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JPB BALLET COMPANY
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JPB Ballet Company is the pre-professional ballet company at Northwest School of Dance. The purpose of the company is to help dancers who are serious about ballet to focus on their skills and technique and prepare them for future professional opportunities. Membership into JPB is by invitation only and is only for those dancers who demonstrate a high work ethic, a more serious interest in and ability specifically for ballet. The company consists of Junior and Senior members and company dancers traditionally participate in local events.
In addition, some JPB members have gone on to participate in local and national dance competitions while others have auditioned and been accepted to attend intensive courses such as those at American Ballet Theatre NYC, Joffrey Ballet School in New York, Joffrey San Francisco, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Ballet West, Nutmeg Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Northwest Dance Intensive, and Whitman College.
For the past few years, select JPB dancers have performed at Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition, the largest student ballet scholarship competition in the world. For some of them, YAGP participation has resulted in invitations to attend exclusive intensive classes in New York and now 2 students received full scholarships to dance at American Ballet Theatre School. Highlights this year included 1 of our members ranking “TOP 12”for the third year in the row in his age category, and 1st place in Contemporary Division in which included an invitation to compete and Perform at the” Stars of Tomorrow meet the stars of today Gala” at the Lincoln Center in the New York City Finals. Recently JPB Members were invited to perform at the “Boost Me Up “ dance Festival in Seattle, where they performed a piece choreographed by Sam Picart, who was featured on The ELLENDEGENERES SHOW.
As they’ve moved forward with their careers, some JPB dancers have gone on to attend such well known colleges as Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, AMDA in California and New York, Utah Valley University and others have received offers and contracts for companies such as Ballet West in Utah, Grand Rapids Ballet in Colorado, Estonia Ballet, Olympic Ballet Theatre ,Ashani Dances Seattle. We’re very proud of the accomplishments of all of our dancers at NSD and we strive to help them prepare for whatever dreams and aspirations they may have. If you have a dancer who wishes to pursue a future in art or dance, either at a dance college or with a company, JPB Ballet Company at NSD is an excellent starting point.
CLARKE DANCE GROUP COMPETITION TEAM
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advanced level, team members are working at a pre-professional level.
Team members are frequently recognized at conventions and competitions with special awards for their outstanding performance and showmanship and receive scholarships for National events as well. As a result of their participation in the Clarke Dance Group, some members have traveled to New York, Las Vegas and California to take part in special dance intensives, and elite performance teams. Many have gone on to pursue dance professionally at the college level, and on cruise ships. Clarke Dance Group continues to represent their studio well receiving overall high score awards and cash prizes at the competitions they attend. If you have a dancer who is interested in building a career as a dancer, the competition world can give them several tools to better prepare them. They will be working to develop not only as a dancer, but as an individual and as an artist. CDG dancers will grow as performers, build self-confidence and learn about dedication & commitment. They will be pushing for personal growth, while also learning to work as a team unit. If you have an interest in pursuing competition dance or would like more information about CDG, please call the studio directly.