Glenwood Dance Academy sashays onto valleys art and exercise scene |

Glenwood Dance Academy sashays onto valleys art and exercise scene

For DeAnna Anderson and Claire Evans, all the worlds a stage one they share with aspiring and experienced dancers of all ages.Last month the Glenwood Dance Academy instructors opened their 3,800-square-foot, three-studio facility, complete with floating birch floors, a high-tech sound system, and a main room featuring a 17-foot ceiling for big-air dance lifts. Their mission is to offer both serious and recreational dance, as well as exercise training, to the community.We are here to evolve dance where it needs to go, said Anderson, who holds a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts from the University of California at Irvine and a second degree in health and physical education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. We are also dedicated to the movement arts.Anderson and Evans hope to expose others to their extensive formal dance training and experience by teaching correct techniques to students ranging from beginner to advanced.

Including our other teachers, if you combine all of our years of instructing, it goes well into 100 years, Anderson said.It helps that Anderson started her dance career in a production of The Nutcracker in San Francisco and later trained in New York with legendary dancer Mikhail Barishnikov and instructor Martha Graham. Evans studied in Denver under former Broadway and Joffrey Ballet dancer Stan Picus, and trained in New York City before opening a dance school in Rifle in 1988.This is the first real dance academy in Glenwood Springs in many years, said Evans, who was director of dance at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. We are prepared to take the youngest child and take him or her all the way to adulthood.

The academys owners feel confident they can reach that goal with a dance curriculum including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, breakin, African dance, musical theater and hip-hop. Their exercise offerings range from cardio pilates and gentle Anusara yoga to 50s-plus workouts and Hatha yoga.We encourage our students to cross-train, said Anderson, who was an understudy for Cats on Broadway. You get the best dancers that way.With plans for two more pilates Reformer machines, and the help of eight additional male and female instructors, Anderson and Evans feel confident that the nearly 150 students enrolled will receive optimal training and inspiration.Its a challenge because we are totally private but we have a lot to offer and a lot of experience, Evans said. We hope to bring in workshops for summer programs and bring in masters.The stage is certainly set at the Glenwood Dance Academy, and students may become masters of their craft before they know it.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518,

Who: Glenwood Dance AcademyWhat: Offering dance classes such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern, breakin, African dance, musical theatre, and hip hop, and exercise classes including cardio, mat and circuit pilates; 50s-plus workouts; and Anusara and Hatha yoga.When: Mondays through SaturdaysWhere: 100 Midland Ave., Glenwood Springs, 945-2717

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