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DECEMBER 2017 Update!  
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Resources near and far
2017 Local & National Resources (dance organizations you should know & use)
2017 Boulder County Dance Studios, Spaces, Schools (Dec.)  (spaces for rehearsals & classes). Be sure to send updates to Mary. Also add your space to the new Art Space Directory (see below for details)
2017 Teachers in the Area  (contact list for a variety of teachers)
2016 Area Theaters & Performance Venues (space options for presentations)
2017 Great places to dance in Boulder  Almost every night of the week 0 free form, contact, etc. And don’t forget Boulder Dance Coalition too.
Please help to keep these local, national & international resource lists updated.  I would like to update them again in early 2018 – contact me with new info.  Thanks!
Events & Announcements:

Jimmy LaVita

On behalf of the local dance community, we send our condolences to the family of James (Jimmy) LaVita and especially his wife and artistic partner Katie Elliott.  Katie, family, 3rd Law  Dance/Theater company members, colleagues and friends will celebrate Jimmy’s life on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. A memorial fund has been established to continue his legacy. Check their website for updates and to support the Jimmy LaVita Memorial Fund.

Office of Arts + Culture and Boulder Arts Commission News:
We need your input! Please take the Artists Census. 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.

A special letter from Kinesis Dance:
Friends and Dance Family,
It is a privilege for Kinesis Dance to honor the life of Sarah Ball. She was an exceptional young lady who inspired us with her passion for dance, leadership, kind heart and understanding of team. We are excited to announce the next recipient on Saturday.

  • Did you know? Each nominee is selected by a different faculty or staff member.
  • Kinesis Dance donates at least $500 each season to this scholarship and gives out over $4000 in scholarships to dancers in our community.
  • We hope our Dance family will help us honor Sarah Ball and another dancer who is giving her all.
  • Learn more and Donate at:
    With Gratitude, Cindy  and Kirsten , Cindy Burdine, Kinesis Dance, 5603 Arapahoe Ave. Suite 6, Boulder, CO 80303.  720-515-6268,


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….

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.

Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA) Resources & Opportunities:
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 for the following dates: Dec. 15, 22, 29 and Jan. 5, 12.  This is a BCAA Member benefit to receive a reduced rate on these ads. More info here: BCAA special prices for group ads.
2). 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.
3). Arts Calendar -BCAA along with Boulder Arts Matrix, are spearheading an arts calendar for all!  Check here for events listings and submissions.  More info on this as it develops and how you can ink your events coming soon.

Presenting Denver
 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.
3). 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.

Opportunities for Dancers:
Dec. 15 Deadline – Boedecker Foundation Path to Excellence Grant application for events happening in 2019. The Dairy Arts Center & the Boedecker Foundation announce a grant opportunity to the arts community. The mission of the Boedecker Foundation Path to Excellence is to provide the community a path to artistic excellence by expanding opportunities to perform at the Dairy and engage new audiences with innovative arts experiences. Program or performance must happen in 2019 at the Dairy Arts Center in order to be considered. Please look into dates available before applying. The committee is offering up to $25,000 in grants each year, with a minimum $5,000 each.  Grant guidelines: click here.  Applications can be emailed to Questions? Please contact Felicia Furman at

Call-out for submission of content for the new Contact Improv ConsentCulture Blog:  Welcoming articles, videos, poems, art on all manners of discussions about contact improvisation and consent and the different themes that traverse this subject. All languages welcome. We welcome varied opinions and thoughts and ways of supporting consent as we feel that a diversity of opinion in the blog posts will help open up the discussion.  Please send submissions to

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

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. Please be sure to include a Personal Statement of Goals & Objectives along with materials (upload on the application websites).

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

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.
Great places to dance in Boulder–Check link.  Examples include Movement Mondays – the Movement in Motion…Freeform/Ecstatic Dance, Mondays ongoing, 7:30 – 9:15 p.m., Agora at the Riverside, 1724 Broadway, Boulder 80302. –Open-Floor on Tuesdays (ongoing) from 8 – 11 p.m. at Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St., Boulder, 80301. –Synergy Dance Collective meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month, Nevei Kodesh Jewish Center, 1925 Glenwood Dr., (corner of Glenwood and 19th).  AND many others.

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:
–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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