Dance Bridge


Mid-October 2016 UPDATE!
Fall is upon us and winter will be knocking at our door soon – are you dancing yet? Have you seen any concerts?  If not, here’s a place to look for classes and news from studios and companies in and around Boulder and the Front Range.  Check Resources below.

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Events, Opportunities & Announcements:

1).  2016 Boulder Arts Commission (BAC) Meeting this month
The next Boulder Arts Commission Meeting will be a retreat held on Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.,  Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder, 80303 (SE corner of Arapahoe Rd. and Cherryvale Rd.).  The regular Wednesday meeting on October 19 is cancelled. Check  BAC website for agenda soon.  The Commission generally meets at 6:00 p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday of the month in the Canyon Meeting Room, Main Boulder Public Library. Business is coordinated by a City staff liaison.  Meetings are open to the public.

2). Congratulations to our 2016 Boulder “Legends of Dance” honorees! 

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

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 and this year the 2016 honorees included: Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, Judy Graese, Boulder’s 3rd Law Dance/Theater, Steve Seifert, and Boulder’s Nii Armah Sowah.  More info on the CBGDL: 303-871-3958, Katherine Crowe.

c-deo3).  A. Intensive Weekend of Dance Classes & Workshops
October 22 – 3). 
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 Educators. Register today at: One day registration is also available. Sponsored by the Colorado Dance Education Organization (Co-DEO).

4).  Oct. 24 – Nov. 15: 13th annual Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema continues its series of screenings in Boulder County, many of them free, some geared to families. 😉  Check their website for additional information on programs.
Different programs each day.

Sans Souci at Canyon Theater
Mondays, Oct. 24: Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO.  Free.
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.

5). BCAA Community Arts Fund is now accepting applications. Deadline to apply Oct. 31, 2016. The Community Arts Fund has reached $500! Boulder County Arts Alliance is now accepting Requests for Proposals from members who need funding for current projects.  They are particularly interested in funding projects in which $500 will have a significant impact as well as ones that speak to BCAA’s core values of being inclusive, innovative, and accessible. This is the perfect opportunity for projects that involve risk-taking and experimental ideas. Independent artists and emerging organizations are encouraged to apply.  Proposals must be submitted online through the BCAA website through this link.  Please read the guidelines or contact the BCAA office if you have any questions.  303-447-2422.

Luciana Da Silva, Brazilian Dancer

6). Annual “Dance is for Every Body!” Showcase:
Nov. 5 & 6, Canyon Theater at Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.:
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 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.   2016-showcase-schedules.
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 for more information. poster-for-showcases.

7). a). 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.
b). PD is hosting an artist talk Inside look at a Creative Process: Bridgman|Packer Dance, Thursday, Nov. 17,  7-8:30 p.m., Williams Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Ave., DU Campus, Denver, 80208. Free, suggested donation $10. Registration is open on a first come, first serve basis. Please be sure to read our FAQs at the time of registration. Paid visitor parking can be found here on DU campus.  This event is in conjunciton with their concert at the Newman Center on Saturday, Nov. 19. Concert info here.
c). Call for Nominations: Presenting Denver’s In The Spotlight articles feature interviews with people in the community who support the creation and expansion of Colorado dance.  Do you know someone in the community who deserves recognition?  If so, please submit a nomination form.  Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged!  Deadline December 31, 2016.  Late nominations will not be considered.
d). 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.

8). Dance Exhibits in Denver:
Movement & Rhythm at the Denver Art Museum–Wonderful programs and exhibits!
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

9). 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 more info.  The Boulder Fringe is willing to negotiate on whatever you need. 🙂 Contact.

10). 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:

APEX Dance – Dancers Wanted – Auditions for Company  Paid contract positions starting immediately.  Includes local shows, touring, filming and choreographic projects., 720-432-7704,

 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.

Thinking with the Dancing Brain, co-authored by Rima Faber and Sandra Minton, is finally printed and ready to read! The book may be ordered from the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield.  Dr. Minton is a Colorado dancer, educator and author.  Click here to order.

–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.

 Open Stage/Open Space – new bi-weekly ongoing event for artists.  Sundays, 7 -9 p.m., FreeMotion Dance Center, 2126 Pearl St., Boulder. 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.

The 4th Annual Dance Shorts: College Film Festival is now accepting film submissions. This festival provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to share their short dance films in a national venue. Dance Shorts: College Film Festival spotlights short dance films that are between two and six minutes in length. These dance films can be narrative, experimental, or abstract and incorporate any combination of music, lights, costumes, and location with dance and today’s film technology.  All films will be viewed and adjudicated by invited professionals within the dance and film community. The highest scoring pieces will be showcased at a film gala at Arizona State University.  Info & Application.  Questions?

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.

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.

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