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Amy O’Neal pushes gender boundaries at TBA.

Amy O’Neal knew she was pushing a boundary. Break dancing was born on the streets of the Bronx, and it still maintains an air of machismo today, even though it’s moved into studios. But for her ne   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Galaxy Festival Aims High

Polaris tries to pack Portland’s dance world into Director Park.

Robert Guitron is the first to admit that he started Galaxy Dance Festival for selfish reasons.  “I find myself so stuck in my own little fishbowl while working with my people,” says   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 KAITIE TODD

À La Mode (Moxie Contemporary Ballet)

A ballet where weight doesn’t matter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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