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 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."
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