Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate.
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
Clay Nelson built the longest-running tango festival in North America—in Portland.
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
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
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
Allie Hankins channels one of the greatest dancers of the 20th Century.
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
Dangling from the trees and battling the elements.
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