Jessica Klinke Teutsch
Robert Head, President
Lara Berich, Secretary
Marge Maddux, Treasurer
+ Masters Class Series
+ Addendum Dance Festival
Our quarterly master class series invites virtuosic teachers at the height of their craft to lead intimate and intensive workshops and labs.
Open to all dancers, the Master Technique series challenges and expands a dancer's repertoire, while allowing them to explore new techniques and modalities. At times, the technique series may also be accompanied by public performances.
Dance + Collective launches an annual contemporary dance festival in 2018—offering opportunities for dancers to train, perform, experience, and expand their art form while simultaneously enriching the cultural experiences available for residents and visitors in our region of Southern Oregon. Bringing world-class performance and training to Southern Oregon, Addendum brings audiences and artists together for ten days of exceptional dance.
Over the course of the festival (June 21 - July 1, 2018), participants will have the opportunity to dance in newly developed choreography with emerging artists, train in technique from Master teachers, and explore repertory from legacy dance companies. Additionally, the afternoons afford dancers the chance to explore new disciplines in dance. The evenings invite the greater community to learn new forms of expression and participate through movement as DPC hosts social dances and open houses at local venues and studios.
+ Partnership Through Movement
DPC's Partnership Through Movement residency program has provided dance instruction and performance opportunities for regional high schools in Southern Oregon for the past 10 years.
The dance residency takes students on a journey through a remarkable movement realm, facing physical, creative and behavioral challenges -- all in a non-competitive and supportive atmosphere. DPC’s program provides them with tools to become engaged adults; the type of person who may find a passion for the arts in the future and who has the potential to become a vital part of their community later in life.
Dance + Collective was once known as Dancing People Company, which was born in 1994, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Founding Artistic Director, Robin Stiehm. Dancing People Company quickly gained a reputation as an innovative and cohesive modern dance company. Before long, DPC was performing for appreciative audiences all over Minnesota, the Midwest and even the globe, including Poland, Russia and Japan. In fact, we believe DPC was the first American modern dance company to perform in Belarus.
In 2003 Dancing People Company relocated to Ashland, Oregon and developed a strong base of support and community involvement. The company of five dancers performs modern/contemporary choreographies from Steihm and others, in Ashland and the surrounding Rogue Valley, as well as touring regionally. Every year DPC hosted dance residencies through our High School Movement Partnership Program at regional High Schools throughout Southern Oregon. DPC built a reputation on the philosophy that dance is an accessible art form that illuminates the commonality of human experience- that dance and movement are an important means of expressing our every day lives.
In Fall 2015, after twenty-one fruitful years, Robin Stiehm announced her plan to step down as Founding Artistic Director of Dancing People Company.
In May 2017 the Board of Directors announced a new direction for DPC—a new name, new programming focus, and a new mission aligned with the organization's goal to provide access to and experience of professional modern dance in Southern Oregon.