Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is acquiring the Glenwood Dance Academy and expanding to Glenwood Springs, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.
The West Glenwood studio will host Aspen Santa Fe Ballet classes and dance lessons beginning this fall and will provide a permanent Glenwood home to the company’s valleywide Folklorico dance program for children. Folklorico classes in Glenwood had been using local classrooms.
The move adds to the company’s established studios in Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale.
“It’ a great opportunity, and it covers the whole valley for us,” said executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty.
DeAnna Anderson, owner of the Glenwood Dance Academy, is retiring and approached Aspen Santa Fe Ballet about taking over her studio space last year, Malaty said.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has hired former company dancer Eric Chase to manage the Glenwood studio. Chase retired from dancing in 2009, due to a knee injury, and began working in nonprofit management. He returns to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet after serving as operations officer with the Aspen Community Foundation. Dance instructors at the new studio will include Katie Dehler, a longtime company dancer who retired at the end of the summer 2013 season.
The new studio, Malaty said, will potentially add as many as 150 students to the nonprofit’s rolls — making it among the largest arts-education providers in the valley — and could draw students from places beyond the Roaring Fork Valley such as elsewhere along the Interstate 70 corridor, like Silt and Rifle.