Dance Bridge


Mid-February 2017 UPDATE!
More news and opportunities.  Please see below for details.   Resource lists below. 
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Events & Announcements:

CU Dancers will perform in April during our Celebrate Dance Month!

1). Celebrate Dance Month this April – Call for entries!
Once again, Dance Bridge is collaborating with the Boulder County Arts Alliance to produce an online calendar of dance events and activities in April. This Boulder tradition (now in it’s 14th year), helps dance artists publicize their special events, bringing more attention to the amazing dance artists along the Front Range.
The BCAA calendar will send out special editions between the end March and throughout the month of April. View and submit your information for inclusion in the calendar. Enter your special events, exhibits, performances, workshops & master classes (no ongoing classes please), dance parties and activities to make this a comprehensive marketing tool highlighting dance in Colorado.
The calendar will cover activities beginning during Boulder Arts Week (March 31 – April 8) through the month of April. Don’t miss this wonderful publicity opportunity. You can help expand their calendar’s reach by adding a link on your website to BCAA’s Arts Calendar and make sure you subscribe to BCAA’s weekly calendar of events to receive e-newsletters.

2). 1st Professional Artists Forum of 2017 is coming soon. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. Join other professional artists in all genres to discuss topics pertinent to working artists. Agenda items include discussion of affordable live/workspaces and a Boulder cultural calendar. More details to follow soon.  Thursday, March 9 from 4 – 6 p.m., Canyon Meeting Room, Main Boulder Public Library
Please RSVP to   Information on parking available here.

Cleo Parker Robinson – DanceUSA 2017 Honor Award recipient

3). Dance/USA to Honor Cleo Parker Robinson, Gina Gibney, and Billie Mahoney at Annual Conference this June in Kansas City, MO!  Congratulations to Cleo – a treasure in our Colorado community and across the world.  Read here for more on DanceUSA and this award and especially on Cleo!

4).  2017 Cultural Grant Applications!  The Boulder Arts Commission 2017 grant cycle includes new grants and opportunities for artists and cultural organizations. Check our website for information, guidelines, important dates and deadlines.

5). Artists & Athletes: Call for Artist Participation in the 2017 Bolder Boulder on May 29.  Check the Boulder County Arts Alliance BCAA site for more info and application. Deadline to apply: Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

 6). Presenting Denver is a resource for dancers along the Front Range. Calendars for your classes, performance listings, “Spotlight” on local artists, ticket subsidy program, artist talks, networking and more.  The PD Events Committee is hard at work planning some fun events for you in 2017!  See their February Bulletin here.  Notice on their site: Seeking Professional Dancers for Film Shoot.

7). Did you know DU has a library exclusively about dance?  The Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library is a special collection within the University of Denver’s main library, in the Anderson Academic Commons. It consists of rare books, souvenir programs, photographs, video tapes, posters, musical scores and oral histories about a variety of dance forms including social, theatre, ethnic, ritual, and more.  Learn More.
The board of the dance library also needs your help!  Nominate someone in the community for their annual “Legends of Dance in Colorado” honor. Looking for individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to dance in Colorado.  Here’s the online nomination form on their website where you can also see a list of past Legends honorees.  Or contact Joan Brown, 303-399-6208 or
ALSO: A documentary based on the “Rising Stars: Denver Civic Ballet and Ballet Guild Exhibit” can be seen here.  For more information on the library and it’s program, please contact Andrea.Howland@du.ed

8). Friends of the CBGDance Library invite you to a presentation by Denver native, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Sunday, Mar. 12 at 4 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, University of Denver, 2150 E Evans Ave., Denver. Lynn is an internationally known choreographer, director, lyricist and composer. Lynne Taylor-Corbett will talk about growing up in Denver, and her choreography of the upcoming Colorado Ballet performance of The Little Mermaid.  She was honored by the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library as a Legend of Dance in 2009. Her interview is part of the dance collection at the University of Denver Libraries.  The event is free to attend, but please RSVP here or call 303-871-3958 by March 6. Parking is available in pay to park campus lots for $1.50 per hour. Please see the parking map. The University of Denver light rail station is accessible from the E, F, and H lines, and is .5 mile walk from the Anderson Academic Commons. Click for more information about the dance library.

9). Book talk: Thinking with the Dancing Brain, by Rima Faber and Sandra Minton, Saturday, Mar. 18 at 2 p.m., The Tattered Cover Bookstore, 2526 East Colfax Ave., Denver, 80206. Thinking with the Dancing Brain examines the mind in action as it orchestrates skilled movement and how it understands the kinesthetic, symbolic language of dance. As seasoned dancers and dance educators, Minton and Faber approach brain function from inside the body as embodiment of thought. Their neurological research about the thought processes in learning and performing dance encompasses a vision of dance as creative art, communication, education, and life and seeks to inform neuroscientists, educators, and dancers about the complex interdependence of brain localities and the networking of human neurology through an integration of physiology, cognition, and the art of dance.  Please RSVP by Mar. 11 to The book may be ordered from the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield.  Dr. Minton is a Colorado dancer, educator and author.  Click here to order.

10). Congratulations to Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, invited to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the SHIFT Festival – March 2017 with Boulder PhilharmonicCatch the send-off show in Boulder on Mar 25, 2017 at Macky Auditorium. More info soon.

11). Get ready for Boulder Arts Week!  March 31- April 8, 2017.  Now in its 4th year, this citywide event highlights Boulder’s distinguished arts and cultural programming and includes art walks, First Friday, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theater, artist demonstrations, lectures, readings, workshops, and symposia.  Start planning your events and get them listed on the BAW site.  Interested in volunteering? Check here for details.

12). Boulder Fringe has an opportunity for all artists – check out their “Venue in a Box” program which has all you need to produce a show or event in a non-traditional space or studio: lights, sound equipment, dimmer boards – you name it!  Check the Venue in a Box overview for more info.  The options are reasonable. 🙂 Contact.

13). News from DanceUSA:  
Sign up to receive the Dance/USA Bulletin:
 which contains information on jobs, internships, and fellowships in the arts, as well as auditions, funding opportunities, professional development opportunities, DanceUSA programs and more.

Opportunities for Dancers:
Open Stage Open Space – open to everyone! Sunday, Feb. 26 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. at FreeMotion Studio, 2126 Pearl St., Boulder. Open Mic for any live performance genre. A supportive space to show new work and works in progress. Collaborations and improvisations welcome and encouraged. Time for feedback and sharing of ideas while enjoying music and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere afterwards.  Interested in keeping this sort of opportunity going in Boulder?  Contact formore info: Margo,

2017 Body Mind Centering Association Conference BMCA – The Fluid Body – A Somatic Journey flyer, July 27-30, Texas state University, San Marcos, TX. Our own Barbara Dilley will present at the pre-conference. Early registration deadline for non-presenters is Feb. 28. Information.

Small Business Development Center, SBDC: 50 Ways to Market Your Small Business, Thursday, May 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Canyon Meeting Room, Main Boulder Public Library. More info, contact Jamie Brandess,  For details. View all upcoming workshops here.

Local Studios have space available in their schedules for you to rent for rehearsal, classes, and events. Check resource lists for studios and their contact info.

Articles & Ideas of Interest:
16 Black Dancers who are changing the World – ones you need to follow!
Camille A. Brown: A visual history of social dance in 25 moves. Check out this video for African American History Month!
Dance Magazine article: Lar Lubovitch: Why I Want To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before. Article
Arts Insurance 101: The Basics for Small & Mid-sized Dance Companies. Read all about it in #FromtheGreenRoom. Check here for the article.
DanceUSA  article “Arts Insurance 101: The Basics for Dance Companies” Click here to read.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance announces year-round online access to its impressive archives through a new website. Beginning last year, digitized content and a large amount of information is available to the public, offering an unprecedented resource to the global dance community.  Festival 2016 was one of the most successful seasons on record for Jacob’s Pillow, a National Historic Landmark, National Medal of Arts recipient, and home to America’s longest-running dance festival.
In wake of the record-breaking surge in visits to the archives and its programs during Festival 2016, Jacob’s Pillow announces dramatically-expanded online access to one of the most eminent collections of archival material within the dance field. After 20 years of public access solely during the Festival (and by appointment throughout the year), the archives are now available through a new user-friendly site, offering an ever-growing portion of this important collection to the public at archives.
Isamu Noguchi’s Dance Sets! Dakin Hart discussed Martha Graham and Isamu Noguchi’s explorations of the archetypal spaces of myth, including the American west, the Minotaur’s labyrinth and the “cave of the heart.” Click here to watch the video.
–DanceUSA Engaging Dance Audiences has a Resource Library.  With the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, a range of materials have been gathered to assist in your audience engagement efforts.  Check out their Audience Engagement Cookbook and other materials.
–The Dancer-Citizen, an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal exploring the work of socially engaged dance artists, recently published its inaugural issue, Dis/Orientation Towards Creative Solutions.

DanceUSA Opportunities & Listings:
Jobs in the Arts
Opportunities for Funding
Professional Development Opportunities

Memberships for Dancers:
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is thrilled to offer complimentary artist memberships to professional artists, makers, and creatives. The purpose of this program is to make our museum and community open to artists and creatives, while allowing them to put the money saved towards their creative pursuits. Check notice on BCAA site.

  • Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA), has served the whole county and artists of every genre for 50 years. They are presently looking for new board members.
  • Boulder Dance Coalition, (formerly the Village Arts Coalition) invites you to join and support this local coalition of individuals and groups.  Membership form.
  • Presenting Denver wants to help build and connect the Colorado Dance community.  Check out  their Resources page.   While on their site, see what else they have going: blogs, reviews, calendar listings and other programs.
  • Colorado Dance Education Organization (Co-DEO) (formerly CO Dance Alliance), State-wide dance organization with education programs, online resources, recognition and advocacy.  Affiliate of NDEO.
  • The Denver Turnverein, Inc., 1570 Clarkson St., Denver, 303-831-9717.  A non-profit social club offering dancing as their main member activity which has been in existence for 150 years!
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DANCE BRIDGE has served as a clearing house for dancers and the general community since 2003.  Dance Bridge is a project of the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture.

Other local dance resources include: Boulder County Arts Alliance, Boulder Dance Coalition (formerly Village Arts Coalition) and Presenting Denver.

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