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kendra portier

dance new amsterdam new york modern contemporary dance


ohio state university



david dorfman dance



The work is visceral, human, and full, even in its subtleties. Athletic vocabulary is enlivened by firmly committed, luscious, raw and bold performers who siphon the imagination and allow for rich, authentic, and unique art-making. The work is an ephemeral experience that demonstrates evocative and cathartic vocabulary, emphasizes personal nuance, choice-making, charged sound, and all things visual.

Formed in early 2012 by Kendra Portier, BAND|portier has been presented by/at Center for Performance Research (NY), Dixon Place (NY), Dancing Literate Project (NY), Arts By The People (NJ), Dance New Amsterdam (NY), RoofTop Dance, A.U.N.T. S (NY), Chez Bushwick (NY), WIREDarts (NY), CRAWL (NY), Green Street Theatre (MA), Massachusetts Dance Festival (MA), Angers (FR), and received the Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Residency. The 2014-2015 season will house the premiere of three new short-works and will additionally return to process for the creation of BAND’s first evening-length work (set to premiere in the 2015-2016 season).



Anna Adams Stark

Megan Adele Bascom

Meghan Frederick

Dante Brown

Emma Judkins

Tristan Koepke

Maryanne Lachman

Sydnie Liggett

Meg Madorin

Edward Rice

Christina Jane Robson

Laurel Snyder

Simon Thomas Train

Aya Wilson


Mike Wall\SoundFORmovement


Marisa Jane Gruneberg/Rockpaper Photography.

Michael Abbatiello Photographer.


Casey Loomis

Delaney McDonough


Madeline Wilcox

Sarah Gibbons

Morgan Griffin


Courtney Drasner

Jenna Reigel

Annie Kloppenberg

Michael Ingle



Originally from Columbus, OH, Portier trained and apprenticed with BalletMet and holds a BFA with Honors in Dance from the Ohio State University. Upon relocating to New York City, Portier performed in project based work with brilliant beings such as Lisa Race/Scott Cohen, Jennifer Nugent, white road Dance Media, 5’4”, Hoi Polloi (Boston, MA),  Nicole Wolcott Dance, mvworks, Michael and the Go-Getters, and Alexandra Beller Dances. Additionally, she collaborated with Launch Movement Experiment, whose creations spanned several years and produced three small works presented at Dance New Amsterdam’s obJECT/OBject (NY), Triskelion Arts (NY), Hunter College (NY), A.U.N.T.S (NY), Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, and 92 Street Y’s Fridays at Noon (NY).

Portier has served as faculty at Monroe Dance Academy (CT) and Hunter College (NY), and in 2009 she created DancepantsNYC, a community driven donation-based dance class in support of explorative pedagogies. In the summer of 2010, Portier joined permanent faculty at Dance New Amsterdam (NY), while momentum parlayed her unique teaching style into guest residencies at Bates College (ME), Colby College (ME) , Salem University (MA), the University of Utah (UT), the Ohio State University (OH), Hunter College (NY), Pennsylvania State University (PA), Nebraska University at Lincoln (NB), New York Summer Dance Intensive (NY), Dancewave (NY), the nEW Festival (PA), Performance Projects at Dance New Amsterdam (NY), Peridance Capezio Center (NY), Broadway Dance Center (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), Oakland University (MI), New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (NY), and the acclaimed Bates Dance Festival (ME). Portier has become a nationally celebrated Teaching Artist and currently holds faculty positions at Peridance Capezio Center, Gibney Dance Center, and Mark Morris Dance Group, while remaining an active member of both David Dorfman Dance and Vanessa Justice Dance, and collaborator with Annie Kloppenberg and Company.


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