White Bird's Annual Outreach Project with Portland Public Schools, reaching over 3,000 students and teachers per year, will celebrate its 18th year anniversary in 2017/18, inspired by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. A curriculum guide with a culminating performance on Wednesday, April 25th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall will provoke teachers and students to dig deep into the history and culture of African Americans. Virtually every dance company White Bird brings offers a dance workshop to Portland area students and the professional dance community.

Since 2000, White Bird's goal is to make stronger curriculum connections for student learning through the performing arts. Supporting this opportunity, community resource people and artists have come together to offer teachers insight into the artistic process and foster connections to historical and social themes within the mission, vision and choreography of our sponsored visiting company. For more information about White Bird visit www.whitebird.org.


Curriculum work from world-class dance companies visiting Portland through White Bird's Outreach Project are available through the links below. Please take advantage of the resources we've developed over the past 15 years.

2017/18        Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

2016/17        Che Malambo Argentinian Dance

2015/16        Malpaso Cuban Dance

2014/15        Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely in THE BLUES PROJECT

2013/14        Ballet Hispanico

2012/13        Black Grace

2011/12         Compagnie Kafig

2010/11         Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

2009/10       Complexions Contemporary Ballet

2008/09      Dance Brazil

2007/08       Urban Bush Women-Jant Bi

2006/07       Dayton Contemporary Dance Company-Jacob Lawrence