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.
Community Dance at Reed will be on a (brief!) hiatus during the 2018-2019 academic year while program director and Assistant Professor of Dance Victoria Fortuna is on sabbatical. Open community sessions will begin again in Fall 2019. In the meantime, please check back here for updates!
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: