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!


#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 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 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

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!


Dancing to connect: Meet Isabel Warnock

Apr.17, 2016

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 Please contact 503-925-3898 or email 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.

1) When did you join NWDT?DSC02182

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?

In the beginning, picking up choreography was so hard, but now it has become like second nature to me!DSC01168

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 Please contact 503-925-3898 or email 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!
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