Dance Bridge


February 2017 UPDATE!
Even the Chinese New Year has come and gone – so get dancing and start planning your dance activities or filling your dance card!  Check the Opportunities for Dancers listings below for jobs, auditions and professional development help. Info on classes and news from studios and companies in and around Boulder and the Front Range can also be found.  Resources below.   Sign-up to receive e-newsletters from Dance Bridge, part of the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture.  For the Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA) e-newsletter, subscribe here.  For Presenting Denver (PD) e-newsletter, click here.
Events & Announcements:

Cleo Parker Robinson – DanceUSA 2017 Honor Award recipient

For Immediate release – Feb. 2, 2017
Dance/USA to Honor Cleo Parker Robinson, Gina Gibney, and Billie Mahoney at Annual Conference 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!

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.
Check here for the Boulder 8 TV Inside Boulder News – 2017 Cultural Grants (1 minute video)

2). 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, theatre, artist demonstrations, lectures, readings, workshops, and symposia.  Start planning your events and get them listed on the BAW site.

 3). Presenting Denver is a resource for dancers along the Front Range.
Calendars for your class, 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.

4). 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

5). Boulder Fringe Applications for the 2017 Festival are live.  Check the site and bring your Art, Madness & Beauty to Boulder.  Deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2017.
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 Boulder Fringe is willing to negotiate on whatever you need. 🙂 Contact.

6). Artists & Athletes: Call for Participation inn the Bolder Boulder.  Check the Boulder County Arts Alliance BCAA site for more info and application.
Deadline to apply: Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

7). You are invited to a 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.

8). 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:
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.

New resource for individual dance artists! Former dancer, choreographer and director of Boulder’s Space for Dance, Rebekah West, offers a 6-week online course for dance artists who want to get their project funding/proposal-writing act together. Write your proposal in the course itself. Enroll anytime and get 24/7 lifetime access. To get info & enroll, click here.  15% Coupon for Dance Bridge readers! Code is PASSIONFLOWER15.  Other FREE resources can be found here.

Seeking New Residents:  Control Group Productions offers Artist Residencies to professional companies and choreographers. In tandem with the host organization CO Conservatory of Dance, it provides studio space, resources, and support for the creation and presentation of a new work.  Find out how to apply by scrolling down this page.

Leverage Your Creative Vision & Put Your Best Pitch Forward with Rebekah West.  Online 6 week course takes you from where you are now with budgets, text and your creative ideas to a fully formed pitch.   Enroll now.

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:

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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