Dance Bridge


Mid-JULY 2019 UPDATE! 

Throwback photos from 2005-2009 – where are they now?  Blue Moon Dance Company members Tiffany & Ying, Grupo Macondo, young Danse Etoile dancers, stilt dancers from Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance youth classes.





Lots of workshops and festivals.  Check below for details on a variety of upcoming opportunities.

Hula School of the Western Mountains – Halau Hula O Na Mauna Komohana dancers from the 2018 showcase.

1). Applications are now live for the 2019 Dance is for Every Body! Showcases. Click here for more info & application.
All genres of dance, professionals as well as novices are encouraged to apply. Deadline Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.
Applications are accepted from dancers, choreographers, performers, teachers, dance companies, studios, and schools to share finished work or excerpts, work-in-progress, structured improvisations, lecture demonstrations, or offer a mini-class with audience participation in 5-15 minute time slots. Sign-up to participate this year in this free event!
2019 Showcase information:
Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and
Sunday, Nov. 3 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library Main Branch, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue
For more information, contact Dance Bridge Coordinator, Mary Wohl Haan,

2). Boulder Arts Commission Meeting
Wednesday, July 17 at 6 p.m.
Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library.
 Check here for more info.

3). 2019 Dance Community Forum Notes & Resources include: 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 & Programs for Artists Coordinator, Mary Wohl Haan.

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, a program of the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture.

Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival – Time & Money Special Workshop Session, Thursday, Aug. 1 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. with Sophia Kozak from Actors Fund (and Career Transitions for Dancers), held at FFP studios ADS 1, 3022 E. Sterling Circle #150, Boulder, CO 80301.  This workshop is ideal for anyone freelancing in the performing arts.  Free event ($5 suggested donation to help offset cost of running workshop).  Please register in advance to reserve your spot (or show up and join in).   Explore the Actors Fund site.

Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA) Endowment Grants for Project Support, Equipment and Fellowships.  Deadline to apply: Thursday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. Guidelines & Application.
For this funding cycle individual artists may apply Project or Equipment support (up to $3,000). Organizations may apply for project or equipment support (up to $3,000). Individual artists and organizations may only receive one grant per calendar year and may not receive grants in two consecutive cycles. The exception is the Fellowship award, which may be in addition to a Project or Equipment grant.
Grant Coaching Session: Thursday, July 18 from 5 – 6 p.m., Boulder Public Library, Eldorado Rm., 1st floor, 1001 Arapahoe, Ave., Boulder.
Register for coaching session here. If you require Spanish translation, please contact the BCAA office at or 303-447-2422.

Mia Michaels

Please share this special video for dance studios, teachers and especially dancers in the competition areas.  Mia Michaels, an Emmy-award winning choreographer from the commercial and dance competition realms (SYTYCD), in collaboration with producers Apolla Performance (dance footwear), has a special message for everyone about a growing concern on the high injury rate often seen in competition areas of dance.  The video is an example of efforts which leaders in this field are now making to re-educate the field. Check out video #3 in the series here.  Jan Dunn, co-director of Denver Dance Medicine Associates has shared this information. Contact her for more information, 808-652-7551.

The Dance Archive  invites you to join them for their annual trip to the Vail Dance Festival.  The concert this year is NOW: Premieres, Monday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. concert, Vail International Dance Festival, Vail, CO.  This annual trip sponsored and organized by the Dance Resource (formerly known as the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library), is a great way to see the concert and meet other dance enthusiasts.  Check here for details on the round trip coach bus trip, tickets under the pavilion, optional dinner, meet & greet with choreographers and dancers, complimentary wine & bottled water on the bus: Vail-Dance-2019-FINAL.  Order form to join the fun is here: Vail Dance 2019order form. To register and for details, contact Nancy Clark, Community Relations Manager: 303-871-3958 or

New 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  To contact Anthony,

Congratulations to dance organizations Frequent Flyers Productions Inc. (aka Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance in Boulder), Vail Valley Foundation (Vail Dance Festival of Vail, CO), cmDance of Denver, New Dance Theatre, Inc. (aka Cleo Parker Robinson Dance of Denver), who were among 21 Colorado arts organizations receiving 2019 NEA AwardsClick here for info on this second round of 2019 grantees.

T2 Dance Project presents Summer Dance Shorts, Sunday, July 21, 4 p.m., Arts HUB, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette.  A curated short film festival with a focus on dance for cinema. Featuring films from artists and directors all over the country. These short films are selections from Versatility Dance Festival 2019. Ticket link here.

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.

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 seasonCheck here for details.

From Grantmakers in the Arts: Beyond Counting Policies: Measuring Progress in Racial Equity.
Click here to read.

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 hereLearn more about Conference.
AND, check out NDEO online resources!

Want to join one of Streetside Dance Studios ‘ companies? Save the Dates: Pre-Audition Intensive Week-Monday – Friday, Aug. 5 – 9 and Company Auditions on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2 – 5 p.m., 6681 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder, 80303. We have performance companies for ages 7 and up! Keep an eye on the website for details or email

Mark Morris Dance Group – Men’ s Audition, Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 10 & 11, MMDC, 3 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY. Looking for dancers who identify as male for full-time company positions. Auditions are by appointment only. Register here for a timeslot.

Fort Collins Fringe Festival FOCO Fringe is hiring.  Click here for more info.

Boulder Fringe Festival is hiring:  jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. Available now, check site for more info.

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

Call for Artists/Submissions:
Deadline approaching!  Call for Choreographers for the 2020 Presenting Denver Dance Festival which will take place at the University of Denver campus on June 20-21, 2020.  The festival will feature 2 stages as well as dance activities over the span of the weekend. 20 Artists will be featured at the Dance Festival –  seeking applications in two categories: New Work and Community Presentation. Applicants and performers must be Colorado residents ages 18 years or older living in the state of Colorado. View details and apply now on the Presenting Denver website. Submissions accepted till July 31, 2019 at midnight MST. Co-presented by Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artists-in-Residence #176 Program – Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 thru Saturday Mar. 7, 2020, ACA, 1414 Art Center Avenue. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.  Full program highlights here. ACA is accepting applications to spend 3 weeks developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of internationally renowned masters in the visual arts, literature, music composition, and choreography.  This residency includes choreographer & dancer, Annie-B Parson. During the residency, artists participate in formal sessions with their group, collaborate on projects, and work independently. Application deadline: Sunday, Sept. 15.  More on ACA.

Summer Dance Workshops and Festivals – Regional and national. Here is  sampling…

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.  graphic with line-up info here: ARISE Fest Poster Info

One Sol, Summer Camp Immersion & Festival, Wednesday – Sunday, Aug. 7 -11, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studios, 119 Park Ave. West, Denver, CO. Produced by Sol Vida,  come unwind & grind, create new works, train with master teachers & intergenerational artists, experience ecstatic dance and performances. Early Bird registration till July 16, other deals also.  LGBTQ+/BIPOC teens and adults welcome. More info here. Questions?

First Annual Southern Colorado Dance Festival, Monday – Friday, Aug. 12 – 16, in Pueblo, CO. Guest teachers from across the country in a variety of subjects and dance genres including dance ed and business. Showcases on Friday. Participating groups may present as well as non-participants may also present for a small fee. Please email, Nanine Wainwright \ Artistic Director, School of Dance, Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, or for further information.

15th Annual Boulder Fringe Festival, Aug. 14 – 25, Pine St. Church, 1237 Pine St. in downtown Boulder. Tickets now on sale! Check out artist line-up and special events:

Paonia Jam, Thursday – Sunday, Aug. 15-18, 39019 Pitkin Rd., Paonia, CO. Three days of workshops & jams in a newly built Darby Dance Hall nestled in the rustic Western Slope of CO (about 4.5 hours from Boulder/Denver). Registration & more info here.  Caming, communal  kitchen set-up, sauna. Questions? Check site or email

Mountain Dance Fest, August 19-23, U. of Montana, Missoula, MT. MDF is in its 4th year offering professional-level contemporary dance training in the Northwestern United States. Offering training experiences in contemporary technique with Michelle Boulé, contact improvisation with Anya Cloud, and somatic practices.  Check the website for schedule, bios, and more information. .


1). 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.

2). 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.


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.

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.

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.  Click her for July August Residency Opportunities. 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 June.  Features residency, grant, and award open applications and opportunities.  Artist opportunities for June.


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.


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.
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


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.


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