Amy Leona Havin
founder, artistic director, dancer
Amy Leona Havin is an Israeli-American dance artist, writer, and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon. She began her dance study with Ohad Naharin's GaGa Movement Language and holds a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. Amy relocated to Portland in 2013 where she created The Holding Project and continues to create with local performers as well as self-publish literature. She finds both truth and liberation in the creation of
her own work.
assistant director, dancer
Lena Traenkenshuch comes from Quimper Peninsula in Washington state. She holds a BFA in Dance as well as a BS in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Western Washington University. After relocating to Portland, Oregon, Lena became a licensed massage and bodywork specialist. Lena has performed with Portland based companies and choreographers such as WolfBird Dance and Tere Mathern, and continues to create work with Subrosa Dance Collective and The Holding Project.
Briley Jozwiak is a native of Vancouver, Washington. She has trained with Alonzo King Lines Ballet (2009) and Oregon Ballet Theatre (2009), and began her professional career with Atlanta Ballet (2010-2012) where she performed works by Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, and James Kudelka. Briley became a company member with Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2012 and Ballet Tucson in 2014, where she performed as a soloist. She has been working with push/FOLD and The Holding Project since her return to Portland. in 2015.
Jillian Hobbs began her training at Northern California Dance Conservatory. She has performed at the Jacob's Pillow 'Inside/Out' stage and traveled to Amsterdam to perform Ohad Naharin's 'Minus 16' and 'Max' while studying Gaga Movement Language in 2013. Upon graduating cum laude from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College in 2015, she began a career in New York City, working with creators such as Sidra Bell. Jillian relocated to Portland in 2016 and is one of the newest members of The Holding Project.
Catherine 'Caty' Raupp
Catherine ‘Caty’ Raupp holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance with highest honors from the University of Michigan. Upon Graduation in 2015, she became a company member at Harge Dance Stories, a professional modern dance company in Detroit, Michigan. In Summer 2016, Caty relocated to Portland, Oregon where she currently also dances with Push/FOLD and teaches through Pacific Dance Academy. Caty lives for the artistic, emotional, and intellectual freedom and satisfaction that dance brings her.
Tomás Alfredo Valladares
assistant director, filmmaker
Tomas Alfredo Valladares is a professional video artist and photographer based in Portland, Oregon. He has worked with galleries such as One Grand and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, and plays an active role in the Portland Street Art Alliance. He has experience with dance for film, video for live music, and other photographic projects.
Carly Nicole Ostergaard
Carly Nicole Ostergaard began her dance training in Santa Cruz, California where she performed with Flex Dance Company until relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2013. She has worked with various local artists and west coast names such as Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Los Angeles, and continues to make work with The Holding Project.
Lyndsey Gray Parsons
Lyndsey Gray Parsons is a dancer and yogi currently in pursuit of discovering
her own artistic voice. A Portland native, she received her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA where she studied under the direction of Wade Madsen, Tonya Lockyer, Alia Swersky, and Danielle Agami before relocating back to Portland. She has learned that by leaving convention behind, it frees both the artist and the art.
Heather Hindes studied dance at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri where she graduated in 2014. She went on to dance with Leverage Dance Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri before relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2017. Heather has appeared in various dance films and is currently a barre instructor at Pure Barre Lloyd Center. She is one of the newest members of The Holding Project.