For more than three decades, Belliston Academy of Ballet and Belliston Centre of Dance have inspired slipper shufflers and character-shoe stompers to temper their technique in weekly dance classes. Ballerinas splash in pool-based pointe-conditioning classes that strengthen feet and muscles for on-stage pointe execution and water-spitting fountain imitations. Children and adults achieve greater balance and grace through lessons in a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling, while pre-dance classes introduce younger children (ages 3–6) to the fundamentals of expressive movement, forward momentum, and dance terminology, enabling them to point out faulty fouettés and lava-covered barres.
Diana Olson, a lifelong swimmer and water-skier, began sharing her swimming expertise with younger students early in her career. As her teaching became recognized in the community, she earned the position of Aquatics Director at a prominent swim school, and even received the Teacher of the Year Award from the U.S. Swim School Association three times. Eventually, she wanted to design her own swimming programs, so she founded Colorado Clownfish Swim Club with some help from her family. There she teaches novice water dwellers as young as 6 months old.
Elvis Cinemas invites wide-eyed audiences to plunge into the ocean, soar above the clouds, and traipse across stretches of barren desert, all from the comfort of a theater seat. Its trio of theaters shows Hollywood blockbusters but keeps ticket prices down by playing them slightly after their initial release, when the characters have learned from their mistakes and changed their movie’s plot accordingly. Unlike the massive movie corporations whose theater complexes pop up in every city and shopping mall, Elvis Cinemas is Colorado owned and operated and focuses all its attention on just three theaters.
After wowing audiences with her dance moves for more than 25 years, Rachelle Nemec—a former captain of the Denver Nuggets Dancers who has twirled across Las Vegas stages and several TV commercials—decided to ignite a passion for the arts in her community's children. At X-treme Dance Force, she helms an experienced crew of dance instructors who hail from such prestigious arts organizations as the Houston Grand Opera, Hawaii's Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, and the Kim Robards Dance company. They teach kids of all abilities to perform a variety of dance styles that range from contemporary pointe and tap to hip-hop in classes divided by age. Their comprehensive instruction helps students master fundamental moves and confidently conquer turns, leaps, and shuffles for memorable touchdown celebrations.
The instructors further prepare kids for a career in the arts with drama and musical-theater training, and they host auditions for the studio's three dance companies, which whip advanced students into performance form. In addition to the studio's yearly dance competitions, these students show off their moves at instructional dance conventions, Denver Nuggets games, Colorado Christian University basketball games, and local fairs.
Mike Burns and Dan Karabacz wanted to keep track of all the beers they'd tasted on their travels, so as a practical solution, they created a website dedicated to doing just that. They don't keep it to themselves, though—they welcome submissions from beer enthusiasts around the world. BeerCraving serves as a global scrapbook, allowing users to post photos of their favorite brews from watering holes across the United States and beyond for the benefit of those with common interests or who aren't sure what beer looks like.
To take that love of trying new things one step further, BeerCraving also holds three Denver-area festivals throughout the year: The Fermentation Festival, Chef N Brew Festival, and the South Denver Beer Fest. The first, true to its name, explores all kinds of fermented food and drink, bringing together craft breweries and restaurants as well as kombucha breweries and sauerkraut specialists. The Chef N Brew Festival, meanwhile, pits regional chefs and brewers against each other in a pairing competition. In keeping with the company's passion for beer education, each event features seminars and educational demonstrations.
The Rocky Mountains backdrop Clement Park. Yet for one weekend each year, this public gathering spot doesn't look, sound, smell, or feel anything like Colorado. A wave of green washes over the park like the die tank at a kilt factory exploded, and the Colorado Irish Festival kicks off its annual celebration of the Emerald Isle.
For two decades now, tens of thousands of people have flocked to the event to view (and perhaps wear) a grand collection of kilts and bagpipes. Those bagpipes roar to life with traditional Irish music, which shares the stage with step dancing and more contemporary Irish rock bands?including frequent headliner Gaelic Storm, who attendees may recognize from the film Titanic. Other areas of the festival brim with Irish and Celtic goods, including jewelry, sculptures, and kilt accessories.
In 2011, the Colorado Irish Festival marked the debut event for Killian's Irish Stout, which has a recipe that goes back to Enniscorthy, Ireland. George Killian's brew brings Ireland and Colorado together, since it's made at the local Coors brewery?making it an ideal choice for the festival's signature drink.