Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Sara ParkerSara Parker

Sara Parker holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (2015) where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and was the recipient of the Dee Winterton Award (2015). Additionally, she holds a B.S. in Dance from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR (2009).

As a movement artist, Sara has taught dance throughout Oregon, Utah and North Dakota in both public and private venues. Her teaching practice reaches far including students at the University of Utah, Oregon State University, Portland Community College, Northwest Professional Dance Project, BodyVox, and Conduit Dance Inc. Sara also shares her love of movement through the practice of yoga with students at Nike, Multnomah Athletic Club and for Urban Balance in Portland, OR.

As a dancer and performer, Sara has most recently performed in works with artists such as Tere Mathern (PDX), Netta Yerushalmy (NYC), Pamela Geber-Handman (SLC), and Sharee Lane (SLC). She has also had the opportunity to work with contemporary artists such as Jeanine Durning, Sara Shelton Mann, Jesse Zaritt, Pavel Zustiak, Faye Driscoll, Kyle Abraham, and Miguel Gutierrez, all of who have had a direct impact on her as a performer,choreographer and teacher.

Sara believes that dance is a radical act of liberating one’s body to more fully engage and connect with the deeper and more subtle layers existence. Her recent creative work has been influenced by the esoteric anatomy and philosophical belief systems of yoga, as well as myth and ritual.

Her choreographic work has appeared at The Hult Center (OR), Lincoln Performance Hall (OR), Conduit Dance Inc. (OR), Northwest Dance Project Studio and Performance Center (OR), Mariott Center for Dance (UT), Mudson (UT), Ladies Literary Club (UT), Headwaters Theatre (OR), Portland Community College (OR) and Portland State University (OR).

Sara believes that dance is a powerful catalyst for personal and communal revolution and her aim is to make a positive impact through choreography, performance, and teaching.

Heidi Dyer (on leave)Heidi Dyer

Heidi Dyer is a performer, choreographer and teacher based in Portland, Oregon. For more than a decade she has worked with independent artists throughout the United States and Mexico to create and perform in projects investigating the intersection of life, performance, and environment. She holds a BA in Dance with a concentration in Education from Columbia College Chicago, an MFA in Dance from The University of Oregon, and is a Certified Yoga Therapy Teacher registered with The Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. Of special interest to her are improvisation and the creation and performance of site-specific work. This led her to recently collaborate with Patrick Tangredi and Dan Hays of the Theatre program in the creation and production of a new play, “Merge” debuting November 2012.

Valerie LimbrunnerValerie Limbrunner
A native of Newport, Oregon, Valerie studied at Newport School of Dance, the HARID Conservatory and also attended summer programs at OBT, Eugene Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Hartford Ballet. Valerie was a company member at OBT from 2001 - 2007. Prior to joining OBT, she performed with the Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet and Hartford Ballet, where she was a recipient of the Directors Award. She has danced as a guest artist with the National Opera Ballet de Bordeaux in France and teaches ballet, flamenco and choreography at summer programs in Newport and McMinnville, Oregon and Sitka, Alaska.
Michael Galen

Michael ‘Mantis’ Galen is a versatile freestyle dancer and choreographer based in Portland, OR. He performs on stage and battles in freestyle competitions regularly. He has taught Breakdance, House, Stepping, Hip Hop, and Funk Carioca to a wide all ages in the U.S. and Brazil. Michael pulls from a variety of techniques, providing students with a foundation for creativity and improvisation. In addition to his classes at PCC, Michael currently teaches for many after school programs in Portland.

Michael strives to inspire creativity, self-expression, and courage in his students. His dance classes aim to help students become more comfortable in their bodies and less afraid to be themselves. You can learn more about Michael at: www.michaelgalen.com