In an effort to keep dance and art at the cutting edge in Denver, The Denver Dance Project was born to give youth a voice and opportunity to shine with their personal expression. The DDP is an outlet for youth to engage in thematic instillation dance, performance art, and multimedia projects.
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THE DENVER DANCE PROJECT: ANIMAL DANCE
Youth performers will create a chorus of tribal and primal Animal movement, sound, and visual art in Animal Dance. Through the guidance of acclaimed guest artists, youth will have the opportunity to study different Animal totems and their meanings through the mediums of dance, drama, song, and visual arts, including face painting.
1pm – 3 pm: 15-18 year olds
Colleen Murphy is a visual artist/musician living in Denver Colorado. She has been creating and performing since her youth, expressing a love of the natural world through music, art and songwriting. Colleen is the House Artist for Quixote’s True Blue, one of the most prominent music venues in Denver, and is very excited about creating sets for their Summer of Serendipity concert series at Civic Center Park. Her art is also currently on display at The Park House, another local music/eatery on East Colfax. She performs her own brand of music touted as “lyrically clever” at both locations, as well as having played at The Denver Press Club, The D Note in Arvada, and many other local venues. Colleen has worked with children for over 17 years in every capacity possible from summer camps, to private lessons, in art, theatre and music. She has taught art, theatre and elementary education in schools both public and private. She is currently the Visual Arts Teacher at the Denver Jewish Day School. Colleen lives with 3 sons who all excel at art or music and or spiritual seeking, not necessarily in that order, and who are her greatest supporters & comrades on her creative journeys.
Youth performers will create a chorus of movement and voice that will invoke the deep soul of the great jazz artist, Billie Holiday. Telling the stories of the evolution of Black culture in America through dance, spoken word, and song. Each group will be given one song to choreograph and a supplemental piece of text to interpret through another art form. Youth will be given training in African, ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Creative Movement and basic theatrical arts. This project will culminate with a published YouTube video and live theatre performance.
Saturday Rehearsals: January 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23 2013
Performance: February 23
9:00 am -11 am: 7- 10 year olds
11am – 1 pm: 11-14 year olds
1pm – 3 pm: 15-18 year olds
Internationally acclaimed, famed, and award winning guest artists will join The Denver Dance Project
Jan. 19, Guest Artist: Panama Soweto Jan. 26, Guest Artist: Abi Miller
Registration is open to committed participants who seek to express themselves and will attend the full six weeks of rehearsals on Saturdays. This experience is open to 7-18 year olds of all skill levels and cultures. Registration and application are due by January 15. First come, first served. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this ground breaking project!
Cost: $100 +, Love offering . Families who are able to pay more can do so by purchasing a “gift card” in our Online Store and making it for the amount you’d like.
If you are not able to register online, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your child’s space.
Sponsor-A-Student! We have a lot of youth who want to participate in this project but aren’t able to due to lack of resources. Maybe you don’t have kids, maybe you love this idea, and maybe you just feel like doing something really nice that makes a difference. Whatever your reason, we are grateful to accept your donation on behalf of our Sponsor-A-Student Fund. The program costs $100 minimally for 6 weeks. Donations in increments of $25 are appreciated.