Conduit Dance Instructors
Conduit's instructors are highly experienced in their art and generous with their knowledge. Classes reflect their artistic backgrounds and individual aesthetic interests while remaining firmly based in contemporary movement practices.
Current Teaching Artists
Ron Amit was born in Israel and began his professional career in 2003 when he joined the Batsheva Ensemble performing in works by Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Arkady Zaides, Matanicola and Daniel Landau. He received multiple America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships, and Outstanding Dancer in the IDF. His work has been performed in the US, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary and Israel. His collaboration with Mor Shani Lu Carmela, won "Best Choreography" in the SoloDuo competition in Hungary, and ACT Festival in Spain. Ron teaches Gaga around the world, and was one of the first teachers to bring Gaga to the United States. Ron and Shiri Capuano Quantz cofounded ZuZu-Balance in Motion in 2012 in Israel, a non-profit organization that uses movement as a healing and self-empowerment modality for minorities and disabled people.
Gregg Bielemeier is an Oregon born dance artist who started his career with the Portland Dance Theater in 1970. As a freelance artist he has worked on the West Coast and Europe as a featured choreographer, performer and teacher for over four decades. He is a frequent improvisor/collaborator with musicians, actors and visual artists, creating suave, witty dance works that have been described as “wonderfully inventive,” by the Los Angeles Times, and as “marvelously goofy,” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A sought-after educator, Bielemeier has been a guest artist in technique, performance and repertory at institutions such as the University of Nevada/Las Vegas, headshot greggPortland State University, Reed College, Center for Movement Arts, da Vinci Arts Middle School, Lewis & Clark College, the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and the School of Oregon Ballet Theater. He is a founding core artist of Conduit Dance in Portland, Oregon where he continues to teach all levels of contemporary movement and dance improvisation. Bielemeier has been awarded grants from the Metropolitan Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and on two occasions received Individual Artist Fellowships from the City of Pasadena, CA. He has provided movement direction for performances by master drummer Obo Addy, Cygnet Theater, Rumpus Room Dance, and performance artist Susan Banyas. His choreographic work has been commissioned by the Northwest Professional Dance Project, D-9 Dance Collective, School for New Dance (Amsterdam), Tere Mathern Dance, Reed College, Polaris Dance Theater, Skinner|Kirk Dance Ensemble, Modern Dance Lab, aero/betty aerial dance theatre, Imago Theatre, Paufve|Dance, BodyVox and White Bird, among others. Bielemeier’s choreography has been presented in Los Angeles by Dance Kaleidoscope, in Seattle at On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival, at Holland’s International Dance Festival, and in Portland by PSU’s Contemporary Dance Season, Portland Art Museum, and for White Bird’s inaugural and 11th contemporary dance performance series.
Michael Garber received his early training at his family’s dance studio in PA. In NYC from 2005-2011, he is a graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Intern Affiliate Program. A member of the Steps Repertory Ensemble, he studied with Jana Hicks, Max Stone, Marijke Eliasburg, Julie Bour, Brice Mousset, Ron Amit and many more. He performed in works by Sean Curran, Nathan Trice, Louis Falco, Andrea Miller, Nejla Yatkin and many more. Michael is a certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki healing practicioner and combines this knowledge with dance, helping others to heal and grow.
Linda K. Johnson co-founder of Conduit, has been a professional dance artist based in Portland for over 24 years. She has just returned from a two-year appointment in the Dance Department at Mills College in Oakland, CA, and has taught, performed, created and produced extensively throughout the NW region. Her concerns as an artist are social and environmental, and her projects have addressed these interests in unconventional compositional forms, formats and venues. Her teaching and making is informed by her deep and ongoing interest in improvisation, somatic forms, architecture, sustainability and beauty. An Oregon Artist’s Fellow in 1999, her work has been generously funded by public, private and individual sources, and has received serious critical review in many venues including Metropolis Magazine, NPR, Dance Magazine, and Landscape Architecture. Her projects have been presented by PICA/TBA:08, On the Boards, ORLO, Dance/SF, SFADI, Reed College, University of Oregon and Ohio State University. She is honored to be a custodian in perpetuity of Yvonne Rainer’s seminal post-modern work, Trio A and a performer of Bebe Miller’s Rain. She is a sought-after teacher in this region by both professional dancers and serious hobbyists, and has taught for extended periods as a guest and/or as faculty at Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, University of Oregon, Conduit, Jefferson High School, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. She is currently in training to be a teacher of The Alexander Technique.
Conduit Dance Instructors
Linda K. Johnson