Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Jefferson Dancers

Jefferson High School/Middle College
for Advanced Studies


5210 N. Kerby | Portland, OR 97217
Phone: (503) 916-5180 | Fax: (503) 916-2698

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Jefferson Dancers

Jefferson High School/Middle College for Advanced Studies offers dance technique classes to full-time students only. All students in the class of 2015 and later will need to be enrolled full-time at Jefferson High School/Middle College for Advanced Studies in order to participate in the dance program. This includes students taking dance classes, as well as those who participate in the performance companies (either The Jefferson Dancers or The Jefferson Dancers II). All dance classes are taught in professional studios by instructors with experience as professional dancers and/or choreographers. In addition, students have the chance to study with world-renowned artists in residency programs and to audition for post-secondary training schools and colleges. Three styles of dance are taken during the year to satisfy the district's requirements for physical education. Advanced dance classes require prerequisites and a placement audition. Auditions for the Jefferson Dancers are held at the end of each school year.

Mission

Our mission is to provide students with the opportunity to study in a professional environment that encourages creativity, commitment and achievement. The development of the whole student through artistic expression, technique, discipline, cultural awareness and community involvement provides a basis for success in all aspects of life as well as a foundation for further study in the arts.

Dance Recitals

Twice a year, students in dance technique classes perform in recitals at the Robert G. Ford Memorial auditorium at Jefferson. This is in addition to performances by the Jefferson Dancers.

For more information or for an audition application please call 503 916-5180 ext 71316 or e-mail Steve Gonzales at sgonzale@pps.net.

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