Warmth. Excellence. Diversity.

Rose City Ballet School is a foundational classical ballet school in Portland, OR owned by award-winning ABT Certified Teacher, Renée Meiffren. Renée, in addition to running the school, serves as our only Ballet Mistress. Her work is about cultivating clean, healthy beg & int classical ballet technique/artistry in a warm, excellent & diverse atmosphere.

Renée is fully qualified to work with students up through the professional level but she chooses to work with beg & int students. “I love planting the seeds of healthy ballet technique, artistic sensibility & work ethic. Those roses can bloom over a lifetime!”

RENÉE MEIFFREN, Owner & Ballet Mistress

At age three, Renée saw Baryshnikov on the television and begged her mother to put her in ballet classes. She then began her ballet training with Mary Moe Adams (Adams Ballet Academy/Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance, LONDON). Renée began teaching classical ballet at age 13. She is an award-winning professional ballet dancer and gifted, vivacious teacher who is thrilled to share her life's passion with Portland.

Renée has taught ballet in Switzerland, Arizona (Phoenix/Tucson), California (Santa Barbara/San Francisco) and Oregon (Portland/Astoria). In addition to teaching youth and adult classes, Renée was Guest Ballet Master for the professional company at Northwest Dance Project in Portland.

We are located in Suite 101 of a beautifully renovated building at Killingsworth St. & Mallory Ave in Northeast Portland. Our studio is cozy with a wonderful sprung floor, lovely lighting and flowers. Classes are kept small to ensure individualized attention.

Renée Meiffren is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance, LONDON


Presidential Scholar in the Arts
(received a gold medal from President Clinton, the only ballet dancer)

Winner of the Prestigious Solo Seal Award, Royal Academy of Dance, LONDON

Full Scholarship to attend the prestigous professional dance school Rudra-Béjart Lausanne

Winner of the Level One Prize NFAA National Dance Competition

Winner at the National Society of Arts and Letters National Ballet Competition

Invited to join the dancer database at Cirque du Soleil

Finalist at the Awesome Portland Awards

Guest Ballet Master at Northwest Dance Project


Béjart Ballet Lausanne (Switzerland)

Ballet Arizona

State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara


Adams Ballet Academy
(Royal Academy of Dance, LONDON)

Arizona School for the Arts
(Kee-Juan Han)

Rudra-Béjart Lausanne (Switzerland)

San Francisco Ballet School

Bolshoi Academy at Vail




Mary Moe Adams
(U.S. Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Awardee/Dir Adams Ballet Academy)

Kee-Juan Han

Maurice Béjart
(One of the Great Dance Masters of the 20th Century)
Rudra-Béjart Lausanne/Béjart Ballet Lausanne

Michel Gascard
(Ballet of the 20th Century/Rudra-Béjart Lausanne)

Azari Plissetski
(Bolshoi Ballet/National Ballet of Cuba)

Wilhelm Burmann

David Howard

Finis Jhung

Jacqueline Rayet
(Paris Opera)

Larrio Ekson
(Paris Opera Ballet)

Myra Woodruff
(Martha Graham Dance Company)

CONTACT: renee@rosecityballetschool.com
125 NE Killingsworth St. Suite 101, Portland, OR 97211

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