…AND THEN THEY DANCED
Last Friday night, the lights went down, the curtain came up, and our wonderful dancers launched three days of outstanding and innovative performance. When the Showstoppers judge in our recent competition in Denver said of our troupe, “This is some of the best work we have seen in competitions throughout the country,” it was all in evidence at our 23rd Annual Dancers Dancing.
I want to thank the teachers, parents, volunteers and my amazing staff for their commitment to always going the distance. Stepping up and delivering whatever was necessary brought the community through the front door for the ultimate dance experience. Without that sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.
I know how hard the dancers work, and sometimes I can feel like I’m looking at a performance through the unconditional love of a proud parent or through the eyes of dedicated teacher. Then you hear from a new voice, outside the family, a stranger to our Center and the work we do. Suddenly and wonderfully, our commitment to the individual and to the arts is validated in the most important and impartial way.
Meet Vid Weatherwax who was in our audience for the first time last weekend. He shared his experience and thoughts on our Facebook page:
“I moved to Glenwood Springs from Jackson, Michigan, and the Detroit music scene three summers ago. I make my living as a musician, having performed and lived in several states across the country. Few things touch me so profoundly as seeing young people excel in the performing arts. The dedication, sacrifice and heart that it takes to achieve such grace of movement was shown this past weekend. The quality of the dancing was high, the choreography did what it’s supposed to do, which is to emote, transcend analysis and connect with the hearts and souls of the audience while being technically demanding.
I thought to myself, ‘What have I stumbled into here?’ There are so many young people, dancing so well. What wonderful guidance they are getting from their instructors, what skills? This is an impressive ratio of very good dancers to the population of the area. This is good enough, in every respect, to deserve the national designation they recently received from SMU’s National Art Center. They can easily be an inspiring model for communities everywhere who understand the connection between the arts and the quality of life. We are a lucky citizenry, and I am happy and proud to say that I live in this town.”
Sustaining that art vibrancy, we are excited to announce new classes and camps with our June 8 through Aug. 14 Summer Program:
Sign your young artist up for the Pottery and Art Camp every Wednesday or Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., where they’ll discover a whole new world of expression.
Toolbox 101/Soap Box Car – This one is a winner for kids 10 and older. Build an engine-less art car that will race in a downtown Art Car Derby in August as part of an exciting downtown event.
Join master painter, Noemi Kosmowski, in her En Plein Air painting class. Travel to a picturesque location and paint the natural world.
Visit our website or call us at 970-945-2414 and discover all of the exciting classes we’ve created for you and your family.
So, thank you Vid Weatherwax and all of our new friends at the Center. You have joined a growing group of members, volunteers, sponsors and advocates who believe in the artistic community and their place in it and who support our efforts as we continue to discover, encourage and sustain the artist in every individual.
To paraphrase Vincent Van Gogh: “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint, you cannot sing, you cannot dance,’ then by all means paint, sing and dance, and that voice will be silenced.”
See you this Summer!
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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