Conduit Teaching Artists

Alicia Cutaia

Alicia Cutaia earned her BFA with honors from Point Park University with a double major in Classical Ballet and Jazz. Her previous training included scholarships at Hubbard Street Dance, North Carolina Dance Theater, and River North Dance Company. She has worked with and performed pieces by many renowned choreographers, including Lauren Edson, Jamey Hampton, Ron De Jesus, Gina Patterson, Lar Lubovitch, Louis Falco, Michael Foley, Keisha Lalama-White, Joel Hall, Lou Conte, Daniel Gwirtzman, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Daniel Ezralow, Choo-San Goh, Alan Hineline, Harrison McEldowney, Kevin O’Day, Frances Patrelle, David Storey, Margo Sappington, Christian Holder and Bianca Sapetto. Ms. Cutaia previously worked as Rehearsal Director, Costume Manager and Dancer with Eisenhower Dance, Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. She also enjoys teaching and setting choreography nationally. Her choreography has been showcased at many choreographic festivals such as the Jazz Dance World Congress “Leo’s Choreography Competitive Event”, the “Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award”, “Michigan Youth Arts Festival”, "Dance Chicago", Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival, Kaleidoscope Dance Festival, Midwest Rad Festival and the “NSAL Mid-Michigan Chapter.” Her work "Impact" was recently set on Eisenhower Dance. Her choreography for competition studios have won many National awards. Some of Ms. Cutaia’s teaching credits include BodyVox dance center, Sultinov Russian Ballet school, The Circus Project, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Oakland University, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem and the Eisenhower Center for Dance. A number of Ms. Cutaia's students have been excepted on scholarship to many prestigious summer and college dance programs. Ms. Cutaia is looking forward to her second season working with BodyVox.

Selina DiPronio + Raven Jones

Selina DiPronio and Raven Jones both graduated from the University of South Florida with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Modern Dance Performance. As individuals, Selina and Raven have performed their work on both the East and West coasts as well as in Paris, France. Together, they co-founded WolfBird Dance, a bi-coastal performance project that draws on the talent of the local community to fuel raw, human dance experiences. Their work has been reviewed as "unself-conscious," "intelligent," and "fierce."

Michael Garber

Michael Garber born in Waynesburg, PA, received his early dance training at his family’s dance studio in Morgantown, WV. After graduating from High School, Michael worked for Holland America Cruise Lines as a dancer. Michael moved to New York City to study at Broadway Dance Center in the Intern Afilliate Program where he studied Jazz, Hip-Hop, Theater Dance, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance. He was a member of NY2Dance, performing “Wall Stories” in NYC, Washington DC, and Mexico City. Michael studied Modern Dance at the University of Utah, and was an adjunct professor for West Virginia Wesleyan’s Theater and Dance Department. He has been a guest choreographer/instructor for West Virginia Wesleyan, West Virginia University, and ArtEZ(Netherlands), and STEG Performing Arts High School(Sweden). Michael was Artistic Director/Owner of Inner Rhythm Dance Studio for 2 years. The studio provided dance education, performances, yoga, and community activities. Michael is a certified yoga instructor and Reiki healing Master. He is a student of life and commits himself to finding sacredness and healing in his daily life. He is the Co-Director of TransformOtion with his husband and partner, Ron Amit. Together, they provide educational classes and workshops on personal development, community engagement, and holistic health.

Allie Hankins

Allie Hankins is a performer and performance maker residing in the Pacific Northwest. With an extensive background in dance, her current interests are informed by her recent experiences in Berlin & San Francisco with exposure to teachers such as Sara Shelton Mann, Maria F. Scaroni, Jesse Hewit, Abby Crain, Larry Arrington, and Stephanie Skura. She is an inaugural member of FLOCK Dance Center--a creative home to Portland-based experimental performance artists, and is a founding member of Physical Education--a reading & dialoguing, critical & casual, dance & performance body comprised of herself, keyon gaskin, Takahiro Yamamoto, and Lucy Lee Yim. Additionally, she is the Programs Coordinator for N.E.W Expressive Works (Studio 2), and is learning American Sign Language. Her most recent solo, "Like a Sun That Pours Forth Light but Never Warmth" was performed last October at Conduit. Her newest endeavors include an all-levels movement class called TRANSCENDENTAEROBICOURAGE (co-facilitated with Allan Wilson), and her new piece "better to be alone than to wish you were" which is set to premiere in the spring of 2016.

Tere Mathern

Tere Mathern is currently director of the dance program at Portland State University, and continues in an oversight role as Conduit's Artistic Director. She has been a choreographer, performer, and educator for over 25 years teaching as a faculty and guest artist at universities and colleges in the U.S. and as a teaching artist at Conduit Dance. Her studies in Laban/Barteneiff Movement Analysis, and other practices such as Alexander Technique and Body Mind Centering influence her approach to teaching which emphasizes body awareness and connectivity.

Paige McKinney

Paige McKinney is an AmSAT-certified Alexander Technique teacher who has been teaching privately in Portland for four years. She holds a degree in dance from the University of Oregon. She has performed with Mary Oslund, Gregg Bielemeier, Linda Austin Dance, POV Dance, Allie Hankins and many others. Paige is an Associate Artist with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble.

Sara Parker

Sara Parker holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where she was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship (2012-2015) as well as the Dee Winterton award (2015). While at at the University of Utah, Sara taught in the Ballet and Modern Dance Departments. Additionally, she holds a B.S. in Dance from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. Sara is fascinated by Yogic philosophy, energy systems of the body, ritual, and their relevance in contemporary dance. She believes that to dance and engage with dynamic movement as well as different ways of perceiving the body is a gift. Through dance, one transcends time, space and energy, and has the opportunity to challenge preconceived notions of physical and energetic capabilities in the body. She believes that dance creates change because of the capacity for the moving body to become a conduit for energy, a place to exercise choice, strength, proprioceptive awareness and presence through physical expressivity. In this practice dancers slowly transform themselves again and again. Her choreographic work has appeared at The Hult Center (OR), Lincoln Performance Hall (OR), Conduit Dance Inc. (OR), Northwest Dance Project Studio and Performance Center (OR), Mariott Center for Dance (UT), Mudson (UT), and the Ladies Literary Club (UT). Sara hopes to make a positive impact through choreography, performance, and teaching.