Dance Bridge


News from Office of Arts + Culture and Boulder Arts Commission – Plan to join us:

2005 Promotional photo for Blue Moon Dance Company.
Photo by Joshua Lawton

1). 2018 Showcase application is now live and the deadline is Sept. 12. Please help us spread the word so that our annual Dance is for Every Body! Showcases (in the Canyon Theater, Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4 at the Boulder Public Library) are a testament to the amazing range of dance styles in our area! Click here for Application. This showcase, which began at the Boulder Dance Alliance’s Space for Dance, has been a part of the community since the early 1990’s.  For more information, contact Dance Bridge coordinator, Mary Wohl Haan,

2). Boulder Arts Commission Monthly Meeting, Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m., Boulder Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library. Public input is welcome at the beginning of the meeting.

3).  Resource lists available in the right-hand column of this page. Updates will take place soon, so please contact with corrections or additions.
Sign-up to receive e-newsletters from Dance Bridge, part of the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture as well as the Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAAsubscribe here, and the Presenting Denver (PD) e-newsletter, click here.

Congrats to Presenting Denver on their 1st Presenting Denver Dance Festival.  Looking forward to the future!


Early photo of Darlene Handler

CI dancer Rebecca Bradley

Passing the torch of love and dance – Their lights shined brightly in our communities.
Darlene Handler, Denver, teacher, 2012 Legend in Dance honoree from the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library
Rebecca Bradley, Boulder, devoted member of the contact improvisation community and counseling community who touched so many through her big-hearted and work


Boulder County Arts Alliance Resources:
1). BCAA Project & Equipment Grants, and Fellowships (2018 Music and Literature) for individuals and organizations. Check here for eligibility and details.  Deadline to apply: Thursday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. More info, contact Charotte LaSasso, 303-447-2422,,

2). AND, Plan to attend a free grant coaching session on Tuesday, July 24 from 5-6 p.m., especially if this is your first time applying. Space is limited! Please register in advance (and cancel if you are unable to attend.) The coaching session will take place at the Boulder Public Library – Arapahoe Room, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.

You’re invited:
Essential Resources for CO Dancers: Friday, July 27, from 3:30 – 5 p.m.: The Actors Fund invites all professional dancers, dance artists, college students, pre-professional dancers and those considering career transition to a discussion & forum.  Please RSPV here. Hannah Kahn Dance Company studios, 75 S. Cherokee St., Denver 80223.  Check links for more information.

Sunday, July 29: Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library, CBGDL,  invites you to join them for the American Ballet Theatre at Vail International Dance Festival. Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Your ticket includes
• Tickets: All seats are in Pavilion 4 (All seats have clear view of stage).
• Round trip coach bus from the Cherry Creek Shopping Center departs by 4:30 pm and returns at midnight.
• Option to buy box supper delivered at departure, see order form for details.
• Meet and greet after the show with choreographers and dancers.
• Complimentary wine & bottled water provided on the bus.
Vail Dance 2018 details.  For more information, contact CBG Dance Library member Michael Ritchie at 303-296-2403. Vail Dance 2018order form.docx

Auditions, Jobs & Professional Advancement:
Are you interested in a commercial dance career? Boulder Jazz Dance Workshops’s 3rd Annual Commercial Dance Intensive, held at the University of Colorado in Boulder on July 20 & 21, 2018, is the perfect place to take a step in that direction.  • Featuring a private dance audition with RWS Entertainment Group of New York City . • Special Guests: RWS’ Senior Casting Director & Broadway dancer, Chip Abbott. This exclusive audition will be open only to dancers in the intensive, offering the unique opportunity to be considered for a variety of dance jobs on land (Theme Parks, TV, Commercials, Film and even Broadway shows via RWS owned Binder Casting) and sea (Holland America Line) and to receive invaluable feedback from RWS. Learn more.

Paid Internship Opportunity with the International Aerial Dance Festival, July & August 2018
Get first-hand experience with large arts festival management and day-to-day operations at our busy aerial dance studio in Boulder, CO, this summer:
10 hours per week: July 1-28 & August 13-31
20 hours per week: July 29 – August 12
Skills / Job Requirements:
• Must be 21+ and have a valid drivers license and car
• Proficient with MS Word and Excel
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Ability to multi-task and have great follow-through on tasks
Compensation: $12/hour. Send resume to: No calls please.

Audition: ethereum dance co., Wednesday, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Boulder Circus Center, 4747 N 26th Street, Boulder, CO. $15 Audition Fee.  Submit your Resume/ CV & Headshot to: to reserve your space. 401-450-2006.

Area Community Dances this summer:

Civic Area Dance Nights sponsored by Boulder Parks & Rec begin this week! Get ready to dance. Dancing five nights a week in the Civic Area. Casual, kid-friendly atmosphere, and the dance floor is always a rockin’ good time. Schedule and information available here.
Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, June 1 – Sept. 30, 6 – 10 p.m., at the 13th St. Plaza (next to the Teahouse). Scheduled by Boulder Dance Coalition. Move your body to beats and styles from around the world including, but not limited to, swing, contra dancing, international folk dancing, tango, waltz, salsa, Celtic and English dancing, Latin dance, square dancing, African dance, Cajun and Zydeco dance, hula dance, belly dance, and more.
Mondays Bandshell Boogie returns June 18 – July 30, 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Glenn Huntington Bandshell. All ages welcome – dance the way you dance! Different DJ’s each week. Sponsored by Center for Transformative Movement.

Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Dance Summer Intensives are already underway.
  Check their schedule for Juniors (ages 12-15) July 30 – Aug. 3. More info here or contact:

Boulder Ballet Summer Intensives July 9–27, and Master Classes August 6–10. More info and registration.

6th Annual Global Dance Festival, Friday & Saturday, July 20 & 21, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver. More here.

Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, BJDW celebrating its 40th Anniversary, Summer Intensives, July 22 – Aug. 4, 2018

6th Fort Collins Fringe Festival will be held from July 26 – July 29 with over 90 performances of original work by more than 150 artists. Checkout the full line-up here.

Aerial Dance Festival, ADF, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, July 29 – Aug. 11, 2018.

Vail Dance Festival features American Ballet Theatre, Michelle Dorrance Dance, (free) Dancing in the Park evenings and more this summer.  Vail Dance Box Office: 970.845.TIXS (8497) or online at

14th annual Boulder Fringe Festival brings performers from across the region and country to Boulder Aug. 15 – 26.  Artist/show information and tickets available now. They are also hiring right now for seasonal positions for house management, tech and board members. Check website or contact

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.

Are you using the Arts Calendar button! BCAA along with Boulder Arts Matrix, have spearheaded 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. The button will soon be available to download as an interactive .gif also from our website.  Contact BCAA for more info.

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.

Conferences & Opportunities:
NDEO 2018 National Conference for Dance Education,  Connections, Knowledge, and Leadership: A New Era in Dance Education, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5 – 7, pre-conference intensives Thursday, Oct. 4, Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, San Diego, CA.  Register & pay here.  Deadline is August 8, 2018.

Colorado Creative Industries, CCI,  Career Advancement Awards support Colorado creative entrepreneurs and artists.  The grants are reimbursable matching funds up to $2,500 to help artists or small businesses stimulate their commercial creative business. Guidelines available Learn more here.  Deadline to apply: Nov. 8 @ 4 p.m.
Things to read :-):
Interesting dance articles from various resources.

New articles:
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. Dance/USA assisted with this move as part of the integration of DHC’s preservation, archives, and education programs into Dance/USA. Support for the collection’s new home is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation under its Arts and Cultural Heritage program area.
The collection spans dance genres from Bharatanatyam to butoh, hip hop, postmodern, tap, and movement traditions from cultures around the world. Featuring artists such as Camille A. Brown, Ze’eva Cohen, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joe Goode Performance Group, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Glen Tetley, and Urban Bush Women as well as performances for the New England Folk Festival Association and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, 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 is thrilled to offer complimentary artist memberships to professional artists, makers, and creatives. The purpose of this program is to make our museum and community open to artists and creatives, while allowing them to put the money saved towards their creative pursuits. Check notice on BCAA site.

  • Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA), has served the whole county and artists of every genre for 50 years. They are presently looking for new board members.
  • Boulder Dance Coalition, (formerly the Village Arts Coalition) invites you to join and support this local coalition of individuals and groups.  Membership form.
  • Presenting Denver wants to help build and connect the Colorado Dance community.  Check out  their Resources page.   While on their site, see what else they have going: blogs, reviews, calendar listings and other programs.
  • Colorado Dance Education Organization (Co-DEO) (formerly CO Dance Alliance), State-wide dance organization with education programs, online resources, recognition and advocacy.  Affiliate of NDEO.
  • The Denver Turnverein, Inc., 1570 Clarkson St., Denver, 303-831-9717.  A non-profit social club offering dancing as their main member activity which has been in existence for 150 years!
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DANCE BRIDGE has served as a clearing house for dancers and the general community since 2003.  Dance Bridge is a project of the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture.

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