DIGITAL: Saturday Workshop with Kendra Portier

Apr. 10, 12:00 pm3:00 pm



Crafting Vital Studies: a workshop in experiential pedagogies

A vibrant dance ecology is related to the ability to deepen inquiry, refine ability, and stretch the imagination… and to do so equitably. In this workshop, we will explore our own teaching practices, as choreographic-pedagogical hybrids and as craft. We will consider the philosophical, aesthetic, and communal aspects of teaching alongside the practical… and personal. We will work together as a cohort to develop and articulate the teaching practice – as independent artists engaged in a collective process.

About Kendra Portier

Kendra Portier is a dance artist – a choreographer, teacher, and performer. Originally from Ohio, Portier trained with BalletMet (OH) and graduated from the Ohio State University (BFA) before relocating to NYC. She has performed in a range of devised works, including a decade-long tenure with David Dorfman Dance (NYC) and BAND (BANDportier), project-based collaborations, which she directs. Portier received an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Portier and served as Artist in Residence in TDPS, where she is now an Assistant Professor, the Maya Brin Endowed Professor in Dance. For more information, please visit:

About Gibney’s Training Program

Through the cultivation of an inclusive and positive space, our offerings make space for exploration, risk-taking, personal and artistic growth, connection, and fun. It is our priority to listen to and support our community and to empower the future leaders of the field. Learn more.

Gibney encourages people with disabilities to attend online classes, and we welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Live captioning through Otter Transcription is available for all online classes by request. If you have any questions or access needs, please email us at or call us at 212-677-8560 (voice only) 24 hours in advance of the class you plan to attend.

Image still from Portier’s Color Studies provided courtesy of the artist.