Emily Running

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Emily Running (Founder)

Vision + Operations Director
Strategic Partnerships Lead

Vision and Operations Director + Strategic Partnerships Lead 

What does that mean?
As the Founder of Dance Wire I am the original creator of the vision. I work closely with staff, board, ambassadors, and the community to refine, adapt and keep the vision moving forward. I also manage everything related to finances, operations, and our website. I interact on a high level with all constituents and work directly with people interested in partnering with Dance Wire as sponsors, community partners, and collaborators. 

1:1 Session areas of expertise:
-Freelance work
-Strategic relationships
-Board training
-Business management 

Education/Training/Professional Memberships:
-Nonprofit Association of Oregon current member
-Dance/USA Service Organization Council current member
-Art of Leadership Training – RACC 2017
-DIY Bookkeeping – 3 week course + 4 one on one trainings – RACC – 2014
-Business Foundations I – 6 week course – Mercy Corps NW – 2013
-Imagine This! A Seminar on Bringing Arts & Creativity to Classrooms – RACC – Portland, OR 2012
-Teaching Artist Curriculum Development – 8 week course – The Music Center, Los Angeles CA 2006
-Bachelors of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance in Dance from University of Montana, Missoula MT – Graduated with Honors 2003 

Experience: Linked In

Artistic life outside Dance Wire:
I am a freelance choreographer and performer currently working on a dance film project. I am also a company member with Ela FaLa (a Portland-based contemporary dance company). 

Why my work at Dance Wire is meaningful to me:

On the membership page it says “When building a career in dance is blood, sweat, and tears, membership is like a pep talk and a hug to keep you reaching for your dreams.” I wrote that line because I know dancers are competent, creative, driven, and have an incredibly unique and valuable perspective to offer the world. But the struggle is real. Anything I can do to help a dancer live up to their potential brings me immense joy and satisfaction.