Now in our 12th year of creating and performing extraordinary dance
in Oregon's Rogue Valley

310 Oak Street, Ashland, OR 97520 • 541-488-9683 •


DPC also has a school, teaching a variety of dance lessons in Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Improvisation and Creative Movement for students 5-70. Check out our Class Schedule page for more info.

Space is still available in all our Fall classes.

Below, some of our students in "Call Back The Sun"

About Us

For immediate release

After twenty-one fruitful years, Robin Stiehm has announced her plan to step down as Artistic Director of Dancing People Company at the end of the current season of school residencies.

Robin expressed that "I'm looking forward to this next phase in my life and having time to focus on my artistic pursuits without the distractions of maintaining a dance company. I plan on Dcontinuing a warm relationship with Ashland's own dance company."

Stiehm founded DPC in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1994 and quickly gained a reputation as an innovative and cohesive modern dance choreographer. In 2003 Stiehm relocated the company to Ashland, Oregon where it has developed a strong base of support and community involvement.

According to board member Robert Head, "Dancing People Company is forever indebted to Robin. She is our founding visionary and a master choreographer that has given so much to this community for more than twelve years. As we look to the future, we look forward to carrying the torch of extraordinary, evocative dance that she has given this organization. Robin has inspired us to insist on professional dance as an essential component of this exceptional community."

The company's ongoing programs and services are being carried forward with existing staff supplemented by guest choreographers. With funding in place for a new Development Director position, the organization is well positioned to navigate this leadership transition. A national search for a new Artistic Director is underway.

DPC will be hosting performances by the company celebrating Stiehm's contributions to the Southern Oregon community April 29-May 2 in the Dancing People studio.

Dancing People Company is a professional contemporary dance company now in its 13th season in Ashland. The company performs widely in the Rogue Valley communities and tours nationally and internationally. DPC's school of dance and residency programs adhere to the philosophy that dance is an accessible art form that illuminates the commonality of human experience.

DPC's next shows!

"New Horizons" a repertory concert featuring a variety of works by DPC's director, Robin Stiehm.
Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27 at 7:30p at the Crater Performing Arts Center, Central Point.

These performances will be Robin's last with Dancing People, please come to celebrate her 12 years of extraordinary dance in Southern Oregon!

Tickets $10 | $8 Students/Seniors available at the door or buy now, RIGHT HERE!

These shows are the culmination of our residency projects with high school students in Grants Pass and Central Point. After two weeks of teaching students and collaborating on a dance with them, Dancing People performs a full concert in the lovely school theaters. Students join the company in the finale, demonstrating the power of dance and DPC's belief that dance is an empowering language for everybody.

Heartfelt thanks to the Carpenter Foundation and US Bank for supporting this project for 8 years. Also to the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Trust Management Services and the Josephine County Cultural Coalition, supporting arts education in our communities.