Each year there is a new set of leaders for Dance Oregon. This is what our board looks like this year:

Michelle Friend – President

Michelle Friend is senior Dance major at the University of Oregon, also minoring in Art History and Communications. Michelle started dancing at four years old, and grew up studying and performing jazz, ballet, and tap. She took her first real modern class her freshman year at the U of O and hasn’t stopped since. She performed in the Faculty Concert for the last two years, and will again this year. Michelle also performed in the Spring Student Showcase the last three years and this year will be choreographing for it instead. She will also be performing in two works that have been selected to be adjudicated this year at the American College Dance Festival; Holly Johnston’s “Prelude to a Secret” and Julia Vickers’ “Two Half-Hitches.” Last summer, with the help of the dance department and Dance Oregon, Michelle attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina. This is Michelle’s second year as President of Dance Oregon and she is so impressed and excited about how it has grown and by how much effort and enthusiasm its members are putting in!



Melissa ‘Messie’ Doherty – Vice President 

Melissa “Messie” Doherty is a senior at University of Oregon majoring in Dance, with a minor in Community Arts. Both of Messie’s parents are musicians, which led her to having a strong, art based upbringing. She started dance at the young age of three and her love for dance and the arts grows more and more through the years. This will be her second year participating in UO’s Repertory Dance Company. She has danced in the Faculty Dance Concert every year as well as the 2010 and 2011 Spring Student Dance Concert. Last year she performed in Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s restaging of “Laundromatinee” and is now Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest’s Administrative Intern. She founded Arts Collaboration, a student program on campus, and is Vice President of the ASUO student organization, Dance Oregon.




Linnea Birdwell – Treasurer

Linnea Birdwell is a junior dance major at the University of Oregon. She is originally from Los Angeles, California but mostly grew up in Corvallis, Oregon where she mainly trained in Graham Technique. It wasn’t until Linnea came to the University of Oregon that she started expanding her dance education with Ballet, Jazz, African, and Hip-hop. Here at the U of O, she has performed in numerous faculty and student works and was a recipient of the Lotta Carll Scholarship for 2010-2011 as well as 2011-2012. In 2011 Ms. Birdwell attended her first American College Dance Festival in Idaho, performing in Brad Garner’s “Pages Missing,” selected through adjudication for the finale performance. Linnea will once again be performing at the ACDF in Wisconsin this year in Holly Johnston’s new work “Prelude to a Secret,” as well as in Julia Vickers’ “Two Half Hitches.” This past summer she was lucky enough to attend and perform at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. Linnea plans to continue to explore her love for teaching and outreach through dance after graduating in 2013, and one day hopes to join a professional dance company.


Jordon Cloud Goulder – Publicity Manager

Jordon Goulder is a senior dance minor also working toward a major in journalism with an emphasis in public relations. She grew up grew up dancing in San Diego, California at the Academy of the Performing Arts, Malashock Dance, and San Diego Dance Theater among others. Jordon has received scholarships to Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater summer workshop and Malashock Dance. After taking a brief break from dancing, Jordon began taking classes again and declared as a dance minor at the beginning of her sophomore year. Jordon has performed in several University of Oregon dance concerts including the Spring Student Dance Concert, the Faculty concert, and several MFA projects. Last year she was chosen to perform in Liana Conyer’s “…I Know This Much” and Brad Garner’s “Pages Missing” at the American College Dance Festival. In addition to being on stage, Ms. Goulder is excited to use her degree in public relations to work with dance companies and arts organizations to integrate their work into the communities around them. She has served as a PR intern for art organizations including Ballet Fantastique, Kiner Enterprise Inc., tEEth performance, and the Time Based Art Festival.


Rachel Slaughter – Secretary/Fundraising

Rachel Slaughter fell in love with dance at the age of 3 in Long Beach, CA.  Through various family moves, she wound up on her high school’s dance and drill team in Banks, OR.  When she went to the University of Oregon she was a journalism major for practicality’s sake.  But, her love of dance could not be denied, and she soon switched to a dance major.  Since then, she has been involved in numerous department faculty and student productions, MFA thesis projects, and has been selected to perform two pieces for adjudication at ACDF 2012. This year, Rachel will be performing in Holly Johnston’s “Prelude to a Secret” and Julia Vickers “Two Half Hitches at the American College Dance Festival.


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