Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ Dancers Dancing celebrates its 25th year |

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ Dancers Dancing celebrates its 25th year

Carla Jean Whitley
Dancers reherse for the 25th anniversary of Dancers Dancing taking place this weekend.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent |


Dancers Dancing

Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. The 25th annual event will not only celebrate the achievements of the 110 student dancers, but also welcome alumni. Prior to each show, live music will accompany a 15-minute slideshow of past years. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Center for the Arts, and dinner is available beginning 6 p.m. Friday.

Glenwood Springs High School, 1521 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | $16, $10 students | 945-2414 |

Dancers Dancing Menu: FRIDAY Bonfire Coffee: Regular coffee, decaf and hot water for teas - $1-2 Dickie’s Barbecue Pit: Pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, rolls - $5 per plate Riviera, served by Jonathan Gorst, Travis Owen, Tristan Koschak, Michael Thompson and Naomi Kuntz: Barbecue pork sliders with house made sauce, slaw and picked apples - $5 per plate Masala and Curry: Curry dish - $5 Paul Miranda: Enchiladas - $5 Sweet Coloradough: Donuts - $2 Homemade cookies, brownies and other desserts - $2 Rita Wagner: Bourbon spice pecans and custom chocolates - $5 per 1/4 pound (pecans) and $5 per plate (chocolates) Beverages: $1-2   SATURDAY MATINEE David Wagner: Popcorn - $1 Dominos: Pizza - $2 per slice Desserts and beverages: $1-5 Noemi Kosmowski: Face painting before the performance and during intermission   SATURDAY NIGHT Desserts and beverages: $1-5

It doesn’t matter whether they plie, pas de bourree or shyly smile and wave. When Annabelle and Alea Bahr step on stage this weekend, they’ll continue a long tradition of Dancers Dancing.

That heritage is both communal and personal. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts event celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The Bahr family relationship is just as long.

Annabelle, at 9, is now six years into her dance career. Alea, 5, is in her second. They’re following in their choreographer mother’s dance steps. Laura Bahr also enrolled in her first dance class at the center when she was 3. Like her daughters — and so many others — she learned from Dancers Dancing director Maurine Taufer.

“She instills this love of dance in the little kids she teaches,” Bahr said. “She’s so positive and so sweet and so caring.”

Although she won’t say so, others credit Taufer for continuing the event in the face of the center’s financial troubles.

“[Taufer is] always very complimentary of others, and she’s the last person to pat herself on the back. She should be the first,” Bahr said. “She’s the reason it’s kept going all these years.”

The 2.5-hour dance recital has become not only a celebration of dance, but also a fundraiser for its parent organization.

That’s fitting for an event that’s linked generations of dancers. Bahr credits her mom for enrolling her in classes, but also for helping with Annabelle and Alea. Fellow instructor Emily Fifer also began dancing under Taufer’s tutelage at a young age; and instructor Danielle Yost and Bahr share fond memories of performing “Swan Lake” together 22 years ago. In fact, each of the center’s seven instructor-choreographers trained for some period of time at the center. One of them, 17-year-old Bailey Barnum, still does.

Taufer was there from the beginning. She and others taught dance classes and saw their students perform throughout the state. They came together and dreamed up a single spring show that would incorporate all of their classes, and Dancers Dancing was born.

“I was really fortunate to be in a vortex of creative people who were really forward thinking,” she said. “It’s a gathering place. We’ve always been about makers in the community,” whether that’s the students, costume designer Crystal Schmidt or lighting designer Matt Soltesz.

The center and Dancers Dancing provided that for Bahr, and it’s been meaningful to see her daughters share that experience.

She said, “It’s been such a safe, special place for them where they’ve had a lot of growth and you’re able to be your true self.”

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