The Portland Ballet draws from all over the Portland area, and is looking for new students.

COURTESY: THE PORTLAND BALLET - The Portland Ballet, which draws from all over the Portland area, will hold auditions and free pre-ballet classes in January.The Times

The Portland Ballet (TPB) will hold auditions for new students Monday, Jan. 15 for its 2018 Summer Intensive, Second Semester Curriculum and Career Track programs. Auditions will be held at TPB's studio, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway. Registration begins at noon, and there is no registration fee.

TPB draws from all over the greater Portland area. Its recent holiday show starred Ariana Davis, 15, a Beaverton resident and student at the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton.

This audition is for new students only, ages 11 to 22. Current TPB students are not required to audition.

Audition forms will be provided at the time of audition, and digital photos will be taken during registration. Dancers should not bring résumés or headshots.

The dress code for girls is a simple leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers, and pointe shoes if applicable; boys should wear black tights, a white T-shirt or leotard and ballet slippers.

Students younger than 11 can audition during a regularly scheduled class, and should call the studio for more information and class schedules.

TPB also will hold a free pre-ballet class for ages 6 to 9 in January, at the studio. These pre-classes introduce students to the fundamentals of ballet, and help them decide if they want to further pursue it.

The classes are from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27 — all Saturdays. The dress code is the same as for the audition; students are asked to not wear any dresses or tutus.

For more information on the auditions and free classes, or to register, visit https:// or call 503-452-8448.

Blair Stenvick
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