Empowering Dancers Of All Shapes & Sizes

Empower dancers of all shapes and sizes with the education and training to dance healthfully.

The only professional Contemporary Ballet School and Company of the Pacific Northwest. Gina Candland, Artistic Director and recipient of the Baryshnikov Award for excellence in Dance Performance, is the visionary, creator and founder of our school Moxie Dance Theatre and professional company Moxie Contemporary Ballet located in West Linn, Oregon.

The mission of MOXIE is to bring Cl assical Athleticism, fused with innovative and artistic fashion-forward repertoire to audiences around the world by supporting dancers and setting a new standard for healthy body types in ballet.

In only our 2nd year, MOXIE has grown to over 120 students and will host 200 dancers from around the world for our Summer Intensive 2015. As a pioneer, MOXIE is the place where dancers are inspired and educated. A place where both performance and visual arts are supported and cultivated.

We train dancers of all shapes and sizes! In a positive environment, we teach dancers how to work with their own bodies to become individually unique, technically proficient, athletic, and artistically daring performing artists. MDT provides educational workshops on building a positive body image, injury prevention, health, and nutrition.

Our faculty and choreographers are world renowned and have danced professionally for LINES Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Oregon Ballet Theater, on Broadway in Billy Joel and Twyla Tharps “Movin’ Out”, and received a Gold Medal in the Arts presented by President Obama awarded by the Kennedy Center.

With an overwhelming response from parents and dancers, we have vastly outgrown our tiny 19’x27′ studio (max capacity 12 dancers). We have dancers of all ages who have been previously told that they were too tall, not tall enough, too fat, don’t have good enough feet, and even been told that they should find another hobby. At MOXIE, they have found a home. A place where they are educated, taught, and given proper training to learn how to become the best version of themselves.

MOXIE is a dance community that supports dancers of all shapes and sizes and helps them find their purpose and potential as a dancer. We believe in portraying real bodies in ballet. Our dancers are never photoshopped or made to look thinner.

MOXIE is raising $150,000 to build our home. Our new home will be the ONLY and Largest professional Contemporary Ballet School and Company in the state of Oregon! We believe that dancers deserve a place where they can become the best version of themselves. With your help we can build a home for dancers that provides them with inspiring training, dance education, and resources for injury prevention, nutrition, building a positive body image, and help us fight against eating disorders in Ballet.

The Space: A 14,000 square foot warehouse building which already has 3 offices, 2 storage closets and a men’s and women’s bathroom, hurray! The location is central off of the I-5 next to Bridgeport Village and allows dancers to easily access the studio via Portland’s Tri-Met Bus. All it needs are dance studios.

Our Community
MOXIE strives to support and provide a platform for dance creation, presentation, and education, while enlivening support and appreciation for the arts.

All educational workshops including health, nutrition, wellness, injury prevention, building a positive body image and more, are open to dancers, non-dancers, and the general public.
Our new home will serve as the only dance facility that offers dance companies of all sizes, choreographers, both established and new, low cost rehearsal and performance space. All of these companies and artists will also have opportunities for three-month residencies to create and perform new works.

In addition to dance, gallery space will be provided for visual artists, photographers, and sculptors to display new works that will contribute to our diverse and thriving arts community.

Together we can build MOXIE a home, and help dancers and artists achieve their dreams. We can say “Yes” to every dancer who has the will, passion, dedication, and determination to make dance a platform for becoming the best version of themselves. Together we can educate and empower dancers to live healthfully at any size. With your help, MOXIE will have the ability to help dancers achieve college degrees and learn to achieve healthy and sustainable dance careers. As a staple in our community, this new space will serve as the foundation and cultivation for the arts in Oregon.

Join our construction team and donate to Build A Dream 2015 today by visiting: http://igg.me/at/BuildADream2015/x/9527150 or MoxieContemoporaryBallet.org

Summer and Auditions
This summer MOXIE will be hosting two four week intensive programs for dancers 12-30 years and is the only intensive that accepts dancers over 22. These dancers will have the opportunity to train with an elite world renowned faculty including ABT’s Principal dancer Paloma Herrera, Nederlands Dans Theatre Drew Jacoby, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet dancer Addison Ector are among a prestigious faculty line up. Dancers interested in the program may apply via MOXIE’s website.

Apprentice and Company Auditions will be July 11th and August 8th, 2015. MOXIE is searching for 20 Apprentice and 16 Company male and female dancers. Candland, Artistic Director, seeks versatile, athletic contemporary ballet dancers. Their motto, “Strength is beautiful.”

For more information visit: MoxieContemporaryBallet.org

About Paloma Herrera
Paloma Herrera, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she began her training at the age of seven with Olga Ferri and graduated with the highest qualification at the Institute of Art at the COLON THEATRE. Since then, she won the major competitions in Latin America. At age 14, Paloma was awarded FINALIST DIPLOMA at the XIV VARNA INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION, Bulgaria. In January 1991, having just turned 15, moved to New York and continued training at the SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET, where she was given the lead role in Balanchine´s Raymonda Variation for its annual workshop.

After only six months, Ms. Herrera joined the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE (ABT) and was promoted to Soloist two years later. In l995, age 19, she became the youngest Principal Dancer in AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE history. She has performed as a Guest Artist for many International Companies: NEW YORK CITY BALLET, KIROV BALLET, COLON THEATRE, KREMLIN PALACE BALLET, TOKYO BALLET, NATIONAL BALLET OF CUBA, TEATRO ALLA SCALA of Milan, etc. and the most prestigious Galas around the world. In Buenos Aires, Argentina she has danced at the COLON THEATRE, full length ballets as La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire and Galas with the world´s greatest dancers: JULIO BOCCA, JOSE CARREÑO, ANGEL CORELLA, GUILLAUME COTE, MARCELO GOMES, DAVID HALLBERG, MAXIMILIANO GUERRA, ETHAN STIEFEL and DAMIAN WOETZEL and presented the “AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE WITH PALOMA HERRERA” and “PALOMA HERRERA WITH THE STARS OF AMERICAN BALLET” with Principal Dancers, Soloists and Corp de Ballet of the NEW YORK CITY BALLET.

Ms. Herrera was on the cover of The New York Times Magazine as one of 30 Artists whom The New York Times critics chose- “as among those most likely to change the culture for the next 30 years” (the only one in Dance). She won the INTERNATIONAL PRIZE GINO TANI, in Rome, Italy. In March 1999, DANCE MAGAZINE Reader Survey chose Paloma as one of “The Top Ten Dancers of the Twentieth Century”. She was chosen as “Leader of the Millennium” by TIME and CNN Television. She won the KONEX PLATINUM PRIZE, as the “Ballerina of the Decade 1989-1999”; the MARIA RUANOVA AWARD and CLARIN PRIZE, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was nominated for BENOIS PRIZE, in Moscow and the NIJINSKY AWARD from The Monaco Dance Forum. She received the NEW YORK IMMIGRANT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and the GOLD MEDAL ON THE ARTS from THE KENNEDY CENTER – International Committee, in Buenos Aires. Since 2005, is invited by the President of the USA at the White House for The National Celebration of the Performing Arts: “THE KENNEDY CENTER HONOREES”. Ms. Herrera is the youngest “Member of the Artist Committee” to choose the winners of the prestigious award.

About Emery LeCrone

Since the premiere of her first ballet in 2006, Emery LeCrone has created more than 50 works. Her highly acclaimed choreography has been hailed by The New York Times as “…inventive…a ready for primetime knockout” and by the New Yorker as “ambitious…expansive, and dynamic.” Ms. LeCrone was a recipient of the inaugural New York City Center Choreography Fellowship (2011-2012) and received a New Essential Works (NEW) Grant (2010) to support the development and continuation of her work.

Ms. LeCrone recently premiered new ballets at the Juilliard School for New Dances, St. Louis Ballet, and the New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute. In addition to creating these works, Ms. LeCrone has also choreographed for North Carolina Dance Theatre, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Colorado Ballet among others. She has participated in choreography competitions including the National Choreographers Initiative, The A.W.A.R.D. Show!, and Ballet Builders, and continues to teach dance regularly at university level dance departments and schools like University of North Carolina School of The Arts, Hartt University, Barnard University, Columbia University, and Goucher College. Ms. LeCrone has also served as resident choreographer for Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet and Columbia University’s Columbia Ballet Collaborative, of which she is a founding member.

Ms. LeCrone currently resides in New York where she performs with the Metropolitan Opera and continues to teach and choreograph. She has recently presented her second commission for Works & Process at the Guggenheim and additional commissions include the New York premiere of Outflow Boundary for Marymount Manhattan College (May 2014), a new work for Ballet Academy East (May 2014), and a world-premiere ballet for Daniel Ulbricht’s Stars of American Ballet (July 2014).

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