Dance Wire is a service organization dedicated to keeping the Greater Portland dance community prosperous, inspired, and visible.
Vision: Dance Wire was created to...
- Serve as a single point of access for all dance activity in the city including classes, performances, workshops, and auditions. Dance Wire is intended to serve dancers as well as accountants, shop owners, lawyers, doctors, designers, builders and everyone who wants to engage in dance. We are committed to supporting and promoting engagement from all ages, at all levels, in all genres and across all demographics.
- Enrich the dance community of Portland by providing information, resources and services that address community needs, boost involvement, respond to changes in the field, and celebrate dance as an art form.
- Help increase the visibility and accessibility of all the wonderful dance we have to offer both in Portland and the surrounding areas.
In a Nutshell: Dance Wire is dedicated to...
- Supporting and promoting all dance activity.
- Addressing community needs.
- Boosting involvement.
- Increasing accessibility and visibility.
- Celebrating dance!
While working amongst a variety of dance organizations in Portland, Founder/Director Emily Running realized that many were facing common challenges within the dance community such as reaching new audiences, finding teachers or simply surviving as small organizations. She noticed that lack of time, money and resources meant each organization had limited opportunity to reach out. As a dancer herself, she also noted that individuals were experiencing common struggles such as finding places to train, finding work to support themselves, and staying healthy while being notoriously underinsured. Despite the presence of flourishing artists in a city rapidly gaining a national reputation for creativity and innovation, there was a lack of a vital online and in-person resource that could address some of these issues.
Before the website even launched, 25 dance organizations signed up for membership and paid their dues, demonstrating a clear need for a dance service organization in the community.