November 2019 UPDATE!
Some of the participants in our 2019 annual Dance is for Every Body! showcases Nov. 2 & 3 – look for Cindy Brandle Dance Company, Hamsa Arts Dance, jk.co and Boulder Ballet.
NEWS from DANCE BRIDGE & Boulder OFFICE of ARTS + CULTURE:
Check below for details on a variety of upcoming opportunities.
1). Annual Dance is for Every Body! Showcases. Small flyer
Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and
Sunday, Nov. 3 from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library Main Branch
1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder 80302
Schedules for 2019 Dance Showcases
For more information, check Events Page or contact Dance Bridge Coordinator, Mary Wohl Haan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2). Cultural Organizations Summit: Funders Roundtable
Thursday, Nov. 7, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
The Spark Performing & Creative Arts, 4847 Pearl St., Suite B4, Boulder, CO 80301. Individuals and organizations welcome. More information here.
3). Boulder Arts Commission Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Boulder Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Check here for details.
4). Resource lists available in the right-hand column of this page. Please contact with corrections or additions.
ANNOUNCEMENTS/CALL for ARTIST SUBMISSIONS:
Calling All Dancemakers along the Colorado Front Range! The Dance/USA 2020 Annual Conference is coming to Denver June 17-20 and we’re looking for photos and videos of your work for use in Conference marketing materials. Help Dance/USA showcase the Colorado Front Range dance community and gain exposure for your work on the local and national level. Deadline to submit is Nov. 15. Learn more and submit your photos and videos here! Please feel free to share with other dancers or dance companies in Colorado.
Applications & Call now open for Ascend Regional Choreography Festival! Colorado Springs Dance Theatre announces the 1st Annual Ascend Choreography Festival. CSDT is commissioning 6 professional and aspiring choreographers from the Pikes Peak Region to present their work and participate in an extraordinary celebration of creativity and movement. Chosen submissions will receive a commission package valued at over $500 and the opportunity to share their work on the world-class Ent Center stage April 10th, 2020. More info here:Ascend Choreography Call Info.
12th Annual Dancing with the Boulder Stars, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder 80302. Based on the hit TV show, DWBS features local celebrities who are partnered with professional dance instructors and undergo an exhilarating months-long rehearsal process to prepare for competition in front of a live audience. Fans and audience members are invited to vote with their dollars for their favorite team, and the team which raises the most is named the champion! Contributions support essential programs and services at the YWCA in our community. All the info: https://www.ywcaboulder.org/dwbs/ . For more, contact Brittny Wilson: or 303.443.0419 x114. To view the couples and vote, check here.
Established Theatre and Dance Companies Funded- The Shubert Foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit, professional resident theatre and dance companies that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility. A limited number of grants are also made to arts-related organizations that help support the development of theatre and dance, as well as graduate drama departments of private universities. Applications for theatre grants are due Dec. 4, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application instructions.
The Dairy’s 2021 Boedecker Path to Excellence Grants applications open on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Deadline to apply is Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. https://thedairy.org/boedecker-path-to-excellence-grants/. Contact Allison Toth for more info: 303-440-7826 ext. 100, email@example.com.
Call for Public Art in Santa Fe’s Railyard – Calling all artists, designers and innovators! The Railyard Art Project (R.A.P) invites both individual and creative teams to propose visual and performing art projects that are vital, lively and experimental for temporary installation in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park & Plaza. Santa Fe is an arts destination, and the Railyard Arts District is home to world-class galleries, exhibition spaces and a thriving public art scene.
The R.A.P committee encourages public artists and arts collectives to submit projects that include collaboration across disciplines and that emphasize community engagement, enjoyment and participation. Artist proposals can be submitted online, free of charge, on a rolling basis and are reviewed year-round by the Railyard Art Project Committee. Up to $500 honoraria are available for exemplary projects. For more information on submitting projects, click here.
To view past projects, and to submit your proposal, click here.
Important Article from Dance Spirit Magazine about new project – The Bridge Dance Project titles “Here’s Why Even Young Dancers Should Be Thinking About Injury Prevention”. Here is an excerpt: Have you heard the story about the dancer who needed a double hip replacement…at age 16?It’s not an urban legend—just ask iconic choreographer Mia Michaels. In a video series about dance injuries, produced by Apolla Performance Footwear, Michaels tells the tale of a teenage comp kid who pushed so hard she ended up in surgery. More info here: THE BRIDGE DANCE PROJECT.
The 2020 Dance/USA National Conference is coming to Denver next year and YOU should be involved! Conference dates: June 17-20, 2020. There are many opportunities to participate, volunteer and be in on national conversations about dance that affect our art form and communities at all levels. Committees are just now being formed. If interested in being involved now, please contact Malik Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Dance/USA sponsors Dance Business Bootcamps, an Institute for Leaderships Training Program, new this year Fellowships to Artists, plus many more programs some for members only, but many are open to everyone. Website here.
Celebrity Competitions, January 17 – 19, 2020, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Ave., Denver, Colorado 80210. Celebrity Dance Competitions, LLC is one of the premier dance companies in the world with events nationwide and nationals on board beautiful cruise ships. In 2013 Celebrity made the bold move to expand into the convention world, launching Celebrity Dance Conventions. Now Celebrity has a full convention tour in the fall where dancers are inspired, challenged and supported by the industry’s most talented educators. More info here. Questions: 480-706-8888, email@example.com, website here.
Scholarship Award for LGBTQIA+ dance students at CU – the Alterio Motives Award. CU alum Anthony Alterio is seeding a campaign for students in the Theater & Dance department at CU/Boulder with an emphasis on dance students. So far, $10,000 has been raised and if they can reach $25,000 within the next five year, it will be come a permanent endowment. To donate, visit giving.cu.edu/fund/alterio-motives-award. To contact Anthony, Anthony@AnthonyAlterio.com.
From Grantmakers in the Arts: Beyond Counting Policies: Measuring Progress in Racial Equity.
Click here to read.
Timesaving Tools for Grantseekers from GrantStation – click here to read.
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Newman Center Presents at Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver now has single tickets on sale for their 2019-2020 season with lots of dance concerts! Click here for info.
CU Presents tickets are on sale for the upcoming season, Dance department offerings too. Check here for details.
FESTIVAL/ WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES:
Think360Arts for Learning – Creative Learning Labs, Thursday, Nov. 7, “The Case for Creative Aging” presented by: Damon McLeese, Executive Director Access Gallery and “How to Approach Creative Programming for Older Adults” presented by: Grace Trautman, Intergenerational Program Coordinator Kavod Senior Life. Half day: $40; Full day: $80. Think 360 Teaching Artist: Free. More info and to register.
Artist Residency Swap – Where would you like to work next? Swap your home and workspace with a fellow artist. ARTIST RESIDENCY SWAP is a new kind of artist residency platform where you can swap your home and workspace. Let the swapping begin! Free. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and check website here.
Information and an invitation to participate in Dancing Around Race: Whiteness in Higher Education at the University of Utah in January 2020. Guest speakers include Gerald Casel, Rebecca Chaleff, Kimani Fowlin, and Tria Blu Wakpa. Please send any questions to Kate Mattingly at email@example.com. More details & info here: Dancing around Race INVITATION_TO_APPLY-Dancing_Around_Race.
BOULDER COUNTY ARTS ALLIANCE RESOURCES:
How to Read Financial Statements, Thursday, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder 80302. This workshop is for artists, small nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations, their board members as well as community members who serve or are interested in serving on grant funding panels with BCAA or other funders. Items covered will include: balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and how to interpret financial statements for signs of the financial health or weakness/risk. Presented by Deborah Malden, Arts Liaison & Advisor at the Boulder Chamber. $10 BCAA members, $15 non-members. Charlotte LaSasso, 303-447-2422, firstname.lastname@example.org. Register here.
Business of Arts: Creating Effective Evaluations, Thursday, Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Collective Community Arts Center, 201 N. Public Rd., Lafayette, CO. Learn how to design effective evaluations that will provide you with the information you need to assess the efficacy of your organization and strengthen your mission. Presented by Carol Nickell of Nickell Consultants. $10 BCAA members, $15 non-members. Register here. Contact Charlotte LaSasso, 303-447-2422, email@example.com.
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.
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 http://BoulderCountyArtsCalendar.com. 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.
Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre seeks an energetic, reliable, friendly and well-organized part-time business manager to assist the Artistic/Executive Director with the operations of a busy nonprofit performing arts organization. The ideal candidate for this position will be able to work independently with minimal direction, manage multiple projects with a high level of attention to detail, is responsible, takes initiative, and thrives on a variety of administrative challenges. In addition, this position will support marketing and promotions of performances and classes.
For more info/application go to Business Manager on our website.
Job Opportunity: The Denver Turnverein is looking for an individual to help with administrative and bookkeeping activities. The person should be organized and willing to learn the technology currently being used. This is a part time position, less than 15 hours per week, with compensation commensurate with skill level. Tasks may eventually include, but are not limited to: invoices/billing, payroll hours submittal, incoming/outgoing mail, calendar upkeep, Square POS bookkeeping, filing, cash bags, deposits. Desired skills: MS office products including EXCEL, Square, Constant Contact, Quick books, Basic internet comfort. Please contact Judy Hopper, President of the Board, at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
GENERAL RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES:
Artist’s Legacy Toolkit: Dancemakers, are you storing old video tapes under your bed? Don’t do that, do this: Check out the Artist’s Legacy Toolkit and Records Management Guide on the Dance/USA website. The Toolkit and Guide features reliable and user-friendly advice, tools, and templates to help performing artists and their organizations save and share the records of their work. Make a plan to digitize those old videotapes today!
Building Audiences for Dance
Calling all dance professionals: What do you know about your audiences? Are you making assumptions about why they aren’t buying tickets to your shows? Want to do some market research but don’t know how? Find free resources on building audiences for the arts from The Wallace Foundation – case studies, videos, audience survey how-tos, and much more here.
Music and the Choreographer
Want to learn more about finding, securing and programming music for dance? Dance/USA has free resources on music and choreography, including webinars featuring experts in the field, and a list of resources to find music. Find the resources here.
Did you know … that free resources on touring contract negotiations are also 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.
Online Collections of Recorded Dance: As part of an National Endowment for the Humanities NEH funded project to improve online resources for dance education and scholarship, here is a list of online collections of recorded dance. These resources vary in terms of whether or not they show full works and whether they are pay-walled. Online Collections of Recorded Dance.
Mom Loves Best is a research-driven parenting blog which also works to increase the visibility to the benefit that dance has for kids, and keeping dance education in schools. Here is one of their blogs on the 25 Impressive Benefits of Dance for Kids.
Here are resources from Americans for the Arts – their tools and templates for work around cultural equity.
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.
Alliance of Artist Communities Resources & Materials. Hundreds of dance/theater programs as well as tips for researching, applying for, and funding your residency here.
OTHER RESOURCES OF INTEREST:
PBS special on Dance: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/topic/dance/
News: The governing body for ballroom dance competitions will now allow same-sex and gender-neutral couples to compete in national competitions.More info here.
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).
ICONS 2019-20 season issue including international opportunities for young and emerging student choreographers, updates about the current state of the industry, as well as an inspiring interview with the Chinese celebrity choreographer Yabin Wang. Info here.
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.
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 & Watch 🙂
Have four minutes? Watch this video tracing the history of how the Dance Theatre of Harlem became the first classical ballet company to focus on black dancers.
From NDEO: Exploding the Good Morning America...Moment By Doug Risner, Wayne State University.
Posted on 9/10/2019 1:41 PM.
The 6 New Injury Prevention Rules – from Dance Magazine.
100-year-old ballet teacher shares secrets to long life: Diet, exercise, optimism. The TODAY Show recently highlighted 100-year-old Henry Danton and his secrets of healthy longevity as a dance educator. He presently teaches ballet at Belhaven University. Here is the link to the interview. And here is a film from 1946 credited to Danton performing with Margot Fonteyn, Moira Shearer, and Pamela May.
Watch J.Lo Dance Through Music Video History with Jimmy Fallon here.
5 Dancers On What They Love Most About Their Bodies by Jayme Thornton. From Dance Magazine.
DanceUSA Informational Papers from the Task Force on Dancer Health latest titles:
1). “I Leak When I Leap!” – Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Dancers
2). Dance Recovery Nutrition: What is Appropriate for Dancers?
3). Big little secrets: Traumatic Experiences in the Dance World
4). Coping with Stress on Stage and in Life: The Practice of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
and other articles of interest concerning dancer’s health are available on their site. Click here.
Dance and the Quality of Life. Editor: Karen Bond, Temple University Department of Dance.
This is the first volume devoted to research on dance and quality of life. Dance and the Quality of Life presents an expansive discussion of dance’s value in human life.
Dance Needs Boys like Boys need Dance.
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.
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 2018. Click here to read.
NYT article: Brown Point Shoes Arrive, 200 Years After White Ones
From DanceUSA’s From the Green Room: The Ins and Outs of Finding, Securing, and Programming Music in the Dance World
From the Jerome Foundation: Announcing 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 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.
Contact Mary Wohl Haan, Coordinator, Programs for Artists (Dance Bridge Coordinator), 303-441-4391, email@example.com. Go to www.boulderarts.org for more on the exciting arts news in our community.