push/FOLD

Contemporary Dance Company
Portland - Oregon

push/FOLD is the vision of multi-disciplinary artist and composer-choreographer Samuel Hobbs, founded in 2016 as a performance-focused arts organization. Immersive moodscapes, abstract storytelling, and athletic dance performance set to Samuel's original sound, set, and lighting design are the hallmarks of push/FOLD's body of work. The backbone of push/FOLD's athletic style is Samuel's Visceral Movement Theory™ (VMT) technique, fusing Samuel's athletics and dance careers with their education in Osteopathic manual therapy. VMT reframes the expression of athlete and dancer biomechanics based on current movement research, resulting in increased career longevity and power and efficiency in movement.

As a community-oriented arts organization with the mission of developing community power through arts and movement education, support, and advocacy, push/FOLD's programs include masterclasses, workshops, presentations, student programming, dance-for-film, virtual and evening-length dance productions, artist-talks, and the Union PDX - Festival of Contemporary Dance, established in 2019. push/FOLD performs through regional festivals and self-produced performances; setting work on various professional artists and companies, including Polaris Dance Theatre (2019) and Oregon Ballet Theatre's OBT2 (2020-21).

2021 marks push/FOLD's international debut at the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver, BC and at the Festival Internacional De Danza Contemporánea De La Ciudad De México in Mexico City, Mexico.

push/FOLD is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.

Samuel Hobbs

Artistic Director

Samuel Hobbs is a multi-disciplinary artist in Dance, Art, and Music known for their unique athletic movement, abstract storytelling, and evocative soundscores. Samuel has performed nationally and internationally since 2005—Contemporary, Ballet, Street, and West African dance—and teaching nationally and internationally dance and partnering since 2008. Samuel’s work utilizes their momentum-based dance technique Visceral Movement Theory™—a fusion of Samuel’s athletics and dance training with their education in Osteopathic manual therapy.

Before dance, Samuel was a university track athlete studying Math and Computer Science at the University of Oregon and then Western Oregon University; graduating in 2007 with a Bachelors in Science in The Arts, studying Music, Illustration, Sculpture, Dance, and Computer Science. Samuel's performance career includes performances at two World Expositions, leading roles in Classical Ballet productions in Oregon, Washington, and Utah, and performances with Lauren Edson, Éowyn Barrett, Rainbow Dance Theatre, Minh Tran & Co., and BodyVox.

Outside of dance, Samuel works with the public as an Osteopathic Manual Therapist in their private practice in Portland, OR.

Holly Shaw

Managing Director
Dancer

Holly Shaw was born and raised in Northern California, where she began her dance training at the age of seven in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. Turning her focus to Ballet in High School, Holly began performing with Crockett-Deane Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet, studying on scholarship at the Houston Ballet Academy during the summer of 2005.

In 2006, Holly began attending the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she performed internationally with the resident company Utah Ballet, and began her professional career in 2007 as a guest-artist with Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet. Holly graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Ballet with an emphasis in Performance and Teaching in 2010.

After graduation, Holly moved to Portland, Oregon to continue her professional career, performing nationally, and internationally, with BodyVox, and Éowyn Emerald & Dancers; and regionally with skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE. In 2015 Holly began working with push/FOLD, where she continues to perform as a main company member, and is an integral part of the administration as Managing Director.

Outside of dance, Holly works as a STOTT Pilates Instructor-Trainer.

Briley Jozwiak

Dancer

A native of Vancouver, Washington, Briley Jozwiak started dancing at age four, spending her youth studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance. She spent summers training at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and finally, Atlanta Ballet where she began her professional career in 2010; performing works by Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, and Helen Pickett. In 2013, Briley became a company member with Nevada Ballet Theatre before taking the position of Soloist with Ballet Tucson in 2014.


In 2015, Briley returned to the Pacific Northwest to expand her boundaries in dance and performance continuing her professional career with push/Fold and The Holding Project. Her life outside of dance includes modeling, acting and teaching STOTT Pilates.

Ashley Morton

Dancer

Ashley Morton was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, studying Ballet at Chicago Ballet Arts and various summer programs throughout the United States. After high school, Ashley expanded her formal dance training, studying on scholarship under the Lou Conte Dance Studio’s Scholarship Program, and performed professionally in Ruth Paige’s Nutcracker and other small Chicago projects. In 2015, Ashley was accepted to Alonzo King’s LINES’s Ballet Training Program in San Francisco, California, where she lived for a year before moving to Portland, Oregon.


Ashley currently teaches dance and performs as an independent artist within Portland. This is Ashley’s first season working with push/FOLD.

Heather Hindes

Dancer

Heather Hindes is a professional dancer, choreographer, and performance artist, originally from St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Lindenwood University with a BA in Dance—training in Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, and Gaga. Heather’s career includes set design, lighting, theater, fashion, violin performance, and film, working with several independent choreographers and companies, including Leverage Dance Theater. After moving to Portland in 2016, Heather began dancing with The Holding Project and collaborating on dance films with Thomas Valladares, Megan Hauk, and other self-produced shorts. Her current research involves the integration of dance, live music, and film. Heather currently resides in Portland, OR, working as a movement trainer. This is Heather’s first season with push/FOLD.

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push/FOLD is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Board of Directors

  • Hailey Bill — Fisher Investments
  • James T. Dunn — The Barnett Firm LLC
  • Samuel Hobbs — push/FOLD
  • Holly Shaw — Elevated Movement

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