Making connections through dance
THE MISSION of the Crested Butte Dance Collective is to deepen the connection to ourselves, to each other, and to our communities through dance. We are committed to providing exceptional dance opportunities in the areas of Education, Performance, Community Partnerships, and Professional Development.
Aerial Dance Program
The Aerial Dance program has constituted a large part of the services that CBDC has provided to Crested Butte for the past five years. We currently offer a wide variety of weekly classes, workshops, open workout sessions, and private instructors to participants ranging in age from 5yrs old to 65 yrs old. Since 2011, our program has worked with over 500 students from Crested Butte and Gunnison as well as annual visitors, The Aerial Dance program provides a mode of dance and movement that is accessible to a wide range of ability levels and body types. We have seen tremendous impacts on individual dancers in body awareness, fitness, self-esteem, and confidence. There is something profound that happens when a person is hanging upside down on an aerial hoop or silk by only their own physical strength. This modality of dance requires participants to overcome great fears and challenge themselves to do something they never thought they could do. This confidence directly translates to other parts of people’s lives and impacts how they make choices and take risks. Over the past five years, we have seen how Aerial Dance has benefitted a wide range of demographics including young adults, parents and children, elderly, and people with disabilities.
General Dance Workshops and Classes
The CBDC strives to provide educational dance opportunities to the Crested Butte Community that are not often offered. Over the years the CBDC has strived to offer classes in different forms of partner dance such as Tango and Salsa, African dance, Ecstatic Dance, Contact Improv, Acro Yoga, and choreography. Although, in the past year, we have had to focus most of our staffing efforts on growing our Aerial Programming, we are still committed to offering exceptional classes and workshops in many modalities of dance whenever possible.
Move the Butte
Move the Butte is a showcase of local dancers, choreographers, and technical crew who work collaboratively to create a dance production that annually has more than 100 local dancers ranging in ability levels from beginner to advanced. Over the past seven years, Move the Butte has had over 400 local participants, many returning every year. Participation in this production is open to anyone over the age of 18 and provides performance and learning opportunities for locals who have never danced or performed in front of audiences before. The impact of Move the Butte reaches far beyond the positive experiences for participants. The intention of this production is to inspire self-discovery, encourage risk taking and stimulate the creative yearnings in participants and audience members alike.
In the fall, for the past 5 years, the CBDC has produced a highly creative dance production with a selected cast of dancers and choreographers. This production is intended to be an innovative process that pushes the creative edges of the directors, choreographers, cast, and audiences. Please see archival footage on Vimeo and Facebook for the following fall productions: Dance of the Dead 2012, Gypsy Caravan 2013, Elemental Offerings 2014, Weathering 2015, & The Machine 2016.
The CBDC established a partnership with Adaptive Sports Center in 2013 and annually, we provide Physically Integrated & Aerial Dance opportunities to an average of 50 participants with physical disabilities. In addition to servicing the Adaptive groups that come to our valley, we also offer training to local residents with specialized needs in our Aerial Dance Programming and Physically Integrated dance opportunities throughout each year.
The CBDC is committed to supporting the learning and growth of our instructors. We annually offer teacher trainings and financial stipends to our committed teaching staff, which enable them to continue training in the areas they are teaching and explore new dance modalities that inspire and intrigue them.
Since the beginning of the CBDC, we have performed in many for-hire events in the Gunnison Valley. These events provide opportunities for choreographers and dancers to perform in a more professional setting and receive compensation for their skills. This aspect of our programming benefits the community at large by bringing dance into mainstream venues that give a wide range of audiences exposure to dance they might not otherwise experience. Past performances and organizations that CBDC has been hired for include: The Crested Butte Arts Fair, The 4th of July Parade and Celebration, USA Pro Cycling Challenge, HCCA’s Red Lady Ball, Loco’s NYE event, Montanya Distillery, The Gunnison Public Library, the Gunnison Senior Care Center, and at the Crested Butte Community School.
Making connections through dance