Dance Department

Events, Fall 2015

Dance Department Info Session

Wednesday, August 26 @ 2:30-3:30 pm in the PAB Dance Studio

Come for an informal information session on dance at Reed. This is a great opportunity to meet members of the dance faculty, student representatives, to talk about courses and to have your questions answered.

Day of Dance

Saturday, August 29 @ 10:00 am-3:00pm in the PAB Dance Studio

Meet and dance with students, staff and faculty in the Dance Department. All levels of experience welcome!

10:00-10:45    Ballet with Eric Skinner, dance staff and Artistic Director of Skinner/Kirk Dance 
10:45-11:25    Hip-hop with DJ Rayley, dance staff and artistic director of Snap
11:25-12:05     Lyrical with Laura Haney, dance staff and director of the dance program and student company at Multnomah Athletic Club.
12:05-12:45     BREAK! SNACKS!
12:45-01:20     Writing & Dancing with Victoria Fortuna, Assistant Professor of Dance
01:20-02:00     Contemporary with Minh Tran, Visiting Associate Professor of Dance
02:00-02:40     Lyrical with Vanessa Thiessan, dance staff and teacher at Portland Ballet
02:40-03:00     Meet & Chat

Dance Performance by Carla Mann at the Hoyt Arboretum

Sunday, August 30 @ 6:00-7:00 pm at Portland Hoyt Arboretum

An outing to see dance performance by Professor Carla Mann in conjunction with Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Northwest featuring Portland and Reed dancers.  A van will depart from PAB at 5:15PM on Sunday, August 30th.  For questions and signing up for this outing, please contact Minh Tran or Katie Pelletier

Visiting Artist d. Sabela Grimes

Funkamentals:  Community, Codes, Conversational Modes–a workshop for dance students
Wednesday, October 7 @ 3:10-4:30 pm in the PAB Dance Studio

SHOW’N’PROVE – A lecture and demonstration on Grimes artistic process in both performance and video
Thursday, October 8 @ 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the PAB Performance Lab
Reserve tickets here:

 Kinetic Poetics. – a workshop for students in all arts disciplines
Friday, October 9 @ 1:00-2:30 pm in the PAB Dance Studio


d. Sabela Grimes, a 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, is a choreographer, writer, composer and educator whoseinterdisciplinary performance work and pedagogical approach reveal a vested interest in the physical and meta-physical efficacies of Afro-diasporic cultural practices.  His Afribiquitous dance theater projects like World War WhatEver, 40 Acres & A Microchip, BulletProof Deli, and ELECTROGYNOUS, consider invisibilized histories and grapple with constructed notions of masculinity and manhood while conceiving a womynist consciousness.  He created and continues to cultivate a movement system called Funkamentals that focuses on the methodical dance training and community building elements evident in Black vernacular and Street dance forms.  Previously, grimes co-authored and performed as a principal dancer in Rennie Harris Puremovement’s award-winning Rome & Jewels. An Assistant Professor at University of Southern California, grimes received a BA in English and MFA in dance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Arts Division Open Meeting

Monday, October 26 @ 4:45 pm in the PAB Atrium

Open Division meeting with students in the PAB Atrium. Students from all disciplines will show work in progress.

Auditions for Winter Dance Concert

Friday, November 134-6 pm in the PAB Dance Studio

Prepare and audition your choreography to be shown in the Winter Dance Concert. Choreography must be original and complete, no more than 5 minutes for ensemble pieces and no more than 3 minutes for solo pieces.  When the audition date is set, you may reserve a time slot on the sign-up sheet posted outside the PAB Dance Studio door. Please bring to the audition your own music, costume ideas, and information on any special technical needs you might have. For questions, please contact Minh Tran or MacKenzie Simone Schuller

Winter Dance Concert

Saturday-Sunday, December 12-13, 2015 @7:00 pm in Greenwood Performance Stage

Choreography by Reed students, faculty and special guests.