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Youth fashion extravaganza returns to Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Colorado - Young fashionistas and fashionisters will be doing their little turns on the catwalk Saturday as the Green is the New Black Youth Fashion Extravaganza returns to PAC3.A Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanity (CCAH) event, "Cirque d'Sopris" offers the public two chances to see the valley's youth take style to a sustainable level with handmade, recycled designs."This show was so popular last year that a second show has been added to accommodate the crowd," CCAH executive director Amy Kimberly said.Designers Jenna Bradford and Rochelle Norwood direct "Cirque d'Sopris," a spin-off to the Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza for adults hosted in March as a major fundraiser for CCAH. Bradford and Norwood have designed eco-friendly clothing, modeled and danced in the adult fashion show, helping them share their real-world experience in visual arts with the kids they coach. Like the show's co-directors, several of the volunteers and fashion show moms are associated with the adult Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza as well. A 2011 alumna of the show, Jen Roeser's daughter, Kiki, is taking part in the youth version Saturday.Tanya Black, winner of this year's local designer award at the Green is the New Black show in March, has two daughters in Saturday's event as part of the circus act. Krimzin Black, 7, and Saffire Black, 10, of Carbondale will perform hula hoop and acrobatics. Tanya Black said she'll always remember her youngest daughter's reaction to being on the catwalk for the youth fashion show."My favorite memory from last year's show is what Krimzin said after," Tanya Black said. "She told me, 'When I was on stage performing, my heart was so full of joy!' That's the best part, that they have been given a creative outlet.""Cirque d'Sopris" is co-produced with Second Shift, an after-school program for valleywide middle school students. Along with recycled fashions, the Green is the New Black Youth Fashion Extravaganza features a performance from the SOL Theater youth Improv troupe, circus acts and dance by Aspen Santa-Fe Ballet Folklorico. "Around 40 models and 20 dancers from Aspen to Glenwood Springs will take part in this show," Kimberly said. "It is truly a collaborative project reflecting the values and talents of our valley's dedicated and motivated young people."Proceeds from both shows support CCAH's education programs throughout the year. The nonprofit organization provides after-school art programming to Crystal River Elementary students, along with initiatives in the area's middle and high schools, Kimberly said.

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