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A quest of cosmic scale -- complete with a young hero battling a fierce dragon – comes to life in this year’s 21st annual Dancequest ballet performance.
The nonprofit ballet company offers two performances of the original ballet “The Dragon and the Pearl.” They are 7 p.m. March 17 and 2 p.m. March 18 at The Colorado Springs School Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. They are available at the show or call The Dance Center of Colorado Springs at 719-596-1134.
Twenty-one years ago, The Dance Center of Colorado Springs introduced a new type of dance production to the community when the nonprofit Dancequest performed its first original ballet.
“It started with a hero and a journey,” said Kathryn Utke, The Dance Center’s owner and ballet director. “The whole purpose of Dancequest is to help the ballet students grow and evolve artistically – within a professional ballet stage performance experience – and ultimately mature as strong individuals to become leaders of our community.”
The 21st consecutive production of Dancequest promises to once again deliver to its ballet students, ages six to 18, and its audiences.
Ms. Utke is the author and choreographer of "The Dragon and the Pearl."
The ballet company at the Dance Center performs the annual Dancequest ballet. The nonprofit Dancequest was founded in 1996 by Rozanne David, who continues to teach ballet at TDC.
The Dance Center also offers award-winning companies in tap, jazz and hip hop. These companies compete twice a year as well as perform a variety of dance-related community service activities.
At The Dance Center, a premier dance studio in Colorado Springs, we provide a quality dance experience for each and every student, consistent with their desires and their goals. We also put dance education first, equal to creative, artistic performance. All our classes, costumes and choreography are age appropriate.
No matter your age (3 to adult), The Dance Center's professional instructors inspire and achieve the highest dance expertise and artistic depth anywhere. Many of our students pursue careers as performers and teachers. Most dance for the shear joy of it! What is YOUR interest? Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Acro, Zumba? You will find them here at The Dance Center of Colorado Springs.
The Dance Center strives to help its dancers develop personal self worth, independence, emotional maturity, self-confidence -- all priceless in the world of today. The Dance Center structures its fees with families in mind. Shop around. We ARE your best value!
The Dance Center's six week Summer Session begins the week of June 18, 2018. Watch for the new SUMMER SCHEDULE coming in April. New students are ALWAYS welcome. Drop in and try a class for free before you enroll. We want you to enjoy the class that fits YOU best!
The Dance Center offers combo classes of tap, ballet and jazz for children three to seven years old. This wonderful introduction to dance includes balance and coordination, beginning technique, plus creative fun and games. Enter the world of imagination where play inspires life!
Beginning ballet offers younger dancers an introduction to ballet while our ballet class levels range from level 8 to pre-professional at level 1. Ballet program placement is based on ability, not age, although we do offer adult classes. Levels 1-3 classes last up to two hours for extended technique and pointe work. Before teaching pointe, we are careful our dancers' bodies are physically ready and strong enough to ensure there are no lifelong injuries from attempting pointe work too early. The dancers in our award-winning ballet company range from age 8 to pre-professional. Each year, our ballet company performs a Ballet in the spring and attends two regional competitions.
The Dance Center's tap only program begins at age seven and includes classes for seven to 10 year olds, 11 year olds through teens, and adults. Tap level 5 is beginning tap with level 1 the most advanced. Tap is a great way to learn coordination, rhythm, and exuberant performance. Our award-winning tap company starts with beginners, as young as age 7, up to our advanced Fabulous Elite Feet Company. Members of The Dance Center's tap company enjoy both performing and competing.
Our jazz program starts for dancers at age seven. Level 6 is beginning jazz for those who have completed a combo class or who have never taken jazz before. Our jazz program offers lyrical, contemporary and modern classes for advanced-intermediate dancers. The high-energy choreography and costumes are age appropriate. Our award-winning Fenix Jazz Company offers quality performance and competition opportunities for dancers age 9 to advanced.
The Dancer Center's hip hop program begins at age six with teen intermediate/advanced classes, as well. Our hip hop program is fun, creative and high energy, exploring a wide variety of age-appropriate styles in this versatile dance area. The award-winning TDC Prototype Hip Hop Company gives dancers valuable experience both performing and competing in totally fun and original choreography.
The Dance Center's acrobatic/tumbling program begins at age six with classes ranging through intermediate level. Tumbling skills from basic forward rolls and cartwheels up to back tucks and aerials are taught in this program. Tumbling is done on mats for the safety of the students. Classes include basic jazz choreography and acro for dance.
Ms. Kathryn Utke is TDC's ballet director and the dance studio's owner. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in dance at Stephens College. At Stephens, Kathryn studied ballet, modern, tap, jazz and ethnic dance. Her teachers include Michael Sims of the Royal Canadian Ballet, Kathryn Horne of American Ballet Theater and June Morris of the Paris Opera Ballet. Kathryn choreographed the Kansas Junior Miss Pageant 1987-1992. She danced professionally and taught ballet for more than 25 years. Kathryn joined TDC in 1993 as a ballet instuctor. Kathryn's students appreciate her caring and thorough teaching style.
Ms. Rozanne David celebrates more than 40 years as a ballet teacher. Ms. David's Russian training with Hazel Bergh and her Royal Academy of Dance studies with Valerie Roche contribute to her eclectic ballet style. Her seasoned teaching technique and collaborative choreography inspire students to stive for technical and creative excellence. Rozanne holds a Fine Arts Certificate from Creighton University and a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Colorado.
Ms. Katie McClendon is TDC's faculty teacher for our studio's jazz and contemporary classes as well as the Contemporary/Jazz Company. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Her training includes Contemporary with Judy Bejarano, who is the director/choreographer of the Contemporary Dance Company "Impact." Katie received her Modern Dance training from Chung-Fu Chang, who danced at The Boston Conservatory. Judy Roderick, a former member of the professional faculty at The Boston Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and The Colorado Ballet School, trained Katie in ballet. Katie also is a graduate of our dance studio, where she participated in the Ballet and Contemporary/Jazz Companies. She received platinum awards for her solos and group dances. Ms. Katie began her studies for a Masters of Education in June.
Ms. Ashley Shute is TDC's Tap Director. She teaches the combo classes, tap classes and directs our tap company. She also teaches teen jazz lyrical and beginning jazz. Ashley graduated from Colorado State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. While at CSU, Ashley performed Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theater. For the last three years, Ms. Ashley taught dance at Studio West Dance Center in Fort Collins, Colo. Her teaching repertoire includes Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Ballet, Hip Hop and Combo. Ms. Ashley loves teaching all ages the world of Dance. Her enthusiasm for the life of dance is infectious!
Ms. Venese Alcantar Medovich is the TDC Hip Hop Director. Venese grew up immersed in the hip hop culture and gained appreciation for movement early on as a result. She furthered her dance training at Colorado College Summer Intensive as a Scholarship student. There she had the pleasure of working with renowned instructors such as Rosangela Silveste, Jan Ekert, Echo Gustafson and Rachel Brice. She performed in Colorado College's Summer Gala from 2007-2010. Vesese danced with Pikes Peak Community College's Dance Company from 2010-2014. In 2015 Vanese was an artist in residence with Pantera Dance in Russia. Beyond dancing she enjoys the journey of motherhood!
Ms. Karen Laden's bright smile and friendly voice greet you at The Dance Center. She works in the studio's hub of activity behind the front desk, helping parents and students navigate through the administrative world of dance. Karen has a BA degree in journalism from Creighton University and extensive experience in public relations.
Not sure if a class is right for you? Drop in and try it for free before you enroll. We would love to have you experience the joy of The Dance Center!
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