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À La Mode (Moxie Contemporary Ballet)

A ballet where weight doesn’t matter.


Dance
At 5-foot-10, Briley Neugebauer was too tall. At 125 pounds, Amanda Coleman was too heavy. The strict physical requirements for female ballerinas are tighter than their pointe shoes. Which is    More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 ENID SPITZ

The Blues Project (Dorrance Dance)

New Yorkers swing into Portland’s untapped tap scene.


Dance
This ain’t your mama’s tap dancing. There is a drummer on stage. She starts up “this slow and sticky 12-beat blues.” Then the violinist comes in, and the audience starts clapping early   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Open Space

Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate.


Dance
First, they came for the bars. Now, Portland dance is getting pushed around. In the past seven months, at least four different Portland dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only som   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Ching Ching Wong (Northwest Dance Project)

For one dancer, NWDP is more than a company, it’s family.


Dance
Ching Ching Wong, all 4 feet 11 inches of her, wriggles in her chair as she throws up jazz hands: “I want to dance forever. Like in retirement homes in my wheelchair, I’m going to be killi   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 KAITIE TODD

The Box Marked Black

Checking in.


Dance
In 2013, as an intern at WW, I wrote this about local actress, teacher and dancer Damaris Webb’s one-woman show The Box Marked Black: “In the absence of easy description, ‘delightful’ will   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Hold Me Closer, Tango Dancer

Clay Nelson built the longest-running tango festival in North America—in Portland.


Dance
Clay Nelson knows all about the Portland tango. After all, he’s the main reason it exists. Each year, dancers and instructors come from all over the world to the ValenTango festival he found   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Firewall (BodyVox)

A dance company reveals the tricks behind the technology.


Dance
If you saw Inception a few years back, chances are you marveled at the film’s spinning, zero-gravity hallway scene. BodyVox didn’t stop at admiration—the 17-year-old dance company decided    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 KAITIE TODD

A-Bout (TopShakeDance)

Dancing themselves black and blue.


Dance
TopShakeDance is about to hit the dance floor hard. Literally: To explore competition and groupthink, the company’s newest work, A-bout, employs wrestling mats, mixed martial arts-inspired choreog   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Togetherness (Danielle Ross and Stacey Tran)

Uniting the melodramatic and the mundane.


Dance
How would you move if you were a Greek god? That’s just one question posed during Togetherness, a new dance piece by choreographer Danielle Ross. In the piece, dancers strike iconic poses of    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 KAITIE TODD

All That Glitters

Allie Hankins channels one of the greatest dancers of the 20th Century.


Dance
By the time he was 29, legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was calling it quits. Allie Hankins, on the other hand, didn’t start dancing until college. Now 30, the local dancer-ch   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 KAITIE TODD
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