Not just another dance studio

Open Space is a creative container for dance and movement where every body is welcomed. From community classes for adults, to professional training at our dance school, come embrace wonder, move freely, and explore your body in a judgment-free zone where curiosity is encouraged and play is the way.

Whether you have professional training or this is your first time at a studio, there is room for you to learn and grow at Open Space. You'll find mentorship, high caliber training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and more all wrapped up in fun classes that let you embrace your authentic self.

For our shows, we bring together great minds in contemporary dance for an interdisciplinary approach that harnesses the creativity of Portland artists from all backgrounds to create bold performances grounded in movement. 


Maeve Dougal

Co-Founder + Director,

The School at Open Space


Kolina Doherty

Program Manager

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Charlene Hannibal

Co-Founder + Director,

The School at Open Space

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Colleen Loverde

Company Artist + Faculty


Franco Nieto

Artistic Director + Co-Founder

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David Nokovic

Company Manager

 Staff + Faculty


Candice Agahan

Faculty // Jazz Funk

NBA All-Star Dancer, Momentum Workshops


Vanessa Thiessen

Faculty // Open Ballet

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Post:Ballet, Skinner|Kirk Dance Ensemble



Faculty // Body Control

Trail Blazer's Rip City Dance Crew, Bang Bang Boogie Winner, Lyfe Dance Company