Dance Initiative was organized in 2009 to serve and support the needs of local dancers in their pursuit of professional and artistic development, projects and careers.
Dance Initiative was organized in 2009 to promote the art of dance in the Roaring Fork Valley and neighboring counties of Colorado. The non-profit organization serves and supports the needs of local dancers in their pursuit of professional and artistic development, projects and careers. Dance Initiative also strives to cultivate community appreciation for dance by bringing unique and inspiring performance and educational opportunities to the area.
Since 2009, Dance Initiative has developed a performance series called the Spectrum Dance Collection, an annual weekend dance festival called the Spectrum Dance Festival, established scholarship and grant funding, arranged numerous workshop series and is now the sponsor of the performing art studios at The Launchpad. The Launchpad studios provide an opportunity for dancers to hold classes, rehearsals, and apply for artist residencies.
The Launchpad is a community 'Space for the Arts.' In 2012, Dance Initiative recognized a growing need for affordable and accessible space for movement-based artists and musicians to teach, create and rehearse. Two years later, after dedicated search, the performing arts in Carbondale have found an inclusive home. In addition to a fine art gallery, promenade and small shop, The Launchpad houses two affordable, professional grade studios for dance artists and other performing arts organizations to teach, create, and share their work: Studio C and The Open Studio.
Studio C is a state of the art enclosed space that includes 680 square feet of spring-loaded Harlequin dance floor, ballet barres, and mirrors--designed by and for professional dancers. The Open Studio features 1150 square feet of spring-loaded Harlequin dance floor, rigging for aerial silks and other aerial arts, is open to the public for viewing classes and rehearsals in progress, and can be converted to be a small, intimate performance space.
For more information or to reserve space at The Launchpad, visit launchpadcarbondale.com.
GUEST TEACHER: SUKI SCHORER
In August 2014, Dance Initiative sponsored a Ballet Master Class taught by Suki Schorer, a former Principal of the New York City Ballet and currently the Brown Foundation Senior Faculty Chair at the School of American Ballet. The class was structured for intermediate and advanced students and teachers of ballet. Suki danced with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet from 1959 to 1972 and is a Balanchine Trust répétiteur. In addition, Suki Schorer taught at Scuola di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Ecole de Danse de l'Opéra National de Paris. This class proved to be an exceptional opportunity for teachers and students in the Roaring Fork Valley, with one promising young dancer receiving a scholarship as a result of the class.
COMOTION: A CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT PROJECT
CoMotion is a contemporary dance project, produced and supported by Dance Initiative, that strives to develop multidimensional works and explore creative boundaries through collaboration. Founded in 2013, CoMotion creates repertoire that educates and inspires a passion for the art of dance while also providing a transformative performing arts experience for patrons. In January of 2013, CoMotion presented their debut performance featuring original works Catharsis and Familiar. In September of 2013, CoMotion performed original choreography from Fractures & Divides in an industrial warehouse space.
GUEST ARTIST: KING CHARLES
King Charles, an international dance star, is known for his his unique style, Chicago Footwork. His world-renowned dance company, The FootworKINGZ has been featured on America’s Got Talent & America’s Best Dance Crew. He has worked with many top artists including Madonna & Will.I.Am and continues to show the world why he is one of a kind and can blow audiences away with his energy and creativity. K.C. recently performed to a standing, cheering, sell out audience at the Vail International Dance Festival and was called “Brilliant” by the NY Time critic, Alistair Macaulay. King Charles will teach a master class and perform during the 2014 Spectrum Dance Festival's Battle to The Drums.
2014 PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP: NIKKI FERRY
Nikki Ferry of Carbondale was awarded the 2014 Promise Scholarship after attending a master class with Suki Schorer, Brown Foundation Senior Faculty Chair at the School of American Ballet. Schorer recommended that Nikki, age 16, further her ballet training beyond the Roaring Fork Valley at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Nikki, with the support of her parents, decided to follow Suki's advice and is currently enrolled at CPYB this fall. Suki has invited Nikki to audition in January for the SAB summer program in 2015, where, if she is selected to attend the regular fall school, could spend her senior year with the very select few students of dance who have a chance to join the New York City Ballet.
The Launchpad at 76 S. 4th Street, Carbondale, CO
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