CARBONDALE — Each time the Spectrum Dance Collection returns to Thunder River Theatre, a custom is carried on from prior years.
And founder Peter Gilbert couldn’t be prouder.
“This year’s show continues the tradition of combining fun with serious dance works that are always entertaining,” he said. “None of the dances are repeated from year to year. So it is a tradition but always new.”
The Spectrum Dance Collection, taking place April 18-19 at Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade, is an arts collaboration that begins nightly at 7:30 p.m. with an evening of dance.
“Entertainment is the primary goal of the show,” said Gilbert, who started Carbondale’s Dance Initiative. “From Broadway to ballet and contemporary to tap, this show features original works created and choreographed by some of the finest dancers in our community.”
Supporters of the Spectrum Dance Collection include the valley’s most active dance arts organizations, including Dance Initiative. They also include ArtillumA, Aspen Tango and Salsa, Coredination — A Movement Studio, Crystal River Ballet School, Dance Progressions, Glenwood Dance Academy, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, Le Cercle Studio, Western Slope Stompers and Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH).
“Deborah Colley and Brianna Jones, members of Carbondale’s new contemporary dance company, will work with Chloe Burton — all three are residents of Carbondale — to create a structured improvisational piece,” Gilbert said.
The three dancers have been working together over the past few months while participating in the CCAH Green is the New Black fashion show, Gilbert said.
“This improvisational piece challenges the dancers to use all their skill and understanding of movement with partners,” he said.
The weekend’s Spectrum Dance Collection program also features Bailey Barnum, last year’s winner of the Dance Initiative $1,000 grant. She studies dance at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and attended a tap intensive program in Vancouver, Canada.
“Bailey will team up with Candace Crosby, a teacher of tap at Dance Progressions, to perform a dramatic tap duo,” Gilbert said. “The audience will get a kick out of the story demonstrated in the piece.”
Gilbert founded the nonprofit Dance Initiative to promote the art of dance of different styles and serving the needs of experienced students of dance, choreographers and teachers in the Roaring Fork Valley. More information can be found at www.danceinitiative.org.