TEEN DANCERS WHO ARE GOING PLACES
Jefferson Dancers are not your average high school dance troupe; they’re an elite company of highly skilled pre-professionals—and also, believe it or not, they’re the longest-running dance company in Portland, turning 40 last season!
Unlike most dance companies, which train primarily or exclusively in one form of dance, the Jefferson Dancers learn and perform many dance styles. Their company repertoire includes over 200 works of modern, tap, ballet, jazz, African, ethnic, hip-hop, aerial, and musical theater dance. They perform throughout the year in many settings and have toured nationally and internationally.
Former “J.D.s” (as they’re affectionately called) have springboarded into top-tier dance programs at renowned arts colleges such as Tisch, Juilliard, Cornish, and too many more to name. They’ve joined world- class dance companies such as MOMIX, Merce Cunningham, Batsheva, and more. And they’ve performed in Broadway productions including Guys and Dolls, Movin’ Out, and Chicago. One program alum, Steve Gonzales, even serves as the company’s artistic director.
Dance fans will marvel at the precision and versatility of this company that elevates high school dance to new heights.
￼ARTSLANDIA APPLAUDS: that the “J.D.s” aren’t just the pride of Jefferson High, they’re also a highlight of Portland dance overall.