Dance Program

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, Oregon Ballet Theater and Conduit Dance Inc.

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),Lane Community College (OR), BodyVox Dance (OR), and Portland Center Stages at The Armory (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.

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

Jessica Post

Jessica Post earned an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan (2013), where she received a teaching assistantship and the Rackham International Research Award. She also earned a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts (2006). Her professional performing experience includes five seasons with The Dance COLEctive in Chicago, and she was a founding company member with Esoteric Dance Project. From 2013-2016 she taught in the dance programs at Eastern Michigan University and Hillsdale College.

Jessica has an ongoing interest in conditioning methods for dancers, functional movement, and somatics. She completed a 600- hour comprehensive Pilates certification in 2008, and has been teaching Pilates in private and group settings ever since. She conducted part of her MFA thesis research at the ImpPulsTanz festival in Vienna, Austria, where she studied somatic techniques and their effects for choreographic process. She also presented a poster at the 2013 meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Her creative research focuses on creative collaborations, including cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her choreography has been presented at the Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), National Flute Association Convention (San Diego), Detroit Institute of Arts (MI), Hillsdale College (MI), Duderstadt Video Studio (MI), Brighton Dance Festival (MI), and Links Hall (Chicago).