Select community members invited to celebrate the grand opening of a new movement arts center created through recent alliance between Nia Technique and Conduit Dance in Portland, Oregon


Portland, Oregon – Friday, January 13, 2011 – On the evening of Wednesday, February 2, 2011, Nia Technique and Conduit Dance will celebrate their recent alliance and grand opening of a downtown movement arts center by inviting writers and members of the press to a 7:00PM reception at 918 SW Yamhill Street, 4th floor. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

Prior to the reception, members of the press may participate in a free Nia class from 5:45 – 6:45PM. Those wishing to attend may reserve a class spot by contacting Siere at (503) 227-3578. At 7:30PM, immediately following the reception, Conduit board member and choreographer Jim McGinn will hold an open rehearsal featuring his new company, TopShakeDance.

The movement arts center features two studios and serves as a place where people of all ability levels and interests can study and practice a range of movement forms – in a context where professional dance artists also create, rehearse and perform original work.

Neighbors for the past five years, Nia and Conduit came together with the desire to initiate a shared vision to grow and energize a community of movers and dancers in Portland. Both entities will pursue new, shared activities in addition to their ongoing, individual programs. The alliance will allow Conduit to plan for a fresh, curated performance series, to reinstate the Charged project, to offer a summer dance intensive, and to host a new series of social events where artists and community members can collaborate.

Ongoing classes offered by Nia and open to the general public include Nia, Nia 5 Stages, Nia 52 Moves, yoga, Tai Chi, and fluid yoga.

In addition to offering work and performance space to dance artists, Conduit provides classes including Contemporary Dance Technique, Dance+Experience, S.E.A (Structural-Energy-Alignment), a Repertory Performance Workshop, and a Contact Improv Jam.

About Nia Technique

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness. It's offered in more than 45 countries and has approximately 2,5000 teachers. Nia draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music, and offer unique combinations of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Trainings collectively explore 52 principles for personal enrichment and professional development. Each belt in the Nia training series includes 50+ hours of education in the form of movement, interactive discussion and self-reflection sessions. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Nia’s purpose is to grow a worldwide community of healthy people who are empowered to do great things. The company believes every person can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life – by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.

About Conduit Dance

Conduit Dance is an independent nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon. Experiencing dance up-close has been a mainstay of Conduit’s activities since its opening in 1995. Copious numbers of contemporary dancers and choreographers have passed through its doors to study, offer and take workshops, rehearse, create new work, perform, and see each other’s work. Some of these individuals include Mary Oslund, Minh Tran, Tere Mathern (Conduit Artistic Director), Tracy Broyles, Keely McIntyre, Jim McGinn, Rachel Tess, and Gregg Bielemeier. National and international artists such as Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, Tiffany Mills, Lucinda Childs and Danya Hansen have taught and led master classes hosted by Conduit Dance in partnership with local arts presenters. Conduit’s place in the region’s dance ecology is considerable – and is emblematic of the vitality and richness that locates Portland as a growing contemporary dance destination.


Siere Munro, Manager
(503) 227-3578

Tere Mathern, Artistic Director
Conduit Dance, Inc.
(503) 314-7410