Summer Programs begin June 17 and continue all summer!

Galaxy Dance Festival

AUGUST 3-5 2017 | DAILY FROM 11:00AM – 7:00PM | FREE

Polaris Dance Theatre’s annual outdoor summer dance festival will return for its seventh year, and we can’t wait for you to participate in this year’s free events! In 2016, over 2,000 people attended this much-anticipated event. Join us August 3-5, 2017 at Simon & Helen Director Park in downtown Portland as we host an array of Portland-area dance companies in this 3-day community gathering, including free classes and performances for the whole family!

Advanced Dance Lab

July 24 - August 4, 2017 | Monday – Friday | 12:00pm – 6:00pm


Our outstanding faculty has designed this program to specifically work with advanced pre-professional and professional dancers ages 14+ to help strengthen and hone existing skills and technique in multiple disciplines of dance challenging and preparing participants both physically and mentally for a career in dance.

* If you missed auditions please contact for last minute options.

SUMMER ADVANCED DANCE LAB is designed to help dancers to refine their instrument through multiple avenues of dance disciplines led by professional dancers and instructors with multi-years experience in their fields. This collection of master classes during the intensive will include Ballet, Horton, Graham, Limon/release technique, floor work, aerial, classical, contemporary partnering and  improvisational concepts. The lab experience will help put into practice real world concepts and principles of advanced tools and techniques that are very seldom taught or discussed in dance classes due to time constraints and other various reasons.  Instructors will take an in-depth look at the kinetic, organic and non-organic movement principles with in these various techniques and movement styles.

Spring Student Performance

May 20 & 21, 2017

Polaris students, ages 3 – 18, establish themselves as skilled performers through this professional production. We’re proud to showcase their talents in this energizing presentation of skill, technique, playfulness, and fun! The Polaris youth have a refreshing take on dance, and how it influences their lives. Join us for the Spring Student Performance to see for yourself!

Spring Student Aerial Performance

May 19, 2017

It’s the end of the session and time for an aerial performance by the talented students of Polaris! Youth will demonstrate the many athletic tricks they’ve acquired throughout the session. Come see our hard-working students climb, swing, spin, and exhibit the balance and center they’ve developed on the trapeze and silks!

JCO + NEO Performance

May 26 & 27, 2017

Come lose yourself in a night of dance! Join us as we celebrate our talented youth! This season’s performance includes pieces by M’Liss Quinnly, Jocelyn Edelstein and Barbara Lima. From the quirkiness of the Big Top to the voices of standing up for what you believe in, the JCO and NEO dancers will take you on a ride of wonder, determination, delight and sweetness.

JCO is Polaris Dance Theatre’s premiere pre-professional junior company. NEO is its emerging youth company. Both are led by Director, M’Liss Quinnly. JCO features PDT’s most talented students ranging in age from 13 – 18 and NEO ranges in ages 11 – 13.