Northwest Dance Project

Contemporary ballet at its best

Founded in 2004 by acclaimed dancer, mentor and choreographer Sarah Slipper, the Northwest Dance Project is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative, contemporary new dance works from established and emerging dance makers created in an open and artistically stimulating environment.

NWDP has fostered the creation and premiere of 100 original contemporary ballets to date. Our dedication to providing dancers and dance makers the resources and creative room needed to realize new, inspired dance works led Dance International Magazine to proclaim that we are “changing the way dance is created” and the Northwest Dance Project has become “a laboratory, factory and repository for risk-taking new works from the next generation of choreographers from Europe and North America.”

In order to produce the next wave of significant dance works, we are also committed to advancing dance education and community involvement. The Northwest Dance Project established our beautiful Studio + Performance Center in the heart of Portland’s vibrant and historic North Mississippi District where we lead dance education for adults and children through our various Projects, intensives, workshops and classes as well as opportunities for established and emerging dance makers to choreograph and refine new works set on our company of classically trained, fearless contemporary company dancers.

Because dance cannot survive without new audiences and a deepened appreciation of the art form, we strive to engage individuals and communities with dance through accessible performances by our Company, studio sessions, dance samplers, outdoor performances, special events, master classes, collaborations with artists of other performing arts and visual genres and conversation with artists. We even do the unexpected – bringing performances to the streets, coffee shops, hospitals and the occasional escalator in shopping malls! We also love offering the experience of dance to all youth (of all ages from 5 to 80!) through our interactive Dance Moves community outreach program.


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