Eric Nordstrom

Visiting Instructor, Dance

Fir Acres

Academic Credentials

MFA The Ohio State University, BA Sarah Lawrence College.


Eric Nordstrom is a dance performer, teacher, and filmmaker living in Portland, Oregon. He has instructed courses at The Ohio State University, Portland Community College, and Portland State University. Working with professional dancers, Eric has taught in Germany at Contact Festival Freiburg, Conduit Dance in Portland, and the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation.

Professional Experience

As a specialist in contact improvisation and contemporary dance, Eric has performed with Keith V. Goodman, Karen Nelson, and was a core company member of Oslund + Company. To support his work in dance and film, Eric is a recipient of grants through the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, and various artistic residencies. As a director and editor, his films feature prominent artists and scholars including Simone Forti and Ann Cooper Albright. Covering six decades of Portland dance history, Eric’s film Moving History: Portland Contemporary Dance Past and Present premiered at the Portland Art Museum, and has screened at film festivals, conferences, and universities. To centralize and preserve source material from the documentary, Eric has partnered with Portland State University to create the Portland Dance Archives. Additionally, Eric has provided video production for Portland Opera, BodyVox, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Portland Taiko. He studied with choreographer Bebe Miller and filmmaker Mitchell Rose at The Ohio State University, where he earned his MFA in Dance.