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Art Scene: Strength in unity

Christina Brusig
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When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek

There are very few things in life that we can accomplish on our own. Just ask the pharaoh who thought building the Great Pyramid of Giza would be a nice way for people to remember him. Twenty years and 2.3 million limestone blocks later, it was all about the team.

The definition of team will take the stage tonight when the Center for the Arts presents our Dancers Dancing spectacular, A Night In New York, at the Glenwood Springs High School’s J. Miller Theatre.

We are in the business of impact, of suspending reality, of delivering the moment. Our pre-ballet to advanced company will perform original dance choreography, complete with stunning costumes, lighting and music and, for the first time, at our Sunday matinee, our award-winning competitive dancers will join them.

Our dancers, from 3 to 18, keep us focused on why the Center for the Arts exists: to discover, encourage and nurture the talent in everyone whether it is dance, art or music.

This is the 24th year that the Center for the Arts has staged our largest education fundraiser of the year.

The Center delivers over 60 in-house programs serving 700 students, after-school art, music and dance classes to 5 area elementary schools and a bi-lingual art and literacy program in partnership with the Glenwood Springs Library.

You have always been a big part of our success and we invite you to be a part of this fabulous night. Purchase tickets at glenwoodarts.org or call 970-945-2414. Adults $16 and Students $10. Doors open at 6:15 tonight and Saturday and 1:15 Sunday.

Tonight, when the curtain rises on A Night In New York what you will see on stage is the result of a creative team who pitched every idea, rational or not, then arrived at consensus, who delivered on promises against the odds then committed to more, and who never lost sight of the goal to include everyone who wanted to be part of this art.

This weekend would never happen if it weren’t for Maurine Taufer, Director of Dancers Dancing and our dance program. She takes the ‘littles’ who have never danced before and unlocks a talent they didn’t know they had. She works with the ‘bigs’ and takes them to the next level of creativity and imagination. Thank you, dear friend, for all you do.

Here’s the rest of the team:

Executive Director: Christina Brusig

Assistant Director: Brie Carmer

Administrative Assistant: Linda White

Building Engineer: Charlie Beyer

Assistant Director: Brie Carmer

Lighting Designer/Technical Director: Matt Solstez

Sound Engineers: Gabe Chenoweth, Emily Page, Jessica Tuttle

Stage Manager: Brad Bailey

Assistant Stage Manager: Amber Hahn

Videography: Ben Fout of Foutography

Poster and Program: Brie Carmer

Backstage Coordination: Jackie Binion, Lori Corwin, Liz Waters, and the teachers

House Manager, Box Office, Concessions: Christina Brusig, Brie Carmer, Rita Wagner

Dance Instructors: Maurine Taufer, Laura Bahr, Christina Brusig, Katie Deyoe, Emily Fifer, and Bella Barnum – Collier.

Special thanks to: Alpine Bank, Bighorn Toyota, Gabe Chenoweth and KMTS, Glenwood Springs High School, Terry Muldoon, Crystal Schmidt of Lola J. Boutique, Tammy Girardot, Kate McRaith, Amy Luetke and the Property Shop, Charlie Beyer, Ben Fout, Noemi and Kristof Kosmowski, John Taufer, Shawn and Jackie Binion, and our “roadies” who help transport and lay the Marley dance floor and deliver costumes and props to and from the Center for the Arts, Jennetta Howell, Lora Ogren, Designer Door Hardware, Dirt Devil Excavation, Red Chair Designs, Columbine Ford, Village Inn, Sunshine and Moon Bakery, Sweet Coloradough, Celestial Creations, and Coca Cola.

You’re the best outside team anyone could ask for!

In honoring all the beautiful people who have made Dancers Dancing possible, I would like to thank the most beautiful person I know, my mother Vickie Brusig, and wish her the happiest birthday ever.

See you this weekend when you see how teamwork makes the dream work.

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.