Kendra Portier (BAND|portier) is an NYC-based maker, teacher, and performer. The projects she takes on are primarily dance works that evolve through her visual arts practice and transdisciplinary interests in mathematics, science, pedagogy and somatics. Born at home in Ohio, Portier has facilitated and promoted dance across the globe from San Diego to Salzburg, Dushanbe to Athens (Greece, Georgia, and Ohio). She has held faculty and guest artist positions at numerous dance programs with significant and ongoing presence at Gibney Dance Center (NY) as well as Bates Dance Festival (ME). She has performed in the work of Lisa Race/Race Dance, Sara Hook, Alexandra Beller Dance, Nicole Wolcott Dance, Vanessa Justice Dance, hoi polloi, collaborations with Annie Kloppenberg and Launch Movement Experiment, including a notable tenure with David Dorfman Dance. Her choreography has been presented internationally; receiving multiple awards including 2012 Harkness Choreographer in Residence (NYC), 2013 Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Residency (ME), 2015 Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship, 2015 and 2018 Tisch Dance Space Grant (NYC), 2015-2018 University Fellowship Block Grant (IL), 2016 Mary Elizabeth Hamstrong Award (IL), and for her current research, intertwining Color Theory and Choreography (Burnish: Magenta #01-03), the 2018 Wanda M. Nettl Prize for Choreography (IL). Portier holds a BFA from the Ohio State University and an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Kendra continues to be a freelance artist hustlin’ to and fro, NYC to the University of Maryland, where she is thrilled to join faculty as a Visiting Professor.