Dance Bridge


Mid-MARCH 2019 Update!

Photos below from left include Hannah Kahn Dance Company members, Angie Simmons/Evolving Doors Dance, Mokomba dancers, and image from the Spill Project.






Mary, Peg, Mamie, Wanda, Dillon and Merlyn at the Dance Forum.

News from Dance Bridge & Boulder Office of Arts + Culture:
1). 2019 DANCE COMMUNITY FORUM – Thank you!
We had 25 dance community members attend the first Dance Forum of 2019 on Tuesday, Feb. 19. They came together to hear and share resources, opportunities, and upcoming programs and as an opportunity to network with familiar faces and meet new-to-the-community attendees. Look for more opportunities to get involved, learn from your peers and professionals in other fields, and share what’s happening in your art at upcoming forums and organizational summits. Everyone is always welcome.
Notes & resources from the meeting include:
One page info sheet on programs
Resources + Opportunities
Notes from Forum
Presenting Denver information sheet
Actor Fund 28718_NewDancerCard_Proof and Actors Fund – New news specifically for dancers across the country
DanceUSA Resources and Opportunities
For more information, contact Dance Bridge and Programs for Artists Coordinator, Mary Wohl Haan at

2). The next Boulder Arts Commission Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 20 at 6 p.m.
Creek Meeting Room, Boulder Public Library. 
At this meeting the Commission will make decisions on Community Project Grants for Organizations, swearing in of the New Commissioner, and Commission Chair, Vice Chair, and board seat Decisions.  Check here for more info.

3). Resource lists available in the right-hand column of this page. Please contact with corrections or additions.  Sign-up here to receive e-newsletters from Dance Bridge, part of the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture.
Auditions/Jobs/Announcements/Calls for Artist Submissions:

 Denver’s Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble auditions: Friday & Saturday, Mar. 22 & 23. Contact 303-295-1759, x 14,,Cleo 2019 Audition
2). Alchemy of Movement Jazz Funk Performance Team Audition, Monday, Mar. 25, 8 – 9:30 p.m., Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St., Boulder. Director, Heather Cino. Questions- contact Ashley at or 585-732-7364. Facebook infoWebsite sign-up and info.
3). Seeking 3 technically trained advanced dancers for Luneaseas (previously 6Degrees Coolaborative): Open Call ends Mar. 31. Please send preferred audition date, CV, headshot, and video reel to Mar. 31 at Lakewood Dance Academy, 4 p.m. Guest Artist and company positions available.
4). 23rd Annual Esther Geoffrey Young Dancers’ Scholarship Competition & Peridance Training Program Audition, Tuesday, Apr. 2, Chipeta Elementary, 2340 Ramsgate Terrace, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. More info here.
5). Auditions for 42nd Street and Fame-The Musical at The Spark Performing & Creative Arts. Professional Artists, Saturday, Apr. 13. Pay is commensurate w/ experience, and Interns & Teaching Artists, Sunday, Apr. 14. Check website for details.
6). Auditions for Companies Across the Nation – at the Link Dance Festival powered by SALT, May 20-25, Salt Lake City, UT. Over 10 companies will be looking for dancers.  Check this PDF for details and links. SALT Contemporary Dance
7). Audition for Denver’s Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with Call Backs Wednesday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Open Studio, 75 S. Cherokee St., Denver, CO 80223. $15 fee. Professional level modern dancers, ballet training is a plus. Dancers are asked to commit for at least a year. For more information,
8). Job, Internship & Audition info from DanceUSA can be found here.

Jenny Schiff – Thanks!

Transitions in the community:
A BIG thank you to Jenny Schiff and The Schiff Dance Collective for their many years of training and enriching not only dancers in our area, but community members and organizations they have partnered. Best wishes to all in your new endeavors.
2. Dance Studios Close –  The Community Dance Collective and Kakes Studios will shutter their doors this spring. After more than 30 years providing classroom performance, and dance party space, these important community dance studios will be replaced by office buildings. They will be missed.
3. Opening soon: A BIG welcome to The Spark Center for Creativity and Performing Arts, 4847 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80301.Check their website for details.Facebook. Opening May 2019. Open House Saturday, April 6 – more info soon.

Boulder Arts Week 2019 is back from Friday, Mar. 29 to Saturday, April 6, 2019. Post event listings, with additional promotion to free and discounted arts and culture offerings. Submit your event here . BAW is Boulder’s Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings and our city’s thriving creativity, including arts and culture offerings, art walks, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theater, public art, lectures, readings, and workshops at venues throughout the city.  More info here

Did you know … that free resources on touring contract negotiations are 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.

Image is a frame from “TerraBlue” (2017, USA) dircted by Ana Baer and Rosely Conz. Photo courtesy of Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema.

16th Annual Call for Entries – Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Boulder. Early Deadline: Mar. 20, ($15 savings!) Final Deadline: April 19. Submit short works that integrate dance and cinematography – for exhibition in Boulder, CO, USA in September, October, and November 2019. More info on website. Or contact head honchos at  Click to submit on FilmFreeway.

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.

Dance with a Doc: FREE Saturday morning monthly community-wide Dance-Wellness Program.  next date is Saturday, Mar. 30, 10 – 11:15 a.m. Avalon Ballroom, Boulder Dance With A Doc PressRelease Join the group on the last Saturday each month in 2019 a Dance with a Doc! variation on the successful Walk with a Doc! program.  For more info check here. Contact Information: Lisa Fasullo, Center for Transformative Movement, 720-971-1972,,

Nii Armah Sowah

Special event:
Museum of Boulder “Boulder Conversations 2019” with Nii Armah SowahTuesday, Apr. 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., MOB, 2205 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.  Sowah is a Dance instructor at CU Boulder & Arts Educator with his 1000 Voices Project.  Tickets $10/15 and more info available here.

Platte|Forum 2019/20 Resident Artist Application now open! The Artist Residency program is open to artists in all genres, in any stage of their career. We encourage local, national and international artists to apply. Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m., April 14.  Application here.

Are you a high school freshman or sophomore looking for a creative opportunity in the arts?  Apply now for ArtLab, The Platte|Forum paid high school internship program for Fall 2019.  Learn more about our ArtLab internships click here. Click application  details here.

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

Creative Capital Grants and Residencies with Upcoming Deadlines in March.  Features residency, grant, and award open applications and opportunities.  See details for March/April here.

New Yorks’ 92Y Harkness Dance Center Announces Submissions Open for the Second Annual Mobile Dance Festival “Smartphones.Sensational.Dance.”  The first and only dance film festival featuring works shot entirely on mobile devices. Deadline May 31 for submissions for films up to 90 minutes. Also open to filmmakers under age 18. Acceptance Notification Thursday, Jun. 27.  Films selected by an international jury of dance filmmakers will be screened Saturday, July 27, 2019, (National Dance Day), at 92Y Harkness Dance Center. Details and application form, click here:

Call for Papers for unpublished authors: Journal of Dance Education Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers. Deadline, June 1. For further info, click here: Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Researchers

NOTICE: Avalon Ballroom Parking Lot & New Boulder Dance Coalition website!
Be advised that the south parking lot of The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder will be closed often in the coming weeks, weather permitting, for painting of the steel structure and installation of solar panels. These closures will occur during the day. The painting will be spray painting so do not park your car in the south lot. The lot will be closed off by parking cones at the street and along the east lot. Please park in the east lot (end of the building) or on the street. Boulder Dance Coalition website.

Festival/Workshop & Conference Opportunities:

Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet “Spring Weekend Workshop 2019,” Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 23 & 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5603 Arapahoe Rd. Unit 6, Boulder, CO 80303. Dive deeply into the Robrt Sher-Maccherndl contemporary Ballet Movement language. Check website of email

Cathy Gaugh of Aircat Aerial Arts

Colorado Aerial Arts Summit, Friday – Sunday, Mar. 29 – 31, Boulder Circus Center, 4747 N. 26th St., Boulder CO 80301A weekend filled with innovative and informative workshops taught by some of Colorado’s most experienced aerial instructors. Includes a Friday night aerial jam, Saturday evening aerial showcase, & lunch time round-table discussions. Our Mission is to unite and inspire the Colorado aerial arts community. Minimum age: 14, minimum aerial experience: 3 months. Hosted by Aircat Aerial Arts & BCC.  Website.

Yamuna Workshops with Angelina Prendergast, Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 30 & 31, Diamond Fitness, 361 2nd Ave., Suite 202, Niwot, CO 80544 (run by dancer & Pilates/Gyro teacher Alice Diamond). Feet Workshop, Saturday, Mar. 30, 12-1:30 p.m., Low Back Workshop, Saturday, Mar. 30, 2:30 – 4 p.m., and Psoas Release, Sunday, Mar. 31, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  Guest teacher, Angelina, a certified Yamuna instructor, will direct each 90 minute workshop.  Contact for more info 303-449-3111 or email Alice.

Colorado Dance Education Organization (Co-DEO) Community Summit, Sunday, May 5,  Celebrating All That Is Dance Education. Performance and scholarship opportunities, networking. Meet other educators and arts advocates from across the state.  More info here or

2019 Colorado Creative Industries Summit, Thursday & Friday, May 16 & 17 in Salida, CO.  Join professional artists and arts leaders from across CO for this annual gathering. Registration is now open. More info here.

Moab Jam participants

MOAB Jam Registration Open Now- Thursday, May 23 – Monday, May 27.  Contact Improv and camp-out options with a generous team of teachers and creative community.  2019 Hosts include: Aaron Brando  (MA), Bradley Teal Ellis  (NY), Elise Knudson (NY), Blake Nellis (MN), Brad Stoller (VA), Ronja Ver (CA), and Avital Bar Zuri (MA). Website info.  This fills quickly!

Summer Dance Workshops and Festivals – Regional and national groups have already begun to advertise their 2019 offerings. Hunt online for info on dance styles and organizations now, esp. to get their early-bird discounts, etc.

Dance/USA will host the 2019 Annual Conference, June 12-15 in Cleveland, OH. Join this gathering of dance professionals united by their interest in advancing dance and celebrating the joy of movement.  There will be time to honor leaders in the field, connect with peers through thought-provoking training, discover innovative approaches to shared problems, and strengthen relationships among your peers. Registration is open. Lowest rates before Mar. 28. Scholarship info here. Contact at

The Dance Co-Lab Choreography Fest, June 17-29, Charlotte, NC. Final deadline May 1. Choreographers and composers in collaboration (dancers needed too). Charlotte – Dance and Choreography Collaboration Intensive

25th Annual Summer Dance Institute for Teachers (SDIT) in Seattle, Washington at the Creative Dance Center: One-Week Refresher Course: July 7 – 11, 2019 (Sunday – Thursday); Two-Week Foundational Course: July 15 – 26, 2019. Presented by Anne Green Gilbert and the Creative Dance Center. Visit this link, 206-363-7281 for registration, housing information, testimonials, and faculty. Early bird deadline is May 21, 2019. Info here.

Arise Music Festival, Aug. 2-4, Sunshine Ranch, Loveland, CO. An independent, family run, leave-no-trace-event. Children 12 & under free.  Tickets here.

Boulder County Arts Alliance Resources:

1). BCAA Workshops & Resources: check their website for the latest additions.
Sign-up to receive e-newsletters from the Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAAsubscribe here.

1).  Successful Websites for Artists and Art Organizations Workshop
Thursday, Mar. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Collective Community Arts Center, 201 N. Public Rd., Lafayette.
Kiley Murphy of Creative Canvas will show the core components that make a successful website, different template options, and next steps in getting your online presence to the next level. A live artist website review where participants will give feedback for improvements on a few attendee’s websites will take place. Timer Q&A also.  More info & registration.

2). Grant Coaching Session for BCAA Endowment Grants, Thursday, Mar. 21, 5:30 p.m., Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., (Flagstaff Mtg. Rm. now called the Eldorado Rm., 1st Floor), Boulder, CO 80302. Review the Guidelines for applying for a BCAA Endowment grant and get your questions answered by BCAA Executive Director, Charlotte LaSasso. First time applicants strongly encouraged to attend. Space is limited! Please register in advance (and cancel if you are unable to attend.) More info & registration.

3).  BCAA Endowment Grants for General Operating Support – Deadline to apply: Thursday, Apr. 11 at 5 p.m. Awards are between $1,000 to $3,000.  Accepting applications from any arts organization, arts group, or school that is based in Boulder County with at least one year residency requirement for living or operation. Must be members of BCAA, but 501(c)(3) status not required.   More info here.
Thursday, Mar. 21 – Plan to attend a free grant coaching session from 5:30-6:30 pm, Info above.

4). 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.

5). 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.

2018 Boulder Arts Week – Business champion: Nod and Rose

Other Resources:

Be a Boulder Arts Week Business Champion! All arts-loving business encouraged to apply for this non-traditional way of supporting our creative community (no $$ involved). Check here for details Be a BAW Business ChampionBoulder Arts Week info.

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.

Alliance of Artist Communities Resources & Materials. Check here. 
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.  The archives are now available through a new user-friendly site to this important collection to the public at archives.

Things to read 🙂

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

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. 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.

Memberships Opportunities 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!

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