Adult Classes & Moving Target Portland

Our Adult program provides high quality training for adult movers of all abilities in a variety of classic and experimental styles.  Moving Target Portland is our Sunday Master Class series featuring a new teaching artist every week. Take advantage of these opportunities to build community, gather seeds for new work, and enjoy dancing together!

adult fall class schedule
Oct 1 - Dec 18


6:30 - 7:30 pm Hip-Hop/Afro-Beat w/ Aubine Nitbandetse
$12 Drop-in, $50 for 5


11 am - 12 pm Intermediate Tap w/ Betsy Dunphy
12:30 - 1:30 pm Beginning Tap w/ Betsy Dunphy
$150 for the semester/Sliding scale for Seniors

7 - 8:30 pm Beginner/Intermediate Modern w/ Cookie Harrist
$16 Drop-in, $70 for 5



7 - 9 pm Improvisational Practices w/ Kristen Stake and
Live Music by Id M Theftable

$16 Drop-in, $70 for 5


1-3 pm Contact Improv Jam w/ Kristen Stake  (INTERMITTENT- check dates below)
  NOV. 5 & 26



1 - 3 pm Moving Target Portland Master Class Series w/ Guest Teaching Artist (see below)
$16 Drop-in, $70 for 5


weekly teachers




Former Studio 408 owner/teacher and Ram Island Dance company member. With 40 years of teaching dance under her belt, Betsy Dunphy shares her talents in Adult Tap on Wednesdays!  


Cookie Harrist

makes, curates, and teaches experimental dance in Portland and is the Artistic Director of the Denmark Arts Center in Denmark, Maine. After attending summer camp in the woods of Maine, studying dance at Marlboro College and Bates Dance Festival, she teamed up with Delaney McDonough to form Hio Ridge Dance and strengthen performance in Maine.

Photo by Holly Macrae

Kristen Stake

collaborates with experimental noise/sound artist ID M Theftable to create live, improvised performance. She has studied Improvisation intensively for the past ten years, most recently at Earthdance and Bates Dance Festival, and she holds an MFA from Vermont College in Poetry Writing. Her class will explore improvisation strategies for performance using a wide variety of somatic techniques and compositional scores for solo, partner, and ensemble dancing. While the focus of this class is on composition there is often time dedicated to Contact Improvisation and open dancing.


moving target portland teachers

Moving Target Portland classes are led by the visiting guest artists listed below.  Classes will often include improvisational, somatic, and post-modern practices, and sometimes choreography. Intended to be challenging for professional and aspiring dance artists, all levels of dancers are welcome and encouraged to attend.  A sister program to Moving Target Boston, Moving Target Portland has an archive of classes that can be viewed here.


Sep 18 — Rachel Boggia


Sep 25 — Istijmam, Algerian Experimental Theater Co.


Oct 2 — Asher Woodworth


Oct 9 — Johnnie Mcrcer and the RED Project


Oct 16 — Cookie Harrist & Delaney McDonough


Oct 23 — Chani Blockwinkel


Oct 30 —Meghan Frederick


Nov 6 — CHOREOLAB-  Two plus hours of showing and discussing work followed by a discussion about continuing to build a more connected local dance and performance community. Feel free to come and be part of the event even if you're not showing work. Choreolab is FREE and open to anyone who self-identifies as a dance and/or performance artist, so feel free to invite other dancers/performers.  RSVP to and let us know if you would like to show work!


Nov 13 — Katherine Ferrier


Nov 20 — Riley Watts


Dec 4 — Annie Kloppenberg


Dec 11 — Julie Fox


Dec 18 — Allie James Bell