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FEBRUARY 2019 Update!

Throwback photos below from 2006/07 Dance is for Every Body! Showcases include Maria BellyDance!, The Schiff Dance Collective, Liz Brent film “Al Sirat”, and Kim Olson/sweet edge.






1). 2019 DANCE COMMUNITY FORUM – Dance Community Forum notice!
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Boulder Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library 
(first floor behind staircase)
We are organizing a series of genre-specific professional artist forums in 2019 to provide an opportunity to get the word out on resources, opportunities, and upcoming programs, and an opportunity to network. Everyone welcome: dancers, choreographers, directors, dance companies (their members & staff), studio owners, schools… We will guide an open discussion on the challenges faced by dance artists, the state of the art and field, accessibility, assets, needs, institutional processes, and more to inform our future sessions. Snacks will be provided, but please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch for yourself.
PLEASE RSVP to Mary Wohl Haan at

2). The next Boulder Arts Commission Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.
Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library. 
At this meeting the Commission will make decisions on Community Project Grants for Individuals and the 2018 General Operating Support Report Approvals.  Check here for more info.

3). Cultural Organizations Summit
Wednesday, Mar. 6, 
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Join your fellow creative professionals for an interactive summit on how coaching can support your work as a cultural leader. Zora (Sara Boas) coaches business, community, and cultural leadership worldwide and has her own artistic practice in dance. She will offer interactive, experiential activities and coaching strategies designed to support the the sustainability of your cultural organization and strengthen your board and staff. Creative and business directors, staff, and board members of cultural organizations are all welcome to attend. Each cultural organization is encouraged to send two representatives, and solo practitioners are also warmly welcome. Light refreshments will be served and the workshop will include facilitated dialog among participants. Please RSVP to Lauren Click at

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/Announcements/Calls for Artist Submissions/Jobs:

NOTICE: Avalon Ballroom Parking Lot
Be advised that the south parking lot of The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder will be closed often in the coming weeks, weather permitting, for painting of the steel structure and installation of solar panels. These closures will occur during the day, so this primarily affects groups that meet during the morning and afternoons. The painting will be spray painting so you definitely do not want to park your car in the south lot. The lot will be closed off by parking cones at the street and along the east lot. People will need to park in the east lot (end of the building) or on the street.

Denver Dance Medicine Associates (DDMA) and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Dance Program, Sunday, Feb. 10, 9 – 12 a.m. “Conditioning for Dancers: What is it and why is it important.”  2nd 2019 workshop for teachers.  PDF with info here: Denver Dance Medicine Associates

Lottery drawing for participating artists in the 15th Annual Boulder International Fringe Festival take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m., Ruben’s Burger Bistro, 1800 Broadway at Walnut St., Boulder. Find out who will be in this summer’s festival! Fringe website.  If you’re not able to be there, keep an eye out for our live stream of the lottery results on our facebook page.

The Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library – Call for Nominations for their 2019 Legends of Dance in Colorado. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 15. More info and nominating form in their January Footnote here: FootNote_2019_Jan

New program – Dance with a Doc: FREE Saturday morning monthly community-wide Dance-Wellness Program. Join the group on the last Saturday each month in 2019 a Dance with a Doc! variation on the successful Walk with a Doc! program. 10 – 11:15 a.m., Dance With A Doc PressRelease
Saturday, Feb. 23 at Boulder Circus Center, Boulder
Saturday, Mar. 30 at Avalon Ballroom, Boulder
Future venues confirmed soon – check here. Contact Information: Lisa Fasullo, Founder & Director, Center for Transformative Movement, 720-971-1972,,   Lead physician: Dr. Aaron Gingrich.

Glenn P. Davis ADF Scholarship Application – Deadline: February 25, 2019. Notification March 8, 2019.
This scholarship will be awarded to one student for the Aerial Dance Festival 2019. It will cover up to $1,100 in class tuition during the two weeks, July 29 – August 9, 2019.  Criteria: Applicants must demonstrate some experience in aerial choreography. The recipient will be selected based on demonstrated interest and ability working with the genre of aerial dance. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Glenn P. Davis Scholarship Application 2019

Continuing the Conversation: Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center, Vandeveer Workshop Room, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder.
In this next workshop in our Inclusiveness and Equity Series, learn new ways to respectfully engage across difference and leave with a set of tools to help navigate these issues in life and work. Speaker: Ashmi Desai, PhD CU Dialogues, CU Boulder School of Education. Presented in collaboration with the Office for Outreach and Engagement at CU Boulder and the Dairy Arts Center. Networking and check in 5:15-5:30 p.m. $5 Suggested donation. Register here.

Call for Choreographers “Convergence 2019” – Deadline to apply Mar. 1, selections by Mar. 15. Produced by Denver-based dance company Life/Art Dance Ensemble.  Concerts Oct. 25 & 26, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater, 119 Park Avenue West, Denver. Google form here.  Sign -in required.  For more info, contact

Special announcements from Dance/USA:
1). Did you know … that free resources on touring contract negotiations are available on the Dance/USA website? The Technical & Standardization Documents are intended to 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.
2). Announcing their Eighth Annual Institute for Leadership Training – The deadline to apply is March 3, 2019. Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, is pleased to announce the eighth annual Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT), a national dance mentorship and leadership development program. Self-identifying early-career dance leaders are invited to apply. Mentor-mentee pairs will be selected and matched for the 2019 Institute for Leadership Training, which runs from June 2019 through March 2020.  More on the program here. Selected participants will be notified in March. Apply for the program here.

Call for entries!
Boulder Arts Week 2019 is back from Friday, Mar. 29 to Saturday, April 6, 2019
All are invited to post event listings to the Boulder Arts Week calendar. In 2019, the Week will offer additional promotion to free and discounted arts and culture offerings. Submit your event here today. Boulder Arts Week is Boulder’s Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings and our city’s thriving creativity.  In 2019, 6th annual Boulder Arts Week will offer additional promotion to free and discounted arts and culture offerings, including art walks, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theater, public art, lectures, readings, and workshops at venues throughout the city.  More info here

Call for Creative-in-Residence at Denver Arts Museum. Unique opportunity. Through this series, local creatives from a variety of disciplines push the notions of what a museum can be—for visitors, for the creative community and for the institution itself. Things will get wildly creative and maybe a little messy too!  More info here.

Musical Theatre Survey: Notice from NDEO about a Grad dance student looking for help with a survey on musical theatre.  If interested, check here: Please help this grad student in dance

Artists & Athletes: BCAA and the Bolder Boulder. BCAA is accepting Requests for Proposals for artists and art organizations who want to perform at the Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2019.  Request for Proposal process deadline Feb. 28.  BCAA will be able to offer artists or art organizations a stipend for performing at the Bolder Boulder.  You and/or your organization can also participate by walking or running in costume, as long as you don’t impede the efforts of other walkers/runners. If you enroll through BCAA, we can offer you a discounted registration fee. This is an exciting opportunity to show Coloradoans how ART and BUSINESS and SPORT can partner together for the good of the whole community. Information and application here.

Alliance of Artist Communities – Residency Deadlines. Search full directory here.

Call for Proposals: 7th annual Somatic Dance Conference & Performance Festival “Collaboration, Community and Social Justice,” July 10 – 14, 2019, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY. Founder and Co-Director: Bill Evans, Coordinator and Co-Director: Cynthia Williams. Full information on website here or here. Seeking proposals for conference presentations exploring aspects of community, collaboration and social justice through somatics, somatic dance, dance science, dance pedagogy or dance performance, as well as choreographic/performance works for formal concerts. We are particularly interested in collaborative presentations by two or more artists/educators/scholars. Papers & movement sessions. Applications accepted until Feb. 28, 2019.

Presenting Denver’s Wine & Works-in Progress Feedback Session, Friday, Mar. 9, 5:30 – 9 p.m., The Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theater Education, Conservatory Theater (3rd fl.), 1101 13th St., Denver 80204 (near 13th & Arapahoe). Join Presenting Denver for a free, fun evening of dance by student and professional choreographers on March 8, 2019. Sip wine, view, and give feedback on choreographic works by Colorado artists ethereum dance co., Franca Telesio, Jenny Gram / The JGram Project, Madeline Jazz Harvey, Rosie Granito, and Will Treat. The discussion will be led by facilitator Chris Harris. *Registration required. Registration is available on a first come, first served bases while supplies last. Please note that alcohol will not be served to individuals under the age of 21 years. Please bring a picture ID.   Register here.

Creative Capital Grants and Residencies with Upcoming Deadlines in February and March. The monthly roundup of residency, grant, and award open applications features opportunities in France, a retreat for computer-based artists in the Catskills, the MAP Fund’s grant for performance-focused artists, and much more.

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

1). The Ohio State University Libraries seeks Curator of Dance.
Preference will be given to applications received by February 10, 2019. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary requirements to Brittany Steingass, Please include “Curator of Dance” in the subject field. Additional information here.
Full Job Description here.
2). Mountain Contemporary Dance Arts. 
Mountain Contemporary Dance Arts – Job opening
3). Looking for Barre instructors.
Kondition Fitness at 30th & Walnut. Contact Emma Straight at 303-444-5505 or info@konditionfitness.comInfo here.
4). Dance Teaching Position-Colorado Ballet,
Part Time Education Outreach Dance Instructor. Click here for more information.
4). Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble auditions: Friday & Saturday, Mar. 22 & 23. 
 Cleo 2019 Audition or contact 303-295-1759, x 14,


Creative Learning Labs, Thursday, Feb. 14 presented by Think360Arts. Creative Learning Labs are half-day workshops on a variety of topics relevant to educators, teaching artists, and arts education providers. Session 1 – 9 -11:30 a.m., Beyond Freeze Dance: Movement, Learning, and Trauma, Presented by Elise Silva, Teaching Artists Queenz of Hip-Hop. Session 2 – 1 – 3:30 p.m., Authentic Youth and Adult Partnerships though Intentional Youth Voice, Presented by Joey Pace, Youth Success Director with the Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs. Pricing: Half day $40 – Full day $80. Info here.

Registration opens for MOAB Jam on Saturday, Mar. 2.  Contact Improv and camp-out options with a generous team of teachers and creative community.  Thursday, May 23 – Monday, May 27.  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, so get ready to join the fun!

Colorado Dance Education Organization (Co-DEO) Community Summit, Sunday, May 5,  Celebrating All That Is Dance Education. Performance and scholarship opportunities, networking. Meet with other educators and arts advocates from across the state.  More info here or

2019 Colorado Creative Industries Summit, Thursday & Friday, May 16 & 17 in Salida, CO.  Join other professional artists and arts leaders from across CO for this annual gathering. Registration is now open. More info here.

Summer Dance Workshops and Festivals – Regional and national groups have already begun to advertise their 2019 offerings. Go online to those of interest now to get their early-bird discounts, etc.

Dance/USA will host the 2019 Annual Conference, June 12-15 in Cleveland, OH. Join this invigorating gathering of dance professionals united by their interest in advancing dance and celebrating the joy of movement. It’s a 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 now open. Lowest rates before Mar. 28. Questions? Please contact us at

25th Annual Summer Dance Institute for Teachers (SDIT) in Seattle, Washington at the Creative Dance Center: One-Week Refresher Course: July 7 – 11, 2019 (Sunday – Thursday); Two-Week Foundational Course: July 15 – 26, 2019. Presented by Anne Green Gilbert and the Creative Dance Center. Visit this link, 206-363-7281 for registration, housing information, testimonials, and faculty. Early bird deadline is May 21, 2019. Info 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.

Image courtesy of Boulder Muse.

2). Arts for All Children – Deadline to apply: Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 5 p.m.
This grant is available for dance and music teachers in Boulder County and is intended to provide tuition assistance for lessons or help with purchasing instruments. Teachers and administrators can apply for funds ($250 – $1000) to award scholarships or purchase instruments for kids.
Recently funded projects include:
• Individual flute and violin lessons for students at Columbine Elementary School
• Scholarships for two company members at Danse Etoile Ballet
• New recorders and violins for Little Folks dance and music camp
This grant is made possible through the generosity of The Blessing Foundation, and private donors. Your tax-deductible donation to Arts for All Children will add directly to the amount of grant money available. More info here.

3). BCAA Endowment Grants for General Operating Support – Deadline to apply: Thursday, Apr. 11 at 5 p.m. Awards are between $1,000 to $3,000.  BCAA will accept applications from any arts organization, arts group, or school that is based in Boulder County. Applicants must have lived or operated in Boulder County for at least one year. All applicants must be members of BCAA. 501(c)(3) status is not required.   More info here.
Thursday, Mar. 21 – Plan to attend a free grant coaching session from 5:30-6:30 pm, especially if this is your first time applying. The coaching session will be held at the Boulder Public Library, Flagstaff Room, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.

4). BCAA  Art Space Directory available. Submit your Venue and Art Space and connect with creatives! The new ASD is a matchmaking tool to 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.

5). Are you using the Arts Calendar ! An arts calendar for all!  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 the most comprehensive listing of arts events in our region. Encourage your patrons to subscribe (it’s free!) so we can all keep them returning and finding out about events.  For more info.

2018 Boulder Arts Week – Business champion: Nod and Rose

Other Resources:

Be a Boulder Arts Week Business Champion! Are you an arts-loving business that would like to support Boulder Arts Week? To make Boulder Arts Week a success, we’re asking Boulder businesses to support the arts in a non-traditional way. Check here for details Be a BAW Business Champion– it’s super easy and cool!  Boulder Arts Week info.

From International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography, Inc. (ICONS)  
Please share  a new addition to our website which is dedicated to case studies and current trends in choreography. Some of them are in-depth statistical research projects, while other outline briefly the most important points of our information gathering.  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. Sounds like a lot, but take a look!
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.
–Upload rehearsal videos easily, or link to videos you already have on YouTube or Vimeo with a simple click. Your videos are private on our site.  –Give detailed critique to your performers using the text and sketch comments. Each comment is color-coded by user and appears as a marker on the timeline to make navigation easy.  –Add new performers, stage managers, lighting designers and anyone else to your project to get the whole team collaborating around your production and rehearsal videos.  –No more tedious scrubbing: clicking on a comment loops over the right part of the video, in whatever video speed you select. Spend less time in your studio talking, and more time rehearsing.

From The Field in NYC: to fail and fail big – A Study of mid-career Artists, Success and Failure
Recap: Five years ago, The Field surveyed mid-career artists on the conditions that led to their success. Our goal was to replicate these conditions for more artists. We published our findings in to fail and fail big, featuring profiles of Miguel Gutierrez, David Herskovits, Young Jean Lee, Okwui Okpokwalisi, and Somi. 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 building audiences for the arts 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.  We’d love to spread this love, and pave the way for a whole lot more site-specific performance and post-proscenium events around here.  So if you’re a self-producing artist with a crazy vision of a performance that happens outside of a theater, come and get it! More info here; or contact us with questions & interest.

Alliance of Artist Communities Resources & Materials. Check here. 
Find information on hundreds of dance/theater programs as well as tips for researching, applying for, and funding your residency here.

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

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

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.  After 20 years of public access solely during the Festival (and by appointment throughout the year), the archives are now available through a new user-friendly site, offering an ever-growing portion of this important collection to the public at archives.

Things to read 🙂

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. The Ensemble Directory is a new, searchable data set that 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!  Dance/USA is pleased to offer the Directory as a service to the dance field.  If you have any 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 is pleased to announce that Dance Heritage Coalition’s (DHC) rich digital collection of more than 1,200 dance performances will move 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