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



Gregg Bielemeier is an Oregon-born dance artist who has worked on the West Coast and in Europe as a featured choreographer, performer and teacher for over 35 years. He is a founding Conduit core artist who's career began in 1970 with Portland Dance Theater. A frequent improvisor/collaborator with musicians, actors and visual artists, he is known for creating suave, witty dance works that have been des cribed as "wonderfully inventive," by the Los Angeles Times, and as "marvelously goofy," by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Bielemeier's work 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, Imago Theater and for White Bird's inaugural and 11th anual dance series. 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. Recent projects have included the creation of "As Requested (short solo)," for Skinner | Kirk Dance Ensemble, a new commissioned work for Paufve|Dance in Oakland, CA and a featured performance in Imago Theater's "Zugzwang."

Keren Ganin-Pinto is a performing artist and a Somatic Movement Educator in the work of Body-Mind Centering®. Her classes draw from her extensive background in contemporary dance, contact improvisation, voice work and love of the wild. Eric Nordstrom is a dedicated performer, teacher and filmmaker. His performances include a full evening improvisation with Karen Nelson and creating a dance on film with Ann Cooper Albright. He has taught contact improv at colleges and universities including Lewis and Clark and the Ohio State University, where he earned an MFA.

Jen Hackworth is a teacher, choreographer, and performer based in Portland, Oregon. She started training and performing at a young age at her family's dance studio in Easthampton, MA. Since then her movement interest and artistic work have been most influenced by her studies with Anouk van Djik’s Countertechnique, William Forsythe's improvisational techniques, the Alexander technique, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and social/club dancing. In Portland, Jen has worked with Tere Mathern, The DECEPTiCONS, Allie Hankins, Keyon Gaskin, Taka Yamamoto, and Lucy Yim. The Portland Mercury listed Hackworth as "one to watch" and described her as "clean, expressive, energized". As a dancer, she is always looking for ways to be more in the moment, more awake, free, and connected to her body and space. Hackworth trains herself and others based on her own experience as a moving human and consistently explores how much we can really say with the human body. Hackworth strives to understand how our bodies function and express who we are and focuses her explorations on how to be a more easeful, expansive, and inspired mover.

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.

Tere Mathern Director of Conduit Dance, Inc., is a choreographer, performer, and educator of over 20 years. She formed Tere Mathern Dance in 2002 to create an ongoing setting for her work. Mathern has as an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on contemporary dance history and performance studies from NYU and is a Certified Movement Analyst (C.M.A.) in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in NYC. Currently adjunct faculty in dance at PSU, she has taught and/ or performed in various venues throughout the U.S. including the Knitting Factory, and Gowanus Arts Exchange in New York, On the Boards/Seattle, Denison University (OH), The Contemporary Dance Season/PSU, in venues in New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Alaska, and as an assistant to the faculty for Laban/ Bartenieff certification programs at the Laban Institute in NYC and at Mills College, CA. Her work has received support from the Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and PSU’s former Contemporary Dance Season, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Past guest artist for Reed Arts Week 2002, a 2003 recipient of a Professional Development Grant from the City of Portland Arts & Economy Initiative, she is a 2009 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship recipient, and is the focus of an OBP Art Beat special broadcast January, 2010.

Conduit Dance Instructors