Dance Bridge


September 2019 UPDATE! 

Participants in our 2019 annual Dance is for Every Body! showcases – look for Blue Moon Dance Company, Fall and Recover, Creativity Alive! and Beledi Dance Caravan. 






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

1). Boulder Arts Commission Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 18. 21 at 6 p.m.
Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library.
 Check here for more info.

Sheikha & the Mountain Kahia Dancers

2). Annual Dance is for Every Body! Showcases applications are closed.  Thanks everyone who applied – we will see you all in November! Schedules will be published soon!
2019 Showcase dates:
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.
For more information, contact Dance Bridge Coordinator, Mary Wohl Haan,

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.   

NOBO 10th Anniversary Celebration, Friday, Sept. 6, NOBO First Friday, 5 – 9 p.m., North Boulder. Over 100 artists (dancers too) live performances and more. Maps available at NoBo Tents: 4520 Broadway (Salt) and 4919 Broadway (Amazing Garage Sale). Online Map & Participating artists at

Denver Ballet Theatre Open Nutcracker Auditions: Saturday, Sept. 7, Denver Ballet Theatre, 5690 County Line Pl., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. Age 4-5, 2 – 2:20 p.m.; Age 6-8, 2:30-3 p.m.; Age 9-12, 3:15-4:15 p.m.; Age 13+, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Auditioning dancers must arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled audition time. Audition fee: $10 for DBT students and $20 for non-DBT students. 303-799-6609. More info here.

CO Ballet: Day of Dance, Saturday, Sept. 7, 5:30 – 9 p.m., 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Join Backstage Barre (Colorado Ballet’s Young Professionals Board) for a series of casual back-to-back dance classes, drinks, appetizers and mingling at our Day of Dance event. Enjoy a ballet class taught by a Colorado Ballet Company Dancer, a Broadway Jazz class taught by Colorado Ballet’s Education team and a surprise genre to be announced. Non-members, please purchase tickets to Day of Dance online. Members, please RSVP to Purchase tickets here.

Yellow Scene Fall Fashion Dance Models Wanted! Sunday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Boulder address TBD, Boulder, CO. Free. 303-956-3707,, Check here too.

Job or Volunteer Opportunity: The Denver Turnverein is looking for people willing to help out at the check-in desk on Monday and Thursday nights, and the first & third Saturdays.  1 ½ to 2 hours beginning at 6 p.m. Mondays & Thursdays and 6:30 p.m. on the Saturdays. If you, or you know of someone, who would like a little part time job we will pay for the time or the person can volunteer. With several people willing to help, the work can be spread out to once or twice a month (or as often as you would like). Please contact Judy Hopper, President of the Board, at if interested.

Len Barron participating in a Dance is for Every Body! Showcase.

Congrats to:
1). Turning the Wheel Productions celebrating 30 years
of bringing art to our youth and communities across the country.
2). Dairy Arts Center 2019 Honorees including good friend-of-the-dance Len Barron! Celebration takes place Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m., Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder 80302. Check out the other honorees here: 
3). NOBO 10th Annversary Celebration, Friday, Sept. 6 in NOBO (North Boulder). Check here for details:

Call for Submissions of original and locally-based dance films for inclusion in Life in Motion: A Colorado Dance Film Festival’s 2020 film festival, Saturday, Feb. 22, Move! Dance Space and Arts Center, 1980 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO. Now in its 6th year, Life In Motion: A Colorado Dance Film Festival has established itself as the state’s first ‘Locals-Only’ dance film festival. Hosted by non-profit dance company Life/Art Dance Ensemble,  the festival features dance films created by local filmmakers/dancers/choreographers/producers, all of which are connected to Colorado in some way. For more information and to submit, please click here. Trailer of past films link. Notification by Dec. 15, 2019. Screening/event date: Feb. 22, 2020. Please submit questions to: Deadline Oct. 31.

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, 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.

Call for submission of ideas:
Dance/USA invites you to submit a session, general topic area, question, speaker or moderator suggestion for the 2020 Annual Conference, June 20-17 in Denver, CO. The Dance/USA Programming Committee relies heavily on input from the field, so Dance/USA needs to hear from you! Submissions are open to the entire field – deadline to submit is Wednesday, September 25. Review the guidelines and make your submissions 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  To contact Anthony,

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

Timesaving Tools for Grantseekers from GrantStationclick here to read.

The Dance Edit, delivered to your inbox daily with bite-sized news and tidbits. Click here to join and for more info.

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 tooCheck here for details.

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!

Shireen – Barefoot Flamenco


Barefoot Flamenco Workshop with Shireen, Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., A Place to B Studio, 1750 30th St., Boulder 80301. Open to all levels, this is an opportunity to learn basics of the exciting art of flamenco dance! Several different rhythms will be introduced in this fun, friendly workshop. $20. For further info:,

Introduction to Contact Improvisation Workshop with Alicia Grayson, Tuesday, Sept. 10, Tuesday 5:30 – 7 p.m., Boulder Circus Center, 4747 N. 26th St., Boulder. This workshop is especially for people new to CI and would like tools to be grounded in the principles of the practice. Principles and skills we will work with: embodied listening to self and partner; following the point of contact; learning to honor and express your boundaries; safe weight sharing. Donation based. Alicia Grayson,, 303-653-3969,

Fall Fieldwork Series, Tuesday’s, Sept. 10 – Oct. 8, 6:30 – 9 p.m., CU Theater & Dance, studio 325, CU Boulder campus. Dancers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, visual artists, all creatives invited.  FB page for more info.

Kinesiology for Dancers & Aerialists Workshop with Mandy Hackman and Mary Ann Foster, Sundays, Sept. 15 – Nov. 24 (No Class 10/20), Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, 3022 E.Sterling Cr., Ste. 150, Boulder. This 10 week course focuses on experiential exploration of muscle and joint function, applying kinesiology to neuromuscular patterning exercises designed to improve muscle balance, joint alignment, and the body-mind connection. $500 *Includes a personal assessment and reference materials. Prerequisites: At least 3 years of movement background. Knowledge of basic anatomy.. Contact for more info:; 303-245-8272;

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: and check website here.

Image from Revel in your Body, Lisa Niedermeyer. Photo by Shimmy Boyle

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Friday & Saturday, Sept 20 – 21, 7:30 p.m., Charlotte York Irey Theatre, main floor west wing of University Theater Bldg., CU Boulder campus. The festival screens an eclectic selection of the season’s best dance cinema shorts from around the world. From the highly produced to the highly experimental, these screenings exude technical excellence, dazzling visuals and a stunning experience at the intersection of cinematography and choreography. Free and open to the public. Curated by CU Dance faculty and alumni. Please note: Films may contain nudity, adult language and/or strobe effects. Details here.  Look for more showings later this fall at various locations.

Tap Dance Master Classes with Barbara Duffy, Sunday, Sept. 22, 11-12:30p.m., Adv.Beg/Intermediate, 12:45-2 Fearless Improv ALL Levels, MOVE! Dance Space & Arts Center, 1980 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215. $50 Both classes, $30 Single Class, $10 Observation. RSVP! 303-238-0848.S/E corner of 20th and Youngfield St. Parking in front and back of building.

Registration is now open for the Rocky Mountain Contact Jam, Wednesday – Sunday, Oct. 9 – 13 at the beautiful Adventures Unlimited Ranches, about than 2 and a half hours from Boulder/Denver. 4 days of Contact Improvisation at a fully catered event with a morning and evening facilitated jam, classes during the afternoon, and some outdoor dancing. Very close to hiking trails and Cottonwood Hot Springs. Guest host is Stu Phillips from British Columbia and our theme this year of ‘Honest Delivery and Finding Authenticity’! More information here. (Full Jam) $380* October 11th – 13th (Weekend) $210* *for low income and early bird registration Prices go up $25 starting Monday September 9.Some positions for work-trade available.

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 More details & info here: Dancing around Race INVITATION_TO_APPLY-Dancing_Around_Race.



Social Media for Artists Workshop, Thursday, Oct. 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Collective Community Arts Center, 201 N. Public Rd., Lafayette. Social media is no longer a choice, but needs to be a component of your marketing plan. Social media is a great place for an artist to build awareness, engage with your audience, and sell work. But how do you know where you should be spending your social media time, what you should be sharing, and how to use social media to actually sell your work? In this workshop, Cindy Hohman/Arts Marketing Project, will walk you through understanding your ideal buyer, help you choose the right social media outlet for your business, give you a framework for what to post, and more. Register here.  $10 BCAA members/$15 non-members. You are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

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  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.


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

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.


DanceUSA Resources:
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.  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.


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.
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