Kendra Portier is a choreographer, teacher, and performer. 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 directs the project-based company, BANDportier (NYC); their projects meld rigorous dancing with transdisciplinary collaboration, including Portier's visual arts practice. 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 an array of works, 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), 2015/2018/2019 Tisch Dance Space Grant (NYC), 2016 Mary Elizabeth Hamstrong Award (IL), and for her current research, Color Studies (Burnish: Magenta #01-03), the 2018 Wanda M. Nettl Prize for Choreography (IL). Portier trained at BalletMet (OH), and holds a BFA from the Ohio State University & an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.