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‘Summer Dreams’ make dancers feel fine

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Alex Loter, of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts' Senior Dance Company, will perform in the 15th annual Dancers Dancing show May 4-5. Submitted Photo

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts dancers are preparing for their biggest production yet, according to the show’s producers.Themed “Summer Dreams,” the 15th annual Dancers Dancing show takes place at 7 p.m. May 4-5 at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.”We’ve incorporated other departments at the Center for the Arts to help produce this performance,” said the Center’s director, Gayle Mortell. “Diane Seabrook and the fine arts department students created all the props and painted the scenery. Fashion design student Nicole Edelmann created and constructed 15 costumes for the ‘Synergy’ piece.”The Center for the Arts considers Dancers Dancing its crown jewel. The expanding program presents a dance company which includes both advanced and junior divisions. Dance instructors Marcia Bickel, Aarin Meager-Benson, Maurine Taufer, and Billy Trejo are experienced in the latest dance techniques, body conditioning and performance, Mortell said.”We’re also excited about the three student pieces in this year’s show,” Mortell said. “Amethyst Franklin will be performing her piece, ‘Like A Boy,’ and Zoe Yost and Shauni Bowles will perform their work, titled ‘Incomplete.’ Jordan, Taylor, Michael and Landon Churchill will perform a choreographed dance by Jacqui Edelmann named ‘Around the Corner.'”

Mortell said dancers have been preparing diligently to present the annual show to the Glenwood Springs community.”We have over 150 dancers performing this year, and these students have worked hard for the last eight months to make this an extraordinary event,” she said. “I am very proud of every one of them.”Bickel recently returned from the Hollywood Dance Connection competition hosted in Denver with the Center’s Junior and Senior Dance companies.”I just wanted our dancers to have a different kind of dance experience,” she said. “I wanted them to meet other dancers from around the country, to see how they perform and to see where they are in comparison. Our dancers participated in the many workshops over the weekend and competed with dancers from as far away as Los Angeles.”In the competition, the Junior Dance Company won second- and third-place trophies. The Senior Company won third- and fourth-place trophies. Amethyst Franklin earned a first-place trophy for her solo dance, and Chelsea Long brought home a second-place trophy with her hip-hop solo.

“I was very proud of them,” Bickel said. “They were very well behaved and competed very well.”The Center for the Arts dance companies perform year-round at various mountain festivals, senior centers, hospitals and schools.Tickets – $16 for adults and $9 for students – are available for the 15th annual Dancers Dancing at the Center for the Arts and by calling 945-2414.

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