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December 20, 2022

Northwest Dance Project

General operating support was provided to Northwest Dance Project through Miller Foundation's Operating Support Initiative

Northwest Dance Project entrance, from Opsis Architecture. Large steel panels wrap around the corner with cut outs for the logo NW Dance Project
Northwest Dance Project entrance. Photo: Opsis Architecture

NW Dance Project's Mission:
NW Dance Project celebrates, supports, and represents excellence in dance. NW Dance Project is dedicated to creating and performing inspired, original contemporary dance works from the field’s most talented choreographers from around the world and to providing the finest dance training available for all. We perform, educate, create, cultivate, and champion diversity while engaging and deepening public appreciation and support of dance.

Founded in 2005, NW Dance Project has generated 300 new contemporary dance works through commissions since inception. Choreographers from all over the world have created innovative performance and contemporary dance works in partnership with NW Dance Project.

“a laboratory, factory and repository for risk-taking new works from the next generation of choreographers from Europe and North America.”
- Dance International Magazine

Headquartered in a converted northeast Portland warehouse, the organization also takes the art of dance outside of the theatres and studios and into community. Community outreach initiatives include professional dance performances in unexpected locations and employs teaching artists to lead Dance Moves, a program teaching dance skills and creative exploration to at-risk youth.


NW Dance Project

Portland, Oregon

COMMON GROUND performance puts 7 dancers in colorful monochromatic pants and long sleeves, jumping into the air in unison in front of a red background
Dancers performing Common Ground, choreographed by Yin Yue. Photo: NW Dance Project

Three dancers perform in black minimalist costumes on stage in front of a black background. One dancer sits in front of a microphone. Two other dancers move in opposite directions, each holding on to the other with one hand, while the other arm is outstretched in movement.
Bolero(from left) Amanda Sachs, Aika Doone, and Santiago Villarreal in Luca Veggetti’s “Ensemble for Somnambulists”. Photo: Blaine Truitt Covert via Oregon Arts Watch