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Portland Festival Ballet

While you are here learn about our ballet classes, dance classes, and performances. We offer classes for pre-ballet thru pre-professional levels. Find out more about our 2013-2014 programs.


PFB Summer Intensives

PFB Summer Intensives


Portland Festival Ballet is home to a wide variety of summer dance opportunities. For the advanced dancer we offer both the Magnus Northwest Dance Summer Intensive, June 15-July 12, and the PFB Advanced Senior Intensive, July 14-August 8. We offer the PFB Intermediate Senior Intensive, July 14-August 8, for dancers still working on advancing their strength and pointe work. For our younger dancers, ages 7-12, we offer the Junior Intensive, August 11-12. Auditions for dancers 12 years old and up were on Sunday, January 26. If you missed the audition you may schedule a placement class or send an audition video.

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Summer Fairy Tale Adventures

Summer Fairy Tale Adventures


For our dancers age 3-12 we offer a fun and exciting dance opportunity each year. Dancers who participate in the Fairy Tale Adventure program have the opportunity to learn ballet, jazz and musical theater dance. At the end of each week dancers hold a performance, complete with costumes, props and a cake celebration. Choose between Swan Princess, August 11-15; 12 Dancing Princesses, August 18-21; or our popular musical-theater-based Broadway Dance Camp, August 25-29.

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Alice in Wonderland

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NEW THIS SPRING: Portland Festival Ballet will present Alice in Wonderland, a new ballet with original choreography by PFB Artistic Director John Magnus.

Alice in Wonderland will be performed May 9th and 10th in Portland State University's Lincoln Hall. Ticket information coming soon!



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PFB Seamstresses Create Costume Magic

Angie Gende and Teri McGarry can wield a glue gun, nurture a young soul, stretch a dollar, and make everything sparkle. And oh yes, they’re expert seamstresses. It’s all part of running the costume department at Portland Festival Ballet.

The veteran costume mistresses have created everything from delicate tutus for Snow Queens in PFB’s annual Nutcracker productions to giant hats for the Mushrooms in PFB’s new ballet, “Alice in Wonderland” (premiering May 10). The brainchild of PFB Artistic Director John Magnus, “Alice” features more than 90 new costumes, 21 of them for individual roles.

“Angie and I are primarily responsible for making sure that John’s vision coms to life on the stage through the costumes,” says Teri. “Some of it is our vision too. He allows us to give our input and our expertise as well.”

That expertise includes working together for a decade, about eight of them at PFB. Both women have daughters at the studio – Baylie Gende is an Intermediate 2 and Megan McGarry a trainee – but their devotion doesn’t stop there. Angie recalls a PFB Nutcracker production early in her tenure. “Somebody said, ‘Which one is your kid?’ and I said, ‘They’re all my kids. Because we work with them all.” Continue reading → 



Spring show to feature ‘quirky’ Alice in Wonderland

This spring, Portland Festival Ballet will interpret “Alice in Wonderland” as a ballet. John Magnus, Portland Festival Ballet’s artistic director, is creating his own, original version, to be performed May 10 in a new venue for PFB – Lincoln Hall at Portland State University. With new choreography, new costumes, and 12 new scenes, Mr. Magnus chose Alice as something “a little quirkier” for PFB’s spring show. Continue reading →

Saturday, April 12th
Pampered Chef Cooking Demo
No classes on Easter Sunday, April 20th