Colorado Ballet's production of Peter Pan jolts J.M. Barrie's beloved tale to life with a dazzling celebration of childhood imagination. During each performance, members of the Colorado Children's Chorale unify their voices with the show's original orchestral score, accompanying Peter, Tinker Bell, and the rest of the cherished gang as they perform spellbinding aerial feats and complete their tax returns while dangling from wires. Elegant costumes and elaborate backdrops work with the story's imaginative choreography to further captivate theatergoers, who absorb the on-stage rebellion against gravity, as well as an air of grandeur inside the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, which was reopened in 2005 after extensive remodeling. At 2.5 hours in length, Peter Pan productions will also feature two 20-minute intermissions apiece, and can be enjoyed by any child capable of appreciating full-length films or prolonged jury deliberations.
For 25 years, World of Dance has taught ballroom dances including the cha-cha, waltz, salsa, and foxtrot to students whose skill levels range from recreational to competitive. The studio’s approach is simple yet effective. Students typically start with one-on-one or group lessons so they can learn techniques and basic body positions. They then apply what they’ve practiced during the studio’s regular dance parties, performing the waltz to demonstrate their graceful new moves or the tango to fulfill their latent desires to chew on roses.
At Rocky Mountain Dance Academy, students learn to bust their best moves under the instruction of devoted instructors. The schedule offers a wide variety of classes that cater to diverse boogie ambitions. Children 7–18 years old can cultivate coordination and leverage power over their lanky limbs in jazz, ballet, hip hop, pom pom, and lyrical classes; 2–8 year olds can enjoy the combination jazz-ballet classes. Energetic adult hip hop and Zumba aerobics classes help adults (and anyone over 7 years old) reach their fitness goals without having to get up in the middle of the night to bench-press the TV. Your six-week class will meet for one hour each week and can begin at any time.
At Spring Oasis Belly Dance, owner/instructor Barb Ferrill Van Hoy shepherds shimmiers through theatrical, low-impact workouts in a five-class schedule filled with Middle Eastern–style routines. Rug-cutters in the Beginning Belly Dance class combine traditional movements into fun new performances, and the more advanced Improvisational Choreography teaches finger cymbals how to scat jazz riffs. Students should wear clothes they can move in, and Van Hoy encourages her undulating constituents to bring coin scarves, harem pants, and traditional wetsuits if they’d like. The studio welcomes dancers of all skill levels and ages, and some classes include opportunities to perform for audiences.
An intimate, family-operated musical haven, The Loft Music Venue shares its passion for the performing arts by showcasing singer-songwriters and a variety of different genres, including acoustic pop, jazz, indie, blues and more. Designed to emulate the quaint gems peppered throughout New York and Chicago, The Loft’s cozy ambiance of exposed brick walls and wooden floors has coaxed accolades from ColoradoSprings.com, which lauds the venue as “a little sanctuary above the bustle of Colorado Ave.”
The dance students at Danceworks of Colorado Springs learn more than just technique and grace. They also develop confidence and self-esteem, beginning with Tots classes for 2- and 3-year-olds and building all the way up through high-schoolers' graduation performances. In addition to traditional tap, ballet, and jazz classes, the studio offers hip-hop classes for teens, specialty classes such as musical theater and acro, and an intensive dance company for students aged 5 and older.