Samuel Hobbs

Artistic Director

Samuel Hobbs was a university track athlete before his exposure to dance in 2004. Studying on scholarship at Western Oregon University, Long Beach Ballet, and the American Dance Festival in classical ballet and contemporary modern dance; graduating in 2007 with a degree in the visual and performing arts—Dance, Art and Music.   Samuel's professional career began in 2005, spanning ballet productions in both Oregon and Washington States; performances with Lauren Edson, Lindsey Matheis, and Eowyn Emerald & Dancers; national performances with Minh Tran & Co. and BodyVox of Portland, Or; and international performances with Rainbow Dance Theatre of Monmouth, OR. As an instructor of dance and movement, Samuel has taught nationally, and internationally: ballet, contemporary dance, and non-traditional partnering.   Following a series of major injuries, Samuel took a year off from dance to work with at-risk youth in North Carolina in 2011. After gaining new perspectives, Samuel returned and reestablished himself with his Portland roots, continuing studies in health and movement related fields.   In 2014, Samuel made his choreographic debut in Portland, OR, establishing the foundation of push/FOLD, formed a year later. His choreographed works are acknowledged for their athleticism, unique approach to partnering, and original sound scores of Samuel's own. Deeply rooted in anatomy, physiology, and health, Samuel fuses his training in ballet and contemporary dance with his athletic background to form the backbone of push/FOLD's athletic style of movement.   Currently residing in Portland, OR, Samuel continues to provide master classes regionally, and works outside of dance as a licensed manual therapist, and computer programmer.

Holly Shaw

Communications Director
Dancer

Holly Shaw was born and raised in northern California. She has danced with Crockett-Deane Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Utah Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and BodyVox. Holly graduated in May 2010 from the University of Utah with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ballet with emphases in Performance and Teaching. She has toured internationally to South Korea, Japan, India, Germany, and Scotland.   Holly currently lives in Portland, OR as a STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer, and continues to perform with skinner|kirk DANCE ENSEMBLE, Éowyn Emerald & Dancers and push/FOLD.

Jessica Evans

Dancer

Jessica Evans came of age in the mist and wind of the Southern Oregon Coast, where she began dancing with Mary Bonasera Matthews at the age of 14. Jessica studied predominantly Modern Dance throughout high school, and despite her relatively late start, earned a reputation for being a powerful performer and an intuitive, graceful mover. She danced as a principal with Rainbow Dance Theatre while earning her BA at Western Oregon University, performing nationally, and internationally, from 2005-12 under the direction of Darryl Thomas (Pilobolus) and Valerie Bergman (Merce Cunningham/Nina Weiner). Notably, she performed at the 2010 World Exposition in Shanghai, China and taught, performed, and set a dance work in residency at the Singapore American School in Singapore in 2012.   In Portland, she is a Co-Founder/Co-Director of SubRosa Dance Collective, a self-producing company of individual artists, dances with push/FOLD, and practices Bodywork and Energy Therapy.

Briley Jozwiak

Dancer

A native of Vancouver, WA, Briley Jozwiak started dancing at the age of four, spending her youth training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern under the direction of Maricar Drilon and Russell Capps. She spent her summers training at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and finally Atlanta Ballet where she began her professional career in 2010; performing works by Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Jorden Morris, and Helen Pickett. In 2013, Briley became a company member with Nevada Ballet Theatre before taking the position of Soloist with Ballet Tucson in 2014.   Though her career spans mostly ballet, Briley sought to expand her boundaries in dance and performance. In 2015, Briley moved to Portland, OR where she currently works with push/FOLD and The Holding Project. She continues to perform in various events including the RAW Artist events in Portland and Seattle, and most recently performed with Norwegian artist Tori Wrånes for her exhibition opening at Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center.

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