In 1994, Portland Ballet’s founder established an innovative partnership with Portland High School, resulting in 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, kinesiology, 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, whose graduates move on to B.F.A. programs at institutions like Alvin Ailey, to prestigious summer programs like New York City’s School of American Ballet, and to professional positions at American Repertory Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem.


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 3:15 - 6:15, 15 hours per week. Dancers may also be expected to attend additional rehearsals on weekends for various performing opportunities. Please contact us directly at for further information on becoming part of the CORPS pre-professional program.