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About Us

Crested Butte School of Dance is a registered 501c3 nonprofit arts education organization providing opportunities for access to dance and the arts. We create a nurturing environment for our youngest exploring artists and intensive instruction for serious students both on the ground with traditional dance training and in the air with aerial fabric training. Our students take their dance education with them as they move into their maturing roles in life with character, self-esteem, and a level of discipline and focus that empowers them in their endeavors.

Our Mission

The mission of the Crested Butte School of Dance is to deepen the connection to ourselves, each other, and the world around us through dance. We are a community-based educational organization dedicated to fostering creativity, self-expression, and personal growth to people of all ages through professional dance instruction and performance opportunities.


Community, creative expression, self-esteem, connection, inclusivity, diversity, fostering the love and joy of music and movement, providing performance opportunities for all ages & abilities, access to the arts regardless of socio-economic status, and sustainability.


CBSOD was founded in 1983 and has been a community engagement powerhouse for 40 years.  

School of Dance occupies our long-time home above the Crested Butte Fire Department in the Pump Room, and Jones Performance Hall and Schaul Children’s Music Hall at the Center for the Arts.  

Crested Butte School of Dance was founded in 1983 by Heidi Duvall and Bobbie Reinhardt and will celebrate 40 years of serving the community in 2023! CBSOD is well known for developing dancers of all ages in a nurturing, progressive, and now standard-based curriculum.  

Executive Director Shelly Clements is a professional dancer, choreographer, master dance instructor, licensed educator with an M.Ed., certified in massage therapy, yoga, and meditation, and a practitioner of conscious leadership.  

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Dance is for Everyone!

We provide expansive and inclusive programming that shifts as teachers of all movement genres move through our town and grace us with their offerings.  We provide ongoing training in the foundational styles of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical jazz, tap, and hip hop.

Non-profit Status

The Crested Butte School of Dance is a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and all gifts, grants, and donations are tax-deductible. EIN# 84-1183302

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

The Crested Butte School of Dance admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and sexual persuasion to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, or sexual persuasion in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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