Dance Bridge


Mid-October 2018 Update!
News from Office of Arts + Culture and Boulder Arts Commission
– Plan to join us.

Spark Movement Project, Miah and Bridget will perform again this year. Photo by Scott Wendelberger

1). Plan to join us:

Mmmwhah! Ensemble will participate in the showcase again this year.

16th Annual “Dance is for Every Body!” Showcase at the Boulder Public Library!
Saturday & Sunday –
Nov. 3, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nov. 4, 1 – 5 p.m.

 These annual fall showcases are a testament to the amazing range of dance styles in our area!  Free for audiences, 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.

All genres of dance are welcomed and participate with novice as well as professional dancers as they present finished dances, works-in-progress, structured improvisations, lecture demonstrations or mini classes with audience participation. Showcases run all day in 5 – 15 minutes time slots, so audiences are encouraged to come for a little or stay the afternoon.  Daily schedules available here.
For more information, contact Dance Bridge coordinator, Mary Wohl Haan, Sponsored by Dance Bridge, the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture, and the Boulder Public Library.

2). The next Boulder Arts Commission Meeting, (the Boulder Arts Commission Annual Retreat) will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 4 p.m. at the CU Boulder Museum of Natural History (15th and Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309), Paleontology Hall.  Check here for more info.

3). This week – join us:
3rd Professional Artist Forum of 2018
Thursday, Oct. 25 from 12:30 -2 p.m
Reynolds Library Meeting Room, George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder 80305.
Dancers and artists of all genres encouraged to attend.
This meeting will be in opportunity to discuss findings from the Artist Census and Focus Groups, conclusions of our Cultural Plan refresh, and a discussion on opportunities to collaborate with community organizations to bring artists together. Your voice is important! Please join us.  Light snacks will be provided. Free.
Please RSVP to

4).  Resource lists available in the right-hand column of this page. Please contact with corrections or additions.
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Community Announcements:

3 Boulder dance artists / companies:
Ana Claire  (Boulder Ballet),  Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop (40th year anniversary), and Nada Diachenko (CU  faculty Theatre/Dance Dept.), join the 2018 honorees for the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library ‘s “Colorado Legends in Dance” at the University of Denver. Along with other Coloradans – Kathy Hill, Denver Ballet Guild and Jane Spain, a celebration is planned for Sunday, Oct. 21, from 4 -6 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, DU Campus,  2150 E. Evans Ave., Denver. Tickets are $40. The reception will include beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.   RSVP/Tickets here.  More info on this award can be found here.

Left to right:
Ana Claire, an image from Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop /IDT performance, and Nada Diachenko.


Other Community News:

5th Annual Dance Conference for Educators & Students, Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4, Metro State University, Denver. Presented by Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDEO).  This celebrated dance conference brings together colleges, high school dance departments, dance studio owners, dance teachers, students, performers, choreographers for a weekend of inspiration and education. Learn more or submit your proposal to teach a dance class, choreograph, present a workshop, or perform at: Teachers may also be able to earn college credit. Register here. Visit us on Facebook for updates too.

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…

Archiving and Preservation Update:
New Blog Post from Dance/USA’s Dance Archiving Fellow in Los Angeles. Carolina Meneses, Dance/USA’s first Dance Archiving and Preservation Fellow, is in Los Angeles finishing up her Fellowship. She recently began her practicum with Lula Washington Dance Theatre and shares her observations in her latest blog post from LA.  Read the latest from Meneses here.

Auditions/Grant Deadlines /Calls for Artist Submissions:

Film submission for Cinedans 2019 International Student Competition. Deadline extended to Oct. 28. Looking particularly for student films from across the world as well as professional films produced in the Netherlands for a State of the NHL Arts curated screening. Selected films will be a highlight during the March 2019 festival. Submit your student film here.

Film submissions now open for ‘Life in Motion: A Colorado Dance Film Festival.’ Deadline to apply: Oct. 31.
Festival Date: February 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at The Historic Grant Avenue Church, 216 S Grant St., Denver, Co 80209. For more information check the Life/Art Dance Ensemble website.  Notification by Dec. 15.  Submit here!  Event includes a silent auction. Submissions will be accepted through FilmFreeway.

Film submissions and live dance for ‘Versatility Dance Festival CO 2019.’
Deadline Nov. 1.  For dance companies and dance filmmakers.
Festival dates: Friday, Jan. 11 for dance films and Saturday, Jan. 12, dance performances, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder 80302.    FilmFreeway submissions here.  Dance submissions here.  Notifications by Nov. 5.  More info here.

Colorado Creative Industries, CCI,  Career Advancement Awards. Deadline to apply: Nov. 8 @ 4 p.m.  Support for 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.

Creative Capital Grants & Residencies with upcoming deadlinesInfo here.

DanceUSA Announces Fellowships to Artists (DFA). Letter of Intent (LOI) due Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. PST.  These provide direct support to artists addressing social change within one or more communities. Open to individual artists (you do not need to be a member of DanceUSA to apply).


15th Annual Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema continues at various venues throughout the fall:
Docs ‘n’ Dance Films: various days/programs, Oct. 21, 24 and Nov. 5 at the Boe, Dairy Arts Center.
Drinks ‘n’ Dance Films: Friday, Nov. 30 at The Collective.
Check festival website for details and sample trailer.

Movement, Stillness and Silence – A Movement & Meditation Workshop, Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:30 -3:30 p.m., Colorado Athletic Club/Flatirons, 505 Thunderbird Dr, Boulder, CO 80303. Hosted by Victoria J. Robertson, LMT (and dancer), and Stephanie Kelsey, RN, L.AC, this workshop is designed for individuals to create body awareness through conscious movemnet and meditation.  Ages 16+.  members $30, non-memmbers $5, students $25. More info, contact Maggie Freeman at Please let the front desk know if you plan to attend. 303-499-6590.

Disappearance Overview – One Day Training with Andrew Marcus, Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 – 5 p.m., 1800 30th St., Boulder, CO 80301. (Crossroads Gardens Bldg., Suite 218 A). This training will touch on all seven concentrations of the School Of Disappearance program: 1. Body, a view to the interior; 2. Space, the experience of containment; 3. Time, the durational awareness; 4. Subject, the origins of relationship; 5. Composition, the drive to making meaning; 6. Event, or performable actions in worlds; and 7. Appearance, the space of non-being as both potential and absolute limit. In terms of method, Disappearance practices the bracketing of the known (as in classical phenomenology) in the sensory perceptual encounter with phenomena, from the physical to the psychological. Our vocabulary is the unchoreographed action, from movement to stillness, from sound to silence to speech. The ground that we cultivate and return to is the felt sense, so that we may meet that which we encounter with the neutrality necessary to experience something like it’s reality or truth (from the subjective position), on the level of the body. $120, 1 hr. break for lunch. More info

Contact Improvisation workshop with Martin Keogh, Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1 & 2, Irey Theater, CU Boulder campus. For details, click here: Boulder CI Lab is hosting a workshop by Martin Keogh the first weekend in December


Boulder County Arts Alliance Resources:

BCAA Workshops & Resources:

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 ! 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.


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.

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.

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 🙂

Interesting dance articles from various resources.

Newest articles:
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 I 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 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