In 1994, Portland Ballet established a pre-professional performing arts high school curriculum that is unique in the state and has spread across the region. Qualified students continue to be granted early release, when necessary, to Portland Ballet for three hours of daily intensive study in ballet, dance history, nutrition, and stagecraft. Participants may earn transcript credit in Physical Education and Fine Arts. Today, a variety of schools may arrange academic schedules to embrace CORPS. Graduates move on to prestigious B.F.A. programs, summer intensives, and professional company positions.
Interested students must attend the CORPS audition that takes place in Spring each year. Dancers must also demonstrate acceptance at a nationally competitive summer program, although attendance is not mandatory. CORPS class takes place Monday to Friday from 3:15pm-6:15pm, 15 hours per week. Dancers may also be expected to attend additional rehearsals on weekends for various performing opportunities. Please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on joining the CORPS pre-professional program.