"A lobster is a mushy animal that lives inside of a rigid shell. As it grows, the shell becomes confining and the lobster feels a lot of pressure. It goes under a rock, cast off its shell and grows a new one. Eventually, that shell becomes too small and the lobster starts over. The stimulus for the lobster to grow is that it feels uncomfortable."

Be the lobster

What The Heck Is An 11: Dance Co?!?

Based in Portland, OR, our company is a patchwork of different ethnicities, backgrounds, shapes, and orientations. We debuted in 2014 to sold out houses, glowing reviews, and won Best Fall Show by Willamette Week.

Our performances challenge perception. With all that we do, we aim to create tangible impact.  We're here to spark dialogue; first in our community, then with the rest of the world. Unlike most dance shows, our work isn't about abstract ideas but rather concrete experiences. Through carefully designed environments that engage the senses, we transport audiences to a different world; one where it's safe to tackle social issues, poke fun at pop culture, and talk about things normally kept behind closed doors. 

We have cultivated a thriving community of passionate makers and doers. This project is the fruit of all our efforts. Dance can be can be a powerful catalyst for change but only if we are loud enough to capture people's attention. We want to bring our work to a global audience with a touring company and full repertoire of shows.


  1. Dancers come first
  2. Demand excellence, respectfully
  3. Hold yourself accountable
  4. Speak up
  5. The story guides the work
  6. Be honest. Be vulnerable. Be fearless.
  7. Do it differently

Meet "The Tinas"

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