If it weren’t for micro, I wouldn’t be dancing today. Between 2012 and 2014, I had a series of knee and shoulder injuries that left me barely able to walk, and a series of heartbreaks that left me starved for connection. I dragged my butt to events up and down the coast and danced almost exclusively micro for a full year, because I couldn’t do anything else. It was a really dark time for me, and micro was the thing that got me through it. I love the subtlety, the connection, and the focus, and I want to share that with all of you.
Emily Rose Phillips
Emily first started dancing micro in Portland in 2008. It rocked her world, and she's been savoring each micro dance ever since. To her, it’s like turning down the volume on the rest of the world. And in that space, can make you feel like you’re a part of the music. She likes micro so much that she eventually started leading, only so she could micro more often. Emily started and runs the BAmF monthly event on 2nd Saturdays. She is over the moon excited about BAmF and can’t wait to micro with you!
Matthew has been dancing fusion and blues since 2012. His love of micro can be traced back to his earliest days of dancing where he used to play around with isolations in solo dancing. In his partner dancing he has long relished dances that emphasize connection and the feel of the dance within the partnership over how it may look to observers.
Tyler discovered dance through fusion in 2014. Before that he hadn’t done much dancing at all. Not too long after, his life was consumed by dance, which sparked his love for EDM! These days he spends a lot of my time producing music, in hopes of creating some great dance tracks for my community. When it comes to micro dancing, Tyler loves dancing to beats with heavy syncopated rhythms. He likes infusing hip hop techniques into his micro dancing. I like to think of micro more than just a slow hugging dance and look for multiple ways to change the connection, one way being open one handed connection.
Tyler joins our 2019 team, leading our marketing and social media campaigns. He’s also bringing us “micro thoughts” videos you can find on our facebook page.
We have endless gratitude to Steven Yang (2016 & 2017) and Adrian Cousens (2016) for all that they have done historically to make this event a reality.
We also want to send some praise and love out to our venue, the Athletic Playground. Check out their classes to level up your movement practice: Acrobatics, Parkour, Aerial, Handstands, Conditioning, Flexiblity, and Dance (tango, hip hop, contemporary, contact improv, air ballet).
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