Citywide Dance Audition

Mark your Calendars!

Sunday, April, 30th 2017  ::  Classes 2:15 - 5:45 Audition 6:30

-Choose up to 3 classes at your level
-Learn unique choreography in each class
-Share this choreography during auditions from 6:30-8:00pm in front of professional dance & theatre companies
PLEASE NOTE: In order to attend auditions as a dancer, you MUST attend the daytime classes to learn the choreography!

Open Level Classes

Theatrical Jazz
Physical Expression

Intermediate/Advanced Classes

Classical Ballet
Hip Hop

Frequently Asked Questions:

About the 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....
-BUT, auditioners are required to attend at least one of the classes to learn choreography.

Audition Structure:

-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 30, 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 upload your headshot and resume before registration closes.

In the mean time check out what the Citywide Dance Audition was like last year...


Citywide Audition 2016 from Emily Running on Vimeo.

Click here to see video of 2015!

Classes Offered 2017: Descriptions will be up April 4th, please check back!

Open Level - Flamenco with Laura Onizuka

Int/Adv Level - Classical Ballet - Jasmin Trotter

Open Level - Theatrical Jazz - with Thorey Mountain

Int/Adv Level - Hip Hop - with Jeff George

Open Level - Physical Expression - with Noah Veil

Int/Adv Level - Contemporary - with Selina DiPronio and Raven Jones of WolfBird

Registration Required - Click Here

Meet the Instructors for 2016: (2017 Lineup will be up April 4th)

Jamie Minkus - Afro-Bralizian

Jamie’s love affair with movement started with her gymnastics training at the age of 10.  Her background in gymnastics and affinity with Brazilian culture drew her to capoeira ,which introduced her to the folkloric movements of Brazil and Cuba.  She has studied extensively with members of Racais Profundos in Havana Cuba, completed the Silvestre contemporary dance intensive in Salvador, Brazil and has studied movements of the African Diaspora with teachers throughout Brazil and the US.  She was a dancer with the Brazilian and Cuban dance company Axé Didé in Portland OR for eight years, traveled with March Fourth! as dancer, acrobat, and capoeirista, and currently choreographs, performs, and is the tour director for Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater in Portland OR, where she also teaches dance and Pilates.

Anjali - Bhangra/Bollywood

Anjali Hursh (aka DJ ANJALI) has been studying dance her whole life, starting with her Indian Mum and later training in Kathak (North Indian Classical) & Bharata Natyam (South Indian Classical).  As DJ Anjali she introduced Bhangra & Bollywood to Portland night clubs in 2000. Since then she has been a passionate promoter of both Bhangra & Giddha (Panjabi folk dances) and Bollywood, performing at clubs and festivals in Portland & all over North America. As a dance teacher you will find her approachable, friendly, and eager to talk about Desi (South Asian) dance. With a background in Jazz, Ballet & Modern, she combines a sense of humor & fun into her high energy dance class!

Autumn Dones - Hip Hop

It all began at age four when Autumn began dance lessons at Westside Dance and Gymnastics Academy, later taking her first steps in teaching and choreographing. Her love of dance would take her around the globe teaching, choreographing, performing, learning cultural dances, and giving back to communities in over 23 countries through her project, A Step Around the World.

She has worked with companies, studios, and professionals such as Free Body Project (PDX), r:ad (PDX) Broadway Dance Center (NY), Sheila Barker (NY), Chio (NY), Jamie Jackson & Co. (NY), BEings Dance Company (NY), Good Morning America (NY) Pineapple Dance Studios (UK), Escuela D1 (PERU), The Young Americans (CA), Dancers Unlimited (HI/NY), The World Collaboration Project (HI/PDX/NY/CHINA) and many others. Autumn's endless desire to discover and celebrate all forms of dance keeps her inspired and she is looking forward to her future adventures in the world of movement with her involvement with upcoming project RAWDACITY.

Aaron Wheeler-Kay - Physical Theatre 

Based in his hometown of Portland, Aaron Wheeler-Kay is a performer, teacher and director specializing in movement arts and ensemble theater.  He has appeared in traditional theater projects, concert dance, and variety shows as well as theater/circus/dance hybrids such as the Do Jump! ensemble. Aaron teaches multiple expressive disciplines,and is currently the Creative Director of Echo Theater Company, a social-profit exploring the intersection of circus and movement arts, ensemble theater, and access for all.


Katie Scherman - Ballet Choreo

Katie Scherman has performed with Houston Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Washington Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Zhukov Dance Theatre, and BodyVox, in addition to numerous festivals and galas around the world.  Scherman holds a BFA in Dance from LINES Ballet/Dominican University and an MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon. She is a 2009 Princess Grace Award winner in Dance and the 2015 recipient of the UO Graduate Student Emerging Artist Award.  Her choreography and teaching have been presented throughout the US.  For the 2015-2016 season, Scherman will hold guest residencies at Pacific University, University of Utah, Alembic Artist Residency, and Dominican University/LINES Ballet BFA program.

Samuel Hobbs - Contemporary Modern

Originally a university track athlete, Samuel began his dance training in 2004, studying classical ballet and contemporary modern dance. In 2007, Samuel graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in the visual and performing arts—Dance, Art and Music. Covering national and international stages, Samuel's professional career includes guest appearances with Lauren Edson, Lindsey Matheis, and Eowyn Emerald & Dancers; company performances with Minh Tran & Co. and BodyVox of Portland, OR, and Rainbow Dance Theatre of Monmouth, OR.

Fusing ballet and contemporary dance with his athletic background, Samuel's works are acknowledged for their athleticism, unique approach to partnering, and original sound scores of Samuel's own. His works have performed in Utah, Oregon and Washington States, most recently at Pacific Dance Makers, (A)merging, and Dance+ of Portland, OR and On the Boards of Bellevue, WA. Samuel resides in Portland, OR as a choreographer, dancer, and instructor, developing work with his company push/FOLD. He supports his endeavors as a licensed manual therapist and computer programmer.