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23rd annual Dancers Dancing not your average recital

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts' intermediate ballet class rehearses its "Pixies" routine
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Who: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts dancers

What: Dancers Dancing

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Glenwood Springs High School’s Jeannie Miller Auditorium

How Much: $16 for adults, $10 for students

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ award-winning dance program will be on display this weekend with its 23rd annual Dancers Dancing event. And whether you want to see 3-year-old ballerinas in the making or teenagers with incredible technical skill, the showcase’s 34 pieces will be just the boost your soul needs.

“It’s inspiring,” said Christina Brusig, executive director of the Center for the Arts. “It will leave you humming. A reason to come is to see little children and let them make you happy. There is nothing better for your soul than watching a 3-year-old ballerina. You’ll get to see those cute little ballerinas, and then you’ll see technically trained dancers that are 18 or 19.”

Dancers Dancing will feature performances from all the Center for the Arts’ dance classes as well as its three dance companies, junior (grade-schoolers), senior (middle-schoolers) and advanced (high-schoolers). Genres for the evening include classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, breakdancing and modern.

Maurine Taufer, director of dance at the Center for the Arts and one of the founders of Dancers Dancing, said what sets this event apart from standard dance recitals is its size and scope. A lighting and set designer turns the performances into a professional-level production, and each year Dancers Dancing has a theme that ties the show together. This year, that theme is “Photo Booth.”

“We’re using the idea of a photo booth as inspiration for our opening piece of choreography,” Taufer said. In addition to the theme playing out on stage, there will be a photo booth in the lobby for patrons to use, and photo booth-style pictures of all the dancers will be on display.

One of those dancers, 18-year-old Glenwood Springs High School senior Annaliese Kehoe, has been dancing with the Center for the Arts since she was 3 years old. She said Dancers Dancing is a great way for the community and the dancers themselves to see how far the students have come over the course of a year.

“It’s just really cool to see how much we’ve improved and to see what we can do,” she said. “The community gets to see what students are involved in and how important it is — it keeps us fit, it’s a hobby or a sport for us, and it’s healthy.”

Dancers Dancing is a great way for the community to see what the Center for the Arts does, but it’s also a way for attendees to support the continuation of these dance programs, which take up three-fourths of the center’s operating budget. Brusig said the goal for this year is to raise $15,000. The funding allows the center to offer scholarships and outreach programs at local schools.

“Right now it’s helping about 50 different students that we have,” Brusig said. “It’s a great way to help children get physical, healthy and artistic all at once.”

Taufer is sure the performance will give plenty of bang for your buck.

“It’s very lively, and there’s a big variety of genres of dance,” she said. “Our young dancers are so charming, and the skill of our older dancers is really quite amazing. You can’t help but smile the whole time you’re watching it.”

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