Art Scene: The treasure trove |

Art Scene: The treasure trove

In my line of work, I have the opportunity of knowing truly remarkable and talented people. I witness individuals who live what they love on a daily basis. I hear their stories, and together we write new chapters in the books of our mutually creative lives. My lucky stars often line up to provide opportunities to me that I absolutely treasure.

I’m reveling in treasure this week as I witnessed my staff do it again. You know … that great work that they always do — another sold out show, another inspired child who made memories dancing under the lights, another happy choreographer, audience member and art patron. We live our mission each day of “Providing Opportunities to Create and Enjoy the Arts.” Thanks to our director of dance, Maurine Taufer and our incredible dance staff Emily Fifer, Laura Bahr, Gabriella Collier, Bailey Barnum, Danielle Yost and Nicole Zinn for bringing another successful and cheer-filled Winterpalooza to life at the Vaudeville Tuesday and Wednesday.

Our dance adventures continue into the weekend as we inaugurate the Rocky Mountain Dance Project with a scrimmage of local competitive dance teams from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Masonic Lodge at Ninth and Colorado. The Saturday scrimmage is free to the public, so come and watch as dancers perform pieces of choreography in front of industry judges discovering what it will take to get them to the next artistic level of competitive dancing.

Then on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Art Center, we invite all dancers of any age and skill level to take master classes from our gifted teachers. Emily Fifer will teaches improv from 10-11 a.m., Bailey Barnum leads contemporary from 11 a.m. to noon, Gabriella Collier teaches hip hop from noon to 1 p.m., and our guest teacher and a founder of the ArtillumA Dance Company, Landon Churchill, teaches tap from 1-2 p.m. This master class day is $35 per person. Call 945-2414 to register.

In celebrating a week filled with exceptional dancing, my hat’s off to our director of competitive dance, Gabriella Collier. She is the dreamer behind the Rocky Mountain Dance Project. Bella attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC this summer, and came back with great ideas to solidify the Art Center’s vision of being the dance epicenter of the Roaring Fork Valley. We live our mission and vision on a daily basis, and it’s because of outstanding individuals like Bella who through innovation, creativity and love for the form bring opportunities to life for aspiring dancers in the valley.

Thank you, Bella. You impress me every single day. The center is lucky to be your partner in developing youth and providing professional dance opportunities to so many individuals. We love you and appreciate you. As we say in the world of dance, “Merde” for your showcase this weekend. You, my friend, are a true showstopper.

A big shout=out to the choreographers from the Art Center presenting works at Rocky Mountain Dance Project. Gabriella Collier, Eunice Calzadias, Laura Bahr, Katie Deyoe, Bailey Barnum, Kia Meraz, Michelle Edgar Enos and me. I’m thrilled for all of you to come watch our creations come to life on Saturday. We are excited to see the works presented by our partners in dance, the ArtillumA Dance Company from Rifle. Join us.

The Winterfest Treasures

Tonight’s the night we launch the most popular holiday tradition in the valley. Meet the Winterfest artists, join your friends and neighbors and be dazzled by some of the most original and affordable artistry around. Colorado Candies super chocolate fountain will be here along with food master Gandhi Indian Cuisine. See you between 5-8 p.m. for this superb annual community celebration.

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Reach her at

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