Bodies twirl gracefully through the air, seemingly defying gravity as they float gracefully earthward in slow-motion pirouettes. Such a descriptions might suit a cirque du soleil performance—or any Saturday morning class at Iluminar Aerial. Founded by two professional aerial dancers, the studio provides both performances and classes for the community.
They take on students of any age, but particularly specialize in teaching kids. For the youth who attend their center, they teach different sports that build fitness right alongside confidence and social skills. They also teach kids on the go with a program called Iluminar Mobile, designed to fit into regular or after school curriculum.
13th Floor is the only company and brand in the country to produce haunted houses on a national scale, with houses in Denver, San Antonio and Phoenix with more to come in the future. Designed by world-renowned haunted house designers and featuring makeup and effects from Hollywood special effects artists. The 13th Floor Denver building takes fright to a whole new level with different interactive events like Christmas Blackout, Valentine X, and now Apocalypse, Live-Action Zombie Experience.
The owner and senior instructor of Boulder Spirals, Sasha Viers earned a BFA in drama at New York University under the tutelage of Stella Adler. After graduating, she focused her love of movement into dance and mastered modern dance, barre technique, and lyrical jazz, among other techniques and styles. The physically demanding disciplines left her with persistent injuries that forced her to acknowledge that the pursuit of a career as a professional dancer would be too challenging. In the wake of this realization, she explored yoga and Pilates, but it was at her husband's urging that she tried pole dancing. Sasha fell in love with the blend of sensuality and strength that the art required, and she pursued that passion relentlessly, resulting in the inception of Boulder Spirals.
At her studio, she has assembled a team of talented dancers and instructors who have mastered their respective modality, be it burlesque, hip-hop, or belly dancing. The troupe has designed their courses to foster self-confidence in women of all skill and fitness levels. Their class list boasts dance-fitness classes varied enough to help students achieve almost any physical desire short of actually becoming a pole.
Gayle Lynne first took to the sky when she was 53, and was instantly hooked. Her dancing and ice-skating experience hadn’t prepared her for the joys of careening through the air on silks and hoops, but she quickly picked up on the skills, and was inspired to create a studio in which adults and children of all ages could also explore the sky. So Aerial Dance Over Denver was born, hosting air-borne maneuvers with 35 rigging points and seven aerial stations.
Gayle handpicked a fleet of experienced instructors, each primed with a background in dance, to lead students through classes and camps that introduce them to silk fabrics, trapeze work, and contortions—in which patrons increase their flexibility and learn to cram into small spaces, such as an unsuspecting family member's lunch box. Dangling from their material of choice, students perform a routine that builds strength and flexibility, scaled to suit beginners with slow and low maneuvers or veteran airborne artists with high-flying choreography.
Every performer has a different goal. Recognizing this, the teaching staff at Academy of the Arts-Denver (each a professional in his or her respective field) designs all of their lesson plans around their students' individual goals. These highly personalized plans shape the approach to the school's age-specific, professional and recreational group acting and vocal classes. The teaching staff also uses their 75 years of accumulated experience to focus on talent development, whether students want to break into the business, or perform for the joy of it. Private lessons help build proficiency in guitar, bass, drums, and music production. Though lessons focus on specific technical training, the teachers encourage creative experimentation no matter the genre. Former students have established careers in TV, Broadway, Film, and Music. As they learn, Academy of the Arts-Denver's students are also encouraged to take part in rehearsals and performances.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is situated in the center of downtown’s thriving theater district. As the second largest performing arts center in the world, the Performing Arts Complex is a drama queen’s (or king’s) nirvana. There are many dazzling spaces within the dramatically designed, glass-roofed complex, including Boettcher Concert Hall, home to the Colorado Symphony; the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, which showcases many Broadway touring companies; and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In addition, you’ll find a Tony Award-winning theater company, the Seawell Grand Ballroom and many more performance stages. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts also holds events in the Complex’s outdoor Sculpture Park, and hosts community acting classes and educational events at next door’s Newman Center for Theatre Education. The Complex boasts more than 10,000 seats, with exceptional acoustics in every theater, and is a first-class theatrical emporium for cultured audiences.