Event Space

In a century-old carriage house in Portland’s Pearl District, the BodyVox Dance Center serves as a nexus for dance art and the Northwest Portland community. This renovated 11,000 square foot facility holds a theater, education studio, rehearsal studio /performance space, lobby/box office, administrative office, and set and costume storage space, all reflecting a warm and creative aesthetic designed by the award-winning Boora Architects. The Dance Center is always bustling with daily rehearsals, classes, seasonal performances and special events. 


  • Located on a streetcar stop, providing easy access to mass transit and the rest of the city.
  • Listed in Portland’s Historic Building Registry.
  • Smart HVAC system pulls out hot air to minimize the need for air conditioning.
  • New canopies and signage on the exterior are designed to be compatible with the industrial character of the building and neighborhood.
  • We plan to install a storm water collection system for water coming off the roof.
  • Recycled lumber from the building renovation became a conference table, reception desk details and finish details throughout the building.


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The BodyVox Dance Center is amazingly flexible. At over 13,000 square feet, our space includes a beautiful lobby, a light and airy Education Studio, and a gorgeous Main Studio. Adaptable and open, the Dance Center is perfect for every kind of event, including parties, dance performances, and banquets. 

The Main Studio features auditorium seating of 175; maximum capacity for the building is 274. BodyVox does not have any catering restrictions.

The BodyVox Dance Center began its life in 1915 when the Wells Fargo Company built it to be a carriage house containing stables for horses, a dormitory for employees and a carriage repair shop. It has since seen many tenants and many transformations, serving over the years as the home for Margarita Leon’s Creative Kids art school, The Corberry Press, hit maker Gino Vannelli, the Time-Based Art Festival, numerous artists and, from 1960-1964, the short-lived Portland Reporter.

BodyVox jumped at the opportunity to grab an historic building close to downtown in an evolving neighborhood on the streetcar line. When we moved into the building, we stripped it to its bones and found a beautiful structure with great character: brick walls, steel girders, open spaces and endless possibilities. We’re excited to bring new life to the building and the neighborhood, and to give back to the creative community that supports us.


For information about booking or pricing please contact BodyVox at 503.229.0627 or email: rentals@bodyvox.com

Upcoming Performances