumes, June Taylor-Dixon’s choreography creates the perfect holiday tradition and first-time ballet experience for family and friends of all ages. This charming production continues to warm the hearts of all ages as a holiday family tradition. In December of 2015, NWDT dancers performed seven sold-out shows and six community outreach programs. It was a magical experience for all NWDT dancers, directors, members, volunteers, and community patrons to share, give, and receive the beauty and power of dance.

To learn more about this production and NWDT’s community outreach programs, please contact 503-925-3898 or email tickets@nwdt.org for more information.

Spring Mixed-Bill Program

Performance dates and times TBA
Photo by James McGrew

Photo by James McGrew

Each year this family-friendly spring production has special something to offer everyone. Past spring mixed-bill programs have included Peter and the Wolf, Dennis Spaight’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Gloria” with special permission of the Dennis Spaight Choreography Trust, excerpts from Giselle, Paquita, Les Sylphide, and La Bayadere. The program has also featured contemporary works by Cameron Smith-Purandare, former soloist of Houston ballet and principal with Florida Ballet, and Laura Haney former BodyVox dancer and current director of the dance program and student company at the Multnomah Athletic Club.  The MAC Company Dancers have also joined us as guest artists performing works consisting of various contemporary styles including modern, jazz and hip-hop. 

For all these young artists, this program is a wonderful opportunity to learn new styles of movement and expand their understanding of dance as a performance art. With this sense of exploration and discovery, the spring mixed-bill program makes the richness of this art form tangible by creating a bridge between the classical and the contemporary for all ages to enjoy. To learn more about NWDT and future performance information, please contact 503-925-3898 or email office@nwdt.org for more information.

2016-2017 Season Company Auditions

May.3, 2016

We’re looking forward to beginning our 28th year this fall, and we’re inviting preprofessional young dancers to attend company auditions on May 20th and 21st, 2016, at June Taylor’s School of Dance! Company members have the opportunity to gain performance experience, work with innovative choreographers, explore different styles of dance, improve technique, increase choreography learning skills, and more. For more information, please contact us at 503-925-3898 or office@nwdt.org

NWDT Audition Flyer 2016-2017 pdf

Thank you all for a wonderful 2015-2016 performing year!

Apr.23, 2016

Thank you to our dancers, artistic directors, guest choreographers, guest performers, theatre crew, parents, and volunteers who made Peter and the Wolf and Other Works 2016 such a beautiful production! Thank you to the Dennis Spaight Choreography Trust for allowing us to perform Spaight’s magnificent “Rhapsody in Blue,” and thank you to Carol Shults for setting this brilliant work on our dancers with such great care and gracious support. And most of all, thank you to you, our audience and community members, for supporting our dancers and making NWDT’s 27th season possible. We are grateful for each chance to share our passion for dance with you!

We look forward to beginning our 28th year this fall and bringing the joy of dance to all of you!

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Dancing to connect: Meet Isabel Warnock

Apr.17, 2016
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Carrigg Photography & Design

With Northwest Dance Theatre’s mixed-bill production of Peter and the Wolf and Other Works this weekend, NWDT company dancer Isabel Warnock and her fellow dancers are enjoying the reward of many weeks of hard work. For Isabel, a senior who trains at June Taylor’s School of Dance and will graduate early from Tualatin High School later this spring, there is a sense of nostalgia and excitement as the beginning of a new chapter awaits her. Isabel’s devotion to dance and love of performing has made her a source of joy and inspiration for her peers and her audience. We are very proud of her accomplishments both onstage and off, and wish her the very best in her future academic adventures. We invite you to come see Isabel perform with Northwest Dance Theatre this afternoon at 2pm for Peter and the Wolf and Other Works.

1) When did you join NWDT?

I joined NWDT three years ago as a high school freshman.

2) What is your favorite company memory?

My favorite company memory is dancing in the Waltz of the Flowers. It was very important to me to be able to dance this, and I’m glad I was able to do it.

DSC001113) What do you love most about performing?

My favorite thing about performing is connecting with the audience. When I’m onstage, I feel there is a transformation in me. No matter what’s going on offstage, performing allows me to be at my best, give the audience my best, and put it all aside.

4) How has NWDT helped your dance training and academic studies? 

DSC02890My work with the company has helped me learn things quicker and understand things more clearly. It has also helped me learn to prioritize and, above all, it has taught me discipline. I have the discipline to go to class everyday and work hard to achieve my goals.

5) What are your plans for the future?

I’m undecided at the moment, but I have some time to continue exploring and make a decision. I’m looking at OSU to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine or Western Oregon for a career in Criminology.

Peter and the Wolf and Other Works will be held April 16 at 7pm to April 17 at 2pm at PCC Sylvania. Tickets run $12-18 ($10 for youth) and are available at nwdt.org/tickets. Please contact 503-925-3898 or email office@nwdt.org for more information.

Dancing to give: Meet Charlotte Magsarili

Apr.16, 2016

Meet NWDT dancer Charlotte Magsarili. In addition to rehearsing with NWDT and completing her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced II examination at June Taylor’s School of Dance, Charlotte graduated high school early this past December and has since then enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dance’s Benesh Movement Notation Certification course in the UK. Charlotte has also begun teaching at June Taylor’s School of Dance. Charlotte brings joy and positive energy to each role she performs both on and off stage, and it has been a great pleasure to see her grow and mature as a young artist these past few years. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors, and look forward to seeing her and her fellow dancers perform in Peter and the Wolf and Other Works on April 16 and 17, 2016.

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Four years ago in 2012. I wasn’t originally going to audition, but I decided to join at the last minute.

2) What is your favorite company memory?

Each year having the snowball fight during intermission of the last Nutcracker performance. The snow would get everywhere!

3) What do you love most about performing?

The feeling of freedom onstage. Once the music begins there is nothing that can keep you from dancing in that moment–it’s quite exhilarating!

Carrigg Photography & Design

Carrigg Photography & Design

4) What was your favorite role to dance and why?

Dew Drop. From the very beginning it was a challenge and one of the hardest things I have ever done, but that made the accomplishment so much sweeter.

5) What challenges have you learned to overcome as a dancer?

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6) What are your plans for the future?

I hope to get my certification to be a Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teacher and continue my studies on Benesh Movement Notation, which is essentially sheet music for dance choreography.

Peter and the Wolf and Other Works will be held April 16 at 7pm to April 17 at 2pm, 2016, at the Portland Community College Sylvania Performing Arts Center. Tickets run $12-18 ($10 for youth) and are available at nwdt.org/tickets. Please contact 503-925-3898 or email office@nwdt.org for more information.

Dancing to evolve: Meet Ella Huggin

Apr.15, 2016
As Ella Huggin and her fellow dancers prepare for this weekend’s mixed-bill production of Peter and the Wolf and Other Works many mixed emotions hang in the balance. The end of the performance season always has a slight lull it, but as a senior this spring performance is especially bittersweet for Ella. As you will see with this weekend’s performances, Huggin lights up the stage with grace and power. Ella has shown a resilient dedication to dance as she has been commuting from Bend, Oregon weekly to rehearse with her fellow dancers. It has been wonderful to see Ella grow as a dancer these past few years. She will be greatly missed, but we are also excited for her as she prepares to begin this next chapter to move towards achieving her academic goals. We are very proud of Ella and her achievements, both on and off stage, and wish her all the very best in all her future endeavors. We hope you join us this weekend for Peter and the Wolf and Other Works in celebration of Ella and all our lovely Northwest Dance Theatre artists!
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1) When did you join NWDT?

I joined NWDT in 2012 when I was a sophomore in high school.

Carrigg Photography & Design

Carrigg Photography & Design

2) What is your favorite company memory?

My favorite company memory would probably be going through the process of going from rehearsal to show with all the other girls.

3) What do you love most about performing?

I love the feeling of accomplishment you feel after each show.

Photo by Carrigg Photography & Design

Carrigg Photography & Design

4) What was your favorite role to dance and why?

My favorite role was actually snow corps. There is so much work that goes into that one dance and once it reaches the stage, it’s just fun to get to dance in the snow with your friends.  Everyone is so elated during and afterwards, it’s just an amazing feeling.

5) Who has inspired you the most?

Each and every dancer has inspired me in a different way.  As I have gotten to know everyone individually, they have all shown me various ways in which I could not only improve my dancing, but my overall character as well.

Photo: Carrigg Photograhy & Design

Carrigg Photography & Design

6) What are your plans for college and what lesson(s) will you take away with you from your time with the company?

I am currently deciding between the University of Oregon and the University of Utah for my studies next year.  At the moment, I plan on studying anthropology and French.  I am undecided on whether or not I am going to keep dancing next year, but I will continue to train to keep my options open.

7) What is on your mind as you prepare for your last NWDT performance?

I am a bit sad but excited for what’s to come in my future. I will miss everyone so much!  I’ve made so many great friends here and I love each and every one of them.

As our dancers and directors prepare for this exciting and family-friendly performance program, we invite you to select and purchase tickets for Peter and the Wolf and other works in advance as seating is limited. Tickets are available for purchase online running $10-18. Free event parking is available, and performance times are April 16 at 7pm and 17 at 2:00pm, 2016. For further event or ticket information, please call 503-925-3898 or email office@nwdt.org.

NWDT Dancers Featured in Tualatin Times edition of Portland Tribune

Apr.14, 2016

“I’m hoping that (audiences) just have a fun family experience where they can enjoy the passion of ballet and dance that we can bring to them, and just have an enjoyable experience with us. You don’t have to understand ballet in order to enjoy it, and that’s part of the beauty of it, you can still enjoy it just as much even if you’re not a dancer yourself because of the performance quality that we try to bring.”

~ Lauren Wattenburg, NWDT company dancer

A lovely feature story by Mark Miller at the Tualatin Times on NWDT’s upcoming performance of Peter and the Wolf and Other Works April 16-17, 2016.

See our Performances & Tickets page to take advantage of our buy two get one free performance week ticket offer!

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Peter and the Wolf and Other Works 2016

Apr.8, 2016

Come join us April 16th at 7pm and April 17th at 2pm, 2016, at the Portland Community College Sylvania Performing Arts Center for Peter and the Wolf and Other Works! In addition to the family favorite story ballet Peter and the Wolf, which is choreographed by NWDT artistic directors June Taylor-Dixon and Gretta Marchek, we are proud to present former Oregon Ballet Theatre associate director and resident choreographer Dennis Spaight’s “Rhapsody in Blue” set to the timeless music of George Gershwin with permission of the Dennis Spaight Choreography Trust.

The dancers will also perform original works by Cameron Smith-Purandare, former soloist of Houston ballet and principal with Florida Ballet, and Laura Haney former BodyVox dancer and current director of the dance program and student company at the Multnomah Athletic Club.  The MAC Company Dancers will be dancing three pieces choreographed by Selina Di Pronio, Cameron Dupon and Laura herself. These pieces consist of various contemporary styles including modern, jazz and hip-hop.  Laura Haney has also choreographed a piece on Northwest Dance Theatre titled “Vertigogo”.

Tickets are available for purchase online at $10 for youth and $12-18 for adults. Free event parking is available. Please contact 503-925-3898 or email office@nwdt.org for more information.

 

Celebrating Dennis Spaight with “Rhapsody in Blue”

Feb.29, 2016

Last spring our dancers performed “Gloria” as part of our 2015 Peter and the Wolf and Other Works production. This beautiful work by former Oregon Ballet Theatre associate director and resident choreographer Dennis Spaight set to Vivaldi’s eponymous mass proved to be profoundly moving for our dancers and the audience. Working with Carol Shults, repetiteur of the Dennis Spaight’s Choreography Trust, was a great part of this inspirational learning experience. Each dancer grew through the process of rehearsing and performing Spaight’s “Gloria.” It was beautiful to witness both on and off stage.

This year we are proud to perform Spaight’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” another piece by Dennis Spaight set to the elegant and sophisticated sound that is George Gershwin. The dancers are enjoying the challenges of the piece and learning the musical intricacies of the choreography with Carol Shults.

Dennis Spaight’sRhapsody in Blue” was originally created in 1987 for Ballet Oregon. Carol Schults worked side-by-side with Spaight as the company’s ballet mistress. She said, “Ballet Oregon’s repertoireScreen Shot 2016-02-16 at 2.05.41 PM needed a full-company piece that would work as a “closer,” and I suggested Gershwin’s iconic 1924 composition. (This was before United Airlines appropriated it for advertising!) Dennis, as always, was anxious to make a piece that could be performed with live music and the Rhapsodyin its two piano version was really perfect.” Rhapsody in Blue became a part of the Oregon Ballet Theatre repertoire when the company was formed in 1989, and it was performed at the Keller and on tour many times in the ’90s.

For Peter and the Wolf and Other Works 2016, NWDT dancers will perform an excerpt of the first half of Rhapsody in Blue with a slight rearrangement of dancers (the original used 10 women and 5 men). It is an honor to learn, perform, and be a part of this artist’s great legacy. We look forward to sharing this great piece with our wonderful audience members on April 16 at 7pm and April 17 at 2pm, 2016 at the Portland Community College Sylvania Performing Arts Center.

Here’s a clip of “Rhapsody in Blue” performed by OBT’s Michael Rios and Nicole Cuevas just to give you a taste of what’s in store!

Tickets are on sale at nwdt.org/tickets starting at $10 for youth.

We are so grateful to all our generous sponsors

NWDT operates as a non-profit organization. Many of the performances and outreach programs wouldn’t be possible without the donations and support of our sponsors. With this funding, we are able to bring our shows to venues that allow the public to see our companies talented dancers perform. In 2013, we sold out all 7 of our Nutcracker performances. That’s over 3,000 people! We couldn’t be more proud. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to NWDT, please click here to contact our Sponsor Director.