Dance Bridge


September/October 2016 UPDATE!
The summer season of festivals and workshops is over. Did you get enough dance this summer?  If not, here’s a place to look for classes and news from studios.  Check Resources below.

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Events, Opportunities & Announcements:

1).  2016 Boulder Arts Commission Monies still available (BAC).
Scholarships/Professional Development (deadline 1st of each month).
Macky Rental Assistance & Supplementary Funds (deadline 1st of each month).
Boulder Arts Commission September meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. at Museum of Boulder.  Details.


Image from “Tap Graffiti” (2016, USA) by Geoffrey Goldberg

2).  Sept. 26 – Nov. 15
13th annual Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema kicks off this weekend on the CU campus.
Check their website for additional information on programs for all ages throughout the fall season.
Different programs each evening.

Sans Souci at Canyon Theater
Mondays, Sept. 26 & Oct. 24: Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO.  Free.
Kids + Dance + Film
Saturday, Oct. 8, 3:00 pm: Free & family-friendly (suggested ages 5 & up).
Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO.
Sans Souci at The BOE
Sundays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6,  Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, CO.
Film Meets Dance
Tuesday, Nov. 15: Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO. Free.

3).  Presenting Denver is a resource for dancers along the Front Range. Presenting Denver logo0_0_0_0_226_226_csupload_66611529  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!
  Take our short 12 question survey to help PD gather information from the community about when and what types of events you would most likely to attend if they were offered by Presenting Denver.  Thanks in advance for your participation!  Take survey here.

4). Dance Exhibits in Denver:
Movement & Rhythm at the Denver Art Museum–Check out these wonderful programs and exhibits throughout the year!
Rhythm and Roots: Dance in American Art. Thru Oct. 2.
— #DanceLab. Thru Oct. 2.
Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie. Thru Jan. 8, 2017
–Grand Gestures: Dance, Drama, Masquerade. Thru Dec 11.
AND: Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library Exhibit:
Rising Stars: Denver Civic Ballet and Ballet Guild Exhibit” Through – November 2016 at Anderson Academic Commons, (upper level), University of Denver.  Free and open to public.  For more information, please contact Andrea.Howland@du.ed

Katie Elliot, co-artistic director of 3rd Law Dance/ Theater

Katie Elliot, artistic co-director of 3rd Law Dance/ Theater

Jimmy LaVita, artistic co-director of 3rd Law Dance / Theater

Jimmy LaVita, artistic co-director of 3rd Law Dance / Theater

Nii Armah Sowah, CU dance faculty, director of 1000 Voices Project

Nii Armah Sowah, CU dance faculty, director of 1000 Voices Project

5). Oct. 16 – Legends of Dance Celebration! Sunday, 4 -6 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, University of Denver, Denver, CO.  The Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library, is dedicated to the documentation and representation of the entire spectrum of dance with an emphasis on dance in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region. Friends of the CBGDL sponsor the Living Legends of Dance in CO honors. Come celebrate and meet the 2016 honorees who include: Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, Judy Graese, 3rd Law Dance/Theater, Steve Seifert, and Nii Armah Sowah.  Reservations required.  For more information contact Andrea Howland or Joan Brown.
More info on the CBGDL: 303-871-3958, Katherine Crowe.

6).  A. Intensive Weekend of Dance Classes & Workshops – October 22-23, 2016
Saturday & Sunday, 8:00-5:30 p.m., Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd. Denver, CO 80220
–Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Modern, Ballet, Dance Colleges, Choreography, Scholarships!
–Teacher Workshops for Continuing Ed!
Who Should Attend?  Students Grades 8-12, Dance Studio Owners, Dance Teachers, K-12 PE and Classroom EducatorsRegister today at:  Register by October 7 to get early bird prices!


Dance artist Georgia Michelle

7). Annual “Dance is for Every Body!” Showcase
2016 Showcase Dates, Times, Locations:
Nov. 5 & 6, Canyon Theater at Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.:
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. AND Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.
also Nov. 19, Saturday at the branches:
11 a.m. – 12 noon, George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Dr. AND 3 – 4 p.m., Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Rd.
These free showcases allow individual dancers, companies, studios and schools in any genre of dance to present  lecture/demonstrations, mini classes with audience participation, performances of finished work, structured improvisations, sharing of work-in-progress in 5 – 15 minute time slots.  Professional as well as novice dancers and emerging artists help make this event equal parts entertainment and education – fun for the whole family!  Contact Dance Bridge.  Schedules and more information coming soon.

8). News from DanceUSA:  Help Dance Communities Affected by Louisiana Flooding
Artists including dancers, devastated by the summer flooding need your help.  Local and national organizations have information on how you as dancers can help your fellow artists who are struggling. Check the links below for details. Thanks.
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge Creative Relief
Ballet Victorian clothing and gear drive for Louisisana flood victims 
Also, sign up to receive the Dance/USA Bulletin:
The bulletin 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:
 Sept. 27 – Open Stage/Open Space – new bi-weekly ongoing event for artists.  Sunday, 7 -9 p.m., FreeMotion Dance Center, 2126 Pearl St/. Boulder.
What: Part 1 — Open Stage: For artists experimenting in any genre (theater, dance, music, poetry, puppetry, storytelling, etc.) 5 minutes max. Works-in-progress welcome. For those unafraid to fail.
Part 2 — Open Space: All performers and audience are invited to participate in an open improvisational exploration. Low stress. High focus. Invite friends! $5 suggested donation. This will be an ongoing bi-weekly event. Please feel free to contact Margo with any questions and/or suggestions.

Oct. 4 – Works in Progress – Fall Fieldwork Boulder, Tuesday, 7:30 – 9 p.m. CU Boulder, Studio 350, Dance Bldg. Free.  Fieldwork Boulder allows artists of any genre to take beautiful risks, give and receive non-directorial feedback, and grow their inspiring work.  Fall Fieldwork Artists include: Jun Akiyama, Julia Bartlett, Amanda Benzin, Page McClean, Cortney McGuire, Chrissy Nelson, Peg Posnick, Adam Sekuler, Ryan Sinton. Contact Chrissy Nelson with any questions on the showing and info on next session.  FB page.

Oct. 6 – 10: National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) 2016 National Conference “Speaking with our Feet: Advocating, Analyzing, and Advancing Dance Education”  Washington, D.C. Metro Area.  Hyatt Regency Crystal City – 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202.  Registration Info.  You must be a current NDEO member in order to register for conference.

Oct. 7 & 8: Cleo Parker Robinson Clean-up Work Days, 119 Park Avenue West, Denver.
We’re needing volunteers to paint, clean, hang, build, and clear as we rejuvenate our theater and academy for our 2016/17 46th Anniversary Season! We will supply coffee, breakfast, bottled water, and lunch for all our wonderful volunteers. We’d love for you to join us as we brighten up our beautiful historic facility. Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Expertise needed: Painters, folks willing to work from ladders, carpet cleaning, general cleaners and organizers.  Cash and product donations will be gratefully accepted!  To join us for one or even both of the work days, to donate products, volunteer for a crew, or to get involved in any other way, please contact Hillary.   Web site.

 Oct. 22 Deadline – Call for Submissions
8th Annual Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) March 10-12, 2017, Kalamazoo, MI.  
There are three categories of submission: Live Performance, Youth Live Performance, and Screendance. All submissions are adjudicated for acceptance into RAD Fest. Applicants will be notified of admittance status by Nov. 22, 2016. Choreographers/improvisors are limited to one submission per category. Companies/collectives may submit more than one piece in a single category if the pieces are by different choreographers/improvisors.   Submission info 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.

Presenting Denver is looking for volunteers for their Marketing Committee.  Link for info.

New BO Fringe LogoBoulder Fringe “Venue in a Box” program 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 an overview.  The Fringe is willing to negotiate on whatever you need. 🙂

Articles of Interest:
–The Denver Post “Colorado takes top spots in new NEA arts-engagement study.”
–Articles from DanceUSA Green Room on money matters and development.
1).“The Reasons are Many” In development, one size never fits all.
2).  “Why People Give…and Why They Don’t”:  Seventy-seven reasons people give and 15 reasons they don’t.
–Article on choreographer Bill T. Jones as he discusses Creativity & Social Turmoil in Dance Magazine.
–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.

Dance Bridge is a proud member of DanceUSA. danceusa-logo-website-NEW