Goblin King

The Goblin King: A David Bowie & Labyrinth Tribute June 2017 This is what happens when you don’t love your baby brother. What brother? Brother with the power. What power? Power of voodoo. Who do? You do. Shake the mothballs off your embroidered vest and join […]

Dance of the Dream Man

Dance of the Dream Man: A Twin Peaks Story April 2016 “Diane: I’ve just awoken from a dream as dark and wondrous as the cup of delicious black coffee on the counter in front of me. We were in Portland, Oregon, Diane, and when I […]

The Company

TriptheDark is a local Portland indie dance company. If you don’t usually watch dance performances, we want you. We are inspired by sound, raindrops, shadows, puppets, art, and circuses. We also teach tap. Check here for session start dates. We ambitiously create large and small scale productions based on themes […]

Studio 208

TriptheDark now has 24/7 access to our very own studio. If you are interested in teaching a class, holding rehearsals, offering workshops, or other such needs, please contact us and let us know when/what/how long/etc. Competitive rental rates available; discounts apply for ongoing classes and […]

Upcoming Events

AUDITIONS! TriptheDark is a predominantly contemporary dance company, but we rely heavily on storytelling in our full length productions. Check out some videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TriptheDark This year, we’re doing a show based on Claire Underwood from House of Cards. It will be a political drama with […]

Past Events

Babel Echo Music Video Collaboration August 2014 Street Roots Promotional Musical May 2014 David Saffert’s Birthday Show January 2014 Galaxy Fest 2013 August 10, 2013 Free Body Project June 3, 2013 The Piano Fort November 3, 2012

Current Classes

SUNDAYS Advanced Beginner With Ted VanWhy 6 Week Session: Sundays; July 23 – August 27, Noon – 1:00pm Tuition for these classes includes a half hour of tap improv from 1:00pm – 1:30pm $60.00 for the whole session Drop-in cost: $12.00 Register in class! Tap Improv […]


Dance of the Dream Man “Twin Peaks Pageant” Choreography: Erin Shannon “Leland Palmer” Choreography: Stephanie Seaman “Black Lodge” Choreography: Corinn deWaard “Meet Bob” Choreography: Cara Defillippis, Stephanie Seaman I Carried A Watermelon Behind the Scenes Documentary by Illya Torres-Garner Picture Sentence Picture Just Right “Amon Tobin” […]

I Carried A Watermelon

I Carried A Watermelon: A Dirty Dancing Story April 2015 TriptheDark’s fifth season as a dance company invites you into the world of Patrick Swayze’s hips. Keeping to our tradition of bringing entertaining dance performances to Portland, I Carried A Watermelon: A Dirty Dancing Story is […]

Picture Sentence Picture

Picture Sentence Picture February 2014 How many translations does it take to change the meaning of a story? If more layers are piled on, is the picture more clear? What if we insert swan tossing, dancing in the dark and kitty snacks – does that […]

Just Right

Just Right April 2013 Triangles are my favorite shape; three lines, three points of connection, three points of perception. This show is about perspective. How many times do you experience an event, a moment, a comment, a feeling, and look back on it later only […]

Wolf-Child’s Mother

The Wolf-Child’s Mother April 2012 Fairy tales are really in right now, right? Yep. We jumped on the bandwagon and created our own version of Little Red Riding Hood where Red gets impregnated by the Wolf, her controlling boyfriend, and her conservative parents kick her […]