Portland Festival Ballet
On our website, you will learn more about our ballet classes, dance classes, and performances. We offer classes for pre-ballet thru pre-professional levels.
- JOHN MAGNUS
John Magnus received his training at the University of Cape Town Ballet School. After completing his training he joined the Cape Town City Ballet Company.
In 1980 Mr. Magnus came to the United States and served as ballet master for the Nevada Dance Theatre and upon moving to New York City taught for the New Jersey Ballet for both the school and company. More...
School / Classes
The "Advanced Training for Dancers" Program is our most selective and advanced offering. By audition only, this rigorous full-time ballet program includes training in pas de deux, jazz, modern, choreography, pilates and acting. It provides additional training and instruction that goes beyond our advanced division classes. High school students who intend to pursue a performing arts education in college will be better prepared after going through the advanced curriculum of this program. If you are someone who participates in community dance productions as a hobby, or are a professional dancer, this program will teach you advanced techniques, or help you perfect your style.
From creative and pre-ballet through our level 6 classes, the School provides an integrated dance curriculum for students who desire a quality dance education. Ballet is a focus, as well as modern, jazz, and tap.
- The Nutcracker
No holiday season in Portland is complete without the experience of the Portland Festival Ballet's Nutcracker.
"PFB’s opening scene feels sprightly and fast-paced—but both share a spirit of cross-generational camaraderie, since The Nutcracker‘s many roles accommodate even the tiniest and the eldest members of the dance family. These dancers rightly cede center stage to the primas in the second act, but not before duly reminding us that there’s life before and after the dance prime."
- Open Program for Adults and Teens
Open Program for Adults and Teens
For adults and teens who seek to enjoy dance and want professional-level ballet instruction but are not necessarily set on a career in dance.
- Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel
Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th
- New Location!
Our new state-of-the-art studio is open, and our dancers are enjoying all of this room to MOVE! Come see what it's all about! Studio A 50 x 52 feet and a 22' ceiling. Studio B 30 x 50 feet 22' ceiling.
- Portland Festival Ballet is pleased to welcome Ms. Elaine Bauer, of Pacific Northwest Ballet, to our studio space. She will be arriving this weekend for a workshop with our advanced and pre-professional students, and will return for a week in July. Together with our artistic director, Mr. John Magnus, they will be instructing on technique, pointe ...
- Did you know that dancing is good for you? Better, as it turns out, than just the typical benefits that accompany other forms of exercise. In addition to physiological benefits such as increased strength, improved posture, greater flexibility, and improved cardiovascular health, dance also reduces stress and increases a person’s sense of overall well-being as ...
- This Spring, the Pre-Professional Trainee Students, of Portland Festival Ballet, explored their talents from a different perspective in the studio. They were given the opportunity to choreograph their own work, and what awaited us all was nothing less than breathless. The workshop was entitled ,”Bloom”, and it marked the journey for each dancer as they blossomed into artists and ...
- Stella Verdouw, a 16 year-old student at the Portland Festival Ballet School in Beaverton, Oregon, has most recently been recognized by Christopher Powney, the artistic director of the ‘Dutch National Ballet Academy’ in Holland, where she was given an invitation to enter the Young Bachelor Program, beginning in Fall of 2013. In addition, she was ...