Dance Bridge


May 2019 Update!

Throwback photos from our community below.

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News from Dance Bridge & Boulder Office of Arts + Culture:

1). 2019 DANCE COMMUNITY FORUM Notes & Resources
One page info sheet on programsResources + OpportunitiesNotes from ForumPresenting Denver information sheet; The Actors Fund 28718_NewDancerCard_Proof and Actors Fund – New news specifically for dancers across the country; DanceUSA Resources and Opportunities
For more information, email Dance Bridge and Programs for Artists Coordinator, Mary Wohl Haan.

2). Cultural Organizations Summit
Tuesday, May 21
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Museum of Boulder at Tebo Center
2205 Broadway, Boulder
Is your nonprofit or business prepared for another financial downturn? Join our next Summit to learn what economists expect for the future, discuss what that might look like for the arts, and explore strategies to weather the storm. Free. Everyone welcome! Please RSVP to  Check the Events Page for details.

3).  Next Boulder Arts Commission Meeting
Wednesday, June 19 at 6 p.m.
Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library.
At this meeting, the Commission will make decisions on Arts Education Project Grants and appoint of liaisons to General Operating Support Grant recipients Check here for more info.

4). Resource lists available in the right-hand column of this page. Please contact with corrections or additions.  Sign-up here to receive e-newsletters from Dance Bridge, part of the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture.
Auditions/Jobs/Announcements/Calls for Artist Submissions:

Think360 Arts for Learning – Full Circle Celebration, Thursday, May 30, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Cultivated Syneregy, 2901 Walnut St., Denver 80205. Support arts education in Colorado and experience our programming first hand with entertainment from our fabulous group of Teaching Artists, which will include lively performances from our Teaching Artists Queenz of Hip-Hop and 2MX2. Get your tickets today! Reserved Parking Available! Join us for this night of creativity, community, and fun!

Lisa Morgan from CSU

Professional development opportunity for Colorado preK-12 teachers: EDUCATION IN MOTION, Monday – Friday, June 10 – 14, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.  Free to teachers! The seminar is focused on integrating arts/movement experiences across the preK-12 curriculum, supporting deeper learning and reaching students on multiple levels. Through movement/dance sessions, integrative curriculum development, and reflective discussion, teachers gain skills and materials needed to implement these practices in their classrooms. Because of generous funding, this seminar is offered to teachers at NO COST! Education In Motion 2019 Teachers work with leading dance movement educators & education specialists from CSU and the region, networking with their peers for future collaborations. Two Continuing Education credits are available for a fee. More info here.

Boulder County Arts Alliance, BCAA, Annual Meeting and Grant Reception, Tuesday, June 11, 5 -7 p.m., Finkel & Garf Brewing Co., 5455 Spine Rd, Unit A, Boulder, CO. Free! Hear about the state of BCAA, meet our Board members and have a Pint with a Purpose! Finkel & Garf’s will donate $1 of every pint sold back to BCAA. We’ll be distributing the checks for Spring 2019 BCAA Endowment Grants. All of this year’s recipients will have an opportunity to share their work in a 30 second monologue. All members and friends are encouraged to attend.  Charlotte LaSasso,, 303-447-2422. More info & registration here.

Dance/USA will host the 2019 Annual Conference, June 12-15 in Cleveland, OH. Join this gathering of dance professionals united by their interest in advancing dance and celebrating the joy of movement.  There will be time to honor leaders in the field, connect with peers through thought-provoking training, discover innovative approaches to shared problems, and strengthen relationships among your peers. Registration is open. Contact at  NOTE: the conference will be held in Denver in 2020!

Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library Annual Meeting, Friday, June 21
.  More info soon.

NDEO 2019 National Conference: The Creative Process: Choreography, Choice-Making, & Communication, Wed. Oct. 23 – Sat. Oct. 26, Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami, Florida. Excellent opportunity for in-person professional development for dance educators, the NDEO National Conference includes 200+ movement workshops, master classes, panel discussions, research paper presentations, and networking events. Register here. Early Bird Registration & Payment Deadline is 5/29/19. Learn more about Conference.

. Auditions for Companies Across the Nation, May 20-25, Salt Lake City, UT. At the Link Dance Festival powered by SALT. Over 10 companies will be looking for dancers.  Check this PDF for details and links. SALT Contemporary Dance

Audition for Denver’s Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Tuesday, May 21
, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with Call Backs Wednesday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Open Studio, 75 S. Cherokee St., Denver, CO 80223. $15 fee. Professional level modern dancers, ballet training is a plus. Dancers are asked to commit for at least a year. For more information,

3). Job, Internship & Audition info from DanceUSA
can be found here


Did you know … that free resources on touring contract negotiations are available on the Dance/USA website? The Technical & Standardization Documents provide a standard for touring contract negotiations for touring dance groups at presenting organizations, specifically in regards to technical specifications of performance venues, artist accommodations, and touring paperwork. Learn more here.

The Denver Foundation announces a grant opportunity for the Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund. Deadline Friday, June 14, 5 p.mThe Fund supports performing arts programs for underserved elementary and middle school youth in the following seven counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson. A strong application will effectively promote and further the teaching and appreciation of the performing arts such as ballet, tap, jazz, opera, symphonic music, musicals, and theater productions. Free. Contact Alma Martinez at 303-300-1790, Website info here. The Fund will award a total of approximately $130,000 in grants; grant sizes typically range from $5,000 – $15,000.

The Hopper Prize is currently accepting submissions for our Spring Grant Cycle. Grants are open to artists of all ages working in all media. Details here.

Here are resources from Americans for the Arts – their tools and templates for work around cultural equity.

Scholarships available for Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop 2-week intensive/primary program, July 19-Aug. 3 at CU/Boulder campus. Our work study scholarships (for age 18 or older), will save you hundreds on your classes in exchange for helping us out a little bit with tasks such as checking students in. Limited number of scholarships available.  Learn more.

Actors Fund will hold National Dance Orientation Information sessions twice monthly for the next few months. Check here for details, dates and to register. Their services are free. Info on their Career Transitions for Dancers Program can be found here.

IMZ DanceScreen 2019 Film Submissions now open. Vienna, Austria. Info & application.

Are you a high school freshman or sophomore looking for a creative opportunity in the arts?  Apply now for ArtLab, The Platte|Forum paid high school internship program for Fall 2019.  Learn more about our ArtLab internships click here. Click application  details hereDeadline to apply is Friday, May 17 at 5 p.m.

Applications open for National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts, 217 West 147th St., New York, NY 10039 – Monday, July 29–Friday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Deadline to apply June 1, 2019. The Two-Week Intensive is an immersion in NDI’s renowned teaching techniques. The Intensive includes daily teaching opportunities, choreography workshops, stimulating discussions, presentations by leaders in education, and a cumulative performance. Apply here.

Alliance of Artist Communities Resources & Materials. Search full directory here. Hundreds of dance/theater programs as well as tips for researching, applying for, and funding your residency here.

Creative Capital Grants and Residencies with Upcoming Deadlines in March.  Features residency, grant, and award open applications and opportunities.  See details for March/April here.

3rd Law Dance/Theater

Calling all Boulder and surrounding area Choreographers for Open Space, Friday, May 24, 12 noon – till…, Gordon Gamm Theater, Dairy Art Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Sponsored by 3rd Law Dance/Theater, this is a free space to show your work, see some friends work, make new friends, hang with fellow artists and celebrate another season of keeping dance alive in our community. If interested – reply to  There is a 7 minute (or less) time limit on pieces. This is a low stress/no production platform created for emerging and seasoned choreographers (18 and older) to show their work without having to rent a venue. The event is free and open to the public.

New Yorks’ 92Y Harkness Dance Center Announces Submissions Open for the Second Annual Mobile Dance Festival “Smartphones.Sensational.Dance.” 
The first and only dance film festival featuring works shot entirely on mobile devices. Deadline May 31 for submissions for films up to 90 minutes. Also open to filmmakers under age 18. Acceptance Notification Thursday, Jun. 27.  Films selected by an international jury of dance filmmakers will be screened Saturday, July 27, 2019, (National Dance Day), at 92Y Harkness Dance Center. Details and application form, click here:

Call for Papers for unpublished authors: Journal of Dance Education Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers. Deadline, June 1. For further info, click here: Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Researchers

Festival/Workshop Opportunities: 

Moab Jam dancers

MOAB Jam Registration Open Now- Thursday, May 23 – Monday, May 27.  Contact Improv and camp-out options with a generous team of teachers and creative community.  2019 Hosts include: Aaron Brando  (MA), Bradley Teal Ellis  (NY), Elise Knudson (NY), Blake Nellis (MN), Brad Stoller (VA), Ronja Ver (CA), and Avital Bar Zuri (MA). Website info.  This fills quickly!

Summer Dance Workshops and Festivals – Regional and national groups have already begun to advertise their 2019 offerings. Hunt online for info on dance styles and organizations now, esp. to get their early-bird discounts, etc.

MESA (Movement & Ecology Sanctuary for Art) Ritual Dance Camp 2019, Tuesday – Sunday, June 4 – 9, Ridgway, Yucca Trail, Ridgway, CO 81432.  The MESA is centered on our relationship with the earth and our own wild, creative souls as understood through Ritual Dance practice. Here on the MESA we have a sanctuary, a place to give full attention to the meaningful side of life through dance. During our five days together we can dissolve some the boundary between life and art. Registration and more info.

2019 Boulder Dance Coalition International Festival, Friday – Sunday, June 14 – 16, Pearl St. Mall in front of  Courthouse, 1300 blk. of pearl St., Boulder. This event features traditional dance demonstrations and music performances from many countries around the world. Demonstrations, open public dances, music and vendors. All events are free and open to the public! More info and schedules here.

Richard Powers Dance Weekend, Friday – Monday, June 14 – 17, at The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Registration for the Powers dance weekend is now open. Details about participation is here.

Denver Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Programs, June 17-July 6, DBT, 5690 County Line Pl., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. For youth, ages 9-12 & teen, ages 13-19 with internationally acclaimed Vladimir Djouloukhadze and Melissa Zoeisch (CO Ballet member)., 303-799-6609.

The Dance Co-Lab Choreography Fest, June 17-29, Charlotte, NC. Final deadline May 1. Choreographers and composers in collaboration (dancers needed too). Charlotte – Dance and Choreography Collaboration Intensive

Latinx Colorado Festival,  Sunday, June 23 in Boulder, CO. The Latinx Festival celebrates the richness and diverse culture and contributions of Latin American and Caribbean people who live in Colorado. The festival provides a space for a wide array of artistic and cultural performances, gastronomy, resources, education and much more. Information here.

Excessive Realness Intensive: A queer dance intensive geared toward LGBTQIA+ people, Thursday – Sunday, June 27-30, University of CO/Boulder, Boulder. The intensive consists of exciting and unique dance classes from the lens of queer artists and educators. Roundtable discussions, Somatics, Anatomy through Poetry and gender-fluid ballet among other classes, plus performances, and more. Click here for registration info.  Scholarships available on a need basis. Contact

41st Annual Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, July 19 – Aug. 3, CU/Boulder campus, Boulder, CO. Weekend workshops, teacher training, commercial dance intensive, plus classes, performances and open forums.  Learn more.

21st Annual Aerial Dance Festival, July 28 – Aug. 9, held at Frequent Flyers Productions/Aerial Dance Studios, the Dairy Arts Center and CU/Boulder campus, all in Boulder, CO. The Aerial Dance Festival (ADF) is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. This 2-week immersion provides classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions, networking, and performances. Learn more here. Earn credit from University of Colorado, Boulder at ADF. Contact Nancy Smith for more info.

Arise Music Festival, Aug. 2-4, Sunshine Ranch, Loveland, CO. An independent, family run, leave-no-trace-event. Children 12 & under free.  Tickets here.

Boulder County Arts Alliance Resources:

1). BCAA Workshops & Resources: check their website for the latest additions.
Sign-up to receive e-newsletters from the Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAAsubscribe here.

2). BCAA  Art Space Directory available. Submit your Venue and Art Space to connect with creatives! This new matchmaking tool helps connect creative people with creative art spaces. Owners and managers of rentable spaces submit listings to the directory, and space-seekers search the directory for opportunities. Listing and use are FREE. Check the FAQ . More information at Art Space Directory pdf.

3). Are you using the Arts Calendar !  Check here for events listings and submissions.  Please add this new Arts Calendar button to your arts website with a hyperlink to  BCAA wants to drive as much traffic as possible to help make this the most comprehensive listing of arts events in our region. Encourage your patrons to subscribe (it’s free!) to find events throughout the county.  For more info.

Other Resources:

From International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography, Inc. (ICONS)  
New addition to website which is dedicated to case studies and current trends in choreography, including in-depth statistical research projects, or outlines of the most important points.  Link to papers and research here.
Samples of topics include: Choreographers and Gender: Where are the Female Choreographers?  Choreographers and Education: Training and Support System. Choreographers and Neuroscience – Dancing Brain. Choreographers and Authorship: Copyrights, Choreography and Plagiarism. Choreography and Fashion. Choreography and Politics. Choreography and Censorship. Choreography and Artistic Research (Coming Up) and – Choreography and Cross. Multi-Inter-And Trans-Disciplinary (Coming Up).

The Video Collaboratory is a web-based, private application designed for group collaboration around video documents. Beyond simply viewing video, the Collaboratory is equipped to allow you and your co-workers or friends to mark up, analyze and discuss the video from wherever you are by uploading rehearsal videos or link to videos you already have on YouTube or Vimeo with a simple click. Your videos are private on our site so you can give detailed critique to your performers using the text and sketch comments. Performers, stage managers, lighting designers and anyone else in your project can participate.

From The Field in NYC: to fail and fail big – A Study of mid-career Artists, Success and Failure
Recap: The Field surveyed mid-career artists five years ago on the conditions that led to their success. The goal now was to replicate these conditions for more artists. We published our findings in to fail and fail big, Click here to download the e-book (PDF).  More info on The Field here.

From the Jerome Foundation: Announcing RE-Tool: Racial Equity in the Panel Process

Denver Dance Medicine Associates (DDMA) is currently conducting screenings for the company dancers, and we are starting a series of workshops for teachers — information here: Cont. Ed. Dance Wellness for Dance Instructors…

DanceUSA webinars available:
–Music and the Choreographer series from DanceUSA.
  PDF and links to webinars. They have so included resources for finding music.
–Community Engagement featuring the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) and Junebug Productions and learn from their experiences building audiences for dance in New Orleans.  Link here.
–Engaging audiences for unconventional works featuring University Musical Society (UMS) and hear about their experiences building adventurous audiences in Ann Arbor. Link here.
Find more resources on the Wallace Foundation website here.

The M.A.P.S. Trailer: Make Anywhere a Performance Space.  Control Group Productions has a box trailer full of production gear and know-how for turning ANYWHERE into a performance venue – and it’s available for hire.  Great for site-specific performance and post-proscenium events especially for self-producing artists and companies. More info here; or contact us with questions & interest.

Dance Informa’s Competition & Convention Links. Check them both out here.

Dance Ed Tips by Olivia Mode-Cater. Check out her website and join her mailing list to receive monthly ‘tips’ to improve your teaching, including courses, curriculum design, presentations and a blog.

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)’s Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) – Spring 2019 OPDI Courses Now Open for Registration. Visit here.

University of Akron’s National Center for Choreography (NCCC). Read about it here and also here.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance announces year-round online access to its impressive archives through a new website. Digitized content and a large amount of information is available to the public, offering an unprecedented resource to the global dance community.  The archives are now available through a new user-friendly site to this important collection to the public at archives.

Things to read 🙂

Race Across America: An Audition Tour Showed Me What Ballet Could Learn from the Art World.  Article here.
The soldier with a secret talent – ballet. Article.
Dance Consortium “Dancers as Athletes” Article.
“Dancing in the street: could choreographers build better cities?” Article.

DanceUSA: State of the Art
Google Arts & Culture Explores the Story of Black History and Culture Through Dance
There’s a New Pointe Shoe Designed Specifically for Men
From the Green Room – Leadership Corner: Malik Robinson, Executive Director, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and Chair Elect, Dance/USA Board of Trustees. Malik Robinson grew up in the family business, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Learn how he has navigated tough issues, made mistakes and triumphed. Read the article here.

Dance Magazine’s “How Can the Dance World Nurture More Effective Artistic Directors?” Click here for article.

“Eat Right, Dance Right” The Dancer’s Nutritional Handbook.Easy to use practical
handbook written by a registered dietitian and former dancer. Not a text book! Useful guide in full color, pictures, graphs, menus, chapter summaries, dancer examples, quick tips!Click here for more info.

Interesting dance articles from various resources.
Newest articles:
Dance Magazine’s “The 10 Biggest Dance Stories of 2018”  Most read stories at least. 😊
Pointe Magazine: Breaking the Binary: Trans, Gender-Fluid and Other Nonbinary Artist Are Seeking Equal Opportunity in Classical Ballet
NYT: A Choreographer Gives In to His Ambition of Recklessness.
Art in a Critic-Free Zone: How the death of professional journalism is impacting the arts in 21st century America. Click here to read part 1.  Click here to read part 2.
Why major in dance? A case for dance as a field of study in universities in 2018Click here to read.
NYT article: Brown Point Shoes Arrive, 200 Years After White Ones
From DanceUSA’s From the Green RoomThe Ins and Outs of Finding, Securing, and Programming Music in the Dance World
From the Jerome FoundationAnnouncing RE-Tool: Racial Equity in the Panel Process

Dance Magazine article: Please Stop Asking Dance Artists to Perform “in Exchange for Exposure”
Dance Magazine article: Don’t Get It Twisted: Dance Is An Intellectual Pursuit
NYT Critic’s Notebook – The Next Wave of Dance Films, Made on Your Phone, Is Here

Creative Capital Blog by Alex Teplitzky: Applying for Grants: Creating a Realistic Budget
DanceUSA Green Room: How to Cracked the Millennial Code, One Step at a Time
Dance Magazine article, What I Spent – a week in the life of an NYC dance freelancer
Creative Capital Blog: Applying for Grants: Choosing the Best Work Sample

DanceUSA Opportunities & Listings:

1). DanceUSA Directory of Not-for-Profit Dance Ensembles, a listing of professional tax-exempt dance ensembles and fiscally sponsored dance artists based in the United States or a U.S. territory. This new searchable directory showcases the wealth and breadth of professional not-for-profit dancemaking taking place in this country.  Explore the Ensemble Directory here, learn about the criteria for inclusion, and contact Dance/USA if you don’t see your name listed!  Questions or feedback, please contact Dance/USA here.  

2). 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.

3). 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.

4). Dance/USA announces that Dance Heritage Coalition’s (DHC) has a rich digital collection of more than 1,200 dance performances which have moved to the USC Libraries and the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. The collection spans dance genres from Bharatanatyam to butoh, hip hop, postmodern, tap, and movement traditions from cultures around the world.  The digital resource captures many facets of U.S. and global dance heritage. More info here.

Memberships Opportunities for Dancers:

The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art offers 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!

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.

Dance Bridge is a proud member of DanceUSA and NDEO (National Dance Education Organization).danceusa-logo-website-NEW