We are thrilled to share...

with you BodyVox’s journey over the past 14 months - a period, of course, like no other in our history!  In short, what we want to share is how - even during COVID realities - BodyVox held fast to our mission of “creating innovative dance works that entertain, inspire and uplift audiences of all ages.” And did we ever!
 
It all began in March of 2020 when the Governor’s initial mandate forced us to shutter the BodyVox Dance Center and cut short our 2019-20 season, postponing performances and cancelling facility rentals and classes. As a result, very sadly we had to furlough 85 employees and contractors, retaining only a seven person group who met on zoom each work day at 9:00am to strategize new ways to bring dance and much needed joy to the community.
 
Soon thereafter, we launched StreamingVox, a platform populated with free BodyVox content that has grown to include full length shows, single dances, open rehearsals, and wonderful conversations with artists from throughout the nation.  We upgraded our facility with heightened cleaning protocols, a filtration system, increased internet capacity and monitors for streaming of classes.
 
During the summer of 2020, we brought JAG, our student company, back to the Dance Center to safely rehearse and create a feature-length film that replaced a cancelled live JAG performance. We launched a robust roster of streaming classes and made the Dance Center available to artists in need of film and rehearsal space.  And, in the spirit of community, we began hosting monthly blood drives with the Red Cross.
 
On a even happier note, BodyVox Dancers accepted full season contracts and agreed to participate in a “quaran-team“ starting September 2020. The result has been a remarkable output of dance created for the camera. Including two feature length films, a five episode streaming series created with international collaborators and two full-length films of our JAG dancers. Our work was accessed by people from 174 different countries. 

BodyVox got creative in offering ways to view these films. In October, we launched a series of drive-in events where people could safely experience filmed dance from their cars. And, as the gathering restrictions have eased, we created a video installation in the Pearl District, which allowed patrons to attend an immersive dance experience in a socially distanced space. Finally, this spring, we invited audiences to experience a live performance from the sidewalk in front of our studio’s garage door. Innovate, innovate, innovate!!

In short, we believed that the show must - and the show did - go on throughout the pandemic!!  Looking back, we realized proudly that we provided digital and in-person engagement for over 78,000 individuals during this crazy period. Not bad!!

Very, very happily, in April 2021, 82 of our furloughed employees returned to work at BodyVox, including dancers, teachers, theater technicians, facility personnel, production crew, audience services and administrative staff, and in so many ways, we are seeing the light at the end of this very long year. BodyVox plans to fully re-open its Portland Dance Center and launch a season of performances and classes in the fall of 2021. Stay tuned for the unveiling of our exciting season this July.

It is important to re-launch with a season of strong robust programing. Engaging audiences for performances and classes will require more than simply opening the doors. We are faced with challenges including COVID-postponed staffing additions and anticipate market driven wage increases that may be up to 20% more than in our most recent year.

In the spirit of new beginning, we humbly ask that you consider making an investment in our work so that we can continue our mission of bringing entertainment and inspiration that uplifts audiences of all ages. You have been our inspiration throughout the past 14 months, and we cannot do what we do without you.

Warmest regards,

Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland
Co-Artistic Directors
BodyVox

 

BODYVOX YEAR IN REVIEW