Welcome to Center For Movement Arts

Center for Movement Arts in Portland, Oregon offers children and adults a safe, positive and enjoyable environment in which to study a rich variety of movement disciplines. Students at Center for Movement Arts take dance classes for the love of dance. Our faculty, guest teaching artists and directors work hard to make that love life-long.

Teaching Approach

Center for Movement Arts was created with the philosophy that positive self-esteem is constructive to learning. This basic concept guides our interaction with our students and their families. Discipline and respect for others are crucial to a positive learning environment and are expected from students, teachers and guests. All dance classes are taught in a relaxed, encouraging atmosphere that enables students of all ages to achieve, grow, and always, to have fun.

Classes for Children

Children's classes include creative movement, our "Steps" dance exploration series, and classical ballet from beginning to advanced levels, plus pointe work.

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Classes for Adults

Classes for adults include classical ballet from introductory through advanced levels, pointe work, ballroom dance, jazz dance, modern dance and Pilates mat class.

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CMA Center Stage

Get a sneak peek at our 2019 Summer Intensive offerings.

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"Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made."

~ Ted Shawn, choreographer