Meet Polaris International Intern, Ayano

09 February 2016 | 0 Comments

Ayano Intern

  • How have you enjoyed your time with Polaris?
    • Ayano: I have enjoyed talking with people who work in this theatre and helping them to manage their performances. Their performances were fun for me because I could communicate with a lot of people. In addition they let me take a dance class. Though it was a junior class, I enjoyed it. The teacher was so nice.


  • How do you like Portland?
    • Ayano: I like the scenery, shops, people, and atmosphere. I think Portland has many good spots to visit.


  • What have you done in Portland?
    • Ayano: I have eaten American food, explored many good places, and enjoyed shopping.


  • How do you like Portland?
    • Ayano: I like the scenery, shops, people, and atmosphere. I think Portland has many good spots to visit.


  • What do you think of Polaris Dance Theatre?
    • Ayano: I think Polaris Dance Theatre is like at home. They look fun everyday. They have been accepting any kind of people includes me!


  • Do you like dance / have you danced in the past?
    • Ayano: Yes I do. I have been dancing since I was in highschool. I’m belonging to the dance team in my university in Japan. When I dance, I feel happy.


  • What have you learned in Portland?
    • Ayano: I have learned that the most of the men in Portland are gentle. I was surprised when a man let me go ahead though I was in back of the man.  I feel good that everybody says “Hello, how are you?” when I get into shops or see people who knows me.


  • What are you studying back home?
    • Ayano: I’m studying international politics at my university and learning about peace, politics, history, and problems of the world.


  • What do you want to do professionally?
    • Ayano: Actually, I’m finding what I want to do through the experience in my student life, so the only thing that I can say for now is that I want to be a helpful person for everyone.

03 February 2016 | 0 Comments



Our New Space Opens Today!

13 January 2016 | 0 Comments


Classes start tonight, and we’d like to welcome you to our new space! Remember, if you’re new to Polaris, your first class is ‪free‬. Click here to check out our schedule.


Session 2 Registration is Now Open | Jan 11 – May 18, 2016

01 January 2016 | 0 Comments

Hello Parents and Students,

We are thrilled to announce the official opening date for our beautiful new studio location! Although we originally anticipated opening our doors on  January 4th , we have some final touches to wrap up to make sure that everything is in the best possible shape for you! Mark your calendars, because our official first day of classes is set for  Monday, January 11th , and registration is now open. Please contact me with any questions regarding classes and registration .

If you have credit on file with us, please email me directly at rather than pay for classes online, because the online system won’t account for your credit. We will take care of your payment & registration based on the credit you have with us.

I’d also like to take a moment to officially introduce myself, as I will be taking over as director of the Polaris School in January. As many of you know, Tia had a beautiful baby girl in September, and while she will miss Polaris greatly, she has decided to devote her attention to motherhood. We will all miss Tia, and we wish her the best! I have already had the pleasure of meeting many of you, and I look forward to meeting more of you very soon! For those of you who don’t know me, I danced with Polaris for many years, and most recently worked as the company manager for Los Angeles-based LA Dance Project. I am thrilled to be once again in Portland & working with Polaris in an administrative capacity!

Thank you all for your incredible patience during these unanticipated delays. Please know that Polaris has been working around the clock to make sure that this new location will be an amazing new home to grow into in the years to come!

We are beyond excited to finally share it with you!

Sarah Lakey, School Director


14th Season, Here We Come!

17 December 2015 | 0 Comments

As Polaris Dance Theatre approaches our 14th season, Artistic Director, Robert Guitron wanted to share a video that we at Polaris Dance Theatre did about 3 years ago, to help tell our story. Some of these dancers are still with us, some have moved on. We miss them all so much. They are, and always will be part of us and our story.

We are growing. Some of you may know we have been homeless for 6 months as we wait to move into our new location. Our previous studio is now the site for new condominiums. We hope to be in our new home soon after the holidays. I am asking you, my friends, to please help us if you can with our move. We need funds for the basics… lights, flooring, mirrors, sound system.

We’ve already raised $10,000+ for this purpose, and we’re continuing to collect funds to make our new space a special place for our community! Let us know if you are interested in sponsoring us, joining our board, volunteering, or donating!

Thank you for supporting what Polaris does!

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