Behind-the-scenes of our Petra and the Wolf/Petra y el Lobo photo shoot

Posted by megan on May 22, 2021
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Petra and the Wolf/Petra y el Lobo photo shoot at Westwood Creek Farm. Special Thanks to David Campbell for allowing us to use his beautiful property for this photo shoot.

Photographer: Jacob Mathison

Makeup: Jennifer McCloskey

Costumes: Judith Sanders and Mariann Jones

Thank You to Mariann Jones, Wendy Lepre, Maya Schwartz, and Dow Yeh for loaning us their musical instruments!

Petra: Madeline Hoffert-Hay

Wolf: Camilla Robertson

Bird: Bella Hoffert-Hay

Duck: Alexandra Bacula

Cat: Wendy Lepre


Video Link to 2021 WAB Online Choreography Showcase

Posted by megan on May 16, 2021
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Please use this link to view the 2021 WAB Online Choreography Showcase:



Graduating Senior: Camilla Robertson

Posted by megan on December 05, 2020
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Our 2021 Graduating Senior, Camilla Robertson, has committed to dancing as a Trainee with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA for their 2021-2022 season! Congratulations, Camilla: BGB Forever!

BCCC Grant Award 2020/2021

Posted by megan on November 22, 2019
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Willamette Apprentice Ballet is pleased to announce that an $1800 grant from the Benton County Cultural Coalition, distributing funds on behalf of the Oregon Cultural Trust, that was awarded to WAB in the 2020 grant cycle has been rolled over into the 2021 grant cycle, due to COVID-19.

This grant will be utilized to help fund our October 2021 Free Children’s Concert for Benton County 2nd and 3rd grade students, in collaboration with E.P.I.C Opera Orchestra. Willamette Apprentice Ballet is creating a new ballet, “Petra and the Wolf,” with a dual language narration (English and Spanish).

Thank you, Benton County Cultural Coalition!

Thank you, Carlson Family Fund!

Posted by megan on August 01, 2019
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Thank you to the Marlan and Angela Carlson Family Fund for once again acting as a Performance Sponsor for our October 22nd, 2019 Children’s Concert!

Maddie Koegler as the ‘Summer Tanager Bird,’ with Marvil Vigil (flautist), in Carnival of the Animals with EPIC Opera Orchestra: June 1st, 2019. Photo: Jeff Hintzman

This FREE concert for Benton County 2nd and 3rd graders will feature EPIC Opera Orchestra (conducted by David Campbell), onstage with the dancers of Willamette Apprentice Ballet, performing the whimsical “Carnival of the Animals, ” (with Guest Narrator Charlotte Headrick), as well as excerpts from Swan Lake, La Bayadere, and Orpheus in the Underworld (Can-Can!)

Shop at Running Princess, Jan-March 2019

Posted by megan on January 03, 2019
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The Running Princess store in downtown Corvallis has made Willamette Apprentice Ballet their sponsored nonprofit for the first quarter of 2019!

Please shop at Running Princess between now and March: $1 from every pair of socks purchased during this time will be donated to Willamette Apprentice Ballet!

Running Princess
Madison Avenue, downtown Corvallis

BCCC Grant Award

Posted by megan on November 27, 2018
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Willamette Apprentice Ballet recently learned that we will be receiving an $1800 grant from the Benton County Cultural Coalition for our new production of “Carnival of the Animals,” which will premiere on March 8th, 2019, at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis, as part of TWO FREE PERFORMANCES: a daytime Children’s Educational Concert, and a full-length evening concert.

Thank you, Benton County Cultural Coalition, for your support and belief in Willamette Apprentice Ballet!


Ballet & Music at the Carousel

Posted by megan on November 25, 2018
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WAB dancers Ezra Hart and Jennifer McCloskey reading ballet books to children at The Historic Carousel in Albany: Saturday, November 24th, 2018



Adventures in Oregon & the Solar System

Posted by megan on February 12, 2014
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Willamette Apprentice Ballet is collaborating with the Corvallis Community Band on a Children’s Concert for local 4th graders! The Children’s Concert will be Tuesday,¬†October 23rd @ 12:30pm. This particular performance is by invitation-only, for local elementary school students and their teachers/chaperones; the program features music and dance pieces related to the Oregon Trail and the Solar System.

Willamette Apprentice Ballet dancers from the Int/Adv Character Dance class of Corvallis Academy of Ballet will be performing a piece called Hootenanny, a fusion of traditional American square dancing steps and formations + classical ballet; they will be wearing beautiful, historically-accurate dresses that were designed and constructed by Mariann & Erica Jones. Students from the Beg/Int Character Dance class of CAB will be performing Teddy Bear Picnic, dancing with their favorite teddy bears and other stuffed animals.

We look forward to performing for all of those 4th graders in October!