Citywide Dance Audition

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(2:15 - 5:45) CLASSES:

-All classes are open to the public, ages 16 and older.
-Participants can take up to 3 classes and are responsible for choosing their appropriate level.
-Classes are where auditioners will learn the choreography for the audition.
-Class participants are not required to audition....
-PLEASE NOTE: In order to attend auditions as a dancer, you MUST attend the daytime classes to learn the choreography!

(6:30) AUDITION:

-You are not auditioning for a specific project. Auditors may be looking for dancers for a performance project, education company, training company or full company positions. They will be responsible for callbacks if they would like to see more.
-To audition you MUST email your headshot and resume to before April 29, 2016.
-Each piece of choreography will be presented in small groups at the audition.
-The size of each group will depend on how many people would like to perform that specific style of choreography.
-Auditioners can perform up to 3 pieces of choreography if they go to 3 of the classes that day.
-No choreography other than choreography from the daytime classes is allowed to be presented.
-Auditors will receive an electronic list of auditioners including headshot and resume and number. **This is why it is important to register in advance!
-Auditors will be responsible for scheduling their own callbacks.

*If you plan to attend the audition, you must email your headshot and resume before registration closes.

Classes Offered 2017:

Int/Adv Level - Classical Ballet - Jasmin Trotter

A ballet class for the professional dancer or student who is knowledgeable and secure in all steps of Classical Ballet. With large movements, beats, and multiple pirouettes, this class focuses on performance preparedness. We will do a shortened barre for warm-up and work on technique in the center and across the floor. We will spend the final portion of class learning an energetic audition piece to showcase your musicality, control, and virtuosity.

Open Level - Theatrical Jazz - with Thorey Mountain
Thorey's classic jazz dance class begins with a comprehensive warm up, leading to technical exercises based on the work of Matt Mattox. Followed by an original piece of theatrical jazz choreography, the emphasis will be on ease of movement, musicality and light and shade, and will incorporate jazz turns, pirouettes and jumps. 

Int/Adv Level - Hip Hop - with Jeff George

An upbeat energetic choreography based class with focus on isolation, style, and rhythm.

Open Level - Poetic Dynamics of Physical Theatre - with Noah Fassell
Explore and devise work within the realm of spatially instigated emotion and learn to weave dynamic characters from the outside in. Inhabit shape with meaning, presence and purpose as you explore and articulate your emotional range of expression.

Int/Adv Level - Contemporary - with Selina DiPronio and Raven Jones of WolfBird
This class will begin with a follow-along standing warm up that leads into a series of rolling floor combinations to warm up spine and hip flexors before learning WolfBird repertory. Movement focus will be on traveling low and wide, connection to the floor, intentional circularity, and release vs. engagement. Knee pads are strongly suggested, but not required.

Open Level - Flamenco with Laura Onizuka
The class will begin with upper-body technique to strengthen core and arm muscles while learning to properly execute body movements. Next we will move to footwork technique exercises to strengthen our technical skills and contratiempo. This class will culminate in choreography for the audition.


Meet the Instructors for 2017:

Jeff George - Hip Hop

JEFF GEORGE trained with Ballet Arts of Minnesota and Broadway Dance Center in New York. He performed on the East Coast Tour of Sesame Street Live and then moved on to travel the world for the next six years performing on various Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Jeff now lives in Portland and has taught at a number of studios in the city including Artists Repertory Theater, Bodyvox, Northwest Academy, and the Multnomah Athletic Club.  Jeff has had the opportunity to dance with many Portland companies, such as  Bodyvox, Polaris, Dancing People, SubRosa, Broadway Rose, Lakewood Theatre, Stumptown Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Pixiedust Productions, and Do Jump, where he got to join the company on Broadway.  Jeff is a current company member of Bodyvox where he also teaches adult HipHop.

Thorey Mountain - Theatrical Jazz

Thorey danced with the Sadler’s Wells Opera Movement Group and then performed in the original West End productions of Applause, Pippin and A Chorus Line, working with notable choreographers Ron Field, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Marc Breaux. Her numerous television and film credits include Poldark, War and Peace, The Edwardians and The Slipper and the Rose. Her passion for jazz dance began when she studied and danced with jazz dance legend, Matt Mattox.

Thorey was a tap dance coach for Billy Elliot and, as a freelance choreographer, has worked in England and Scotland, in Sweden and the USA. Thorey’s teaching career has been exciting and varied. In the UK she was Head of Jazz Dance at Elmhurst Ballet School in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, as well as a classic jazz dance instructor at London Studio Centre.

Thorey is currently teaching jazz dance in the JAG program at BodyVox, and tap dance at Polaris and June Taylor’s School of Dance. She was a guest choreographer for Pacific Dance Ensemble’s Spring Concert 2016.

Laura Onizuka - Flamenco

Laura Onizuka, recipient of a 2011 Regional Arts and Culture Council Professional Development Grant, is the founder and owner of Portland Flamenco Events.  She has become a conduit of flamenco in the pacific northwest organizing classes, workshops, and events for the community. Twice a year she takes groups of students from all over the world to Spain to experience flamenco in its birthplace and to continue her own study of this complex art form.

Laura has trained with such esteemed artists as: Mercedes Ruíz, Manuel Liñan, Marco Flores, Olga Pericet, Pastora Galván, La Chiqui de Jerez, La Truco, Miguel Cañas, Matilde Coral, Inmaculada Ortega, Concha Jareño, Angeles Gabaldón, Alicia Márquez, Ricardo López, Emilio Ochando, Ana María López, Felipe Mato, Belén Maya, and María Bermúdez. Laura is fueled by the challenge and beauty of flamenco. She believes anyone who is moved by flamenco has the capability to access it. For more info go to

Noah Fassell - Physical Theatre

Artistic Director of DreamAwake Productions and Theatrical Director with The Circus Project (PDX), Noah (also known as nOah VeiL) has been performing and directing physical theater shows for over 30 years. His top clients include HBO, Warner Bros, Cirque Du Soleil, and James Cameron, and his work has been featured in Jordan, Italy, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, India, Bangladesh, Canada, and throughout the U.S. For more info go to

Jasmin Trotter - Classical Ballet

Jasmin graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary American Studies, with an area of concentration in Gender and Dance, from the University of California, Berkeley. She was awarded the Julia Payne Dance Scholarship in 2014 and she graduated from Berkeley with highest honors. While Jasmin is experienced in many styles of dance, her greatest love is Classical Ballet. Jasmin is the founder of Ballet Body by Jasmin, an absolute beginner ballet program for adults. She is also the Creative Movement teacher and substitute adult ballet instructor for NW Dance Project. She is also a member of Vitality Dance Collective, an eclectic dance group that performs in showcases and local arts events in Portland. For more info go to

Raven Jones and Selina DiPronio - ContemporarySelina DiPronio and Raven Jones (Artistic Directors of WolfBird Dance) both graduated from the University of South Florida with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Modern Dance Performance. Their collaboration began in 2014 in Tampa, Florida, where they presented their first evening-length work Your Backwash is Better than Nothing. Since then, they have produced four evening-length works -- with a fifth work in process -- on both the East and West coasts, as well as several independent short pieces. Their signature dance theatre style is known to be fiercely physical, viscerally emotional, and has been reviewed as “unself-conscious,” “human,” and “intelligent.” For more information about upcoming performances and where to take open company class, visit WolfBird Dance's website at

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