free and open to the public
no previous dance experience necessary
no registration necessary
Welcome! Community Dance at Reed is a project that aims to bring together members of the Reed College and broader Portland communities. We practice community dance as a mode of dancemaking and social intervention based on the principles of collective creation. Weekly creative movement sessions—offered one semester each academic year—are free and open to the public. No previous dance experience necessary. These sessions offer a forum for dancing and talking about social, cultural, and identity based issues. We welcome all bodies, with a critical awareness of how race, class, ability, gender, and sexuality impact the ways we relate to ourselves and one another in public. Together, we collaboratively create dance works and perform in the Dance Department’s biannual concerts.
At the same time, the mission of Community Dance at Reed feels more important than ever. While additional details with be forthcoming, during fall 2020 Community Dance at Reed will host several virtual gatherings that will:
1) Allow us to dance together while apart
2) Facilitate dialogue around future plans for Community Dance at Reed
Community Dance at Reed is informed and inspired by a broad range of community based dance projects. For related projects, resources, and community partners see: