Dancers: belly up to the barre, speak to us, make us laugh or weep |

Dancers: belly up to the barre, speak to us, make us laugh or weep

Dance is good. It’s a skill our species has possessed almost from the outset, maybe even before we were walking upright. Every culture I can think of has developed some kind of dance, often set to music but sometimes just to the beat of an internal drummer.Even bees dance. I’m not kidding. They dance to communicate where the clover grows; they sort of “dance a map” for the other bees. For bees then, dance is a form of communication of the good news. But bees don’t dance a map to where kids with jars are laying in wait for unsuspecting cute insects. No. They only dance the “let me show you where that clover is” dance.Human beings have a much more grand repertoire. We are really lucky to be able to express every nuance of emotion through dance. We dance our joy, our anger and everything in between.A strongly choreographed, technically flawless, passionately executed piece of dance can make me cry like a big baby, make me laugh out loud, or give me a glimpse of some essential truth I may have forgotten. Dance speaks to all of us.It is with the goal of more effective communication through dance that we introduce the Choreography and Repertoire Project at the Center for the Arts. This project is for serious and advanced dancers who want to get, well, more serious and advanced! The C&R project attempts to “raise the barre” on the quality of dance and dance students produced in our valley.The project requires a 32-week commitment from dancers and incorporates professional level rehearsal and performance requirements. It offers dancers several performance opportunities before live audiences, beginning with an appearance Sept. 27 at the Glenwood Springs High School Auditorium.This is a demanding curriculum specifically designed by professional dancers/instructors Melanie Huskey and Claire Evans to challenge and bring out the best in the dancers who commit to it.Students must audition for a spot in the C & R Project. Auditions will be held from noon till 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Center. Dancers are asked to bring tap, ballet and jazz shoes and are required to participate in every aspect of the audition.Representatives from Eagle Dance Apparel will also be on hand with dance wear for sale at discount prices.Selected dancers will meet from 10 a.m. till noon Saturdays, beginning Oct. 5 and ending in May. Cost of the Saturday classes is $25 per month.When dancers finish this intensive training we think they’ll not only be able to dance us to where the clover is; they may have developed the skills to make us weep along the way.Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Calendar of Events-Borderlands Exhibit, Sept. 5 to 30. A non-juried exhibition of international art exploring our geographical, personal, political and spiritual borders. Opening and artists reception is 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.-Transitions Exhibit, Oct. 4 to Nov. 4. A non-juried exhibition of work depicting life changes and seminal moments in an artist’s life, showing the artist’s work before and after change and featuring dialogue of what inspired the change. Opening and artists reception is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.-Culinary Arts, Wine & Brewfest, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the beautiful Hotel Colorado. Join us for this posh, fun, delicious event. Live music, cooking demonstrations and food that’s to die for. Taste (and quaff !) the very best our region has to offer. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.-Boxes & Bikes Exhibit, Nov. 7 to Dec. 1. A non-juried exhibition featuring two and three dimensional art of painted or decorated boxes and bikes. Opening and artists reception is 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.-Winterfest Dec. 6 to 8. Our 12th annual Arts & Crafts Fair. Call for an application.Artist application deadlinesBorderlands: Friday, Aug. 30, applications due; Tuesday, Sept. 3, art delivery day. Transitions: Friday, Sept. 23, applications due; Tuesday, Oct. 1, delivery day. Boxes & Bikes: Monday, Oct. 28, applications due; Tuesday, Nov. 5, delivery day.Call the Center for applications, tickets or information at 945-2414. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th Street between the Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We’re open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by, call, or e-mail us at for information on these and other events, classes and shows.

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