Amy Leona Havin
founder, artistic director, dancer
Amy Leona Havin is an Israeli 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. She relocated to Portland in 2013 where she later created The Holding Project.
dancer, collaborator, assistant director
Lena Traenkenschuh is originally from Quimper Peninsula in Washington state. She holds a BFA in Dance and a BS in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Western Washington University. After relocating to Portland, Oregon, Lena became a licensed massage and bodywork specialist. She is one of the founding members of SubRosa Dance Collective and has been part of The Holding Project since 2015.
Briley Jozwiak is a dancer and certified STOTT Pilates instructor from Vancouver, Washington. Her professional career began with Atlanta Ballet in 2010, where she most notably performed work by Twyla Tharp. She then joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2012 and Ballet Tucson in 2014 performing as a soloist. She returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2015 and began dancing with push/FOLD and The Holding Project.
Jillian Hobbs began her dance training at Northern California Dance Conservatory. She has performed on stage at Jacob’s Pillow and traveled to Amsterdam to perform Ohad Naharin’s Max and Minus 16. Upon graduating cum laude from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase in 2015, she moved to New York City and began dancing with Sidra Bell. Jillian relocated to Portland in 2016 where she has performed with Katie Sherman and is a company dancer with The Holding Project.
Catherine 'Caty' Raupp
Catherine ‘Caty’ Raupp is a dancer and choreographer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She trained with Dance Alliance Repertory Company before receiving a BFA in dance from University of Michigan. Upon graduation in Spring 2015, Caty performed with Harge Dance Stories of Detroit before relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2016. She danced one season with push/FOLD and now makes work with The Holding Project.
Tomás Alfredo Valladares
assistant director, filmmaker
Tomás Alfredo Valladares is a filmmaker, producer, and photographer based in Portland, Oregon. He has worked with galleries such as White Box and One Grand Gallery. He is the Co-Founder of the Portland Street Art Alliance and has been a part of The Holding Project since its inception in 2015.
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. Carly has worked with various local artists and west coast choreographers such as Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Los Angeles and continues to make work with The Holding Project. She is one of its founding members, joining the company for the creation of its first dance film in 2015.
Lyndsey Gray Parsons
dancer, collaborator, creative assistant
Lyndsey Gray Parsons is a dancer and yogi from Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington where she studied under Wade Madsen and performed work by Danielle Agami. Lyndsey relocated back to Portland and has been dancing with The Holding Project since 2015.
Heather Hindes is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She studied dance at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri where she graduated in 2014. Following graduation, she joined Leverage Dance Theater in St. Louis, Missouri. Heather relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2016 where she dances with Leone Dance Theatre and The Holding Project.
Rachel Levens is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA where she received her BFA in Theater with emphasis in Original Works. Rachel is a new play director, dramaturge, deviser, and teaching artist. She has directed works by Romana Soutus at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mary DeCarol at Thespis Theatre Festival, Marie Yuen, and Lindsey Leonard, and has participated in the Wild Project’s 48 Hour 10 Minute Play Festival. She has served as an assistant director on premiere productions by playwrights Catherine Filloux, Peggy Stafford, Mallery Avidon, and Martyna Majoke, and served as the dramaturge for Paul Rome and composer Roarke Menzies at The Bushwick Starr. Rachel currently volunteers as a supporting artist at CO/LAB Theater Group and The 52nd Street Project.