Tahni Holt has been committed to Portland’s arts ecology and its communities for the past 18 years as a choreographer, teacher and administrator. Holt serves as the Executive Director of FLOCK Dance Center, dedicated to Portland’s dance artists, whose mission is shaped by Holt’s belief in artist-driven empowerment. FLOCK operates under an accessible membership model, where artists pay a minimal monthly fee to access space for rehearsal and to hold classes. The membership framework allows artists to re-imagine dance time, and provides an alternative to the product-oriented, project-by-project model of studio access prevalent in this region. Holt’s affordable workshop rental prices also allow for instructors to have access to holding occasional workshops in a professional space. FLOCK’s Education program supports local, national, and international dance artists through opportunities to both facilitate and participate in on-going classes and series-based workshops. Through FLOCK’s Critical Engagement Series artists of all backgrounds can show work-in-progress in an informal setting with feedback strategies tailored to what best serves their specific needs for their individual project. FLOCK’s monthly newsletter highlights FLOCK’s artistic members as well other dance and art events in the community.
Holt’s choreography has been performed and produced by The TBA Festival and White Bird Dance in Portland , Velocity and On The Boards in Seattle, DiverseWorks in Houston and USA Spotlight in Bulgaria to name a few. She has taught throughout the United States through numerous private institutions as well as guest artist teaching at Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, The University of Oregon and The University of Alaska.