moved to Portland in 2004 from her home base on the central coast of California. She graduated in 2003 from Stanford University with a Master’s degree in Environmental Anthropology. There she had the opportunity to train through the dance division with a number of Bay Area-based artists including Sarah Shelton Mann of Contraband and Brenda Way of ODC. In addition, she has worked with Carl Flink of the José Limón Company, Robert Moses of Robert Moses’ Kin, and Brittany Brown Ceres of Dance Ceres. Amber currently farms on Sauvie Island and is thrilled to be joining OsCo this season.

studied dance at Portland State University and continued her studies in Seattle, Portland and New York. She has performed the works of many regional artists including Gregg Bieleimeier, Linda K. Johnson, Linda Austin and Mary Oslund. Her first appearance with Oslund & Co/Dance was in 1994. Rinda worked with the Company continuously until last season. Rinda is excited to be back working with the Company and looks forward to the coming season.


Jessica Hightower is originally from Colorado. She attended North Carolina School of the Arts where she received her high school diploma and BFA in dance. She has had the intense joy of dancing, acting, choreographing, and teaching in France, Japan, Australia, and all across the United States. Jessica was curious if the rumors were true about Portland and moved here in 2007 to find out. This is her first season with Oslund+Co.

is originally from Vermont, where she began dancing at the age of four. She continued her training in Boston, and later in Paris while earning a degree in French from the University of Virginia. This is Keely's third season with Oslund+Company. Her two children, ages 6 and 3, keep her moving outside of rehearsal.

has trained extensively with Portland dance artists Josie Moseley, Gregg Bielemeier, Linda K. Johnson, Mary Oslund, and Tere Mathern. He has received considerable training in studios of major American and European cities. He has attended summer programs at the Colorado Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, the Moscow Contemporary Dance Festival, and the American Dance Festival. Jim has performed in works by several Portland choreographers including Linda Austin, Catherine Egan, Keith V. Goodman, Linda K. Johnson, and Carla Mann. Jim began working with Oslund+Company/Dance in 1997, and has continuously since 2000. He has been a member of Tere Mathern Dance since 2001. Jim is treasurer of the board of directors of Conduit Dance Inc., an organization devoted to the advancement of contemporary dance in the Portland area.

has danced her entire life, focusing on ballet and modern dance growing up. In 2005, she attended the East Central American College Dance Festival where she was chosen to perform a solo that she choreographed in the Gala concert. She received a minor in Dance from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. This is her first year with Oslund and Company.

began ballet at age of four above a tavern on Main Street in Cottage Grove, Oregon. She received training at the Eugene School of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Boston Ballet and went on to dance with Eugene Ballet Company. Vanessa deepened her study of contemporary dance at Lewis and Clark College where she received her minor in dance in 2005. As an undergraduate, she represented the college at the American College Dance Festival, where her work was performed in the gala concert.Vanessa has worked with Toni Pimble of Eugene Ballet Company, Susan Zadoff at University of Oregon, and Portland-based choreographers including Susan Davis, Keith V. Goodman, Tahni Holt, tEEth, and Minh Tran. Vanessa is honored to be working with Oslund + Co.