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Dance Extravaganza

November 08, 2017

Performances: December 8 & 9 at 7:30pm & 10pm


Fir Acres Theatre Main Stage   

Dance Extravaganza, commonly referred to as Dance X, offers students the opportunity to have their choreography fully staged and seen by large audiences. 

The Lewis & Clark College Dance Program believes in empowering students to create and produce dance at the highest possible level.  Since its beginning in 1996, over a thousand students have participated in making Dance X what it is today. 

Nineteen years ago Theater Major Emily Stone brainstormed the first Dance Extravaganza as an experimental non-credited theatrical dance performance in the Black Box. A total of twelve students were collectively the producers, choreographers, performers, costume designers and lighting designers. The atmosphere was truly circuslike with the overflow of audience members sitting in the catwalks as well as the tech crew doing vaudeville-esque numbers in between the pieces.  After several successful years of sell out runs in the Black Box the show eventually involved faculty and staff and was moved onto the Main Stage. It is now structured as a course (TH252 Rehearsal and Performance, Dance) that sequences students through TH308 (Dance Composition and Improvisation) in preparation to choreograph (499 Independent Study).  Dance X annually showcases the work of five to seven choreographers and has involved up to 80 dancers. 

Though the Extravaganza is now formally presented on the Main Stage, we still encourage choreographers to experiment with new ideas and to investigate and invent authentic movement vocabulary. Student choreographers are encouraged to combine skills they develop in class with their own aesthetic sensibility. We invite those students with a high level of training and technical ability and those students with no training or performance experience to audition.  I applaud the fine work of our choreographers and performers as well as all the artists’ and technicians’ efforts that occur behind the scenes.  

                     ~Susan E. Davis, Dance Program Head 


Additional event:

Special screening Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:00pm

Moving History: Portland Contemporary Dance Past and Present

By Eric Nordstrom (2017)

Working with interviews from founding company members and archival performance footage, Nordstrom explores how today’s dancers stand on the shoulders of decades of performers and choreographers who established Portland’s flourishing community. Beginning with the inception of the Portland Dance Theater and continuing through the Reed College Summer Dance Workshop, Art Quake, Conduit, Performance Works NW, and White Bird, among many, Nordstrom’s film celebrates the companies and individuals that have shaped contemporary dance in Portland.

The screening is FREE and open to the public at the Fir Acres Theatre Main Stage.



BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE  beginning November 13, 2017


BOX OFFICE (Fir Acres Theatre):

Tickets can also be purchased (cash only) at our Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1:00-5:00pm, and one hour before performances beginning October 24. Phone reservations for non-campus ticket purchasers only (503-768- 7495).

$15 General Admission

$10 L&C Faculty/Staff/Alums, Sr. Citizens, Non L&C Students

$5 L&C Students

$8 Groups of 10 or more