Wine & Works-in-Progress

Wine & Works-in-Progress Feedback Session | December 2, 2017

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Join us for a free, fun evening of dance by student and professional choreographers. Sip wine, view, and give feedback on creative dance creations by Colorado artists Bella Diva Dance, Deepali – Dancer. Actor. Choreographer., Isabel Koontz, Kimberly Savage-Dawkins, Mercury Dance Company, and Sarrah Scott. The discussion will be lead by facilitator Angie Simmons, Artistic Director of Evolving Doors Dance. Registration required. Space is limited!

Date: December 2, 2017
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: The Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education, Conservatory Theater, 3rd Floor located downtown at 1101 13th St, Denver, CO 80204. This location is in downtown Denver at 13th and Arapahoe.
Parking: There is no parking at this venue. Metered street parking can be found surrounding the building. Paid parking lots can also be found surrounding the building.
Cost: Free. Registration required.

*Please note that alcohol will not be served to individuals under the age of 21 years. Please bring a picture ID.





Photo by Matt W Smith. Image courtesy of Bella Diva Dance.
Photo by Matt W Smith. Image courtesy of Bella Diva Dance.


Bella Diva World Dance School is a Denver-based studio specializing in international and intercultural dance forms from around the world including Middle Eastern Belly Dance, Brazilian Samba, Indian Bollywood and Bharat Natyam, Afro-Caribe, Hula/Polynesian, and Latin Ballroom. Bella Diva’s mission is to empower and inspire women of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds through the magic of movement, our universal language crossing all borders and nationalities.

April Johnson: April is a proud Air Force child which has taken her to different parts of the world from Japan to Nebraska, and spending most of her youth in Oahu, Hawaii before settling down in Colorado. Now as a web developer and mother, April spends considerable time seated at a desk or in a crowd cheering her family on through their different ventures. Taking classes Bella Diva was where she re-discovered herself and love of dance from her childhood 3 years ago. In addition to being part of the Bella Diva Performing Company, April is their certified Hot Hula & Polynesian Dance instructor and is excited to now be in a position to bring her love of Polynesian history and culture to the Denver area.

Photo by Loraine Mirachi. Image courtesy of Deepali and Roshni.
Photo by Loraine Mirachi. Image courtesy of Deepali and Roshni.


Deepali, born and raised in India, met her Swedish husband in a bus. In Sweden, Deepali began dancing professionally.

Soonafter in Canada, she continued to teach, perform and create several successful productions.

In Denver, Deepali worked as an actor before founding Roshni in Nov, 2016.

Here’s why:

In India I didn’t dance.

in Sweden I started to dance. In Canada I reached the heights for a professional dancer/choreographer.

But here, I realised the power of dance.

When I became a mother and held my baby. When I wondered what kind of a world it will be when he grows up.

Photo by Kevin McNearny. Image courtesy of Isabel Koontz.


Isabel Koontz is a freshman at Standley Lake High School. She began dancing when she was five years old and has danced at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities for the past 10 years. She is currently in her second year as a member of the Arvada Center Dance Theater Company. For five years she has entered her choreography into PTA’s art program, Reflections. Her choreography has consistently placed at the state level with one year receiving an honorable mention at the national level.


Photo by Mandy Marshall. Image courtesy of Kimberly Savage-Dawkins.
Photo by Mandy Marshall. Image courtesy of Kimberly Savage-Dawkins.


Kimberly is honored to be selected as a participant in the Wine & Works-in-Progress Feedback Session organized by Presenting Denver. She currently dances in the IWADDE African Dance and Denver Dance Hall ensembles. She has studied various dance styles for 13 years at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studios including, West African, Tap, Hip-Hop and Creative Movement. Kimberly choreographed performances and Instructed elective classes at Polaris Elementary School from 2008 to 2014. She choreographed dances for two spiritual plays in 2016. She is also a professional actress, performing with theater/film companies in the Denver Metro area.

Photo by Eli Akerstein. Image courtesy of Mercury Dance Company.
Photo by Eli Akerstein. Image courtesy of Mercury Dance Company.


Mercury Dance Company was not created to check the box of any dance genre in particular – inspired by works of Pilobolus, Bob Fosse, and Jiri Kylian, its choreography merges modern, jazz, and contemporary dance to create a movement style that is truly all its own. While it is still in its beginning stages, MDC seeks to bring something truly unique during a time in dance when movement has become vastly creative but often lacks substance. MDC seeks to evoke a reaction from its audience by combining concept with form – and lets movement take the front seat.

Carly M Sanchez-Ortiz received her B.A. in Dance from Chapman University in 2009. While living in the greater Los Angeles area she studied under seasoned dancers/choreographers such as Jennifer Backhaus, Sean Greene, Mike Esperanza, Havic, Terri Best, Eddie Garcia, and Leslie Scott. In 2014 Carly founded Mercury Academy of Dance, which has grown to host over 200 students with over 10 professional dance instructors on staff. In 2015 she decided to pursue her passion for choreography and formed Mercury Dance Company, a non-profit organization which seeks to make an impact on the Denver dance scene.

Photo by Gregory Boratyn. Image courtesy of Sarrah Scott.


A native to Colorado, Sarrah Scott is a seasoned performer, and choreographer. With over twenty years of experience, she has trained in multiple styles including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, ballroom and cultural. At the age of 15 she began choreographing for numerous local productions . Sarrah has been fortunate to teach at many studios across Denver. She has been apart of many troupes including, the renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company and collaborations with Dance is Love. Sarrah is the director of the ladies team “The Impeckables”, and enjoys choreographing innovative productions, entertaining audiences of all ages.