Community Conversations
DanceWire and The Actors Fund present:

“A Life in Dance: Resources for Those on Stage at Every Stage”

(light refreshments provided)

November 2, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 pm
at Northwest Dance Project
211 NE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97232


Dance Wire PDX and The Actors Fund are members of Dance/USA’s service council. Working together, we can connect with the wider dance community to ensure that dance artists have the resources they need for a vibrant career.

The Actors Fund is a national organization that has long supported the dance community in managing the unique demands of a life in dance. To assist dancers during and post-career, The Dancers’ Resource and Career Transition For Dancers programs offer the following services:

  • Career development and management
  • Health, wellness, and support for injured dancers
  • Emergency financial assistance & scholarships

At this session The Actors Fund will introduce their services designed for the dance community. They will answer questions and want to hear from the dance artists to learn what they need and the specific challenges of being a dancer in Portland. This session is meant for professional dancers, dance artists, college students, pre-professional dancers, those considering career transition, and anyone interested in learning about what the Actors Fund offers.

Come to mingle, network and partake of light refreshments.

Discussions facilitated by special guests:
Patch Schwadron, Senior Career Counselor, Career Transition For Dancers
Sophia Kozak, Career Transition For Dancer Counselor, Western Region, and founder and Artistic Director of Critical Mass Dance Company
Griff Braun, New York Area Dance Executive for The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

Past Conversations:

Open Enrollment - Meet your personal advocate

Hatch Innovation
2420 NE Sandy
Portland, OR 97214

Your complete guide to Open Enrollment for health insurance beginning November 1st. This workshop is geared toward anyone who doesn't have health insurance provided by an employer. Ben Petersen of the Nora Group is an advocate to assist you in selecting the best option for your 2017 health insurance plan. He will personally take time with you to guide you through this process and the best part is his services are at no cost to you! No catch - his services are built into the whole health care system so if you have health insurance you are paying for them whether you use them or not.

In this informational session you will learn:

1) Are you receiving your maximum tax credits based on your income?
2) Is the plan you currently have the right fit for you?
3) Are your doctors covered in the plan you have?
4) What changes will be occurring in the new year and how does it affect your plan?
5) Who is Ben Petersen and why should you have his contact info on hand?

Benjamin L. Petersen
The Nora Group
Office: 503-898-0091
Fax: 503-765-1929

Can't make it to the workshop? Call Ben, he's friendly!

Happy Hour and Conversation with Amy Fitterer, Executive Director of Dance/USA

Location: Vie de Boheme
1530 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
(A funky wine bar serving housemade & imported pours, with frequent live salsa, blues & swing. Happy hour 4-7 includes drinks, soups, small plates, charcuterie.)
Dance Wire is an active member of the Dance/USA Service Organization Council, a network of 20+ dance service organizations across the country. Coming up we are welcoming Dance/USA's Executive Director, Amy Fitterer on her first visit to Portland! She is very interested in meeting as many as possible of the wonderful artists and organization that make up the Portland dance scene. Dance/USA has three primary points of focus: convenings, advocacy and research and is the primary voice for professional dance before Congress, the White House and federal government agencies. Join us for happy hour, discussion and networking!

Members of Dance/USA’s Service Organization Council include:  Alabama Dance Council, Audience Architects in Chicago, Boston Dance Alliance, Boulder Arts Commission’s Dance Bride, Canadian Dance Assembly, Career Transition For Dancers, Dance Council of North Texas, Dance Heritage Coalition, Dance Metro DC, Dance New Jersey, Dance Resource Center Los Angeles, Dance Source Houston, Dance UK, Dance Wire in Portland, Dance/NYC, Dancers' Group in San Francisco,  Fractured Atlas, International Association of Blacks in Dance, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New England Foundation for the Arts, New York State DanceForce, OhioDance, Pentacle, Regional Dance America, South Arts, The Dance Complex, The George Balanchine Trust and the DUP Steering Committee.

Finding a Space in Portland! - What you need to know.
This conversation will be facilitated by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Eight major dance companies had to move this year. Was it a coincidence or a trend? Whether you are actively looking for a space or not, this conversation will provide valuable information about what to look for, who to talk to, and what resources are available to you if and when you do move. The reality is, Portland is changing and growing and knowledge will empower you to maintain your space in within it!

Ford Building Suite 120
2505 SE 11th

Employee vs Contractor - How could we change the laws?

Presently, Federal and State laws REQUIRE that all actors, dancers and technicians be hired as employees, and paid above minimum wage. Most arts organizations DO NOT do this, but contract services and pay 'what they can with regard to budget'. This discussion will include employment attorney, Don Grinfas as well as staff from the offices of Representatives Nosse, Bluenhaurer, and Bonamici, as well as Senator Rosenbaum. This is a great opportunity to get your voice heard on a topic that affects many arts organizations!

Triangle Productions
1785 NE Sandy
FREE wine and snacks

"Innovation as a Tool for Arts in Crisis" - Featuring Michael Kaiser

Dance Wire is pleased to be partnering with the City Club of Portland for their upcoming Friday Forum. This will be a conversation with Michael Kaiser, a nationally renowned arts leader who was president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2001-2014) in Washington, D.C., and who is known as a "turnaround king" for his expertise in arts management. Michael Kaiser's foundation has been providing free arts management consulting to art organizations nationwide, including organizations in Oregon.

Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR

Program Information: Doors open at 11:30am; Program begins at 12:15pm.

"What do you need and how can you get there?" - Facilitated by Tarn Allen

Dance Wire is delighted to announce our very first Community Conversation! When talking about arts organizations "excess" isn't usually a word that comes to mind. Whether it be time, money or person-power, dancers and dance organizations typically get by on very little. The idea with these conversations is to work together to identify common challenges and come up with positive solutions that each participant can take with them to help their business not just get by, but prosper. Each session will be hosted by Dance Wire and facilitated by a local expert.

Our first discussion will be lead by the lovely and brilliant Tarn Allen. Tarn helps support and develop small arts and other nonprofit organizations by applying strategic planning, project management and program evaluation tools to identify and address assets and weaknesses. She collaborates with artists and performers to build community connections, promotion, fundraising opportunities and other "wish list" items common to small organizations dedicated to improving the community.

AWOL Dance Collective Annex2303 N Harding
(on the corner of Loring and Harding enter near wine barrels)
Portland, OR 97227