Portland, Oregon

Conduit Dance


Conduit Dance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization that serves as an incubator for independent contemporary dance artists in Portland and as a site where audience and artists engage with contemporary dance. Conduit Dance believes that art is a dynamic, social force that inspires individuals and defines cultures and seeks to create an environment where creative risk, independent career paths, collaborative relationships, diverse practices, and presentation of innovative dance can flourish. It achieves this mission through three main principles: training, affordable workspace, and performance.

Conduit also provides crucial links to artists and organizations throughout the region and nationally. It presents, hosts, and sponsors performances through its Dance+ Festival, Guest Artists performances, and curated group showings. Conduit’s intimate and versatile venue invites audiences to experience dance in new ways serving over 55 artists and 1,500 audience members each year. This network of artists and audiences not only perpetuates contemporary dance but also contributes to the health, dynamism, and vitality of Portland and its environs.

Photo: Jim Lykin / radical child . . . 2014