Conduit History

Conduit Dance History

Linda K Johnson & Mary OslundConduit Dance was co-founded in 1995 by Linda K. Johnson and Mary Oslund as a place where contemporary dance artists could rehearse, teach, explore new ideas, and perform their work. By 1997, Conduit was collectively run by six artist/administrators and offered a full schedule of classes in contemporary movement and body awareness forms, and an array of ground-breaking contemporary dance performances. Conduit's reputation as a dance center was initially based in the success of these six core artists: Keith V. Goodman, Michael Menger, Gregg Bielemeier, Tere Mathern, Linda K. Johnson and Mary Oslund.

In 2001, Tere Mathern and Mary Oslund became co-directors and began to reshape Conduit as a nonprofit organization in order to expand its community role and to serve a broader base. As co-directors, Mary Oslund and Tere Mathern continued to build Conduit’s reputation as a center for innovation in contemporary dance, offering an annual summer intensive program, serving as the home to independent artists and small companies, and hosting grant funded performances and programs such as 30 Days Notice, and the Charged Commission Project.

In 2009, Mary Oslund stepped down as co-director and in 2011, Tere Mathern became Conduit’s first paid part-time Artistic Director. Conduit continues to be a leader in community for dance training -- broadening its roster of high level teachers; and hosting regular workshops for professional and public participation. In 2012, Conduit’s first presenting program, the Dance+ Festival was created with funding from local foundations, as well as hosted its Guest Artist Series, supporting the work of contemporary dance by artist from throughout the U.S., including curated shows such as Sea/Port, and Four Men Only.

Conduit is now located in the Ford Building on Division Street in studio #120. Stop by and see what we are up to now and what our plans are for the future.