Tere Mathern

Dance Technique

Tere teaches Modern Dance Lab, Contemporary Dance History, as well as courses such Dance Appreciations, Dance in Film, Body Work/Somatics. She is an educator, choreographer, performer, and arts administrator of over 25 years, forming her own project-based company Tere Mathern Dance in 2002. She holds a M.A. from NYU in Contemporary Dance and Performance, and is a Certified Movement Analyst (C.M.A.) in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in NYC. A native Oregonian she received her B.A. from Portland State Univ. She is a 2009 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship recipient and 2010 & 2013 Career Development Grant, and is one of the artists for the January 2010 OBP Art Beat broadcast, found online at www.opb.org. Her work has received support from the Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, the former Metropolitan Arts Commission, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Recent works include Gather (2012) presented at the Seattle Int’l Dance Festival in June 2013, and Show Me The Body (2007) both funded by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Commissions include Pivot, presented by White Bird for the Uncaged Dance Series (2010), and for Third Angle New Music, a site-specific work at the Keller Fountain for The City Dance of Lawrence and Anna Halprin (2008) presented at the PICA TBA:08 festival.  Ms. Mathern is also artistic director of Conduit Dance Inc., a nonprofit of 18 years that supports the creation of new contemporary dance and provides affordable space for independent dance artists, located in downtown Portland (www.conduit-pdx.org). Conduit serves as a home base for her work and teaching practice. She has taught and/or performed throughout the U.S. including venues in New York City, at On the Boards/Seattle, Denison University (OH), Reed College, Lewis & Clark College, Univ of Oregon, San Diego State Univ, the former Contemporary Dance Season/PSU, in New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Alaska, and as an assistant to the faculty for Laban/Bartenieff certification programs at the Laban Institute in NYC and at Mills College. 


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