The Aspire Project is a non-profit, outreach dance organization providing year-round quality ballet, tap and jazz dance classes to financially disadvantaged students who are genuinely interested in the arts and whose families and schools cannot provide such opportunities. We accomplish this through our non-tuition based after-school program in partnership with Multnomah County's SUN Community Schools and classes offered with sliding scale tuition rates and scholarship opportunities in our dance studio in North Portland, Oregon.

By making the arts accessible, we strive to serve our community and under-served youth, promote their physical health and motivate them to believe they can accomplish whatever they aspire to become. We strive to create early positive experiences that are equally accessible for all North Portland children. Through weekly structured classes, our programs help reduce obesity risk among low-income youth and increase developmental accomplishments.

Since 2009, The Aspire Project has chosen to teach in under-served Portland schools & neighborhoods where 75-100% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. All children who want a chance to dance are welcome, regardless of their family’s financial status. Enrollment at our studio has more than doubled since spring, 2013 in our studio program, with 70% of our students receiving discounted tuition or scholarships. Having served over 1,000 children since 2009, The Aspire Project recognizes the need to keep pace with this growing enrollment and has expanded our class offerings. On April 4th, we will move from our current space and our spring, 2015 term will open at our new, larger location in the St. Johns community of North Portland.

Additionally, The Aspire Project offers ballet, tap & jazz dance classes for adults. The invitation is open to all adults to participate on a donation basis, as each is able. All adults who want the chance to dance are encouraged to attend.

Notice of Non-Discrimination:

The programs and services of The Aspire Project reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender identity / expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

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