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 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 43 years. 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.
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.
Eliza Larson is an independent artist based in Portland, OR. Eliza holds an MFA in performance and choreography from Smith College where she was a Gretchen Moran Teaching Fellow in the Five College Dance Department. She has taught ballet, contemporary, contact improv, and yoga at Smith College and Keene State University. She has performed with several prominent choreographers including Paul Matteson, Mark Haim, Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, and she currently co-directs the Mountain Empire Performance Collective, a long-distance collaboration. Her choreographic work has been presented around the country, including the Capital Fringe Festival, National Portrait Gallery and H Street Theater in Washington, DC; Conduit Dance Center and the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, OR; the OK Hotel Gallery and Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA; Earthdance in Plainfield, MA; and the Southern VT Dance Festival in Brattleboro, VT. Her latest multimedia performance solo, You Are Happy, premiered at PortFringe in Portland, Maine in June, 2014. Eliza’s writing has appeared in Contact Quarterly and Kinebago, and her research on gender and dance has been presented at the Congress on Research in Dance. She is also the author and illustrator of Terpsichore’s Deck, a set of 52 cards for choreographic inspiration, available at www.terpsichoresdeck.com. Please visit elizalarson.com to learn more.
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
Linda K. Johnson