Emily Running

I have been referred to as a Plate Spinner and the Queen of Side Jobs, and each are very fitting. As freelance dancer, choreographer, project manager, and talent director, I have worked on everything from photoshoots, music videos, commercials, and flash mobs, to musicals, short films, galas and concert dance productions.
I also wrote a book, started a nonprofit and teach everything from circus arts to yoga. With the ever changing number of projects on my plate, it certainly makes for an entertaining if not slightly confusing response to the classic question of “what do you do?” But my creativity and versatility are two of my greatest talents which is why I have given myself the title Movement Inspired.
I have been dancing since age five and the studio and theater are my happy places. I have a BFA in Choreography and Performance in Dance and have been a working artist nationally and internationally since 1999.
I am always up for new projects and the ones that includes movement are my favorite kind. Performances are the cherry on top but rehearsals are where the magic happens and the creative process is where I find the most satisfaction!
While living in Paris, I explored everything from writing, poetry, photography, watercolor, and sculpture to language and dance. What I discovered is that many tools of creativity apply across all disciplines.
I absolutely love sharing those creative tools, especially with those who say “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” Try me! I bet we can find at least one!
I am currently Founder and Director of Dance Wire, a central resource for the Portland dance community. Building Dance Wire from the ground up has been a feat, but something I’m both passionate about and proud of.
Throughout the years I have worked multiple arts organizations in various stages of growth and in most every capacity including: education, membership, marketing, programs, fundraising, community partnerships, financial management, strategic planning and operations.
My credentials include a 600 hour Pilates certification, 200 hour yoga certification, and an 8 week teaching artist development training through the Music Center of Los Angeles, but more importantly is the years of experience I have working with people.
Whether teaching in a fitness or artistic capacity, I work to empower people to truly inhabit their own bodies from the mechanical details to individual expression.

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