Collaboration Outreach Responsibility Performance Scholars


In 1994, Portland Ballet established a pre-professional curriculum for high school and post-graduate students, that is unique in the state and has spread across the region. Qualified students will come to Portland Ballet for three hours of daily intensive study in ballet, dance history, nutrition, and pedagogy. 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.

Graduates of the program 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 (Portland Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem).

Sabir Yapparov — Director of CORPS

Sabir Yapparov — Director of CORPS

Sabir Yapparov received his academic and ballet training at the Perm Ballet Academy in Russia and studied with some of the finest teachers. He was a soloist with the Sverdlovsk Academic Theatre of Opera & Ballet and with the Bolshoi Theater in Uzbekistan and was a principal with the Odessa Academic Theater of the Opera and Ballet in the Ukraine. He danced leading roles in classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets, and was invited as a guest principal throughout the former Soviet Union, Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Finland, India, Spain, and Canada.  Mr. Yapparov worked as a ballet master with the Sarasota Ballet for eleven years, serving one year as Associate Artistic Director. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance, and was part of the guest faculty at North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Yapparov recently was the Assistant to the Artistic Director at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., and served as Principal at the School of Cincinnati Ballet.