Win Tickets ($50): Celebrate w/ Oregon Ballet Theatre @ Newmark Theatre | Farewell Performance of Principal Dancer Alison Roper, 3 Pieces

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Celebrate w/ Oregon Ballet Theatre @ Newmark Theatre. You can use them for any performance April 17th-26th. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 11th.

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Oregon Ballet Theatre CelebrateCelebrate
April 17-26, 2014
$25-$142 | All Ages
Visit or call 503.2.BALLET for tickets.

Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 248-4335

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s offering at the Newmark Theatre this season marks the end of an era with the retirement of Principal Dancer Alison Roper, who will perform the company premiere of Nacho Duato’s Cor Perdut in every show. Also on the CELEBRATE program is the pulsating and colorful Petal – a company premiere by American choreographer Helen Pickett, and Matjash Mrozewski’s The Lost Dance, created on OBT in 2012.

CELEBRATE runs for eight performances April 17-26, 2014 at the Newmark Theatre. Each show will include Alison Wonderland, a multimedia tribute to Roper, as well as some unannounced surprises to ensure this immaculate artist is given a farewell commensurate with the gifts she has bestowed upon the company and the community during nearly two decades of artistic excellence. Fans are encouraged to share their memories of Alison to be included in a compilation as a gift for her retirement performance on Saturday, April 26, by posting on OBT’s Facebook page, using #AlisonRoper on Twitter, or by emailing [email protected] Some of these entries may also be read at performances of CELEBRATE.

Roper has danced with Oregon Ballet Theatre under each of its three Artistic Directors – James Canfield, Christopher Stowell, and Kevin Irving – and her tenure of eighteen seasons spans three-quarters of the company’s life. A favorite of choreographers, repetiteurs, and audiences alike, she was featured, to critical acclaim, in both of OBT’s appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Roper will remain with the organization after her retirement from the stage, transitioning into a role in the development department, the process of which she has already begun throughout the course of the 2013/14 season.

The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre will also present its Annual Performance during these dates at the Newmark Theatre. These hard-working students from SOBT’s top levels will dance excerpts from Christopher Stowell’s Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano, and more. Many of these students have had the opportunity to appear onstage with Oregon Ballet Theatre in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and other main stage productions, but the Annual Performance allows young dancers to shine in both featured and corps de ballet roles as they progress in their rigorous training.



Thursday, April 17 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 20 – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 24 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 25 – 7:30 p.m.
*Saturday, April 26 – 7:30 p.m.

*Alison Roper’s retirement performance

SOBT Annual School Performance

Saturday, April 26 – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 27 – 1:00 p.m.

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78 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Celebrate w/ Oregon Ballet Theatre @ Newmark Theatre | Farewell Performance of Principal Dancer Alison Roper, 3 Pieces

  1. Gregory Samson April 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    We love the ballet! But with our daughter living in NYC and studying at Juilliard (Scholarship), our budget doesn’t allow us to buy tickets. Getting free tickets would be special!

  2. Bill Seibert April 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I have really enjoyed seeing Alison Roper dance in years past. My daughter dances ballet full time at CBA in Sellwood. I would love to take her, but that’s a luxury I can’t afford right now that I’m looking for work.

  3. Yume April 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Alison Roper is something of a legend, in Portland. It’d be awesome to see her before she retires!

  4. Shaina April 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    Never been to the ballet before!

  5. Stephanie April 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    I never had the pleasure of dancing with OBT, but I attended many performances when I was a tiny ballerina. Ballet performances rock my soul every time!

  6. Lisa April 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    My lovely friend needs a lift and i would love to take her and husband to this amazing event.

  7. Katrina April 3, 2014 at 6:01 am #

    Beautifully danced career! Cheers to a inspirational ballerina. Bravo!

  8. Laura April 3, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    Roper has such a physical presence on stage, and I’ll bet she gives this final performance everything she’s got! It’s going to be quite a show.

  9. Didi April 3, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    What an honor to be able to go to her farwell performance. Hope I am selected.

  10. sara April 3, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    I have always wanted to go to the ballet, but it’s always too expensive!

  11. Tara April 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Alison’s dancing has helped fuel my passion for dance over the years and I would love to see her perform one more time.

  12. Lisa April 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    I’d love to see this show. Thanks!

  13. Jessie April 3, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Being able to see her last show would be amazing!

  14. Camille Mayeux April 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    I love ballet! Live theater events can get pricey – it’d be a dream to win and see this amazing performance.

  15. Nancy April 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Haven’t been to the ballet in years. Such talent–would love the chance to go! Thanks for the chance.

  16. Danielle April 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    My first time watching ballet featured Alison, I would love to be part of her send off!

  17. Liz April 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I love ballet/OBT performances & would love this opportunity/motivation to make this show.

  18. Jamie April 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    I adore the ballet, and have never had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Roper perform. I’d be just tickled to attend.

  19. AJ April 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    I used to do ballet and have fond memories of watching the nutcracker as a kid. I wish I could watch more often, but it’s out of my price range right now. This would be an amazing gift!

  20. Alison April 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    I have never been to a ballet, and would LOVE to experience something like this. I’ve only seen what’s on TV, and I would LOVE to experience this in person.

    My boyfriend would never go, but if I got these tickets I know he would..and he would LOVE it. It would be a whole new experience for us!! Did I mention we would LOVE it???!!

  21. Waldo April 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    New to the area (still in boxes) would love to see the arts scene with my daughter.

  22. Tever Nickerson April 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    My daughter is a huge ballet fan!! I would love to surprise her with tickets to the show!!

  23. Smita April 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Hi I’m new to oregon and very much intersted to see bellet. I’m loving it.

  24. Cody April 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    The grace and pose that these dancers have is remarkable. I would love to be able to experience a performance, the only ballet that I have attended was the Nutcracker 10 years ago!

  25. zoe April 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    I love dance and have been wanting to go to the Oregon Ballet Theatre for a long time – this would be a great experience!

  26. Megan April 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    My fiance finally agreed to go to a ballet with me but we haven’t had the chance yet. This would be an excellent evening for us. It’s nice to get out of the house when we are able and funds allow

  27. Demarie April 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I’ve been taking my friends daughter to ballet class and would love to take her to a show!

  28. Rebecca April 3, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    I have never been to the ballet. I would love to go!

  29. Autumn April 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    I have yet to attend a ballet performance here in Portland, and I’ve been here almost six years!
    Being a public school teacher doesn’t allow for extraneous outings to the arts, so this would be a dream opportunity!

  30. April April 3, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    I’d love to see her farewell performance!

  31. Jennifer kerns April 3, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    I would love to see Alison’s final performance! She’s been such a treasure for obt

  32. Jackie April 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Love the Ballet! Haven’t seent an OBT performance since I’ve moved here what an awesome opportunity!

  33. Maria Witt April 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    wow, this would be amazing!

  34. Kirsten April 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Our daughter is graduating this year and has been a dancer all the way up to college. I’d love to take her to this inspirational show!

  35. panda April 3, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    “dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.”

  36. Eva April 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    I would LOVE to see this performance. LOVE!

  37. Jacqueline April 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi….one of my earliest memories is seeing Sleeping Beauty with one of my best friends…That friend is coming to visit me in Portland during the performance schedule…I would love to celebrate our 40th birthdays this way!! Thanks :)

  38. Michelle April 3, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    I have been a fan of Alison since the beginning of her career with OBT. It would be a thrill for my daughter and I to see one of her final performances.

  39. Gemma April 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    I’d love to treat my niece to this, as Alison is a such a positive role model. Thank you.

  40. Katie April 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    I haven’t seen ballet forever. I would love to bring my girlfriend.

  41. kim April 4, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    Love the ballet. It’s been too long for me. I’d love to go.

  42. Stacey April 4, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    We saw OBT’s DREAM program, and it was marvelous. Would love to see CELEBRATE, and celebrate Alison Roper!

  43. Amanda April 4, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I’ve never been to a ballet and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go! Sounds amazing!

  44. Wendy April 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    I love, love, love all dance and have been unable to attend yet. What a gift!

  45. Ilesha April 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    This would be an amazing experience to win!

  46. RobertZ April 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    I’ve never been to a ballet. My girlfriend has been to a few and truly enjoys the experience. I guess I’m a little bit country to her city. Due to unusual circumstances I disappointed her on her birthday. Then to top it off I missed the mark on Valentine’s Day, even with an effort she said was commendable. Really!? So, I was hoping this would be a nice surprise. Thanks for considering my entry.

  47. Harriet April 5, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    We have only been in Portland a short time and have not yet had an opportunity to see Allison Roper dance. It would be amazing to see the final performance of such a remarkable artist.


  48. Lynn April 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    ***I would love to introduce my niece to the Beauty of Dance! It would be such a wonderful experience to share~***

  49. Lauretta April 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Alison Roper is an amazing dancer! It would be an honor to see her before she retires.

  50. sara April 7, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    this looks amazing!!

  51. Jessica April 7, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    I really love ballet! I would love tickets.

  52. Katie April 7, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I would LOVE to take my niece to see this!!! She just had her birthday and is a Arts junkie!!!

  53. lynnette f April 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    have never been to the ballet and would enjoy the romance of a night out.

  54. Melissa April 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed her performances in the Nutcracker ballet. I would love to see her once more before she retires.

  55. Evey April 9, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    I am a single mom. A night of culture would truly enrich my soul.

  56. Karen Gillis April 10, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Pick me!

  57. Maggie April 10, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Would love to see this quintessential American ballerina with her athleticism and artistry close out her career. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  58. Alec April 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Its me and my wife’s one year wedding anniversary coming up and we would love to go to this to Celebrate!!!

  59. Chuck April 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    I could probably use some culture culture.

  60. Brianna April 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    I love the ballet and this would be a great way to celebrate my one year anniversary with my boyfriend. Pick me, please!

  61. Michelle Pelletier April 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I should win tickets just for figuring out that math problem =) ! HA. Actually, I’d love to take my daughter to the ballet and hope to win! Thanks!!

  62. Wendy April 10, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    CELEBRATE! Love dance and what a wonderful way to celebrate life and spring.

  63. Mario April 10, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    My girlfriend was a ballerina as a kid, and I KNOW she would love to go. We’ve been together for a couple of years now, but I have yet to take. Help me make up for lost time!

  64. Anne April 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Whenever I see some powerful bodies move, I get so inspired. It makes me want to take a class or two.

  65. Dale April 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I Love Ballet!!! Let me go!!

  66. Adrienne April 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    New in town and haven’t yet experienced the performing arts in Portland. This would be a great intro!

  67. Angela April 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    I studied with the Royal Academy in classical ballet. Due to injuries I haven’t danced in years. I have lived in Portland area for ten years but haven’t been able to afford to attend the ballet. It would mean a lot to me to attend.

  68. Allie April 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed watching Alison dance multiple times in the couple of years I’ve lived here in Portland. Would love to see her farewell performance!

  69. Eli April 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm #


    I’d love to go to the opera as I haven’t had the chance to go…ever! Things are tight financially and I know I would definitely be able to go.

    Thank you and take care!

  70. jr April 11, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    fantastique! i would love to see some ballet, it’s been years.

  71. Wants it Most April 11, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    I REALLY want to go to this! so badly. The double plus, if I win a PAIR of tickets then one of my friends HAVE to go with me!

  72. Naomi April 11, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    I love dance!

  73. Stacie April 11, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    I have never been to a ballet before, and would love to go!

  74. Melody April 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    I took my son to the ballet when he was very young, he is about to turn 16, it is time to take him again.
    Pretty please.

  75. Cathy April 13, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    I’d love to take my sweetie!

  76. anna April 13, 2014 at 6:01 am #

    This would be spectacular…

  77. David April 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Would love to surprise my wife with some tickets to the ballet!

  78. Kim April 15, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    I haven’t been to the ballet in forever.

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