Interview with Keith V. Goodman (2009)


Interview with Keith V. Goodman (2009)


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Keith V. Goodman was a dancer, instructor, and prolific choreographer whose modern choreography was rooted in the folkloric dance traditions of the African diaspora. He taught young dancers in Portland public schools and served as artistic director for the contemporary dance company Dance Gatherer.

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Keith V. Goodman was a dancer, teacher, and choreographer best known for modern choreography rooted in folkloric dance and cultural traditions of the African diaspora, particularly those of the Afro-Caribbean traditions.

Goodman was the instructor for the Jefferson Dancers at Jefferson High School from 1985 to 1991, a dance educator for Buckman Elementary Arts Magnet School, and founder of Dance Gatherer Camp for Kids in 1999. He was a prolific choreographer and collaborator, and a core member of the Conduit dance collective. He worked as a dance educator with with the Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning in Los Angeles, Reed and Lewis and Clark Colleges in Portland, and various other institutions nationally and abroad.

Keith V. Goodman died in 2009 at the age of 54, immediately following a performance at the Beaverton Library.


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Interview with Keith V. Goodman (2009)