Events & Workshops

Upcoming Dance Initiative events & workshops

Artist In Residence: UNA Projects
Oct
15
to Oct 20

Artist In Residence: UNA Projects

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. UNA is a dance company that focuses on individuality and is dedicated to bringing more joy and life to the world. The company creates fresh dance works for performance and film. Artistic Director/Choreographer Chuck Wilt is interested in investigating more ways to become further connected while communicating diverse human experiences. Through both the dance company and Wilt's correlated artistic endeavors, UNA Projects creates more opportunity for performers, emerging choreographers and other artists. Learn more about UNA Projects. 

Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm UNA Projects will be offering a Meet & Greet with Q&A at Batch in Carbondale. This is free and open to all interested. The company will speak about their work and then show a short video of some of their pieces. Join us for this informal and inviting experience with these wonderful artists.

Saturday, October 20th at 2pm Chuck Wilt will be teaching a Modern/Improvisation workshop class at the end of UNA Projects residency. This class is also part of the Spectrum Dance Festival.

Saturday, October 20th at 7:30pm UNA Projects will present their work-in-progress as the finale to both their residency and the Spectrum Dance Festival.

Scroll down for registration for both the workshop and the work-in-progress show found under Spectrum 2018 Workshops.

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The 7th Annual Spectrum Dance Festival
Oct
19
to Oct 20

The 7th Annual Spectrum Dance Festival

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. 

 

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Spectrum 2018 Kick Off Party & Film Screening
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Spectrum 2018 Kick Off Party & Film Screening

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.

Tickets $10

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Spectrum 2018 Workshops
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Spectrum 2018 Workshops

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

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Spectrum 2018 Studio Performance of UNA Projects
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Spectrum 2018 Studio Performance of UNA Projects

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.

Tickets $15

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All Levels Cunningham Dance Workshop with Crossman Dans(c)e $15
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

All Levels Cunningham Dance Workshop with Crossman Dans(c)e $15

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 info@danceinitiative.org 

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Artis In Residence Q&A with Dylan Crossman, Free
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Artis In Residence Q&A with Dylan Crossman, Free

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 info@danceinitiative.org

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Artist In Residence: Dylan Crossman & Company
Aug
5
to Aug 11

Artist In Residence: Dylan Crossman & Company

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.

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Studio Performance of Works In Progress by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Studio Performance of Works In Progress by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

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. 

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Artist Talk & Film Presentation With Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Talk & Film Presentation With Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

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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. 

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All Levels Workshop: Technique & Composition With Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

All Levels Workshop: Technique & Composition With Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

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. 

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Artists In Residence: Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre
Apr
6
to Apr 13

Artists In Residence: Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

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. 

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Creative Process & Composition Workshop With Jodi Melnick
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Creative Process & Composition Workshop With Jodi Melnick

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

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Spectrum Workshops
Sep
30
to Oct 1

Spectrum Workshops

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

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Spectrum Studio Performance of STAYCEE PEARL Dance Project
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

Spectrum Studio Performance of STAYCEE PEARL Dance Project

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

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Spectrum Kick Off Party & Movie Night
Sep
29
6:00 PM18:00

Spectrum Kick Off Party & Movie Night

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

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Brain Compatible Dance Teacher Training
Sep
9
to Sep 10

Brain Compatible Dance Teacher Training

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

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Letter To Congress: a wild sanity
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Letter To Congress: a wild sanity

6:15pm Gates Open | 6:30pm Live Music Set by Raccoon Fight | 7pm Dance Performance

Dance Initiative presents Letter To Congress: a wild sanity, an outdoor dance performance, choreographed and performed by Deborah Colley with dancers of CoMotion: a conscious movement project and live music accompaniment by local Indie Folk band Raccoon Fight. This performance is inspired by Wallace Stegner’s famous Wilderness Letter written in 1960 to Congress, which supported the preservation of wilderness not just for ecological purposes, but for the sake of human sanity, and spirit. In his words “We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope”. With this performance, Deborah and her collaborators have created a similar letter, but instead of relying on words, they are utilizing the power of the performance arts to communicate things that can not always be said and felt with words. It will be danced, spoken, and sung at the foothills of the renowned Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.

Letter To Congress: a WILD sanity is part of a greater film project that has captured the performance in some of the most inspiring public lands found in the Rocky Mountains. And since many lawmakers do not have time to get outside, we are bringing that experience to them through film.

Please note that this performance travels from outdoor site to outdoor site (within 50 to 100 yards on uneven ground). Please wear proper outdoor shoes and bring a folding camp chair. Gates open at 6:15p.m., live music begins at 6:30p.m., and the dance performance commences at 7:00p.m. Carpooling and biking are strongly encouraged as parking is limited to 30 cars only (first come first serve only). Tickets are $15 and available at the Site.(Online sales are closed) For more information please contact danceinitiative@gmail.com or call (970) 963-8681 with questions.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the Site. (On line sales are closed)

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Studio Presentation of Works In Progress by Marielis Garcia & David Norsworthy
May
27
7:30 PM19:30

Studio Presentation of Works In Progress by Marielis Garcia & David Norsworthy

Dance Initiative welcomes a unique choreographic partnership, Marielis Garcia of NYC and David Norsworthy of Toronto as Artists In Residence at The Launchpad May 21 through 28. Garcia and Norsworthy’s residency is incredibly unique because they need the Carbondale community to participate in their creative process to make a choreographic work that is a snap shot of Carbondale. Through out the week, Norsworthy and Garcia hope to gather passing thoughts, anecdotes, jokes, profound questions, silly curiosities, fascinations, political concerns from the community which they will transform and abstract these “thought artifacts” into choreographic scores and structures that will serve as the source material their new choreographic work. This choreographic work is part of a series of small community snapshots from all over the country. Come view this work in progress!

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Creative Process Workshop with Marielis Garcia & David Norsworthy
May
23
to May 25

Creative Process Workshop with Marielis Garcia & David Norsworthy

Marielis Garcia of NYC and David Norsworthy of Toronto need YOU, the Carbondale community, to participate in a co-creation process during one of two workshop sessions TUESDAY, MAY 23 & THURSDAY, MAY 25 from 6:15-7:45pm(open to anyone ages 16 and up) that will include simple movement exercises, personal reflection and group discussion. Norsworthy and Garcia hope is that through these workshops, they will be able to gather passing thoughts, anecdotes, jokes, profound questions, silly curiosities, fascinations, political concerns which they will transform and abstract these “thought artifacts” into choreographic scores and structures that will serve as the source material for a new choreographic work that is a snapshot of the Carbondale community. This choreographic work is part of a series of small community snapshots from all over the country. The workshops environment will be genuine, welcoming, playful and provocative. Participants do not need dance or movement experience to participate.  

It is highly preferred that participants attend BOTH sessions, but participants may only attend a single session if they cannot commit to both.

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Studio Performance & Presentation with Melissa Toogood
May
13
5:00 PM17:00

Studio Performance & Presentation with Melissa Toogood

Dance Initiative will be hosting an informal viewing of works by Melissa Toogood during this free studio presentation at The Launchpad. Toogood is a is a "New York Dance" and "Bessie Performance" award winning performer and former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Dance Magazine named her in their 25 to watch in 2014 and featured her in the inaugural episode of Behind the Curtain. Toogood will perform a solo by NYC choreographer Pam Tanowitz and will also share film segment of CUNNINGHAM 3D, a 3D cinematic experience about legendary American choreographer Merce Cunningham directed by Alla Kovgan. Toogood performs in this film alongside Rashaun Mitchell, a recent Dance Initiative Artist In Residence.  A Q & A will follow. 

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Workshop With Melissa Toogood
May
13
3:00 PM15:00

Workshop With Melissa Toogood

Melissa Toogood, a New York dance artist and Bessie Performance Award winner, was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, has taught Cunningham Technique since 2007, and is 2013 & 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow. Toogood has performed with multiple choreographers and projects including  Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener (recent Dance Initiative Artists In Residence, 2016) and Pam Tanowitz Dance, for whom she also serves as Rehearsal Director. Her workshop will be rooted in Cunningham technique and is not to be missed! The workshop is $15 and pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. 

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Studio Presentation of Works In Progress by Christiana Axelsen
Feb
4
5:00 PM17:00

Studio Presentation of Works In Progress by Christiana Axelsen

Dance Initiative hosts NYC-based dance artist Christiana Axelsen as Artist In Residence at The Launchpad on Jan. 28 through Feb. 5. During her week long residency, Axelsen will work with two former NYC dance colleagues, Sumi Clements and Meg Madorin (also a recent Dance Initiative Artist in Residence, 2016) to create a new work which will be presented at A Work In Progress along with other original works on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5pm. Axelson is a graduate of the Merce Cunningham Professional Training Program where she performed alongside the Repertory Understudy Group. She has since performed with Molissa Fenley, (a former Dance Initiative Artist in Residence, 2015), Christopher Williams, Pam Tanowitz, Beth Gill, zoe|juniper, Korhan Başaran, Courtney Krantz, Michou Szabo, Dai Jian, Mana Kawamura, Raja Kelly, Dylan Crossman and Jules Skloot among others. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at DanceRoulette, The Invisible Dog, Mabou Mines, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place and the Women in Motion Salon Series in addition to various places nationally and internationally. A Q & A will follow. This event is free. 

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All Levels Workshop With Christiana Axelsen
Feb
4
3:00 PM15:00

All Levels Workshop With Christiana Axelsen

Dance Initiative will be hosting NYC-based dance artist Christiana Axelsen as an Artist In Residence at The Launchpad on Jan. 28 through Feb. 5. At the end of Axelson's week long residency she will offer an All Levels Workshop in modern dance for the community. Axelsen is a graduate of the Merce Cunningham Professional Training Program where she performed alongside the Repertory Understudy Group and has since performed with Molissa Fenley, (a former Dance Initiative Artist in Residence, 2015), Christopher Williams, Pam Tanowitz, Beth Gill, and many others. She has taught workshops and classes at New York University, Mount Holyoke College, Barnard College, Salt Lake City's Repertory Dance Theater, Velocity Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Community Program and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Please wear long pants and bring knee pads if you have sensitive knees as there may be floor work. The workshop is $15 and pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. 

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HEaRD: original works by Alya Howe
Nov
11
to Nov 12

HEaRD: original works by Alya Howe

Dance Initiative is pleased to present HEaRD, a work created by local dance artist Alya Howe. HEaRD will be performed at The Launchpad on November 11 & 12 at 7:30pm at The Launchpad. This full evening performance is inspired by movements of a “herd” and “herd mentality' and will be performed by Bailey Barnum, Dana Ganssle Ellis, Emily Fifer,  Gabriela Alvarez Espinoza, Jeni Ptacek, Meagan Londy Shapiro, Natalie Rae, and Robyn Hubbard. The work includes elements of spoken word into the overall sound score. Tickets are $10. Due to our limited seating, we highly buy a ticket online prior to the show! 

Howe has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for a number of years teaching yoga and co-curating The Salon, Writ Large and the Poetry Brothel for Justice Snow’s in Aspen. She danced with the José Limón Dance Company in New York City, served as faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute and performed with renowned tabla player Zakir Hussain. Her original choreography has been performed internationally and locally. Howe’s interest the herd mentality, that is, making decisions based upon the actions of others, has taken her deep into this particular work. “I am influenced by the tipping point that makes the masses change the course of their destiny,” reflects Howe. “What causes a herd of cattle to stampede, the migrating sandhill cranes to take off like a blanket at the same moment, schools of fish changing directions to the marvel of the murmuration of flock. This performance may not be appropriate for ages under 13 years of age as it includes nudity and references to sexual violence.

SATURDAY NIGHT IS SOLD OUT, BUT STANDING ROOM TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. 

Photo credit: Renee Ramge

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Master Class with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
Oct
22
10:00 AM10:00

Master Class with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener

Dance Initiative honored to host New York City artists Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener and their four company members as Artists in Residence at The Launchpad Oct. 17-22. Mitchell & Silas, former Merce Cunningham dancers, choreograph collaboratively on works that push the boundaries of contemporary dance research. Join them for a master class designed to engage multiple facets of the self at once while sharpening basic skills for organizing and articulating the body. The class will focus on anatomical clarity drawn from components of Cunningham technique, as well as other qualitative ideas enhanced by proprioceptive awareness, muscular control and spiritual ease. $15. Space is limited!

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Studio Presentation of Past Works by Rashuan Mitchell + Silas Riener
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Studio Presentation of Past Works by Rashuan Mitchell + Silas Riener

Dance Initiative honored to host New York City artists Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener and their four company members as Artists in Residence at The Launchpad Oct. 17-22. Mitchell & Silas, former Merce Cunningham dancers, choreograph collaboratively on works that push the boundaries of contemporary dance research. Come view past works by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener which will be performed by Mitchell, Riener, and dancers. $15. Seating is limited! 

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Lecture & Demonstration with Artists in Residence Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture & Demonstration with Artists in Residence Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener

Dance Initiative honored to host New York City artists Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener and their four company members as Artists in Residence at The Launchpad Oct. 17-22. Mitchell & Silas, former Merce Cunningham dancers, choreograph collaboratively on works that push the boundaries of contemporary dance research. Join them for this free Lecture and Demonstration during which they will discuss their work as it relates to the idea of transformation: the transformation of the body, the transformation of spaces. In their work the dancing body becomes many things, a vehicle for poetic expression, a site holding many divergent personal histories, and a vessel for the magical, fantastical and spiritual. They will show excerpts of their site-specific and theatrical work from the last 5 years of experimentation and discuss these ideas. FREE!

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Spectrum Workshops
Sep
17
to Sep 18

Spectrum Workshops

Saturday, 10-11:30am | African Dance with Rujeko Dumbutshena & live music by Musekiwa (all levels & ages welcome!)

Saturday,  11:45-12:45 | FREE Youth Hip Hop Proper with Larry Southall (adults welcome too)

Saturday, 1-2:30pm | Contemporary Mix Up with Katie Swenson (intermediate)

Saturday, 2:45-4:15pm | Heal To Move with Black Belt Nia Instructor Jill Factor

Saturday, 4:15-5:15pm | FREE Introductory Tango with Cynthia Gottlob & Sean Ericson

Saturday, 5:15-6:15pm | Intermediate Tango with Cynthia Gottlob & Sean Ericson

Sunday, 10am to 1pm | Site Specific Dance Making with Laura Ann Samuelson (all levels)

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Spectrum Dance Festival: Broad Spectrum Performance
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

Spectrum Dance Festival: Broad Spectrum Performance

  • Carbondale Middle School Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dance Initiative welcomes Rennie Harris' Grass Roots Project back to a second Spectrum Dance Festival! Lorenzo (Rennie) Harris, Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Boulder-based group Grass Roots Project, celebrates hip-hop culture on his own terms by using some of the world’s most influential forms of movement, music, and storytelling to revolutionize contemporary concert dance. Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Harris has been teaching workshops and classes at universities around the country and is a powerful spokesperson for the significance of “street” origins in any dance style. Grass Roots Project will perform Harris' original work "Beautiful Human Lies" which is a suite of works inspired by the personal abuse Harris witnessed as a child. While this work is touching, beautiful, and a cultural rich, it does include violent imagery and explicit language which may not be suitable for young children. 

Tickets: $15 online | $20 at the door | Youth 18 & under free

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Spectrum Dance Festival: Local Color Performance
Sep
16
7:30 PM19:30

Spectrum Dance Festival: Local Color Performance

  • Carbondale Middle School Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Local Color features original works of choreography by local dance artists Meagan Londy Shapiro, Dana Ganssle Ellis and Deborah Colley as well as the work "Vacuum" which was choreographed in the Fall of 2015 Artist in Residence, Alya Howe and "I'm Going. Middle. End." created in Spring 2016 by Artists In Residence Laura Ann Samuelson and Meg Madorin. All works will be performed by members of the local company CoMotion: a conscious movement project along with other community members. 

Tickets: $15 online | $20 at the door | Youth 18 & under free

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Film Screening of Dancemaker
Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

Film Screening of Dancemaker

Dance Initiative will screen the documentary film Dancemaker, a documentary film. Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. Dancemaker is a look at Paul Taylor and his company over several months of preparation of "Piazzola Caldera," from conception to opening night at City Center. This is free to the public and you are welcome to bring your own popcorn and snacks!

(Note: Dance Initiative screened the documentary film Paul Taylor: Creative Domain in December 2015 and is screening this older documentary film in lieu of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company on Aug. 13). 

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Studio Presentation of THIS IS NOTHING WITHOUT YOU, a work in progress
Jul
16
8:30 PM20:30

Studio Presentation of THIS IS NOTHING WITHOUT YOU, a work in progress

New York City based HEWMAN will bring their collaborative and open ended creative process to Carbondale and the Launchpad July 11-16 at The Launchpad. Noted for their interaction between dance and at least on other medium, HEWMAN works to make the viewers as crucial to the environment as the performers. Dance Initiative will host a studio presentation of HEWMAN's current work in progress, THIS IS NOTHING WITH OUT YOU on July 16 at 8:30pm at The Launchpad. This current work in progress is an unconventional installation performance in which you, the audience, will find yourself as an integral part of the performance experience. $15 per person. Space is limited! 

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