Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is acquiring the Glenwood Dance Academy and expanding to Glenwood Springs, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.
The West Glenwood studio will host Aspen Santa Fe classes and dance lessons beginning this fall, and will provide a permanent Glenwood home to Aspen Santa Fe’s valleywide Folklorico dance program for children. Folklorico classes in Glenwood had been using local classrooms.
The move adds to Aspen Santa Fe’s established studios in Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale.
“It’s a great opportunity and it covers the whole valley for us,” said executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty.
DeAnna Anderson, owner of Glenwood Dance Academy, is retiring and approached Aspen Santa Fe about taking over her studio space last year, said Malaty.
Aspen Santa Fe has hired former company dancer Eric Chase to manage the Glenwood studio. Chase retired from dancing in 2009, due to a knee injury, and began working in nonprofit management. He returns to Aspen Santa Fe after serving as operations officer with the Aspen Community Foundation. Dance instructors at the new studio will include Katie Dehler, a longtime company dancer who retired at the end of the summer 2013 season.
The new studio, Malaty said, will potentially add as many as 150 students to the nonprofit’s rolls — making it among the largest arts education providers in the valley — and could draw students from beyond the valley in the I-70 corridor and towns like Silt and Rifle.