Founder & Director 

Emily Running


So far, Emily can call herself a performer, choreographer, teacher, model, writer and creator of mulitple businesses.

She has been dancing since age five, entered the professional dance world in 1998, and received a BFA in Choreography and Performance in Dance from the University of Montana in Missoula in 2003. Throughout her career she has worked with many companies and studios in various stages of growth and with a range of resources. In addition to performing and teaching she has played a lead role in development, community outreach, program management/evaluation, marketing and has worked as an independent choreographer.

Adding a twist to her story, on Halloween of 2011 Emily's pelvis was intentionally broken and restructured by a highly qualified team of surgeons to correct a structural imbalance she had from birth. The circumstance, which challenged the role dance played in her life, eventually lead to her founding of Dance Wire. It also inspired her book Anatomy Riot which was published in 2013.

Dance has been analogous with Emily’s identity for as long as she can remember. Her vision for Dance Wire is driven by her experiences, observations, frustrations, love and dedication to dance. More on her personal projects at



Corinn deWaard

Executive Director of Rotary Club of Portland

Corinn started dancing at age 3 in a Chicago suburb where she grew up. She spent most of her free time in the studio in elementary school and continued dancing through high school and college. During high school, Corinn thought she better find another academic interest to pursue in college, thinking that dance was not meant to be her career. As such, Corinn received her bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and then moved to Portland to receive a master's degree in Social Work from Portland State University. Once in Portland, Corinn found herself involved with a local theater company for which she choreographed and danced, leading her to the next step in her dance career; starting a dance company in 2009. Corinn started TriptheDark Dance Company with two other dancers and is still a director, choreographer, and dancer with the company. For her day job, Corinn is the Executive Director at the Rotary Club of Portland.

Kerry Pulliam (Health Network Committee Chair)

Owner of Healthy Living Family Medicine

Kerry Pulliam MD has been dancing since age 4. Obviously a dancer at heart, at ages 6 and 7 she talked her piano teacher into playing at the end of each of her lessons while she danced.  She danced all through high school and was quite pleased to discover that you can get into medical school without majoring in biology. She majored in "Theater and Dance" at Amherst College to keep her soul balanced while she also spent time in the science building finishing her pre-med classes. Her focuses were dance improvisation, choreography and set and costume design. She attended the University of Wisconsin School and Medicine and Public Health, continuing to dance through yearly medical school talent shows. She has now returned home to Portland and is a holistic family doctor. She owns her practice and wellness clinic, Healthy Living Family Medicine in Southeast Portland.  

In Kerry's free time, she enjoys being with her son, Haydn, and husband, Steve.  Kerry and Steve met blues dancing in Skokie, IL and try to continue enjoying dance together by going to blues or swing events and watching performances by some of the amazing groups in town.  Kerry continues to dance (though not as much as she would like) doing modern, aerial, pole, blues and swing. Kerry is very excited to join the Dance Wire board as a supervisor/coordinator for the Dance Wire Health Network. Kerry feels that the Dance Wire Health Network is going to provide great information, tools and resources to professional, amateur and growing dancers!

Tia Zapp Palomino (Ambassador Committee Chair)

Freelance choreographer, dancer, instructor

Growing up as a tiny dancer and gymnast in Colorado, Tia began her training at three years of age. As a teen, she competed at the national level in Power Tumbling and Trampoline and also danced with the Colorado Jazz Dance Company. In 2004, Tia had the chance to see the world while performing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. When Tia left the high seas, she landed in Portland, Oregon, where she has since left her sweat-mark on many stages, trapezes, and trampolines, working with Do Jump, Polaris Dance Theatre, SubRosa Dance Collective, Tony Starlight and Dancetastix. Additionally, Tia has worked administratively with Portland arts organizations managing educational programs, scheduling performances, and coordinating events. As an instructor, Tia loves sharing her knowledge and experience with her students. She teaches a range of classes and styles around town, including tap, hip hop, contemporary, tumbling, and aerial. Most recently she added Proud Mother to her resume. Tia is passionate about keeping the dance community engaged and facilitating its overall prosperity!

Megan Armand

Native to the Northwest, Megan started dancing at the age of 9 when her grandma enrolled her in a summer dance program at the local performing arts studio. From tapping her toes on the car dashboard to pas de bourrees through the grocery store, dance quickly became her passion. As a teen she competed with her local performing arts company around the United States and carried that training and experience with her to college. While pursuing a bachelors degree in Interpersonal Communications at the University of Portland, Megan was a dancer for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers Jam Squad along with teaching classes for local studios, high schools and colleges in the community. After graduating college, Megan moved to Chicago to pursue a career in marketing communications and knew that she needed to continue having dance apart of her life.  She received the opportunity to push herself creatively and found a dynamic blend of how dance + fitness fuse together. Megan led classes for Women’s Health Magazine and SELF Magazine in both Chicago and Miami and is the lead instructor for a fitness DVD, part of the Dance Off The Inches series. She also developed a Cardio Dance Fusion training program for Coach Club, an at-home interactive workout series in Paris, France.  

Currently Megan works as the Marketing Communications Manager at Oregon Reproductive Medicine and is the Director and a choreographer of Mixd Dance Company, an all-lady dance team working together to share their love of dance with Portland Community and beyond. 


Rachael Brown (Access Committee Chair)

Rachael Brown is a Pittsburgh, PA native who has been dancing since the age of three. She attended American University in Washington, DC, graduating with a BA in Theatre, Business and Education. It was in Washington, DC where she became actively involved in the non-profit dance community as a teacher and choreographer, and began to dive into development and fundraising work. She moved to Portland in 2004 to serve as the Executive/Development Director for Portland Community Ballet, and she co-founded the contemporary dance company, PDX Dance Collective in 2009 where she continues to direct, choreograph and perform. She was also the Customer Experience Manager for the non-profit Energy Trust of Oregon for 4 years, before ultimately deciding she needed to return to teaching dance, and making the performing arts a larger part of her everyday life. She now teaches at Hollywood Dance and Multnomah Arts Center, and is an independent project manager and consultant. Rachael became involved in Dance Wire because she has seen the dance community grow exponentially in the past 10 years, which is really exciting, but also means Portland needs a support organization to bring us all together. As the Access Committee Chair, she hopes to foster that growth and help ensure all companies and dancers are able to find a path in Portland that allows them to express their art.

Kate Rafter (Instagram)

Kate – choreographer and performance artist – holds a BA in Dance from Colorado College. She studied modern dance under Patrizia Herminjard and exchange artists from the Taipei National University of the Arts. In 2011, she founded AUTOMAL, a project-based dance company with a focus on risk and interactivity. She has presented work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, American College Dance Festival, the Fertile Ground Festival, Lindsay Matheis’s (a)merging, PDX Pop Now, and OSCON.

By day, she is the Assistant Box Office Manager at Chamber Music Northwest. Before that, she managed the marketing of Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, interned with White Bird and tEEth, and served as a production assistant for TBA performances by Emily Johnson and Miguel Gutierrez.

Colby Reade (Marketing)


Advisory Board

George Thorn - Art of Leadership - RACC
Neville Wellman - Finances and Operations Manager - OBT
Kellie Torres - VP Strategic Planning - All Hands Raised
Toni Tabora-Roberts - ED Esper House, Committee Chair City Club of Portland
Harold Goldstein - Founder - OPAD (Organization Planning Analysis and Development)

Dance Access Committee

Rachael Brown - Committee Chair
Kate Rafter
Samuel Hobbs
Robert Guitron
Ravi Reddy

Dancer Health Network Steering Committee

Kerry Pulliam - Committee Chair
Stephanie Seaman - Mechanical Design Engineer at Intel, Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist
Montserrat Andreys - Chiropractic Sports Physician - Evolution Healthcare and Fitness
Nathan Cashion - Chiropractic Sports Physician
Tara McFarland - Masters in Dance Science (Seattle based)


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