CoMotion invites you to an evening of performance, community, and exploration of the inner journey away and back home.
Upcoming Dance Initiative events & workshops
An evening not to be missed, this exciting show is a revue of 5 dances from iconic Broadway shows re-imagined and performed by our resident dance company, CoMotion Dance featuring guest artist Marisa Paull Gorst. Enjoy this cabaret style performance complete with live musical interludes with Kyle Jones on piano and vocals by Jennifer Johnson. Song and dance numbers performed come from the Broadway musicals Chicago, Cabaret, Cats, Crazy for You and Pajama Game.
Two opportunities to see this production!
Friday, June 28th, 8pm at The Steven Moore Hall at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork in Carbondale.
Join PUSH in an informal demonstration followed by a question and answer period in the open studio at The Launchpad.
PUSH will show some of their work in progress as part of their full length piece, Codelining, which will be performed in its entirety on June 7th at the 11th Annual Aspen Fringe Festival.
A post-show discussion and informal interactive talk will be provided in order to contextualize and bring insight into PUSH’s performance process. Discussions share methodologies, challenges, and social concepts PUSH tackles in its rehearsal process.
This Demo is included at no charge for those who attend the All-levels Dance Workshop with PUSH that same morning at 10am.
Join PUSH Dance Company in this inspiring workshop! PUSH TECHNIQUE draws upon the body as a mechanism to create flow, groove and dynamic movement.
This workshop is open to the community and all dancers of all abilities. Young dancers who can follow instruction and maintain control of themselves are welcome.
Attendance of the workshop also gives you admission to the Studio Demo + Q & A with PUSH that follows at 1pm. No separate ticket purchase needed.
Dance Initiative welcomes San Francisco based PUSH Dance Company as our late spring 2019 Artist in Residence at The Launchpad!
Founded in 2005, the Company’s mission is to build vibrant contemporary dances to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges attributed to mixed heritage.
Part of a first-time community collaboration between Dance Initiative and Aspen Fringe Festival , this residency culminates in a main stage performance at the 11th annual Aspen Fringe Festival on June 7 at the Wheeler Opera House. PUSH will perform their profound work Codelining including a new excerpt created during their residency.
Drop in any time during their residency to see them at work or sign up for their all-levels dance workshop. After the workshop they will be presenting an informal demonstration followed by a Q & A period. Scroll down for all events and details.
Learn more about PUSH Dance at www.pushdance.org
Join Helanius J. Wilkins in Framework, an evolving practice of his own development. This rigorous practice transforms technique class into a laboratory for examining, exploring, and discovering bodily movements in real time.
Everyone is welcome in this all-levels workshop!
Sponsored by Dance Initiative, Carbondale Arts and the CU Office for Outreach and Engagement.
As part of a series of lectures by CU Professors, Dance Initiative has teamed up with Carbondale Arts and The CU Office for Outreach and Engagment to bring Helanius J. Wilkins to Carbondale. Helanius will give a presentation about his work on Saturday night and teach an all-levels dance workshop on Sunday morning. All events take place at The Launchpad in Carbondale.
Saturday, May 18th, 6:30-8pm, Free
Doing Wholeheartedly: A Talk with Choreographer Helanius J. Wilkins
Award-winning choreographer Helanius J. Wilkins will discuss his creative research and projects that are rooted in the interconnections of American contemporary performance, cultural history, and identities of Black men. Through storytelling, video sharings, and live performance, Wilkins will offer an intimate look into a history of performing resistance and resilience, and building brave and courageous communities through the art of dance.
Sunday, May 19th, 10-11:45am, $10
Framework: A Contemporary Technique Practice
Learn more and sign up here!
Helanius J. Wilkins, a Louisiana native, is an award-winning choreographer, performance artist, and scholar. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. His creative research and projects are rooted in the interconnections of American contemporary performance, cultural history, and identities of Black men. He lived in Washington, D.C. for 18 years where he founded EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly African-American men that existed for 13 years. His honors include the 2008 Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance, DC’s highest honor given by the Washington Performing Arts Society; the 2002 and 2006 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project Award; and three Metro DC Dance Awards. A three times finalist for the D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards, he enjoys performing, creating, presenting, and receiving commissions for choreography throughout the U.S. and abroad. To date, he has choreographed and directed over 60 works, which includes two critically-acclaimed musical productions for Washington, DC’s Studio Theater – “Passing Strange” (2010) and “POP!” (2011). Foundations and organizations including New England Foundation for the Arts (NDP), National Performance Network (NPN), D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and the NEA have supported his work.
Concluding their week-long residency, Summation Dance performs their work-in-progress, Project Highway HabitUS, in the intimate setting of the open studio at The Launchpad.
Dance Initiative’s spring 2019 Artist in Residence, Summation Dance, will be offering a very unique dance workshop for all interested movers. In this all-levels workshop, Summation Dance invites the community members to be active participants in their work in progress: Project Highway Habitus.
Dance Initiative is excited to welcome New York City based Summation Dance for spring 2019 Artist in Residence at The Launchpad!
During their residency Summation Dance will be continuing on their most recent work, Project Highway HabitUS.
Drop in any time during their residency to see them at work or sign up for their all-levels dance workshop. Be sure to see the studio performance of their work in progress on Project HIghway HabitUS. Scroll down for all events and details.
Learn more about Summation Dance at www.summationdance.org
Join Dance Initiative and Mezcla Socials for this fun filled evening of Dirty Dancing!
Watch the 80's classic film Dirty Dancing and then have an instructional class with Mezcla Socials to learn some of the hottest moves from the film (maybe not THE lift!). Then dance the night away practicing your new moves, party style with a live DJ. Snacks and beverages and a cash bar will be available to keep up your stamina.
Dirty Dancing is rated PG-13. This Movie night is not appropriate for young and immature participants. Parents please use discretion.
Movie at 6pm
Dance Class at 8pm
Party at 8:45pm
$15 Whole evening
$5 Party only (cash at the door)
Dance Initiative presents CoMotion Dance Company in an evening of works past and present. This diverse program will include two pieces from CoMotion's repertoire: Damages, a dive into the movement vocabulary of childhood and an exploration of the scars, physical and emotional, that live in our bodies. Damages was originally choreographed by Patrick Mueller in 2015 and has been re-explored and re-staged by Dana Ellis. Mother, choreographed by Meagan Shapiro for SHE in 2017, studies and exposes the light and the darkness of entering and experiencing motherhood. The evening will also feature three works-in-progress: Equus-Hominum from choreographer Shannon Jones, WALLS from choreographer Alya Howe, and some jazzy/broadway fun from Cabaret's Mein Herr choreographed by Carolyn Yates.
Two nights only at The Launchpad. November 9 & 10 at 7pm.
FRIDAY IS SOLD OUT! SATURDAY IS SOL OUT!
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE ART OF DANCE AND the CoMotion Dance Company!
Tickets $15, children 10 and under are free!
UNA Projects of New York City concludes the Spectrum Dance Festival with a studio performance of their work in progress: Coloring, which draws inspiration from personal narratives, interviews and bodies of artwork from LGBTQ people. The primary goal for this work is in bringing more awareness to our commonalities as humans, regardless of identity or background. UNA will also perform one of their repertoire pieces: A Girl, choreographed by Roy Assaf
Advance ticket purchase to this event is recommended as space is limited.
Dance Initiative’s Annual Spectrum Dance Festival celebrates the art of dance in all forms. Join us for an outstanding series of adult master classes at The Launchpad.
Saturday, 10:15-11:45am | African Dance with Rujeko Dumbutshena and live music by Carbondale Rhythm Collective: Zimbabwean-born dancer, pedagogue, and scholar, Rujeko specializes in contemporary African dance. Participants will learn movements inspired by traditional Zimbabwean dance. Rujeko’s style of movement reflects her dance experience as an original ensemble member of FELA! The Broadway Musical, as well as her study of West African, Congolese, modern and ballet techniques. She is passionate about teaching the rhythmic intricacies embedded in Zimbabwean dance traditions in a manner that is accessible to people trained in various dance styles and levels. Students will have the opportunity to internalize the style and rhythms of a dance form that is rarely seen performed or taught! (all levels, all ages welcome)
Saturday, 12:00-1:30pm | Jazz Dance with Jenny Schiff: Join Boulder, CO based director of The Schiff Dance Collective in this class rooted in the rhythm and groove of jazz. Jenny's class will honor jazz dance's African roots while combining it with some of the foundations of ballet and modern dance. This makes for a deep, fun, grounded jazz class that allows the student to find the floor, their own rhythm, and freedom to be who they are. (all levels, teen & adult)
Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm | Modern/Improvisation with Chuck Wilt: Join Artistic Director/Choreographer of NYC based company, UNA Projects in this guided improvisation class that will usesdifferent improvisation tools to explore your physicality, groove and imagination. Towards the end of class, we will also use compositional directives to create movement. (Intermediate, teen & adult)
Single Workshop Registration
If you just want to try one or two workshops at the SDF, select your choice below. Discounts available for all three! Scroll down for more.
Spectrum Dance Only Pass
This pass is for dancers who want an entire day of dancing! Take all 3 workshops and get more dance for your dollar! $35
Spectrum Watch Only Pass
This pass is for those who want to see the Friday night film screening of If the Dancer Dances and the Saturday night studio performance of UNA Projects. See both nights for $20.
Full Spectrum Pass
Want to do it all? This pass gets you admission to the SDF's Kick Off Party & Screening of If the Dancer Dances, 3 workshops, and admission to the Studio Performance of UNA Projects! $50
Dance Initiative kicks off this weekend of dance with a Happy Hour Reception and the screening of If the Dancer Dances. Come to The Launchpad at 6p.m. for libations, snacks, and a dance demo by Brian and Claudia Pawl of Mezcla Socials dance collective.
If the Dancer Dances film screening commences at 7pm. Film makers Lise Friedman & Maia Wechsler invite viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio, where three former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company teach Cunningham's 1968 RainForest to the Stephen Petronio Company. Unlike a painting, dance exists only in the moment. If a dance is not danced, it vanishes. If the Dancer Dances brings viewers into the intimate and tactile world of the dance studio, as a group of New York’s top modern dancers struggle to reconstruct an iconic work by the legendary Merce Cunningham. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, the film tracks the dancers’ often intensely personal challenges, as they reveal what it takes to keep a dance alive. If the Dancer Dances is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing.
Dance Initiative presents its 7th Annual Spectrum Dance Festival, celebrating the art of dance in all its forms through two days of sold out workshops, performance, and a film screening!
Join us for another spectacular weekend of movement arts workshops including African, modern and jazz dance. Enjoy a studio performance of a work in progress developed during a week-long residency with our guest artist, UNA Projects, hailing from New York City. Experience a unique film screening of If the Dancer Dances, a documentary film starring the Stephen Petronio Company and members of the former Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Dance Initiative will host UNA Projects on October 15-20 at The Launchpad. UNA is a NYC based dance company founded in 2013 by Artistic Director/Choreographer Chuck Wilt. UNA's mission is to discover and communicate deeply rooted embodiments of human existence through physically powerful dancing and imagery that is evocative and colorful. Find out more about UNA Projects and their events during their residency here.
After the week-long residency with Dance Initiative, Crossman Dans(c)e will perform a work in progress in addition to selected works from previous tours.
All levels are welcome to join Crossman Dans(c)e Company's Cunningham workshop at the Launchpad in Carbondale. Dylan Crossman danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company and will spend 15 minutes at the beginning of class introducing Cunningham technique and style. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Crossman Dans(c)e looks at identity issues within the frame of formalism and the beauty in vulnerability. Dylan's creative work is currently focused on culture and politics and how those overarching constructs filter into art and dance. Join us for a casual evening with libations as Dylan explores these concepts and answers questions from the community. For more information, contact email@example.com
Dance Initiative hosts Artists In Residence Dylan Crossman & Company at The Launchpad Aug. 5-11.
Dylan Crossman grew up in the south of France and received his Bachelor’s degree from the Laban Centre in London. He moved to New York ten years ago and has danced for various choreographers including Brian Brooks, Wally Cardona and Sean Cúrran. Dylan joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 and was a part of the company’s final tour. Now living the freelance life, he works with Kimberly Bartosik/ Daela, Sally Silvers, Ryan McNamara, Megan Williams and Pam Tanowitz Dance. He is on faculty at the Cunningham Trust, CUNY Purchase and Burklyn Ballet Theater (VT). Dylan's own company, Crossman Dans(c)e, looks at identity issues within the frame of formalism and the beauty in vulnerability. A 2016 Schonberg Residency fellow at David White's The Yard, Dylan was also presented by David Parker as a part of Gibney's Double Plus series in 2016 and by Abrons Art Center in 2017, thanks to Jay Wegman and a Jerome Robbins Foundation grant. Dylan also works with children as well as adults, introducing them to Merce Cunningham's creative ideas and philosophy. Crossman will be dancing with Sumi Clements, Jason Collins, and Christine Flores. Learn more about Dylan Crossman.
Join Dance Initiative's Artists In Residence, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre for a Studio Performance of the works in progress the company has created during their time at The Launchpad. YSDT is a collaborative dance company operating out of New York City and Palestine. From this international position, the company has taught and performed at international universities and festivals, museums, UN refugee schools, juvenile detention centers, and site-specific locations internationally. YSDT aims to inspire trans-national dialogue and social discourse through artist development, education, and live performance.
Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged! Suggested donation at the door.
Samar Hadid King, Artistic Director of the Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, will be giving a lecture and film presentation of her experiences working as a trans-national dance artist between Palestine and New York City. Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre will be in the Roaring Fork Valley as Dance Initiative's Artists In Residence at The Launchpad in Carbondale creating new works with both Palestinian and New York City-based company members. YSDT has taught and performed at international universities and festivals, museums, UN refugee schools, juvenile detention centers, and site-specific locations throughout France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Palestine, South Korea, and Tunisia. YSDT choreographic works inspire international dialogue and social discourse through artist development, education, and live performance.
This talk is free and open to the the public.
Description All Levels Workshop: Technique & Composition With Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre
Join Dance Initiative's Artists In Residence, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, for an all levels workshop taught be Samar Haddad King (Artistic Director) and Zoe Rabinowitz (Associate Artistic Director). The workshop will introduce participants to some of the modern and contemporary dance techniques and composition process and tools used to create YSDT's works. YSDT is a collaborative dance company operating out of New York City and Palestine and aims to inspire trans-national dialogue and social discourse through artist development, education, and live performance. Registration is $15 per participant.
Dance Initiative hosts Artists In Residence Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre at The Launchpad on April 6-13. YSDT is a collaborative dance company operated out of New York City and Palestine. From this international position, the company has taught and performed at international universities and festivals, museums, UN refugee schools, juvenile detention centers, and site-specific locations throughout France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Palestine, South Korea, and Tunisia, and fostered the careers of more than 50 emerging artists in the US and Arab world. YSDT aims to inspire trans-national dialogue and social discourse through artist development, education, and live performance. YSDT will offer an All Levels Workshop in Technique & Composition on Apr. 7 from 10a.m. to 12p.m. at The Launchpad ($15), an Artist Talk & Film Presentation on Apr. 10 at 7p.m. at Colorado Mountain College's Spring Valley Campus (free), and a Studio Performance of Works In Progress on Apr. 13 at 7:30p.m. at The Launchpad.
Oct. 28, 10am to 4:30pm at The Launchpad
Jodi Melnick joins Dance Initiative for a Creative Process & Composition Workshop at The Launchpad Oct. 28 from 10am to 4:30pm. Melnick is a NYC based choreographer, dancer, teacher and graduate from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance. She is also a Doris Duke Impact Award recipient, a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, the recipient of the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2010-2011) and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2011), and has been honored with two Bessie Awards for sustained achievement in dance (2001 and 2008).Melnick's work has been presented at City Center, The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts (NYLA), The Kitchen, La Mama, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Martha’s Vineyard, OtherShore Dance Company, Barnard College, Sarah Lawrence College, George Washington University, and internationally. Melnick has worked with distinguished choreographers and dance artists including Trisha Brown (2012), Twyla Tharp (1990-1994, 2009) and Mikhail Baryshnikov (2005-2008), and many more. Learn more about Jodi Melnick here.
Participants must pre-register by Oct. 27 | $50 per participant
Dance Initiative’s Annual Spectrum Dance Festival celebrates the art of dance in all forms. Join them for an outstanding series of adult and youth master classes at The Launchpad.
Saturday, 9:30-11am | Embodied West African Dance with Mecca Madyun & live music by Ngoma/Carbondale Rhythm Collective: This all-levels class takes you on a somatic movement and rhythm journey through various countries of West Africa – Mali, Senegal, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast. Explore connections between the internal and external self and the greater community as an extension of self, utilizing African philosophical principals of interdependence and shared experience through dance, music, culture and body knowledge. (all levels & ages welcome!)
Saturday, 11:15-12:45 | Adult Modern Technique with Staycee Pearl: Join artistic director and choreographer of the STAYCEE PEARL dance project for a Modern Technique workshop highlighting her own movement style. Modern Technique evokes ultimate body awareness by discovering efficient anatomical connections within the body along with appropriate use of traditional technical forms. These connections enable the dancer to take bold risks and expand through space. Emphasis is placed on creating space and mobility in the joints with the outcome of effortless length and strength in the body. Participants will also be introduced to SPdp repertory phrase work. (Intermediate, teen & adult)
Saturday, 12:15-1:15pm | FREE Youth House/Hip Hop with SPdp Company Members Rayne Jones & Ronnell Kitt: Students learn and share the newest hip-hop moves and some old school break dance and house styles. After a thorough warm up, PAS instructors take young dancers through basic skill-building combinations, consecutively building into full dance phrases. (Beginner Level, ages 6+)
Saturday, 1:15-2:45pm | Modern Floor Technique with Patrick Mueller: This Modern/Contemporary technique class focuses on exclusively on floor and near-floor work, from gently internal to fiercely dynamic. Building skills from spreading and release through inversions and quadrupedal movement, we roll, slide, propel, and fly through the space. With movement drawn from break, capoeira, and contemporary modern dance forms, the class builds crucial fundamental skills for all types of floor choreography. (Intermediate/Advanced, teen & adult)
Saturday, 3-4pm | Youth Beginner Aerial Workshop with Meesh McGone: In this workshop youth will learn a variety of beginner skills. We will move creatively while building a strong foundation for more. (Beginner, ages 5+)
Saturday, 3-4pm | Adult House/Hip Hop with SPdp Company Members Chandra Tanei & LaTrea Rembert: Join SPdp Company members is this fun and lively workshop focused on House style hip hop. House dance is a social dance primarily danced to house music that has roots in the clubs of Chicago and of New York. The main elements of House dance include "Footwork", "Jacking", and "Lofting". This type of dance is featured in SPdp’s performance of FLOWERZ taking place during their Studio Performance on Saturday at 7:30pm. (All Levels)
Sunday, 10-11:30am | Adult Intermediate Aerials with Meesh McGlone: In this workshop we will play with movement in the air. Integrating spinning, swinging, and flying with your current skill set as well as learning new tricks and combos.
Sunday, 11:45am-12:45pm | Youth Intermediate Aerials with Meesh McGlone: In this workshop youth will learn intermediate tricks and sequences as well as polish personal technique and style.*prerequisites-climbing, inverting, footlocks, and double footlocks*
Single Workshop Registration:
If you just want to try one or two workshops at the SDF, click the button below to select the workshop of your choice! $15/Adult Wkshps & $10/Youth Wkshps
Spectrum Workshop Pass
This pass is for dancers who want to take as many workshops as possible! Select 3 workshops and get more dance for your dollar! $35
Full Spectrum Pass
Want to do it all? This pass gets you admission to the SDF's Kick Off Party & Screening of Mr. Gaga, 3 workshops of your choice, and admission to the Studio Performance of the STAYCEE Pearl dance project! $45
The STAYCEE PEARL dance project (SPdp) of Pittsburg, PA concludes the Spectrum Dance Festival with studio performance of a work in progress and their work Flowerz. SPdp strives to interpret and mirror culture and community through dance and dance centered multi-media experiences. With diverse casting and programming, SPdp explores innovative conceptual possibilities while participating in meaningful collaboration. SPdp produces programming around compelling concepts and themes often inspired by social/political world issues. SPdp occasionally examines the works of celebrated legendary and contemporary artists of the African Diaspora. Examples of such projects includes OCTAVIA, which explores the life and work of famed African American Science Fiction novelist, Octavia Butler, and ...on being... which began as an investigation of the broad Post-Black conversation. Artists who inspire the work of SPdp include legendary Jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, Jimi Hendrix, and literary artists Alice Walker and Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Visual artists whose methods inform the visual imagery of the creative team’s work include contemporary, Nairobi-born, visual artist Wangechi Mutu, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the mysterious graffiti artist, BANKSY. These artist are admired for their magical aesthetics that are combined with a gritty, honest, and original world perspective. Reservations are recommended as space is limited.
Tickets are $15
Dance Initiative kicks off this weekend of dance with a Happy Hour Reception and the screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary Mr. Gaga. Come to The Launchpad at 6p.m. for libations, snacks, and a House Demos by the company members of the Staycee Pearl Dance Project, a taste of Denver’s contemporary dance company Control Group Productions and the trailer of local outdoor dance film project "Letter To Congress: A WILD Sanity". The film, "Mr. Gaga", begins at 7p.m. and documents the artistic life of Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Naharin is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. This spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences. This story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance is guaranteed to leave you skipping.
Tickets are $5
Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 9am to 12pm
Calling all movement and dance educators! Join Dance Initiative for a very special dance teacher training in Brain Compatible Dance Education with Terry Goetz, the executive director of the Creative Dance Center (CDC) in Seattle, WA. Brain Compatible Dance Education (BCDE), developed by Anne Green Gilbert at CDC, is a structured methodology for teaching all disciplines of dance using a lesson plan and strategies that create an environment in which the brain is ready, willing, and able to learn. This holistic approach develops every student into a whole dancer as skilled technician, critical thinker, collaborator, and creator. BCDE also incorporates the BrainDance, known to many movement educators as the developmental patterns. These are the eight fundamental movement patterns human beings are programmed to move through from birth through twelve months that wire the central nervous system laying a foundation for appropriate behavior and attention, eye convergence necessary for reading, sensory-motor development, and more. Terry Goetz has been on the faculty of the Creative Dance Center since 2000 and teaches Nurturing Baby, Parent/Toddler, and Parent/Child Creative Dance classes and Ballet and Modern Dance for older children and adults. Terry has taught in preschools, elementary classrooms, and studios throughout the Seattle area since retiring from Pacific Northwest Ballet where she danced from 1988-1995. Prior to performing with PNB, she was a member of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater from 1986-1988. During her professional career Terry performed works by George Balanchine, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Dendy, Merce Cunningham, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Petipa, and Bournonville, as well as performing in classical full-length works. Learn more about Terry and her international career as a dance educator and BCDE trainer here.
Participants must pre-register by September 1 | $45