Collaboration Outreach Responsibility Performance Scholars


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.-in-Dance programs (such as the Hartt School and Butler University), top-notch Summer Intensives (like New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet), and professional company positions (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Repertory Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem)

Dancers must 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 and outreach opportunities. Please contact us directly at for further information on joining the CORPS pre-professional program.

Students who are interested in joining the CORPS program can attend the annual audition in the Spring, or email for other arrangements.

CORPS-alumna Liz Lester will be on tour with Broadway’s ‘Finding Neverland’ for the 2018-2019 season!