Welcome to Dance Umbrella for South Coast Oregon
DUSCO is dedicated to the art of dance in all of its forms. We promote dance education through workshops, scholarships and performances, and we support dance as a performing art, through Ballet Pacific.
Dance Umbrella for South Coast Oregon (DUSCO) has remained true to it’s mission since 1993. DUSCO has brought performances to stages, schools, conferences and senior centers throughout Coos County. Each fall DUSCO sponsors open auditions for Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”. This holiday classic delights audiences while giving young dancers the opportunity to perform on stage with professionals.
To help further the pre-professional training offered by Pacific School of Dance, DUSCO has provided scholarships to students who have been accepted to summer intensive training programs such as Summer Dance Lab, School of Oregon Ballet Theater, American Ballet Theater and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
By bringing master teachers and choreographers to our local area, DUSCO enhances training and vision for both students and dance educators. Through educational outreach programs children of all ages are exposed to the art of dance and the power of creative arts.
Dance Umbrella’s student performing company has been delighting audiences on Oregon’s South Coast since 1994. In the spring of 2009 Artistic Directors Connie Hogge and Christine Rader transitioned the student company into Ballet Pacific, the South Coast’s premier youth ballet company.
Ballet Pacific collaborates with other youth ballet companies in the state of Oregon. Company dancers have attended workshops and performed with Portland Youth Ballet at the One World Trade Center in Portland, and with Eugene Youth Ballet at the Northwest Dance Festival in Eugene.
EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH – LOCAL SCHOOLS
Carnival of the Animals
February 23, 2017 / Hales Center for the Performing Arts
Guest companies Eugene Youth Ballet, Portland Youth Ballet & Center for Movement Arts
February 25, 2017 / Hales Center for the Performing Arts
NORTHWEST DANCE FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE
April 22, 2017 / Soreng Theater, Hult Center for the Performing Arts
PACIFIC SCHOOL OF DANCE RECITAL
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:00 pm / Hales Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, June 4, 2017, 2:00 pm / Hales Center for the Performing Arts
August 26, 2017, World Trade Center Theatre
Pacific School of Dance (PSD) is the official school of Ballet Pacific. However, dancers with a strong ballet background from all area schools are invited to audition. The partnership between the strong training at PSD and the opportunities provided by DUSCO has afforded local dancers opportunities not usually available to children who live outside large metropolitan areas.