After strict training in China, an Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer finds joy in the rigor.
Outside of ballet, Xuan Cheng says her life is pretty
boring. She knows people who go on hikes or stay out late partying, but
after rigorous rehearsal, she doesn’t have the energy. Instead, th ... More
Oregon Country Fair goers will be familiar with these meta-retro numbers, but the acts have been juiced up for Time Warp,
a circus show and dance party. Wanderlust Circus’ acrob ... More
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
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
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
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
On and off the dance floor, Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know when to push one another.
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
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
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
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