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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

Art in the Dark (A-WOL Dance Collective)

Dangling from the trees and battling the elements.


Dance
The wilderness, though beautiful, can also be deadly. Or just annoying. So while an outdoor stage is an alluring prospect for an aerial company accustomed to hanging from ceilings of dusty wareh   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Golden Girl

After 20 years, burlesque legend Tiffany Carter dons the catsuit again.


Dance
Back in 1965, a Corvallis native named Teresa Sandford took her first dancing gig. She was underage—only 17—and she’d been booked as a go-go dancer in Anaheim, Calif. She danced twice befo   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AARON SPENCER

The Sprockettes

The glam-punk, all-female minibike troupe turns 10.


Dance
Ten years ago, Portland’s bike scene was burgeoning. Zoobombing—speeding down the West Hills on blinged-out minibikes—was a new trend. But a group of lady cyclists felt something was missi   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Puente (Diego Piñón)

Bridging the gap, with shamanism and seaweed.


Dance
On an August afternoon in the high desert of central Mexico more than a decade ago, Portland butoh performer Mizu Desierto found herself blindfolded and tied together with 14 other people. Runni   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON SPENCER

The Last Dance


Dance
Oregon’s premier ballet company is losing its premier ballerina. Alison Roper, after 18 seasons with Oregon Ballet Theatre, is retiring, performing for the final time this weekend. In this Celebrate   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Dynamic Duet

On and off the dance floor, Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know when to push one another.


Dance
As sisters, Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know siblings don’t get anywhere by being babied. So even as they look out for each other, they won’t hesitate to make the other do things for herse   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AARON SPENCER

You Too Are Made of Stars (Wobbly Dance)

Dancing by their own rules to rethink disability.


Dance
Yulia Arakelyan remembers the first day of an improv dance class led by an experimental choreographer from San Francisco. “The elevator was broken that day,” she says. “I was carried up th   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Crash Corset

A burlesque skeptic spends 10 sequined weeks learning the art of the tease—and how to make tear-away pants.


Dance
Headmistress Zora Phoenix wears 5-inch pumps and a black leotard. It’s a Saturday afternoon in January, and the drag queen is instructing us to walk to the mirror and “look sexy.” She demo   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Metal Machine Music (Kogut Butoh)

Lou Reed, with white kimonos and candlelight.


Dance
When Lou Reed’s album Metal Machine Music came out in 1975, critics assailed it as a contemptuous joke, a smack in their faces and an immature scrape with career suicide. Now, the album, a 64-   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 AARON SPENCER
 

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