In the rough

2nd iteration

The showing date was 

September 15, 2019 @ 8:00pm

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'In the Rough 2' Choreographers

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Emily Running

Emily Running is a freelance dancer, choreographer, project manager, talent director. She also wrote a book, Anatomy Riot, and is the Founder/Director of Dance Wire - the hub of Portland dance. You can currently find her performing as a company member with Ela Fala.

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MeganAnna Griffin

MeganAnna Griffin began her training in Ayden, North Carolina where she twirled baton competitively for fifteen years. After competing at the Junior Olympics in Seattle, Washington for Rhythmic Gymnastics, she began her ballet training in Greenville, North Carolina. Later, she graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Dance Performance.


MeganAnna's choreography has been showcased in North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Oregon and at BAM Fisher in Brooklyn, New York City. Juan Michael Porter II from The Huffington Post described her style of dance and choreography: "is the sort of dancer who can seemingly do anything one asks of her"

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Nadia Desdemona

This performer has been a recent fixture in the Portland dance and artist scene, and will be debuting a project that has been in the works for just shy of a decade. The work incorporates dance movements with traditional visual art media as the performer emotionally reacts to the selected song in a structured improvisation approach.


Taylor Baker

Taylor Baker is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and arts advocate. Originally from Seattle, she graduated with her BA in Dance from Pacific University.  She has presented her work at Pacific University, the American College Dance Association Northwest conference, Polaris Dance Theatre, and at various dance competitions in the state of Oregon and Washington. Taylor is especially passionate about mentoring and sharing her love of movement with others and finds joy in helping guide young artists who want to pursue dance as a career and help them discover their own creative voices. She also discovered a love and passion for the creative process, contemporary dance, and improvisation during her time as a student and uses this knowledge to instill a deep love and appreciation for dance in young dancers.


Alexander Dones

Alexander Dones is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Portland & New York. As a freelance performer, Alexander has been contracted with numerous acclaimed companies & choreographers including MOMIX, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Doug Elkins Choreography Etc., Chase Brock Experience, NW Dance Project, artLab J, and others. He has had the privilege of
touring & performing nationally and internationally at prestigious venues & festivals including the Joyce Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, Fall for Dance at City Center, The Yard, Lincoln Center, and tours through Spain, France, and Germany. Alexander’s choreographic works have been commissioned & presented by various dance institutions in Portland, New York, France, Italy, and China. Since 2014, Alexander has created under his own project titled soothsayer, a multi-media exploration of the human experience loosely inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Iterations of soothsayer have been presented in Portland, New York, Vancouver B.C., Detroit, and Seoul. For more information, come and say hello, or go to:


Sacred Samuel

Sacred most recently presented her continuously developing solo “Hello my name is Sacred” at the Gibney Dance Center in Manhattan under the mentorship of Raja Feather Kelly. She has performed with the Francesca Harper Project, in creations by Nick Cave, and as a guest dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She choreographed Spring Awakening for Staged! Theatre Company and has created in residency at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has done further collaborations with Miguel Anaya, Kennedy Boswell, and Dana Caspersen.

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Willow Swanson

Beginning with classical jazz, and soon expanding to a variety of styles including tap, hip hop, and contemporary, Willow Swanson fell in love with dance early on.  Fascinated by other types of movement, as well as how to apply them to dance, she has also trained in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Acrobatics, and rock climbs as another way to train.  She has collaborated with a number of Portland locals such as DarVejon Jones, Alicia Cutaia, Jamuna Chiarini, Beth Whelan, Amelia Unsicker, and Katie Burkes, and her performance experiences include dancing with Portland companies Polaris Dance Theatre and Agneizska Laska Dancers, as well as the Vancouver-based company Horizon3 Dance.  Credits also include performing with Victoria Perez at the Young Choreographer's Festival 2019 in New York City, showing and performing her own work at Chapel Theatre earlier the same year, and several small film roles.  She currently teaches a diverse range of dance classes at studios across Vancouver and Portland, and continues to work with dance companies and independent artists on several projects, including live shows, film and photography, and dance outreach.

Photos courtesy of Annika Mossberg