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Portland's Innovative & Kinda Quirky Dance Community

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Thank you to everyone who came to auditions for Sleeping Beauty. If you missed us this time, keep an eye out for an audition announcement for our summer show. We hope to see you there!

Audition Format

Auditions will be held in a class format and there is no need to prepare anything special. Choreographers will lead a warm up followed by combinations in a number of styles. Please wear clothes you can move in and dance shoes or bare feet.

If you are unable to attend auditions, but would still like to participate or be involved behind the scenes, please email

Company Classes are back!

This spring, join teacher and choreographer Bruce Tracey for a Contemporary Repertoire class. Bruce requests, "Come explore music with me." Using contemporary/modern, hip hop, and other concepts we'll find adventure in a class that hopes to inspire and motivate through rhythmic movement and theatrical expression.

When: Tuesdays 7:45-8:45PM Where: Drouin Dance Studio, 90 Bridge St. Westbrook **Class begins February 13**

Looking to improve your dance technique? Join Brigitte Paulus for an all new mixed-level contemporary technique class, now with new time! This is a mixed level class for the first hour and 15 minutes. The last quarter hour will be dedicated to teaching an advanced combination. Classes will focus on musicality and quality of movement, using modern music and Brigitte’s unique style of movement. A warm up rooted in ballet and jazz technique will be followed by exercises to improve skills needed for dancing choreography found in many Vivid Motion shows. Former artistic director and co-founder of Vivid Motion, Brigitte Paulus has 30+ years of experience teaching dancers of all levels. Come prepared to learn, work hard, and have fun becoming a better dancer.

When: Wednesdays 7:00-8:30PM Where: Portland Ballet School Studio 3 in Portland **Class begins February 14**

Questions or suggestions? contact Ali Berry

About our Teacher

Rachael O'Donnel has been dancing since she learned to walk. She studied jazz, ballet, and hip-hop throughout her childhood. In college, she began to study modern dance as well, taking dance classes at Northern ArizonaUniversity and dancing with local companies. At age 19, she co-founded a community dancecompany in Flagstaff, Arizona where she gained experience as a teacher, choreographer, performer, and director. More recently, she taught hip hop at Drouin Dance Center in Westbrook and has danced in two seasonal performances with Vivid Motion. Hip Hop is her favorite form of dance and she is excited to be teaching again. She requests that dancers bring knee pads (if they have them) to class.

Alison Berry has been dancing since childhood and instructing dance classes since her teenage years. She is trained in ballet, jazz, and tap dance but also enjoys trying out everything from contemporary to hip hop. Ali's early dance education mainly comes from Houlton School of Dance and Moondance Studios in Northern Maine. Since moving to Portland a decade ago Ali has continued to take dance classes here and in Boston, and has been dancing and choreographing with Vivid Motion all that time. Ali has been serving as Vivid Motion's Artistic Director since 2014.

Brigitte Paulus is a classically trained ballerina, who had the fortune to have fantastic professional dancers for her teachers. She danced at Joffrey Ballet in New York for a bit, and then came back to Maine where she branched out into other forms of dance and eventually helped to start Vivid Motion. She's done Jazz, Tap, Middle Eastern, Flamenco, Hip Hop and a little bit of whatever she can throw her body into.

Gerry Shannon has a passion for swing dancing that can be catagorized as obsessive. The fancy footwork combined with partner dancing and socializing is just the perfect way to spend an evening. Since his introduction to this great form in 1999, he has attended local and regional classes, workshops and events geared specifically for putting a huge smile on his face. Most of his choreography is inspired by swing ... and making you laugh of course.

Bruce Tracy Since the 1980s, Bruce has immersed himself in the atmosphere of "the streets". He helped introduce hip hop into new England's dance studio world, teaching Maine's first weekly, structured hip hop classes over 20 years ago. His choreography has won awards in New Jersey, Boston and New York City. He has also trained with some amazing artists -- including Wade Robson, Luam Keflezgy, Bev Brown, Leslie Feliciano, Brian Green, Jazzy Jay, Quickstep, Rocafella, Doug Elkins, Sasha Soreff and Michelle Asaf. When not teaching, Bruce performs as a local DJ, working in many nightclubs and opening for names like Bad Boy Bill, Eminem and MTV's DJ Scribbles.

Don't miss this opportunity to spend time learning a fun and challenging dance style with your Vivid Motion friends! Classes are pay-what-you-can and open to all.

Company News

We're looking for a studio space to replace Acorn. Got any leads on an affordable space? Email us

Come to company meetings, the last Monday of the month at 8:30pm. Be informed and stay connected.

Notes from the meeting are here:
Company Minutes

The list of Things You Said You'd Do

The latest To Do List

Volunteer in a Show

If being onstage is not your thing you can still help

Contact us and tell us what you're interested in. We'd love your help.

We need volunteers for:
Graphic Design
Hanging up Posters
Set Building
Box Office
and Tons More!

Help Us Help You – Program Advertising

Our programs reach from 300 to 800 audience members during a production. Placing your ad in one of our programs is a cost effective way to connect with audiences that support the arts, by showing that you do as well.

Contact with ad copy, for payment options, and to request other ad-related information

Ad Copy should be sent to Advertising
Payments can be sent through Paypal or by check payable to Vivid Motion Inc.

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1/4 page1.875L x 4.75W563 x 1425$25

Digital formats accepted are:
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Minimum Resolution must be 300 dpi.
Prices shown are for Black and White Ads only.

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