NW Dance Project was founded in Portland in 2004 by acclaimed dancer, mentor, and choreographer Sarah Slipper. NW Dance Project is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative, new contemporary dance works from talented choreographers from around the world, all created in an open and artistically stimulating environment. NW Dance Project is also committed to advancing dance education, equity, and community engagement through its cost-free Dance Moves arts engagement and access programs; ongoing dance training for youth and adults of all levels, abilities, and in a range of dance styles; and special programs for rising and in-transition professional dancers. Most programmatic elements (creation, rehearsals, classes, special projects, administration, etc.) occur at their light, spacious, and beautiful NE Portland Creative Center, a crucial multi-functional community resource and support center since 2015.