Dance Wire, Portland's not-for-profit dance resource which serves all ages, all genres and all levels, is about to celebrate our fourth year of service towards keeping the Greater Portland dance community prosperous, inspired, and visible. Dance Wire has produced an impressive number of services and events in just three years as an organization.
Dance Wire was officially established in September 2013. 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 also 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. Encouraged by a positive response from dance companies, studios and independent dance artists from across the city, Emily Running launched a successful IndieGoGo campaign and started working on a highly interactive website that would serve as the central point of focus for the organization. Twenty-five organizations paid their membership dues before the site event launched.
Also during the concept stage, Emily reached out to Dance/USA (the national dance service organization) to learn about how similar organizations in other cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC were being run. Since then Dance Wire has become part of the Dance/USA service organization council and continues to stay connected to leaders across the nation. Even though it’s only one year old, the tables turned and Dance/USA has held up Dance Wire as a unique, developing model for dance community organizing and resources.
“Amy Fitterer, ED of Dance/USA has highly recommended Dance Wire to me as an exciting new grassroots model for service delivery to your local dance community. Sounds like Dance Wire has got it going on!” - Lois Welk Director of Dance/USA Philadelphia
“It’s crazy how hard it is to find dance in Portland, considering there’s so much dance. I am so happy you saw this need, and are and making a difference.” - Jacqueline Rubinstein, studio owner of SomaSpace
“Dance Wire provides a window into the variety of possibilities to interact in the dance world for those not already a part of the dance community, revealing to some a community that’s almost invisible. How can you know if you’re interested in something if you don’t even know it’s there? With Dance Wire you can see what's there.” - Tere Mathern, artistic director of Conduit Dance, Inc.
“As a parent of a dancer I’m excited about the resources Dance Wire provides the community. Having a one stop shop where both we as parents, as well as the dancers themselves, can research opportunities helps dancers do what they need to do to pursue their dreams.” - Rodney Krause
“As a choreographer I think it's a great way for me to get the word out about what’s happening with my company. Whether it is performances, events or classes we will be teaching to let students experience the work we do, Dance Wire provides a platform to get that information out.” -Noel Plemmons, co-founder of POV Dance