Area students see the beauty of dance |

Area students see the beauty of dance

Kay VasilakisGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado
Dance students from Colorado State University are schools throughout the valley this week, courtesy of the Aspen Dance Connection. Students at Wamsley Elementary in Rifle were treated to a performance Monday morning. The troupe is in Carbondale Tuesday and performs at schools in Basalt and Aspen on Wednesday. (Kelley Cox/Post Independent)

You never know when inspiration and opportunity will put a twinkle in your toes.Basalt-based Aspen Dance Connection has invited dance director Chung-Fu Chang and nine young, professional dancers from the CSU Tour Dance Company to perform a new program for 4,000 students and teachers from Rifle to Aspen this week. ADC has brought the director and the CSU Tour Company into area schools for three years.The program, See Dance through Fabric, brings culturally-diverse dance to the stage which express human emotion and celebrates differences and similarities. The 50-minute program features a host of unique dances an ancient Chinese ribbon dance; modern dance using fabric to intertwine dancers and fabric into striking formations; a male solo dance that showcases the intensity of a karate and kung-fu martial artist; a piece in which dancers make origami shapes and transform the choreography into flying movements; a lyrical Hawaiian dance inspired by the royal photos of Queen Lili’uokalani; a mask dance; high-energy tap dance; and a stylized jazz dance. At the end of the program, students are invited to dance and ask questions.The tour began Monday with stops in Silt and Rifle. On Tuesday, the company performs at 8:15 a.m. at Crystal River Elementary in Carbondale, at 10 a.m. at Carbondale Middle School and at 1:20 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School for Ross Montessori, Carbondale Community School, Marble Charter and Yampah Mountain High School students. The tour continues Wednesday with a 9:15 a.m. performance at Basalt Middle School for Basalt Elementary students; the troupe then heads to Aspen Community School for a 2 p.m. show.A master class and show for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts dance companies took place Monday evening.I love the idea; the kids will enjoy seeing the dances, said Maurine Taufer, dance teacher at the center. They will get class, discussion and performance. Wow, thats great. We are looking forward to the event.The local performances are sponsored by Alpine Banks and Western Rockies Federal Credit Union, the town of Basalt, Midland Shoes, Heirlooms of Basalt, Aspen Club & Spa, Glenwood Springs Hot Springs, Woody Creek Tavern, the Pour House, and parent/teacher organizations at the participating schools.ADC has been presenting dance for 30 years, and It is part of our mission to educate youth to the beauty of all styles of dance, said Fran Page, artistic/executive director of the Aspen Dance Connection. We feel this is a great introduction for children who may not get this opportunity otherwise. We have also seen how a shy young girl came out of her shell after getting up to dance with the performers, which they do at the end of each assembly. It lasted the rest of the year and has changed her life forever.

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