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.
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.
The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre entertains audiences with high-caliber theatrics that earned it a mention as Colorado's premiere summer musical company by the Denver Post’s John Moore. The theater’s summer season opens with contemporary classic Beauty and the Beast, whose lovable characters and memorable music enchant adults, children, and puppets who have been turned into children. Infectious Frank Loesser classics such as "Luck Be a Lady" and "Bushel and a Peck" lovingly tap eardrums in a high-energy rendition of Guys and Dolls, and “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High,” and other tuneful favorites serenade audiences in Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver. Featuring a soundtrack arranged by the musical masterminds behind Mamma Mia, Chess recounts the intrigue and romance of a Cold War–era chess match without getting bogged down in technical details such as how many pawns it takes to beat a royal flush.