Spring 2017 Workshop with Leonid Shagalov

Feb.14, 2017

We are proud to announce that Northwest Dance Theatre will be offering a Character Workshop with Leonid Shagalov on February 17th, 2017, from 6-7:30pm and 18th 5-6:30pm at June Taylor’s School of Dance! Character dancing is a rich form of dance requiring artistry, musicality, and full commitment to the form, which is also a staple of many classical ballets. We are honored to host this event so young artists in Intermediate 1 and 2 or of equivalent training from across the Portland Metro Area can benefit from the opportunity to study with Mr. Shagalov. After receiving his training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the State University of Theatrical Arts in Moscow, Mr. Shagalov performed with many companies including the Moscow Academic Light Opera and the Beriozka Academic Dance Company of Russia as a soloist and a principal dancer. Mr. Shagalov has been the character dance instructor for the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School since 2004. Please click here to download the registration form and contact NWDT at 503-925-3898 or email office@nwdt.org for more information.





Make 2017 a Year of Dance!

Dec.30, 2016

DSC01265It is our mission to make dance accessible for all by providing quality productions at affordable ticket rates, while creating opportunities for young emerging artists to share the gift of dance and the performing arts with the community through outreach and educational programs. But we are able to exist and put this mission into motion because of our patrons, donors, and sponsors. Ticket sales only cover a portion of costs, so each tax-deductable donation helps us provide future performance and outreach programs that are accessible to all members of our community. You can make a difference this coming year and help us serve our community through future performances and outreach programs. Whether it is a direct donation or through an AmazonSmile purchase, your support makes NWDT possible.

Thank you for helping us give the gift of dance and make the world a brighter place!


Nutcracker Tea 2016 Gratitude

Dec.19, 2016

Many thanks to our wonderful patrons and brilliant dancers, artistic director, crew, parent members and volunteers who made all seven sold-out performances of A Nutcracker Tea 2016 such a fantastic success.

This program run proved to be particularly trying as weather conditions hindered our usual rehearsal process and theatre preparation time. The weather even forced the theatre to close and us to reschedule one of our evening shows, but our dancers and production team handled these challenging events with graceful professionalism. We are so proud of them all!

We are also filled with heartfelt gratitude for the support of our donors and patrons. Thank for letting us share the joy of dance with you and for making NWDT possible!

We wish everyone a very happy rest of the holiday season and hope to see you all again in April for A Festival of Dance!


Performances & Tickets

Dec.19, 2016

A Festival of Dance

Spring Mixed-Bill Program


Tickets run $12 to $18 (Youth $10)

buyApril 8, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00pm

buyApril 9, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00pm

Performance venue: PCC Sylvania Performing Arts Center, 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Graphic design by Anya Lehman

Each year NWDT presents a family-friendly spring production with something special to offer everyone. This coming spring we are thrilled to present an exciting new mixed-bill program: A Festival of DanceThis powerful program will feature excerpts from the classical ballet, La Bayadère, with a debut of “A Night in Tunisia,”a fantastic jazz suite by Laura Haney, as well as other innovative works by M’liss Stephenson and Erik Zintek! The MAC Company Dancers will also join as guest performers presenting works consisting of various contemporary styles including modern, jazz and hip-hop. 

For NWDT’s young artists, this spring program is a wonderful opportunity to learn new styles of movement, expand their understanding of dance as a performance art, and share their passion and versatility with the community. 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 email tickets@nwdt.org for more information.

A Nutcracker Tea

December 10-18, 2016

Tickets run $17-33  – SOLD OUT!

Performance times:

Sold out: December 10th (Saturday) 2:00pm (Green cast)

Sold out: December 10th (Saturday) 7:00pm (Red cast)

Sold out: December 11th (Sunday) at 2:00pm (Green cast)

Sold out: December 16th (Friday) at 7:00pm (Green cast)

Sold out: December 17th (Saturday) at 2:00pm (Red cast)

Sold out: December 17th (Saturday) 7:00pm (Green cast)

Sold out: December 18th (Sunday) at 2:00pm (Red cast)

(Green and Red casts refer to NWDT company dancer casting roles. Guest dancers including Little Angels, Mice, Soldiers, Party Boys, Party Parents, Chefettes and Gingerbread perform in each show.)

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.

#GivingTuesday 2016

Nov.28, 2016

NWDT is dedicated to fulfilling its mission in making dance accessible to the community. We are committed to providing aspiring young artists the opportunity to perform and enrich the lives of others through dance. Right now our dancers, artistic director, and the production team are busy preparing to perform A Nutcracker Tea for nearly 3,000 audience members. They are also bringing this heartwarming production directly to the community as part of our annual outreach efforts. This past holiday weekend our dancers performed for the residents of Avamere Retirement Home, and on December 3rd, 2016 at 11:00am they will perform for young children and families at the Tualatin Public Library. Then, as soon as January starts, they will begin working in earnest to prepare for our spring mixed-bill production featuring works from La Bayadère, “A Night in Tunisia” – a Jazz suite by Laura Haney, and more. (Performances will be held April 8-9, 2017 – stay tuned for more info to come!)

unknown#GivingTuesday is a campaign that is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a way to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities by supporting their favorite non-profit organizations. This year we ask that you consider choosing Northwest Dance Theatre as one of the organizations worthy of your support.

In the words of Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Sarah Lamb, “There is service in art, there is worth in expressing emotion and truth through the idiom of ballet and dance. Without art, theater, music and dance, the world would be an emotionless void and the highs and lows of life would be lost.” Please take a moment to make a tax-deductible donation or explore our sponsorship opportunities to learn more about how you can help us bring beauty to the world and touch the lives of our community members through dance.

Every donation makes a difference, regardless of size. NWDT exists because of the generosity of individuals like you! Thank you for making NWDT possible.

NWDT Community Sponsorship Opportunities

Oct.16, 2016

DSC01057Northwest Dance Theatre is dedicated to providing performing opportunities for young artists, affordable quality productions, and programs that bring dance directly to underserved members of the community. These services are made possible because of the generous support from our patrons and sponsors, as ticket sales only cover a small portion of production costs. Come be a part of the NWDT family and help us enrich the community with the gift of dance! Please click here or contact us at office@nwdt.org to set up your tax-deductible donation.



Sponsorship Levels

Gold Sponsor- (only 5 available) $5,000*
• Recognition as one of our show sponsors announced at beginning of each show • Personal plaque or sign set up in our lobby at each show
• Logo recognition on Northwest Dance Theatre web site
• Logo included on all printed or promotional materials
• A full page black and white ad included in our Nutcracker Tea program
• Recognition on Social Media-Facebook page
• Invitation to a studio rehearsal
•6 Complimentary tickets to our spring performance
•Recognition on our complimentary DVD

Silver Sponsor- $3,000- 4,999
•Personal plaque or sign set up in our lobby at each show
•Logo recognition on Northwest Dance Theatre web page
•A full page black and white ad included in our Nutcracker Tea program •Recognition on Social Media-Facebook page
•4 Complimentary tickets to our spring performance

Bronze Sponsor- $1,000-2,999
•Personal plaque or sign set up in our lobby at each show
•Logo recognition on Northwest Dance Theatre web page
•A full page black and white ad included in our Nutcracker Tea program •Recognition on Social Media-Facebook page
•2 Complimentary tickets to our spring performance

Individual Donor Levels (as displayed in each show program) •Grand Benefactor ($1,000+)
•Director’s Circle ($500-999)
•Choreographer’s Circle ($250-499)**
•Dancer’s Circle ($100-249)
•Patrons ($5-99)

* In kind donations are accepted
**1/4 page ad for free or invitation to a studio rehearsal

Support NWDT and shop online at AmazonSmile

Oct.7, 2016

We have exciting news! Now you can support NWDT, your local youth ballet company, by choosing NWDT as your nonprofit of choice when you shop on AmazonSmile! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price each time you make an eligible AmazonSmile purchase. NWDT would not be able to provide performing opportunities for these talented young artists or bring outreach programs to the underserved members of our community without your help.

Thank you for continuing to make NWDT possible!

Photo by James McGrew

Photo by James McGrew

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)

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!


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.