Clarke Dance Group & Jennifer Picart-Branner Ballet Company
At Norhtwest School of Dance, we provide mulitple opportunities for dancers to grow and experience dance. Our additional programs include Clarke Dance Group competition dance team and Jennifer Picart Branner Ballet company.
The Clarke Dance Group is the elite dance competition team for Northwest School of Dance. This group of dancers is chosen through an audition process and represents NSD at dance competitions and conventions throughout the state. In addition, they will have more performance opportunities at local events throughout the year. Clarke Dance Group is intended for those who wish to pursue dance more seriously and competitively. Dancers will be required to strive for and maintain a higher level of technical skill and a diverse training which may include Lyrical/Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap. The team is best suited for ages 7 through 19 years old.
Several team members have been recognized at conventions and competitions with special awards for their outstanding performance and showmanship and received scholarships for National events as well. As a result their participation in Clarke Dance Group, some members have traveled to New York, Las Vegas and California to take part in special dance intensives and conventions, and have also gone on to pursue dance professionally at the college level. Clarke Dance Group continues to represent their studio well receiving overall high score awards and cash prizes.
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 thte studio directily.
JPB Ballet Company
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 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 an ability specifically for ballet. The company consists of Junior and Senior members and company dancers traditionally
participate in local events and can also expect additional opportunities for group and solo dances during annual studio performances.
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 Joffrey Ballet School in New York, Joffrey San Francisco, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Ballet West, Nutmeg Conservatory, Northwest Dance Intensive, and Whitman College. For the past few years, select JPB dancers have performed at Youth American 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 one student received a scholarship to dance at American Ballet Theatre School.
Highlights this year included 1 of our members ranking the “TOP 12” in his age category, which included over 75 other participants from several different states as well as Canada. Recently JPB Members were invited to perform at the "Boost Me Up" dace Festival in Seattle, where they performed a piece choreographed by Sam Picart, who was recently featured on The ELLEN DEGENERES 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, Utah Valley University, and others have received offers and contracts for companies such as Ballet West in Utah, Grand Rapids Ballet in Colorado and 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.
Northwest School of Dance is a member of NDEO (National Dance Education Organization), a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance. As a member, we are able to take part in National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). Student induction into the NHSDA is awarded on the basis of points earned for meritorious work in dance. These students receive a Certificate of Membership, added prestige in scholarship applications & future resumes, wear NHSDA honor cords & gold honor pins during graduation ceremonies, and are eligible to apply for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award.