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Dancers Dancing kicks up its heels this weekend

From the tiniest of beginner ballerinas seeking balance with every step to the seasoned modern dancers performing complex physical maneuvers and routines, Dancers Dancing is an exhilarating visual performance. The annual program showcases some of the most energetic dance talents in the area.

“It’s an opportunity to see an array of different dance styles,” said Claire Evans, a dance instructor at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, where the young participants of Dancers Dancing train and learn the art of movement.

Dancers Dancing “is much more than a recital,” said Evans. From the costumes to the quality of dancing, this is a serious and inspirational dance performance. More than 100 students have trained for months, and even years, for this weekend’s performances.



There are male and female dancers, ranging in age from as young as 3 and 4, to adults, said Evans. Ability ranges from beginning ballet performed by the tiniest of dancers, to advanced choreography performed by students who have trained in dance for most of their lives.

In addition to the program’s standard ballet, jazz, tap and modern jazz, this year’s program also features high-energy hip-hop performances.



With the addition of two new teachers, and the loss of another, this year’s program will be a little different than in the past, said Evans. The two new dance instructors are Laura Tiege and Melanie Huskey. They join instructors Evans and Laura Stein. Stein is a former student at the center and now teaches ballet to some of the younger students.

Karen Samuelson, who taught Dancers Dancing students for about six years, is no longer with the program.

In addition to the young dancers, performers also include Colorado Mountain College modern and jazz dance students. There is also a good representation of “mature” women dancing this year, said Evans. Some of them are very accomplished, and some are dancing on stage for the first time.

“It’s nice to see these women having such a good time,” said Evans.

The special Saturday matinee performance will feature some of the youngest dancers, as well as hip-hop routines.

During the two evening shows, 14 separate performances will be presented in two acts.

Evans choreographed a piece last December in response to the events of Sept. 11. “No Dark Clouds will Gather Round Me,” danced to the tune “Wayfaring Stranger,” will be performed by CMC students.

The instructors will have their moment on stage as well, and will perform a theatre dance piece.

Proceeds from the event help support the many dance classes and programs offered by the Center for the Arts. The next session of classes will begin in early June. Contact the center at 945-2414 for more information.

DETAILS

WHO

More than 100 dance students from the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Colorado Mountain College

WHAT

Dancers Dancing – a two-part program featuring dance performances by students of all levels, genres and abilities

WHEN

7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, with a special matinee performance by young dancers and their teachers, at 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE

Glenwood Springs High School auditorium

HOW MUCH

Admission $12 adults, $6 students, with special sponsorship passes available (call 945-2414 for reservations or details)


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