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Dance like no one’s watching, and watch the artists dancing

Steppin' Out with AprilApril E. Clark

If the weekend were a cheesy syndicated show from the ’80s featuring Kelly Ripa before she was famous, it would be called “Dance Party USA.”I loved “Dance Party USA.” The show was an American Bandstand-meets-the East Coast production on the USA Network, instead of a major television network like ABC. The hair was extra big and the totally-’80s mini skirts were extra mini. Every day after school when I was a freshman in high school, my best friend and I would watch “Dance Party USA” while eating bologna sandwiches and pickles.Only in the Midwest.’Round these parts this weekend, the dancing is live and a lot less cheesy.During the afternoon today and Saturday, Glenwood Dance Academy’s Danse Arts Theatre Company provides a sample of its dancers’ moves and what they have planned for their “Lion King” performances in June (see Picks: Etc. on B4).Starting tonight and continuing with two shows Saturday, there’s a variety of dancing at Glenwood Springs High School with the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts 14th Annual Dancers Dancing production. Belly dancing, tap, jazz, ballet – the dancing styles are endless.Even Colorado Mountain College Theatre has dancing in mind with its “Dancing at Lughnasa” production this weekend and next. I’ve heard one of the actresses, who I will not name here, really knows how to dance the jig.That has to be better than the moves on “Dance Party USA.”

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: Texas swing and honky-tonk band Halden Woffard & The Hi-beams plays Steve’s Guitars at 8:30 p.m. tonight (doors open at 8 p.m.) Information: 963-3304. And at 9 p.m. just next door, rock-jam band Seventh Hour gets the party started at the Black Nugget. Information: 963-4498This is why I’d kick it up here: Whether it’s swinging to a honky-tonk band or twirling to a jam band, music fans in Bonedale have several options to dance the night away tonight. Luckily Steve’s and the Nugget are right next to each other in downtown Carbondale, so a person like me – who can never make up her mind – can have the best of both worlds.

It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: Colorado Mountain College Theatre presents “Dancing at Lughnasa,” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and May 4-6 a the New Space Theatre on the CMC Spring Valley campus. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and are available at http://www.acteva.com/go/cmctheatre or by calling 947-8252.This is why I’d kick it up here: Blame it on the stars, but I can be one stubborn 4/20 baby. “Dancing at Lughnasa” is the CMC play I auditioned for in March, but didn’t make. I’ll try anything once, except for bungy jumping. Could it be the monologue I failed to memorize? Or was it the sad attempt at an Irish accent? Only director Tom Cochran knows. But I like to live by the motto, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” If I don’t attend at least one performance of the five-night affair, then I’ll look like a stubborn sore loser. For a Taurus like me, that would be too cliché.

Tuesday: Big Daddy Lee and the Kingbees, Chicago-style blues and swing, 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday through May 30, Black Nugget, Carbondale. No cover. Information: 963-4498 Thursday: German Brass, international brass ensemble, Glenwood Springs Community Concert Association performance, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, St. Stephens Catholic Church, 19th and Blake, Glenwood Springs. Tickets: free for the public with purchase of a membership for next season. Information: Judy at 945-5384 or Sue at 945-8722


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