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The Portland Ballet invites children ages 6 through 9 to take a series of three ballet classes to see if ballet is for them. Sign up now.

The Portland Ballet offers a series of free beginning ballet classes in September for ages 6 through 9. Each series is three classes held once a week at TPB's studio, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland.

The free classes introduce young dancers to the fundamentals of ballet and help them decide if ballet is right for them. TPB welcomes all new dancers in this commitment-free series with the goal of giving students the basic foundations and an appreciation of dance. The classes develop motor skills, creativity, confidence, social skills, balance, focus and flexibility, all in a safe and non-competitive environment. TPB is devoted to nurturing student-centered ballet training.

The final class acts as a placement assessment for the Curriculum Ballet program. Students must attend the full series (all three classes) but are not required to pay an audition fee. Parents who wish to enroll their children must complete a registration form. Class sizes are limited, and may be cancelled if they do not meet minimum enrollment.

The dates for the free classes are Saturdays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28 with classes meeting from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Girls should wear pink tights, pink ballet slippers and a leotard of any color; no skirts or tutus. Boys should wear black tights, a white T-shirt and black ballet slippers.

To register visit theportlandballet.org or call 503-452-8448.

The Portland Ballet is a world-class dance academy, committed to fostering the future of ballet by building the next generation of dancers and audiences. Founded in 2001, TPB is shaped by the vision, artistic experience and family-centered sensibility of the founding directors. Artistic Director Nancy Davis and Executive Director Jim Lane trained at the School of American Ballet and enjoyed distinguished professional careers in companies throughout the U.S. After retiring as principal dancers of the Los Angeles Ballet — where their partnership onstage led to a marriage and family off the stage — they moved to

Portland and founded TPB.

— The Review, Tidings


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