Fitness: Shake Your Groove Thing

7 Portland Dance Classes to Take Right Now

From hoop dance to Afro-contemporary, our city serves up a seriously sweaty slate of options.

12/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson


Catch OBT Soloist Candace Bouchard's Last Sugar Plum Fairy Dance

After a 15-year career, the Oregon Ballet Theatre star is performing her last pirouette in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

12/18/2017 By Kayla Brock

Body Talk

This Fat-Centric Dance Class Provides a Safe Space to Move and Groove

Founded by Portlander KT Kusmaul, Body Home pushes the boundaries of the mainstream dance world.

11/30/2017 By Molly Woodstock

Drag Art

4 Reasons You Absolutely Need to See Pepper Pepper's New Show

The Portland drag performer's new solo work dances through uncertainty to some cracking diva tunes.

10/25/2017 By Kayla Brock

Style Spotlight

These Dramatic Foam Headdresses Are Giving Us Life

Portland’s vogue scene delivers once again.

10/03/2017 By Eden Dawn


Celebrating 20 Years of White Bird Dance

The venerable dance presenter launches its 20th season this fall. We look back on big moments from the last two decades.

09/13/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson


Oregon Ballet Theatre Debuts 3 World-Premiere Dances By Women

Choreography XX showcases brand-new work from three female choreographers.

06/28/2017 By Anyi Wong-Lifton

Fashion Events

White Bird and Michelle Lesniak Team Up for a One-Time Fashion Experience

The Portland dance producers and fashion designer present a special summer fashion show promising "pureness with the warbling of evil."

06/21/2017 By Eden Dawn

The Essentials

From Beth Ditto to Wonder Woman, June's Pop Culture Hot List

The records, dance show, and books you can't miss this month

05/15/2017 By Fiona McCann

Arts News

Dance Presenter White Bird Launches New Speaker Series

The Portland institution invites audiences to join intimate conversations with some of its longtime collaborators. First up: Judith Jamison and Ronald K. Brown.

03/23/2017 By Fiona McCann


Skinner/Kirk’s Latest Is a Stormy Dance Set to Elliott Smith

Portland choreographers Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk talk Elliott Smith and their 30-year dance partnership.

03/23/2017 By Lauren Kershner


Project Runway's Michelle Lesniak Brings Her Sexy Style to Carmen

The award-winning local designer teams up with NW Dance project to update the classic story of passion and murder.

03/14/2017 By Eden Dawn


With Fresh Talent and Energy, Oregon Ballet Theatre Makes a Big Leap

OBT was all but pronounced dead near the start of the decade. Now, very much alive, it forges ahead into a bold, ambitious future.

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann Illustrations by Nick Iluzada


In Tahni Holt’s New Work, Dancers of Many Ages Collide

The highly conceptual Portland choreographer unveils a new, intimate piece for six women.

12/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Get Artsy

6 Places in Portland to Embrace Your Inner Artist

Darkroom photography to improv comedy, here are the city’s best spots to get artsy.

11/14/2016 By Ko Ricker


Dancers Turn Their Backs in PDX Contemporary Ballet's New Show

Portland's newest dance company launches its first season with Incipio, a show in the round.

10/26/2016 By Jason Buehrer

TBA 2016

Juggling, YouTube Videos, Whispering Children: Notes from TBA 2016

From a spread-eagle performer in a Barbie mask to a newly birthed musical supergroup, here are our highlights from Portland’s high-concept, high-density arts festival.

09/21/2016 By Eden Dawn, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann


Sequins, Drama, Gold Nipples, and Gravity-Defying Hair: Welcome to Critical Mascara

At Time-Based Art’s annual competitive drag spectacle, the stakes (and surrealism) run high. Plus: a dive into the fashion behind Portland’s vogue balls.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann and Eden Dawn

Fall Arts 2016

Five Can’t-Miss TBA Shows

From meditative juggling to masked avant-porn, here’s what to see at the annual extravaganza.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

Fall Arts 2016

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Finally Has a Home of Its Own

The city’s premier avant-garde arts organization prepares for the 14th annual Time-Based Art Festival—and a new era in a new space.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann