Dance Bridge


The summer season of festivals and workshops is almost over!!!! Did you get enough dance this summer?  For classes and news from studios, check  Resources below.

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Events, Opportunities & Announcements:

Mountain Arts Dance Ensemble

Mountain Arts Dance Ensemble

1). Annual “Dance is for Every Body!” Showcase application available now!
Deadline to apply: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.
2016 Showcase Dates, Times, Locations:
–Saturday, November 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Canyon Theater, main Boulder Public Library
–Sunday, November 6, 1 – 5 p.m. Canyon Theater, main Boulder Public Library
–Saturday, November 19, 11 a.m. – 12 noon, George Reynolds Branch Library
–Saturday, November 19, 3 – 4 p.m., Meadows Branch Library
These free showcases are open to individual dancers, companies, studios and schools in any genre of dance.  Professional as well as novice dancers and emerging artists are encouraged to apply for a 5 – 15 minute time slot.  Lecture/demonstrations, mini classes with audience participation, performances of finished work, structured improvisations, sharing of work-in-progress – all are accepted.  Questions?  Good availability at each of the branch libraries.  Contact Dance Bridge.

2). 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).

3). New BO Fringe Logo  Boulder International Fringe Festival is here, Aug. 17 – 28! Artists from across the globe will be in Boulder for the 12th annual Festival.  Look for dancers, musicians, theater artists (fun for the whole family Saturday, Aug. 13 at Boulder Public Library), in many non-traditional downtown venues.  Check out their new website for tickets to shows, info on jobs, volunteer opportunities, housing for artists, and other shenanigans:
Here is a list of the dance artists  presenting at the Fringe – check links for details and support the 5 groups from Boulder and 1 from Mexico.
STrAY – Cobalt & Wool from Boulder at Boulder International Peace Garden
Objectivity Dance Theater – Jen Aiken & Peter Davison from Boulder, CO at Pine Street Church-Santuary
THANKS AGAIN…and AGAIN – Sheila Klein and Co. from Boulder, CO at Pine Street Church-Santuary
So It Goes – Jude Landsman from Boulder, CO at Community Dance Collective
Love and Loss Burlesque Show – BoulderBurlesque from Boulder, CO at Pine Street Church-Santuary
Hikari – Komeribi from Mexico at Free Motion-The Movement Center

4). Upcoming Fieldwork session in Boulder: 5 weeks, Sept. 6 – Oct. 4, 2016, Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at CU-Boulder.  Join with artists of mixed-disciplines, and a supportive space to experiment and ponder, to share your innovative work and participate in peer to peer artist feedback.
$65 for 5 weeks.  Includes participation in an informal showing on Oct. 4th (5th week)
WHO is invited?
All local and CU student/faculty artists: Composers, Film Makers, Directors, Dance Artists, Story-Tellers, Comedians, Poets, Writers, Photographers, Visual Artists, etc.  Space is limited to FIVE CU students and FIVE local artists.  Secure a spot by sending payment and an email to:
Chrissy Nelson, Send registration payment via PayPal:
or Send registration payment via check to: Chrissy Nelson, memo: FALL Fieldwork. 4264 Evans Dr., Boulder, CO 80303.
More info on Fieldwork:,

5). Dance Exhibits in Denver:
A Summer-Full of Movement & Rhythm at the Denver Art Museum–Check out these wonderful programs and exhibits throughout the year!
Why We Dance: American Indian Art in Motion. Thru Aug. 15.
Rhythm and Roots: Dance in American Art. July 10 – Oct. 2.
-#DanceLab. July 10 – Oct. 2.
Performance on Paper: The Posters of Phil Risbeck and John Sorbie. July 10 – 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

6).  Presenting Denver’s “In the Spotlight” has shone on swing dancer Kenny Nelson!  He’s a force to be reckoned with.  🙂 See who else they have highlighted in the metro Denver dance scene.
AND  Don’t forget the other resources Presenting Denver has for dance artists in Colorado. calendars for your class and performance listings, and more.

7).  Last couple of weeks to get out & Boogie!  FREE summer dancing in downtown Boulder.  Monday nights: Bandshell Boogie in Central Park thru Aug. 29.
Tuesday nights at the Civic Pad (north of the Tea House). Folk Dancing on the Plaza
Check local listings for other opportunities throughout the county to shake a leg – all ages welcome.

8). Denver Ballet Theatre Academy recently moved to: Centerstage Starz Theatre & Dance Studio facility (multiple studios, high ceilings, plenty of free parking) in the Festival Shopping Center, 8150 S. University Blvd., Centennial, CO 80122. For info: 303-799-6609, or website.

9).  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:
Life/Art Dance Ensemble is looking for dancers (paid performances).
-Leah Casper, Artistic Director of 6Degrees Collaborative is looking for dancers. They rehearse in Denver. For more  info: contact

Local Studios like Kinesis Dance, Community Dance Collective, Pre-Eminence Hall, A Place to B, Block 1750, and others have space available in their schedules for you to rent for rehearsal, classes, and events. Check Resource lists below for other studios and their contact info.

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

Boulder 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:
–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.

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