Portico Dance Company, based in Bellingham, Wash., is the brainchild of Samantha Riggs. Portico, an Italian word for a porch supported by columns, is a salute to the power of community. Portico performs and teaches traditional and original dances in the styles of Bollywood, Bhangra, and Tribal Belly Dance. With profound respect for the cultures in India, the Middle East, and the U.S. which inspire Portico’s repertoire, Portico’s performances are a gift of love to their audiences. The dancers hope that their viewers, too, will partake in the joy of these traditions.
We perform the dances of the great Hindi Cinema choreographers Farah Khan, Ganesh Hegde and Saroj Khan in tribute to their artistry… and also create our own choreographies inspired by Bollywood films and Bhangra dance. We also perform our own brand of improvisational tribal style dance as well as choreographed tribal fusion dances.
Samantha Riggs and her daughter Josephine Riggs were members of <a href=”http://www.dombatribal.com” target=”_blank”>Domba</a>, and the Domba Studio was home base for Samantha’s past projects, Boom Boom Bollywood and The Sexy Scallywags Pirate Circus.
Our current home studio is La Vida Dance Studio, 1417 Cornwall, in Bellingham, Wash., http://www.lavidadancestudio.com.
Each of us in Portico Dance Company has found something that touches us in the realms of Bollywood cinema, Indian folk dance, Tribal belly dance, and Bhangra dance. We try to take that magic and share it with our audiences and the general reaction is something like, “Wow! I haven’t been in a good mood in weeks but you guys cheered me up!” Which just makes everything worth it.