Raven Jones (Artistic Director)
Raven Jones is a graduate from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance performance and Choreography, and a minor in American Sign Language interpreting. She now lives in Portland, Oregon where she is the Founder and Artistic Director of WolfBird Dance, as well as the Founder and Project Manager of YAE! (Young Artists Empowerment) Camp. Raven has choreographed and produced multiple evening length works, which have been premiered on both the East and West coasts and internationally in Paris, France. Actively in the Portland community, she has taught Contemporary and Contemporary Floor-work classes, was the contemporary teacher for Portland’s 2017 Citywide Dance Audition, and taught workshops and classes at Manatee School for the Arts (Palmetto, FL), the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL), Reed College (Portland, OR), and St. Mary’s Academy (Portland, OR). She has also been the residency recipient of the 2017 Center Space Resistance residency (Portland, OR) as well as the 2017 residency recipient at New Expressive Works (Portland, OR). Growing up, Raven was heavily involved in professional and community theatre. Using this musical theatre influence, she has spent the last five years developing a unique dance-theatre style that has been reviewed as “unself-conscious,” “intelligent,” and “fierce.” Raven is a collaborative choreographer, working collectively with multi-media Artists to produce thought provoking work that strongly focuses on developing movement through personal memories and human experience. In 2018, on behalf of WolfBird, Raven was the Open Meadows Foundation grant recipient for the development of her outreach and empowerment advocacy program YAE! (Young Artists Empowerment) Camp.
Lena Traenkenschuh (Performer/Administrative Support)
graduated with a BS in Exercise/Sport Science and a BFA in Dance from Western Washington University. In 2010 she followed the Cascades south with a backpack and messy bun to Portland, where she now happily works as a massage therapist and independent artist. She has danced with Bellingham Repertory Dance and Polaris Dance Theatre and is a co-founder and dancer for SubRosa Dance Collective.
Colleen Hanlon (Performer)
a Florida native, received her BFA in Dance with a concentration in ballet from the University of South Florida. Before joining Wolfbird, she worked as a freelance dancer for Rogue Dance in St. Petersburg, FL. Along with dancing for WolfBird, Colleen is currently working as The School Registrar and Children’s Coordinator for Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Jillian Hobbs (Performer)
a California native, discovered her love for dance at age 12 after years of competitive gymnastics. She continued her studies at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY in New York. While at Purchase, Jillian had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Doug Varone, Jessica Lang, Adam Barruch, and Kevin Wynn, to name a few. Upon graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance, Jillian moved to New York City to become a guest artist with Sidra Bell Dance New York. She moved to Portland the summer of 2016 and is very excited to continue dancing on the west coast!
Whitney Wilhardt (Performer)
hails from San Diego, CA. She began her dance training at the age of five, began choreographing and dancing competitively at age nine and, since then, has won several accolades in jazz, contemporary, hip hop and ballet. She is privileged to have trained with choreographers Tessandra Chavez, Kevin Frey, Abbie Ginsberg, Tyce Diorio, Brian Friedman, Tarua Hall, Daniel Marshall, Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich and Gelsey Kirkland, to name a few. She joined Unity Dance Ensemble in 2010 and later joined LaDiego Dance Theater in 2012 with whom she was honored to have both danced and choreographed. While attending San Diego State University, she was a member of the University Dance Company and worked with Joe Alter, Jess Humphrey and Leslie Seiters. Whitney recently moved to Portland, OR, where she is excited to continue learning and growing her artistry.