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Dance Education Faculty: Claire Porter

Claire Porter, known for her smart comedic work mixing language and movement, has performed Claire Porter /PORTABLES internationally with appearances in India, Scotland, Germany, Holland, England, Latvia, and Korea. In the New York City area her work has been produced at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace St. Mark’s Church, PS 122, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Joyce SOHO, 92nd Street Y, Town Hall, The Bottom Line, The NY Horticulture Society, Liberty Science Center, and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. PORTABLES has also showcased at the American Dance Festival, The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater DC, Tampa Bay Off Center Theater, Duncan Theater Palm Beach FL, Center Stage Raleigh NC, The Southern Theater Minneapolis, and The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, among others.

Porter’s work has highlighted special events including a performance introducing the Peter Eisenman Building at the University of Cincinnati, performing as hostess-comedienne-scene-changer for the Minnesota Composers Forum's New Music Concert, and performing in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s 2009 GALA. She has also appeared on staircases, boats, backyards, gyms, classrooms, airports, humor festivals, museums, and soapboxes. Porter has performed her Namely, Muscles, an enactment of all the major muscles of the body in poetry, and recipient of the NYC Fringe Festival 2010’s Overall Excellence Award, at festivals, body conferences, theaters, medical schools, and universities around the U.S.

Porter was a Resident Artist at The Baryshnikov Art Center and has received several National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Awards, a Live Music for Dance Award and Commissions from Dance Theater Workshop’s First Light Project, The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Art Matters, Meet The Composer, VOGUE Magazine, University Dance Companies, including Purchase College 2013, and Domino’s Pizza Company. Porter has taught Laban Movement Analysis and/or Choreography for NYU Steinhardt School, Hope College MI, Columbia Teachers College, Case Western Reserve University, Grand Valley State College, Connecticut College, and Manhattanville College. She teaches her Dancing Workout in Bergen County NJ and serves on the Board of DanceNJ. Porter has an MA in Dance from Ohio State, a BA in Mathematics from The College of New Rochelle, and is a Laban Movement Analyst. Her website,, includes upcoming events.

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