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March 2018 Update!  
News from Office of Arts + Culture and Boulder Arts Commission – Plan to join us:

1).  Notes from the Community Dance Meeting in Feb.  Look for other resources on this page in right-hand column soon.

2). Boulder Arts Commission Monthly Meeting, Wednesday, Mar. 21, at 6 p.m., Boulder Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library. Agenda may be found here,  and includes decisions on Community Project Grants and more.  Public input is welcome at the beginning of the meeting.

3). Professional Artist Forum, Monday, Mar. 26, 5:30 – 7 p.m. 
Save the date for the first Professional Artist forum of 2018!  Discussion will include opportunities for musicians in our area, Boulder Arts Week and other topics.  Help us get the word out to all your music collaborators and friends! 🙂  More information !

4). Deadline April 15: Please take the Artists Census. We need your input! Are you a professional artist that works and/or lives in the City of Boulder? Help inform our work by providing information about the role artists play in our local economy and society. Please pass this along to others you know! Dancers – fill this out! If you need help completing, contact us.  Click here to take the census online.  Click here for a printable census form.  Return printed form to the Office of Arts + Culture, Boulder Main Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302, attn: Mary Wohl Haan. Contact Mary with any problems or concerns: 303-441-4391.

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Events, Announcements & Opportunities:

CONGRATUATIONS to Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Dance – honored in Dance Spirit this month in the article “10 Contemporary Ballet Companies you should be obsessed with”.

Artist applications are live for the Fort Collins Fringe Festival. Calling all playwrights, actors, dancers, comedians, filmmakers, magicians, improvisers, entertainers, musicians, poets, clowns, singers, filmmakers, and performance artists. Application & info here.
They are also looking to hire people interested in making this a fabulous event. Check here for details.

Art Show & Sale – Living ‘Degas’ Saturday, Mar. 3, 4 – 8 p.m., Arts Longmont, 356 Main St., Longmont, CO 80501.  Join your local youth ballet company for a public art show & sale! Open to the public, the dancers of your local youth ballet company, Centennial State Ballet, invite you to view these beautiful pieces by local artists.  The exhibition features a living ‘Degas’ theme and all finished pieces are all for sale and include sculpture, sketches and paintings.  303-678-7869. For details.

Call for Artist Instructors – Deadline to apply Mar. 4. City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department for their OSMP and the Arts Program, a non-residential program that includes outdoor based hike workshops on OSMP lands. Click here for details.

Invitation for the Colorado Dance Community:
Please join us for our first luncheon of The Movement Society of Denver on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., McNichols Civic Center Bldg., 144 West Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80202. The Movement Society exists to facilitate and create connection, opportunity and synergy in the Denver dance community. The intention of this luncheon is to bring together the creators, teachers, innovators and organizations that make up Denver dance to discuss what is needed and wanted in our community.
Includes a complimentary lunch featuring a catered Pho bar, an hour-long group conversation and brain storm facilitated by local Choreographer and Consultant, Kate Speer. There is limited space so please RSVP by Friday, Mar. 2 with how many people will be attending.

Request from an NDEO member (National Dance Education Organization):
Please be part of a quick anonymous survey and share your opinion in our current debate:
To enter your brief response please click here.  To view selected responses please go to the ICONS website and scroll to mid-page.  Thank you – Vladimir Angelov, Executive Director of Dance ICONS, Inc. The global network for choreographers!

Artist Opportunities/Residencies – Deadline: Mar.  15. Wilson College Fine Arts & Dance Department provides free housing and studio space for a week residency, June 17-24, 2018 in PA.  Accepting applications for:
– 2 Visual Artists
– 2 Poets or Performance-based Writers
– A Dance Company with no more than 5 members. More info here.

Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA) Resources & Opportunities:
1). Business of Arts Workshop: Identity Theatrics: Inclusiveness & Equity Series Workshop
Thursday, March 22,  5:30 7 p.m., The Collective, 201 N. Public Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026. What does it mean to be the ‘other’ or to mark someone as such? How do we all create the ‘other’ in our everyday choices and what power lies in recognizing our own ‘other-ness’? This workshop explores these questions in relation to privilege while asking participants to consider re-scripting their commitment to present cultural narratives about identity. Presented in collaboration with the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and CU’s Office for Outreach and Engagement. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

2). BCAA Endowment Grant; deadline April 12 at 5 p.m. Details here. Coaching session available Thursday, Mar. 29 from 5 – 6:15 p.m. Time for questions and help with your grant.

3). Group Ad info for the Daily Camera. If you are looking to increase your audience for events this holiday season, BCAA has members in need of partners for a Group Ad in the Friday Magazine of the Daily Camera.  This is a BCAA Member benefit to receive a reduced rate on these ads. More info here: BCAA special prices for group ads.

4). 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? BCAA along with Boulder Arts Matrix, are spearheading an arts calendar for all!  Check here for events listings and submissions.

5th annual Boulder Arts week:
1). Looking for Artists, Venues & Businesses for the 5th annual Boulder Arts Week :
Mar. 30 – Apr. 7 at venues throughout Boulder.  Celebrating Boulder Artists, the Week is Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings, promoting and celebrating our city’s thriving creativity. Are you an artist or arts organization that would like to participate in Boulder Arts Week? All are welcome! Visit to submit your event or for more information.

Image of Besty Tobin shadow puppet work.

2). Join us for Boulder Arts Week Warm-up: Party with a Purpose, Friday, Mar. 23, Twisted Pine Brewery, 3201 Walnut St., Ste. A, Boulder, CO 80302. Details here.  Join us for a drink with your fellow artists, performers, and colleagues. Twisted Pine generously donates a portion of all drinks sales throughout the day. Enjoy with us: live music by Orbiting Olympia, a demo and lovely hand printed card from Black Dog Press, projection by multi-media artist Betsy Tobin/Now or Never Theatre, and performances by members of Blue Moon Dance Company.

Presenting Denver Opportunities:
Here is the artist line up for the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival, “New & Now,” June 23 & 24 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts:  • Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement  • Edgar L. Page  • Gregory Gonzales  • Hannah Kahn Dance Company  • Helanius J. Wilkins  • Kristen Demaree  • Moraporvida Contemporary Dance  • The Schiff Dance Collective.  Get to know all the festival artists on our website.

1). April 1 deadline to place an ad in the inaugural PD Dance Festival “New & Now” program brochure.  Affordable and a great way to support the project – check here for details.

2). PD is offering a Master Class & Preview Performance Series, various dates & times through May with PD Dance festival artists. The first classes begin Feb. 17 so read the full details and registration on their website.  Flyer: PD_MasterClassPP_registation_flyer_FEB17.

3). Get your tickets now for the 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival. World premieres by Colorado artists: 3rd Law Dance/Theater, Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement, Edgar L. Page, Gregory Gonzales, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Helanius J. Wilkins, Kristen Demaree, and The Schiff Dance Collective.  New & Now, Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. & Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m., The Byron Theatre at The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver campus. $35 GA, subject to change. Additional ticketing fees may apply.

4). PD is seeking a Marketing & Communications Intern.  Also Administration & Operations Intern.

5). PD Subsidized Tickets available: In partnership with The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Presenting Denver will be providing a limited quantity of partially subsidized tickets at a special rate of $15 to see select dance performances during the 2017-2018 Newman Center Presents season. Learn more here.

6). PD is a resource for dancers along the Front Range. View dance information on the Community Calendar to learn what is going on near you. Read articles and special stories from The Commentary Corner. Read feature articles on In The Spotlight at their website.  PD is also looking for volunteers for a number of projects coming up, check here.

Registration is now open for the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) Annual Summit, taking place on Thursday & Friday, May 10 & 11 in Greeley, CO.  Artists, administrators, boards, and funders all come together once a year. Plan to join this resource for the whole arts community.  More info here.

Dance Education MA Program, University of Northern Colorado, UNC. Information  here.  See flyer here: UNC MA in dance Publicity_Letter_2018

6th Annual Somatic Training for the Performer Workshop, May 13 -18, Naropa University, Boulder, CO. Special focus: The Mind of the Bones workshop with Wendell Beavers and Erika Berland.  For information & registration, or email:

Master of Arts in Dance Teaching Artistry-Fully Online Program and Hybrid Residency Program Available. Applications now being accepted for entry in Fall 2018. All graduate students admitted to the fully online program receive an out-of-state tuition waiver. Additional information here Online MA_Program and visit to submit your application. MA Recruitment Scholarships are available for outstanding applicants.

May 15, 2018 extended deadline – Call for Papers: Dance and Work. Special Issue of Research in Dance Education.  Information here.

New app for those teachers and studio owners: iRehearse.  Contact developer Sean Harrington with inquiries,

Local Studios in Boulder County have space available in their schedules for you to rent for rehearsal, classes, and events. Check resource lists for studios and their contact info.

1). Did you know … that Dance/USA is presenting free webinars on audience engagement featuring Engaging Dance Audiences grantees? The grantees will share the learnings from their projects in biweekly webinars. The next webinar takes place today, Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. ET. This series takes place every two weeks – Don’t miss out! Learn more here.

2). Registration is open for the DanceUSA annual conference,
Thursday – Saturday, June 6 -9 (pre-conference June 5), Los Angeles, CA.  Dance/USA will host its 10th Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA June 6-9, 2018. Join 500 members of the dance field from across the country and around the world in four days of inspiring conversations, networking with your peers, skill-building breakout sessions, national awards, and more!  Learn about registration discounts • Book a room in our partner hotel  • See the schedule overview  • Find answers to your Conference questions . If you have any questions, please contact us here.

3). Dance/USA and various dance service organizations across the country, including Dance Bridge, have signed on in support of a more equitable field.  Read here: DanceUSA Statement In Support of a Healthy, Safe, and Equitable Culture….

4). DANCE/USA  also announces the launch of a 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.  Dance/USA invites members of the professional dance field to 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 of Not-for-Profit Dance Ensembles as a service to the dance field. It is a work in progress and Dance/USA looks forward to building on the Ensemble Directory to more comprehensively capture the scope of the professional not-for-profit dance field.  If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Dance/USA here. 

Announcing 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.
Articles & Ideas of Interest:
–90 Days, 22,264 Miles, 174 Dancers, February 2, 2018 “A Photographer Travels to Every State in the USA ” Read here.
–From 2018 Dance Forum: Creating Dance In and For Today’s Society. Read here.
–Why isn’t There an Oscar for Best Choreography?
from Dance Spirit. Read article here.
–Dance for Brain and Body Health,
 Posted by Kamryn King, Jan 18, 2018 in ArtsBlog (Americans for the Arts). Click here.
–Lessons on Using Market Research to Expand Audiences.
Read full article here.
–Jobs Matter:
Click here for this interesting article.
–This is your Brain on Art
: click here.
–New Report Reveals Findings about the Arts and Health in Older Adults: click here.
–Are Dancer’s Brains Wired Differently? Click here for article.
–Overcoming Blind Spots in Striving for Diversity,
June 29, 2017 by Zenetta Drew.
–Even Boys Who Study Dance When Young Tend To Drop Out In Their Teens – These Instructors Went To Find Out Why
from Arts Professional
–Do Neurons Dance? from The New York Times
–Creating Choreography In Public, And Dancing For – Or With – An Audience from The New York Times
–Ballet Austin: Expanding Audiences for Unfamiliar Work (April 11, 2017). Review article.
–Dance Magazine: What Does It Take To Challenge Dance’s Gender Norms? Check out the article.
Virtual Reality and Dance Article. Interesting stuff! Check here.
16 Black Dancers who are changing the Worldartists you need to follow!
–Camille A. Brown: A visual history of social dance in 25 moves. Check out this video for African American History Month!
–Dance Magazine article: Lar Lubovitch: Why I Want To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before. Article
–Arts Insurance 101: The Basics for Small & Mid-sized Dance Companies. Read all about it in #FromtheGreenRoom. Check here for the article.
–DanceUSA  article Arts Insurance 101: The Basics for Dance Companies Click here to read.
–The Dancer-Citizen, an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal exploring the work of socially engaged dance artists, recently published its inaugural issue, Dis/Orientation Towards Creative Solutions.
DanceUSA Opportunities & Listings:
-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.
Jobs in the Arts
Opportunities for Funding
Professional Development Opportunities

–DanceUSA 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.
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.

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