MAC – Multnomah Arts Center Instructors

Steve Carruthers

Dance Instructor

Avid, energetic hiker, gardener, music lover and food enthusiast, Oregon coast native Steve Carruthers is a landscape designer and contractor and makes S.W. Portland home with his wife and teen daughters. Hooked on dancing since 1990, he was absorbed for many years with folkdancing, and continues to value social dancing as a community-builder and way to erase barriers between people.

Welcoming the degendering of social dance, he is proficient in the role of following and encourages any and all who would learn both leading and following roles. Steve has presented hundreds of hours of teaching, at Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Multnomah Arts Center, and teaching home-schooled and public school youth. A dedicated learner, he balances his dance teaching with taking classes and dancing socially. The learner’s perspective is uppermost in his mind, as he guides dancers to the experience of partner dancing as an artistic and expressive collaboration between equals.

Steve offers private lessons, teaches at The Viscount Dance Studio and invites all to join the fun on 5th indoors locations in winter. Fridays dances he puts on outdoors at Peninsula Park in the summer and at indoors locations in winter.