There is something enchanting about BodyVox. The Portland-based dance company holds a magical quality, one that we can’t quite put our finger on. Perhaps it’s the dance center itself, dreamily situated on the corner of NW 17th and Northrup St, with warm, red brick and large windows. It also lends itself to a romantically nostalgic past. The building was originally built by the Wells Fargo Company in 1915 to serve as a carriage house, with housing for both horses and employees. Another magical feature is buried under one of the rehearsal spaces. In a whimsical gesture, supporters of BodyVox buried time capsules underneath the floors, some day to be unearthed.
This same romanticism carries over to the BodyVox company. Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland met while dancing on the east coast and then shortly after getting married, founded their dance company. BodyVox is composed of dancers with great technical capacity and most importantly, heart. In describing what they look for in dancers, Ashley emphasizes that it is important for a dancer to fit in with the company’s strong work ethic and accessibility in dance performance.
This Thursday, come see BodyVox perform at the Washington Park amphitheater for free. The performance is the first of its kind and heralds the Washington Park Summer Festival. During rehearsals, the directors discussed the best way to handle lighting in an outdoor setting and what pieces would most captivate the park audience. The performance is sure to be an intriguing one, with strong story lines and earthy movement.The BodyVox dance center, described as a “nexus for dance art and the community” also offers classes for the public. Dancers of all ages and levels can participate in classes like “Stretch Appeal” and “My Rising Star.” Check the website for the calendar and class descriptions.
Upcoming eventsBodyVox at Washington Park Amphitheater for the Washington Park Summer FestivalAUGUST 2, 2012 - 400 SW Kingston Avenue at 6pm
BodyVox Dance Center1201 NW 17th Ave.Portland, Or 97209
Photos taken by: Christie Spillane