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Mid-DECEMBER 2018 Update!
News from Office of Arts + Culture and Boulder Arts Commission 

1). Have a safe and happy holiday season, and get ready for a great year ahead in 2019! Best wishes from all the staff in the City of Boulder office of Arts + Culture.

2). The next Boulder Arts Commission Meeting, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library.  Check here for more info.

3).  Resource lists available in the right-hand column of this page. Please contact with corrections or additions
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Two important last-minute gifts for the new year.  One for performing artists of all stripes and one to help develop the community and maybe your organization!

1). The Video Collaboratory is a web-based, private application designed for group collaboration around video documents. Sounds like a lot, but take a look!
Beyond simply viewing video,the Collaboratory is equipped to allow you and your co-workers or friendsto mark up, analyze and discuss the video from wherever you are.
–Upload rehearsal videos easily, or link to videos you already have on YouTube or Vimeo with a simple click. Your videos are private on our site.
–Give detailed critique to your performers using the text and sketch comments. Each comment is color-coded by user and appears as a marker on the timeline to make navigation easy.
–Add new performers, stage managers, lighting designers and anyone else to your project to get the whole team collaborating around your production and rehearsal videos.
–No more tedious scrubbing: clicking on a comment loops over the right part of the video, in whatever video speed you select. Spend less time in your studio talking, and more time rehearsing.
There is a subscription fee, but it looks like a wonderful tool! Check this link and watch the trailer.

2). Help bring new voices to local boards and commissions through PERL leadership training. Apply for PERL by Jan. 4; Classes begin Jan. 8. Check out this PDF with more info. PERL Leadership Training Info

Auditions/Announcements/Calls for Artist Submissions/Jobs:

Applications for the 15th annual Boulder International Fringe Festival go live Dec. 15.  Check the website on how to apply. 2019 festival dates are Aug. 14 – 25. Join the fun right here in your own community!

The Dairy Arts Center Boedecker Path to Excellence Grants are still open, offering support to PD has new volunteer opportunities available on their website.projects that provide new arts experiences to Boulder. Deadline Dec. 23.  Learn more.

Dance/USA is currently seeking interns for Spring 2019! With opportunities in communications, programs, fundraising and development, membership, and government affairs, interns will gain professional, on-the-job experience while assisting with the 2019 Annual Conference and much more. The Dance/USA Spring internship term runs January-May and is based at the national office in Washington, DC. Info here.

Perry-Mansfield dance students.

Auditions: Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp for students entering 5th grade through college graduation. Learn more about Dance here.  Acting & musical theatre department info here.

Open to all – CinedansVR Lab 2019.  Application and info here, or more information please contact Nienke Rooijakkers:

Dance/NYC Announces Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program. Info for individual dancers and groups here: Disability.Dance.Artistry.Residency Program docx. Deadline Jan.4, 2019.

Call for Choreographers: 2019 SoloDuo Dance Festival in NYC. Deadline Jan. 9.  Concert dates: Saturday, May 18 at 6 & 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m., Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., New York City, 10002. To celebrate the art of the solo or duet, whilst creating additional opportunities to display the latest work of emerging/mid-career choreographers. The SoloDuo Fest will present 24 choreographers. White Wave website.

Dance Teaching Position-Colorado Ballet, Part Time Education Outreach Dance Instructor. Click here for more information.

Alliance of Artist Communities – Residency Deadlines. Search full directory here.

Bill Evans

Call for Proposals: 7th annual Somatic Dance Conference & Performance Festival “Collaboration, Community and Social Justice,” July 10 – 14, 2019, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY. Founder and Co-Director: Bill Evans, Coordinator and Co-Director: Cynthia Williams. Full information on website here or here. Seeking proposals for conference presentations exploring aspects of community, collaboration and social justice through somatics, somatic dance, dance science, dance pedagogy or dance performance, as well as choreographic/performance works for formal concerts. We are particularly interested in collaborative presentations by two or more artists/educators/scholars. Papers & movement sessions. Applications accepted until Feb. 28, 2019.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Presenting Denver has new volunteer opportunities available on their website, including: board of directors, volunteering at events, dance events committee, ambassador writer/photographer/videographer, community outreach, marketing committee, and intern positions in marketing & communications and administration & operations. Check here for details.

Denver Turnvernein is looking for help at the check-in desk on Monday nights, Thursday nights, and the first and third Saturdays. It would be for 1 ½ to 2 hours beginning at 6:00 pm on Mondays and Thursdays and 6:30 pm 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, at if interested or see me at one of the dances. Thanks for considering lending a hand.
The Denver Turnverein is a non-profit organization focused on dancing, dance education, and the arts. With 1100+ members, 12 dance classes per week, and at least two Saturday dances monthly, The Denver Turnverein is the premier dancing facility in the metro area.

Festivals/Workshops/Learning Labs:

Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet – One Week Winter Workshop, Jan. 2 -5, 2019 Kinesis Dance, 5603 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Ballet, Choreography, Uggi and Presentation.  Intermediate/advanced/professional dancers taught by Robert Sher-Machherndl. 720-352-2903,  More info and sign-up here.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company hosts International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) 2019 Conference and Festival, January 22-27, 2019, Dayton, OH. Registration is open! Volunteer opportunities available! More information here.

Save the date: Thursday, Feb. 14: Creative Learning Labs presented by Think360Arts. Creative Learning Labs are half-day workshops on a variety of topics relevant to educators, teaching artists, and arts education providers. Session 1 – 9 -11:30 a.m., Beyond Freeze Dance: Movement, Learning, and Trauma, Presented by Elise Silva, Teaching Artists Queenz of Hip-Hop. Session 2 – 1 – 3:30 p.m., Authentic Youth and Adult Partnerships though Intentional Youth Voice, Presented by Joey Pace, Youth Success Director with the Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs. Pricing: Half day $40 – Full day $80. *Think 360 Artist Pricing: FREE. Click to register.

Save the date! First ever Colorado Aerial Arts Summit, March 29-31, 2019 at Boulder Circus Center. Hosted by Aircat Aerial Arts & Bo Circus Center. Details coming soon. Aircat Aerial Arts website.

Boulder County Arts Alliance Resources:

BCAA Workshops & Resources: check their website for the latest additions.

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.


From The Field in NYC: to fail and fail big – A Study of mid-career Artists, Success and Failure
Are you an Emerging/Early-Career Artist? Take the Survey!
In 2013 The Field published this study featuring profiles of artists Okwui Okpokwalisi, David Herskovits, Young Jean Lee, Miguel Gutierrez, and Somi. The Field reached out to them for a 5-year retrospective on how success, failure, and privilege have continued to shape their careers. Help shape this study by filling out our Emerging Artist Survey. 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…

Local & National Resources:

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 building audiences for the arts 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.  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.

Alliance of Artist Communities Resources & Materials. Check here. 
Find information on hundreds of dance/theater programs as well as tips for researching, applying for, and funding your residency here.

Dance Informa’s Competition & Convention Links. Check them both out here.

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)’s Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) – Spring 2019 OPDI Courses Now Open for Registration. Visit 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:
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 2018. Click 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 Foundation: Announcing 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 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 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!
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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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