Now in its 22nd year, the Dancers Dancing showcase takes to the Glenwood Springs High School Jeanne Miller Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a special early Mother’s Day matinée special at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
In light of Mother’s Day weekend, Dancers Dancing 2014 “Reflections” — a benefit for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts — will premier new creative works interpreted from the book “My Mama had a Dancing Heart” written by Libba Moore Grey. In addition to the dancing attendees can expect to see extravagant lighting schemes, beautiful costuming and eye-catching choreography.
There will be about 120 performers, ages 3 to adult, and the show will feature the Center for the Arts’ Junior, Senior and Advanced dance companies performing ballet, modern dance, tap dance, jazz dance, hip hop, break dance, contemporary, as well as a piece from our adult belly dance class. Some of the dancers participate in the arts center’s Competitive Dance Program, and the show will feature a few snippets of some of their competition dances.
“My Mama Had A Dancing Heart” is the springboard for six of the dances. This segment of the show will be narrated by Center for the Arts alum Bella Barnum. Dana Peterson, Advanced Ballet instructor, has choreographed a piece for her Advanced Ballet class called “Please Remember Me.” Peterson has been working with these girls since 2010, and this dance will feature nine of the Advanced Ballet students, most of whom will perform “en pointe.”
A tradition at the Center for the Arts is to give graduating seniors the opportunity to perform a senior solo. This year Eunice Calzadias, Mariah Kadrmas, and Kierstin Rounsefell will present their senior pieces.
On Saturday evening from 6-7 p.m. a local jazz quintet will play preshow music. The band comprises Aaron Taylor, Mateo Sandate, Ashton Taufer, Justin Pfeifer and Chris Rose.
Dancers Dancing 2014 is dedicated to Gayle Mortell, who retires from her term as executive director of the center in late May.
Tickets can be purchased at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St.; by calling 970-945-2414; or online at www.glenwoodarts.org.