Express your inner ballerina through center’s dance program |

Express your inner ballerina through center’s dance program

Sinda Wood

Calling all fairy godchildren, fireflies, butterflies, ladybugs, bumblebees or hummingbirds. Strap on your wings and join in the Fairy Festival at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, June 4. You can express your inner ballerina, wear your beautiful costume and bring a friend along. Our new dance teachers will serve cake and punch and teach a free ballet class! Receive a $10 discount on class registration Friday!

Growing our excellent dance program and increasing the quality of the instruction has always been our goal. Erin Kelley will be teaching ballet and modern beginning in summer. Recently receiving her master’s in dance ed. from the University of Colorado, Erin is an exciting dancer and solid teacher who adds experience in choreography. Watch for her fresh face to be highly visible as we continue to ready our students for auditions into the Colorado Dance Company this fall.

Caroline Butler instructs with her fine London Ballet education and takes the more intermediate and advanced students into their training in ballet and pointe. Amanda Beezeley, a Vail Valley resident and dancer, brings her knowledge of tap and jazz to the mix. Emily Johnson will assist our littlest dancers in Mini Me Movement, Pre-Ballet and become our first bilingual dance teacher, teaching the Mexican Folktale and Folkdance Class. Emily will also help any bilingual student with registration and class information.

And to round out the season, Lillian Bitkoff from the Julliard School and now teaching at UCLA will become our dancer in residence for August and September. Lillian will conduct master classes and workshops to elevate our students who would like to audition for our upcoming dance company. You won’t want to miss this exciting windup to our summer dance program! Dance, arts, theatre, music abounds in the Center for the Arts this summer!


The Art Guild will hold its public artist reception at the Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Friday, June 11. Come see the beautiful classical skills executed by their members during the show, running from June 11 to July 11.

The next evening enjoy an Armenian fingerfood feast while looking at Armenian art in an historic Glenwood home. Please join us and see a large body of art consisting of over 85 pieces in a home gallery atmosphere.

“My upbringing brought friends together with food, and my father took that one step further,” said Annig Raley, daughter of Armenian artist Ariel Agemian. “He would say, if you want to enjoy my art, come to my home. Now we have the best of all worlds ” food, art and friends! And I have realized my father’s vision.”

Tickets are $35, or $40 at the door of Raley’s home. The event is from 7-10 p.m. June 12.

Information and tickets: 945-2414.

Calendar of Events

– Classes begin June 7, Monday

– July and August, ARTOPIA Open Exhibit and Sale. August and September “Buena Vista” Hispanic Artists and Art Exhibit

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th St. between the Yampah Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We’re open 9-5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Information:,, 945-2414.

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