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Top Summer Dance and Theater Camps in Portland

Published Dec 29, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Is your son or daughter interested in dance? Whether it's at a recreational or competitive level, here are some great camps to choose from

Top Summer Dance Camps in Portland


Whether your kids have a natural rhythm or two left feet, they can benefit from participating in a dance class. With so many different varieties of dance to choose from, your kid could become the next prima ballerina or hip-hop superstar! ChatterBlock has put together a killer list of the hottest kid-friendly dance camps and classes in town! Scroll through and see if anything inspires your kids to get their groove on!


Journey Theater Arts Group

Have you experienced the joy and the thrill of performing some of cinema's most iconic songs? Well here is your chance! Journey Theater's musical theater camps for kids and teens will take students and audiences alike on a tour through some of the biggest shows! Campers will sing, dance, and act their way through well-known songs and prepare for a camp showcase at the end of the week. Camps are one week long. 


Photo Credit: Journey Theater

Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy

Half-day and full-day camps available for children ages three and up. Choose between dance camps, preschool camps, and gymnastics camp. Enjoy time in the gym in the foam bit, bounce castle, and zip line. Campers spend lots of time in the studio learning new techniques and routines. 


NW Dance Project

NW Dance Project’s summer dance camps and classes offer exceptional weekly curriculums. Dancers will experience the joy of dance taught by Portland’s finest teachers.

With an open and inclusive environment that values the creative process, dancers will develop coordination, balance, individual expression, spatial awareness, flexibility, strength, and group cooperation skills.


Photo Credit: NW Dance Project


Studio One Dance Academy

Studio One offers dance camps and classes during the summer months for ages three and up in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, break, tumbling, art, and more!

With sixty years of combined dance instruction experience, the staff is dedicated to developing talent at the recreational and competitive levels.


Classical Ballet Academy

Come join the fairy tale land of ballet for a week (or two!) this summer at Classical Ballet Academy. Children will explore different dance genres through a new theme each week, such as Peter Pan. 


Polaris Dance Theatre

Polaris's programs include Dance Camp, Saturday Summer Sessions, Springboard Program, Summer Intensive, and Galaxy Dance Festival.

Tiny Toes Camp is for children ages three to five. Kids will sample a range of dance disciplines, such as ballet, contemporary, and hip hop, and will join in on improv classes, games, and a daily art project. 


Photo Credit: Polaris Dance Theatre

MetroArts Inc

MetroArts Kids Camp offers kids, ages 7 to 12, the opportunity to participate in all of the arts. Each day offers the opportunity for kids to be immersed in a different artistic adventure—visual arts, music, theater, or dance—and for kids to create original works. Each week campers visit the Portland Art Museum, and at the end of the week, campers put on a performance for their parents. 


Spotlight Musical Theatre Academy

SMTA offers week-long musical theatre training intensive camps that are high energy and skills focused. Each camp culminates in a musical revue showcase in which every performer gets time to shine in the spotlight for family and friends to see. All students perform solo material, as well as group numbers that include acting, singing, and dancing. All camps are taught by theatre professionals.


A-WOL Dance Collective

A-WOL Dance Collective teaches aerial arts. A-WOL's summer camps for youth and teens teaches new aerial techniques. Campers will learn basic tumbling, dance, strength, and flexibility training. At the end of the week-long camps, campers will show off what they have learned to their families in a small performance.


Photo Credit: A-WOL Dance

Did you find any awesome dance camps or classes for your kids? We hope so! If not, do not despair. We have hundreds of other amazing camps and classes to browse through. Discover more here.



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