FLOOR Center for Dance is on a mission to create more performance opportunities for regional artists with FLOOR's works-in-progress series, In the Rough


Showcasing developing movement-based works in a shared evening, we will provide the opportunity for artists to present a current, finished or unfinished work to a live audience attending at a low cost.

Following each performance is a small reception to provide a space for dialogue between artists, performers, and audience members.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported FLOOR's third iteration of In the Rough. We are proud to say that BOTH nights of shows were completely sold out!

Showing Dates:

February 29th & March 1st, 2020 | 7pm at FLOOR Center for Dance


In the Rough 3 Choreographers


Zaji Cox

After being a competitive gymnast for seven years, Zaji Cox began pursuing dance at fifteen and went on to train seriously in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and tap at local Portland studios, including the Oregon Ballet Theater. At seventeen, she shifted her focus to ballet and contemporary, training and performing with the Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico and the New Mexico Ballet Company for three years. After studying dance as a minor at the University of Houston, she returned to Portland to join Polaris Dance Theatre for their 2016-2017 season. She has also been a guest dancer with various companies and live musicians, performing at a variety of shows including the Jamballah Northwest bellydance festival, Allegro Dance Company's Lost in Perceptions, and Theatre Bizarre in Detroit. 


Jana Zahler and Patsy Morris​

Jana Zahler and Patsy Morris have been dancing together for over a decade. They met dancing at Lane Community College, where they trained under Bonnie Simoa, and then graduated with BA’s in Dance from the University of Oregon. Besides making work with Patsy, Jana practices Compositional Improvisation here in Portland, has produced two evening-length dance works: IN LAYERS (2018) and SEA FOAM (2019), and currently is a Core Entergetics Student (a type of somatic psychotherapy). Patsy has been practicing, choreographing and performing in Portland for the last 7 years. Her most recent works have been with DreamAwake Productions choreographing for Little Grow Shop of Horrors (2019), and in Kelly Koltiska’s work Pathways (2019). Jana and Patsy are excited to share a current movement study for IN THE ROUGH 3, which is derived from a larger evening-length production they are working on that will premier February 2021.


Caty Raupp

Caty Raupp is a dance artist, choreographer, yogi and educator. Originally from the Midwest, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, she relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2016  and begun performing for companies The Holding Project and push/FOLD. In summer 2018, Caty completed her 200 hour Yoga Certificate in India, through the Rishikesh Teaching Training Center. After spending a year in Bend, Oregon, Caty returned to Portland this past Fall and currently teaches at Groove Nation Dance, Pacific Dance Academy, and the People's Yoga.

Caty's piece "Translation" was choreographed in collaboration with dancers Johnny Cox and Madeleine Chow.


Taylor Pasquale

Taylor Pasquale, a movement-based artist, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from George Mason University. Originally from Northern VA, Taylor was a freelance dancer in D.C. before moving to Portland in 2019.

She has presented her work in Washington DC's premiere theater, John F Kenny's Center for the Performing Arts. Taylor is currently a member of Tongue Dance Project.


Beth Whelan

Beth Whelan is a movement artist based in Portland. As a freelance dancer and choreographer, she has presented work through the Regional Arts and Culture Council's Night Lights, Downright Productions' Amorphous, Polaris Dance Theater's Galaxy Festival, FLOOR's In the Rough, and performed in various works of local choreographers. Her latest work, a duet called Gull,  is a collage of memories, poetry, stillness, movement, and sounds inspired by the quiet and powerful life of her late grandmother, Kate McLaughlin, also known as "Gigi." 


In February of 2019, Beth and Trevor Wilde co-presented a shared evening of dance at Performance Works Northwest called Two of a Kind. Beth was awarded the White Bird Barney Commissioning Prize alongside Trevor Wilde and Shaun Keylock, and will be creating new work for the White Bird Uncaged Series in 2021. She currently dances with Tongue Dance Project, based in St. Johns. Prior to Portland, Beth completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at George Mason University and freelanced in Washington DC and Philadelphia. Her writing on dance is published in Philadelphia's The Dance Journal and Oregon Arts Watch. Outside of dance, Beth enjoys climbing, drinking coffee, snuggling with her cat, and biking. 

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Jamae Sabangan

Jamae is a multi-passionate, who finds her innermost being tethered to and grounded by movement. She has been training for over 10 years in modern/contemporary, ballet, and hip hop among other styles. She has worked with local companies in Portland, Oregon, including Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater and 11: Dance Co, as well as participated in informal productions at Portland Community College. In addition to dancing, writing novels and baking pastries are two of her biggest passions.

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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.


Sacred Samuel

Sacred has performed with The Francesca Harper Project, in creations by Nick Cave, as backup for Nona Hendryx, and as a guest dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has choreographed for concert dance and musical theatre, including solo presentations at FLOOR Center for Dance in Portland, OR and Gibney Dance Center in Manhattan, NY, and creation in residency at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has taught workshops at FLOOR and for PDX Contemporary Ballet where she currently teaches weekly open class. Sacred has done further collaborations with Miguel Anaya, Kennedy Boswell, and Dana Caspersen.


Heather Hindes


Originating from St. Louis, MO, Hindes (Hine-z) has trained in a plethora of movement techniques and philosophies from ballet to tutting to improvisation. She graduated with a BA in Dance at Lindenwood University, where she was involved behind the scenes with the theatre, film, and fashion departments. Before relocating to Portland, Hindes spent several years choreographing, performing, and teaching with the St. Louis based company, Leverage Dance Theater, a site specific dance company. Since relocating she’s found a home teaching  at The Aspire Project and has been with The Holding Project for 3 years. Currently, Hindes enjoys the movement language and pedagogy of Gaga and has attended numerous Gaga Summer intensives, working with Danielle Agami, Shahar Biniamini, and Bobbi Smith. Her current research involves the integration of dance, visual arts, live music, local musicians, and film.


Tongue Dance Project

Tongue Dance Project was formed in 2014 by Stephanie Gilliland and Lauren Smith as a vehicle for choreographic exploration and artistic development in contemporary dance. Known to explore the realm of extreme physicality and athleticism, the focus of the company is the evolution, creation, and production of the artistic work of Gilliland in collaboration with the dancers. After relocating to Portland, Oregon from Southern California in 2017, the company has been committed to offering consistent, accessible open class. As of November 2018, TDP opened its own space in the St. John’s neighborhood of Portland, FLOOR Center for Dance. With its own space, Tongue is able to offer weekly classes for all ages and can provide a creative space for local and visiting artists to develop and share work.