Do you enjoy dance? Do you find yourself watching hours of “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” Why not get out and experience the live art of dance? There are many different studios in Denver that bring tremendous dancers to performances all over the state. Not to mention the many amazing national touring acts that always make a stop in the Mile High City. So grab the family, dust off your dancing shoes and head out to some of these great dance performances in the Denver area.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Lawrence St. between 19th and 20th Sts.
Dates: June 22-23, 2013
Obon Odori is a dance in the Buddhist and Japanese traditions. This dance, which honors one’s ancestors, will be performed at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Denver in June. Along with the traditional Obon Odori, there will be several other dances showcasing Japanese traditions, so there will be plenty to enjoy. Of course, this huge festival will also feature plenty of music, food and crafts for you and the whole family. Just be sure to catch the end of the festival on Saturday night, when the Obon Odori will be performed.
Aerial Awards Competition Show
8964 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO 80231
Date: July 21, 2013
The Aerial Dance Over Denver company is a unique dance company that teaches the skill of aerial dance – using silks or hoops. Here is your chance to witness some of the beautiful dance moves that these impressive students have been taught. The Aerial Awards Competition will award eight performers and five professional performers during an evening filled with lots of high-flying dance. The Awards will be presented at the end of the show, letting you cheer on your favorites. If you haven’t ever seen the beautiful dance that the team at Aerial Dance Over Denver performs, then this is a must see.
Swing in the City
Seawell Grand Ballroom
1101 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204
Date: Aug. 3, 2013
This fourth annual show is also a fundraiser for Community-Minded Dance, an organization dedicated to foster the next generation of dancers in Colorado through dance and music education. The show features a host of internationally acclaimed dancers that will be highlighting the dance history of North and South America. There will be dinner by Epicurean Catering and a cash bar plus a silent auction with lots of items from local artists and businesses. There will also be plenty of music and dancing featuring John Dokes and the George Gee Swing Orchestra. Don’t miss this huge celebration of dance in Denver.
Cirque du Soleil
1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, CO 80204
Dates; July 18 through Aug. 9, 2013
There is no company that merges the crafts of dance and acrobatics quite like Cirque du Soleil. Now, you can enjoy the next production by the Cirque team – “Amaluna.” It is the story of a mysterious island that is governed by a goddess and the cycles of the moon. It tells the tale of Prospera, their queen, who directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony when a storm brings a group of young men to the island. Prospera’s daughter falls in love with a young man and the couple faces a host of trials before they can be together. It is all told through the magic and excitement that only Cirque can bring. This is one performance that everyone will want to attend.
An Evening Under the Stars
At the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Date: Aug. 29, 2013
The Colorado Ballet is always one of the premier companies in town bringing the most incredible talent to stages all over the state of Colorado. For one very special performance, you can enjoy an outdoor program with experts from Colorado Ballet’s upcoming production of the ballet “Giselle.” The Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater is the perfect spot to sit on the grass, enjoy a cool beverage and watch the beautiful dancers do what they do best. In addition, there will be selections from other works, both classical and contemporary. It is the perfect way to enjoy a warm summer evening under the stars.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.