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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

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

Luciana Proaño

From Peru to Portland, with poetry and hammocks.


Dance
In 20 years of performing in Portland, Luciana Proaño has never gotten significant media attention. She acknowledges she could do more to promote herself, but by her nature—she improvises all   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 AARON SPENCER

3x3 (POV Dance)

Climbing up walls and sliding down banisters.


Dance
The last time POV Dance performed was in 2010, when the company balanced on windowsills and did handstands in the atrium of Southeast Portland’s Ford Building. The years since have been eventf   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 AARON SPENCER

The Nutcracker

Busby goes big.


Dance
The Nutcracker makes Busby Berkeley seem like an austere minimalist. Compared to that ballet’s sumptuous, self-satisfied bliss, synchronized swimming might as well be a hockey fight. Oregon Ba   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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