The Living Room

About & Contact

Our Mission

The Living Room is a cultural nexus for dancers and non-dancers looking to expand their physical range, deepen their body awareness, and investigate movement as a way to experience the world. We offer training for all ages in composition, improvisation, experimental movement, anatomical research, and performance strategy. We seek to elevate the place of dance within the contemporary arts community of Greater Portland by cultivating interdisciplinary collaborations and curating cutting edge performances by local and visiting artists. As a collective of artists, we are invested in socially conscious practices that avoid cultural appropriation, encourage self-care, and strengthen the field of dance.

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The Living Room was started when a group of dancers came together via Moving Target Portland, formed a collaborative, and took on the dance studio at 408 Broadway. Together, they execute the vision of the organization. 


Kristen Stake, Director

As Director of The Living Room, Kristen Stake guides the organization’s vision and oversees teachers and staff. She is the person to contact for space rental and general programmatic questions. A Portland, Maine based dance improviser, she teaches Contact Improvisation and Spontaneous Composition at the Living Room and in college classrooms. She has been a portland resident for the bulk of 20 years, holds an MFA from Vermont College in Poetry Writing, practices Thai Massage professionally, and is a Certified Yoga Teacher.


Delaney McDonough, Adult Program Curator

Delaney McDonough Delaney McDonough crafts multidisciplinary events with movers ages 4-80. Delaney has performed with Annie Kloppenberg, Hana van der Kolk, Asher Woodworth, Cookie Harrist, Sara Gibbons and others as a freelance performer and maker. Over the past few years, she’s collaboratively steered two curatorial undertakings in the great state of Maine, at Denmark Arts Center and The Living Room (formerly Studio 408). Delaney is a Teaching Artist at Colby College.


Janoah Bailin, Youth Program Coordinator

Janoah Bailin is in charge of the Kids Program and teaches Circus classes for children at The Living Room. He studied at the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth, MA, then toured with Circus Smirkus. Janoah attended the College of the Atlantic in Maine. He teaches students all over Southern Maine how to juggle, perform and drop things playfully.


408 Broadway, South Portland, 04106

Parking is available behind the building - please ignore the no parking signs! Those spaces are for us.

Entrance is through the SIDE DOOR.