Dance+ Performance Festival

Announcing the 4th annual Dance+ Performance Festival 2015 - July 8-10th & 15-17th. DANCE+ is an annual, curated festival-style performance series that features local contemporary dance making. This year, DANCE+ will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings so that you can also attend the Risk/Reward Festival performances. Two distinct programs featuring movement makers and multi-disciplinary artists will surprise and inspire you. Apply online here.

The “plus” of DANCE+ comes from the innovative, collaborative nature of contemporary dance in its hungry investigation and integration of fresh ideas, new technologies, hybrid formats, borrowed styles, and changing definitions. The 1st annual DANCE+ Festival took place in July 2012 and focused on a collaborative approach to creating work.

DANCE+ allows artists a chance to focus more on the artistic process and less on producing and marketing promising increased levels of sophistication, innovation, and quality. DANCE+ offers a long-needed platform for Portland-area dancers to gain greater visibility, and provides a venue for their work to reach new levels artistically and professionally.

The artists in this Festival represent a diverse group of emerging to mature artists selected by a panel of national and regional artists and arts administrators. Artists and projects are selected through an application process and are evaluated on innovation, originality, and artistic quality.

DANCE+ seeks to focus the eye on local dance artists, strengthening Portland’s place as an innovative contributor to a global dance dialogue, and providing a means for artistic growth. This Festival is fundamental to Conduit’s mission to support contemporary dance, and plays a key role in a city that is increasingly known internationally for its vital arts community, in particular for its dance.

DANCE+ is a young program with potential for growth and expansion. Future plans include expanding its reach to include regional and west coast artists. The Dance+ Performance Festival is funded by the Autzen Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation SEED Grant Program.

DANCE+ 2014 Artists


  • Paul Clay & Todd Barton
  • Jen Hackworth, Meghann Gilligan, Claire Barrera, Keyon Gaskin
  • Alter Structure, Stephanie Lanckton, Mizu Desierto
  • Anna Conner, Julia Cross, Autumn Tselios
  • Zahra Banzi & Dylan Wilbur
  • Meshi Chavez, Roland Ventura Toledo, Teresa Vanderkin, Joe McLaughlin
  • Kyle Marshall & Meagan Woods
  • Christopher Peddecord & Lindsey Matheis
  • Radical Child (Alexander Dones & Kara Girod Shuster)

DANCE+ 2014 Funding Organizations


  • Autzen Foundation
  • Jackson Foundation
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council
  • DANCE+ Work Space Grants provided by the Robert Rauschenberg SEED Grant

DANCE+ 2013 Artists


  • Danielle Agami/Ate9
  • Jin Camou
  • Sarah Gamblin & Linda K. Johnson
  • Suba Ganesan & Michelle Fujii
  • Kara Girod & Christopher Peddecord
  • Beth Graczyk
  • Jessica Hightower
  • Stephanie Lanckton & Roland Toledo
  • Maya Soto

DANCE+ 2013 Funding Organizations


  • Autzen Foundation
  • Celebration Foundation
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council
  • DANCE+ Work Space Grants provided by the Robert Rauschenberg SEED Grant

DANCE+ 2012 Artists


  • bobbevy
  • Danielle Ross & Christi Denton
  • The DECEPTiCONS
  • Friendly Pheromones Dance Co. & Wavor Clamor Bellow
  • Gaskin, Bielemeier & Bronchtein
  • Keely McIntyre & Ash Black Bufflo
  • Kristine Anderson & Julia Hammond

DANCE+ 2012 Funding Organizations


  • Autzen Foundation
  • Celebration Foundation
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council

Conduit Dance+ Performance Festival