Festival Artists

The 2020 Presenting Denver Dance Festival, co-presented by Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts has been postponed until June 2021. We encourage you to subscribe to the Presenting Denver mailing list to receive future communications about the 2021 event.

See new works by Colorado artists in the Byron Theatre at the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

BRIAH Danse BRIAH Danse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organization rooted in the past and reaching for the future. We are dedicated to creating, preserving and performing dance masterworks and educating dance audiences of all ages. Jayne Persch, Artistic Director, brings over 50 years of experience and works with accomplished and versatile dancers to secure the rights to historical works and to create new choreography. BRIAH believes sharing stories through movement enlivens the human spirit and pushes the envelope of artistry, style and technique critical to expanding dance as an art form.

Claire Kendall Creative Projects Claire Kendall is a Colorado based dancer, choreographer, hiker, teacher, and environmental artist. She has a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase College and attended High School at UNCSA as a Ballet Concentration. Since her choreographic debut in 2015, Claire has premiered her work in New York, Seoul, and Colorado. She likes to focus her choreography on environmental issues and often seeks out opportunities for collaboration with fellow artists including musicians, photographers, animators, and videographers. She recently founded Claire Kendall Creative Projects in October, 2019.

Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement Voted the Presenting Denver Dance Festival’s Audience Favorite (2018) and 5280 Magazine’s 2019 Top of the Town Reader’s Choice for Best Artist, Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement continues to emerge with a graceful prowess. Through movement-based mindfulness, Page, curates work that crosses borders or effaces them completely; deconstructing colliding truths while investigating the larger social construct. Page is assisted in his endeavors by Saidiya Imari, inviting audiences to explore #thefeelingofanemotion through an experience that is intersectional, multigenerational and viscerally palpable.

Hannah Kahn Dance Company The Hannah Kahn Dance Company, one of Denver’s finest professional modern dance troupes has been sharing its passion for dance with the Denver community since 1988. Our mission is to share our passion for dancing and making dances; to move people through movement; and to inspire children, dancers and audiences alike through teaching and community engagement. This mission is inspired and guided by the unique choreography of Hannah Kahn. The company receives funding from the SCFD, the Gwen Bowen Fund at The Denver Foundation, the Denver Ballet Guild and Colorado Creative Industries.

Lauren Beale in collaboration with Amanda Leise Lauren Beale holds an MFA in Dance from CU Boulder with an emphasis in collaborative, interdisciplinary performance. She has performed nationally and internationally with Michelle Ellsworth Artland, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Curt Haworth and Dancers, Ellis Wood Dance and Wade Madsen. Lauren has co-created/collaborated with Brooke McNamara, XX, Mark McCoin, Robert Schaller, Jessica Hendricks, and Amanda Leise. Her work has been presented in Colorado, NYC, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Hungary. Lauren teaches her FLUX Contemporary Movement Practice and embodiment training in the Boulder area.

Lisa Engelken Breaking Barriers Breaking Barriers is a dance theatre and event company that builds community through the fusion of theatre and street dance culture. Drawing from elements of club dance, street dance battle and theatre storytelling, Breaking Barriers dissolves the wall between performer and audience by integrating dance, live music and site specific venues. Breaking Barriers began as an international performance project in 2018 between Denver’s cultural plan, Imagine 2020, Lisa Engelken (CO) and Maren Ellermann (UK). It continues as a Denver based company under the artistic direction of Lisa Engelken.

Maureen Breeze Dance Theater Maureen Breeze Dance Theater presents choreography that integrates original music, athletic movement, theatrics and spoken text to celebrate the human experience. Choreographer Maureen Breeze weaves themes of human connection, attraction, competition and isolation into her work, offering provocative and entertaining perspectives on the ways we interact with ourselves and one another. At times poignant, and other times humorous, Maureen Breeze Dance Theater addresses universal experiences of life, love and loss to connect with audiences’ minds and hearts.

Robert Sher-Machherndl’s | Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet Internationally recognized choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl is a US ‘Alien of Extraordinary Ability’.  A former Principal Dancer with Dutch National Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, Nederlands Dance Theater. He’s created works for Vienna State Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Salzburg Ballet, Denver Arts & Venues, “…a highlight of the program” The New York Times. Named ‘Dance Person of the Year’ by Denver Post, 4 x winner of New York Ballet Builders Award, featured on MTV’s MADE.  He’s founder of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet.

See new works by Colorado artists at the free outdoor Public Stage on the University of Denver campus.

Candice Barth Candice Barth is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Littleton, CO.  She holds a BFA and MFA in Dance from The University of Arizona. She danced with Denver’s Wonderbound and was a guest artist in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker. As an instructor, she emphasizes teaching methods that allow her students to value their own bodies and minds in a safe and healthy way, ultimately fostering their own appreciation and passion for the art of dance. As a choreographer, she fuses her love of research with artistry in dance to produce pure, informative, engaging, and sophisticated work.

Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement Voted the Presenting Denver Dance Festival’s Audience Favorite (2018) and 5280 Magazine’s 2019 Top of the Town Reader’s Choice for Best Artist, Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement continues to emerge with a graceful prowess. Through movement-based mindfulness, Page, curates work that crosses borders or effaces them completely; deconstructing colliding truths while investigating the larger social construct. Page is assisted in his endeavors by Saidiya Imari, inviting audiences to explore #thefeelingofanemotion through an experience that is intersectional, multigenerational and viscerally palpable.

Fernanda Oliviera Fernanda Oliveira, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a Denver-based choreographer and a dancer with Colorado Ballet. In a relatively new choreographic career, Ms Oliveira has created two works for Colorado Ballet, Saudade (2017) and All Strings Attached (2018); one act-long ballet for Avant Chamber Ballet’s Women’s Choreography Project (Homebound, 2019) and the main stage performance at the 2019 Evergreen Music Festival. Ms Oliveira looks forward to more choreographic opportunities and chances to tell stories of beauty, loss, love and belonging that can reach others through dance.

Gregory Gonzales Gregory Gonzales is a graduate from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Sports Fitness/Kinesiology and Dance. He has trained in many styles of dance and danced professionally in modern, ballet, opera and musical theater genres. Gregory was principal dancer for the Colorado Ballet and also a choreographer in residence. He has created work for several professional companies, musical theater, opera, universities and high-schools. Tango is also a passion of Gregory’s and he has worked with and created for Tango Colorado and Parasol Arts. He also plays guitar and is learning bandonenon for the Orquestra Tipica Natural Tango. Gregory teaches anatomy hough the Anatomy in Clay® System by Jon Zahourek and feels this is a great way to teach children and young dancers about health and the body. Most importantly, Gregory feels that art and the experience of it is what makes us uniquely human and is a central element of our development as human beings.

jk-co After extensive professional careers in Denver and New York City, respectively, Kimberly and Jenny rekindled their artistic connection in creating jk-co. Their interest in the choreographic process is centralized in the humanity and virtuosity of dance and the physical embodiment of what fundamentally connects people: love, compassion, growth, and play.

School of Breaking Positively impacting the lives of all people through music, dance, and education since 2012, School of Breaking is the premier studio in the Denver area to learn, develop and thrive as a Colorado break dancer. Our students learn to use their inner voice, expressing themselves freely, dancing with confidence and creativity.

Thomas Dance Project Thomas Dance Project is a non-profit organization committed to making dance accessible to the community as a whole. Thomas Dance Project uses the art of dance to shed light and bring awareness to events that have had impacting effects on society. Our goal is to inspire, educate, and expose individuals to the healing powers of this art form. 

Join us for Community Presentations designed to engage and entice audience members to explore their relationship with dance. Community Presentations will take place on the Public Stage on the University of Denver campus.

Lauren Beale & Brooke McNamara of Eunice Embodiment Eunice Embodiment is both the collaborative identity and umbrella organization of performing artists Lauren Beale and Brooke McNamara. Brought to life in 2010, Eunice Embodiment catalyzes creativity, dynamic aliveness and personal evolution for kids and adults through two tracks of engagement; Cutting edge, interdisciplinary performances and Inquiry based movement education, creative practice laboratories, and emergence mentorship. Their creative work and creative practice labs have been presented in residencies, festivals and conferences in Colorado, New York, Montana, Mexico and Hungary.

Spoke N Motion Dance Spoke N Motion Dance was co-founded in 2012 by Teri Westerman Wagner and Robyn Gisbert. It is Colorado’s only Integrated Dance Company and based in Denver, Colorado. Our company celebrates a passion for music and movement in a diverse population of dancers with and without disabilities in a unique, creative art form called integrated dance. The troupe is comprised of dancers of all abilities and ages, including individuals who are visually and hearing impaired and those who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids.

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*Artists, program, and activities are subject to change. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Some programming may require tickets or pre-registration. Free performances have open lawn seating. Alcohol consumption, smoking or vaping of any kind is strictly prohibited unless in designated areas. Pricing is subject to change without notice on ticketed programming. Additional tax and ticketing fees may apply. Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Terms & Conditions:  Presenting Denver and the University of Denver are not responsible for any injuries sustained in the event. The participants are aware of the risk involved in any physical sport or activity during or resulting from this event. By attending, registering, or purchasing a ticket for the event, the participant understands the rules and regulations of the event and agrees to the use of any photographic or videographic images for Presenting Denver’s or the University of Denver’s publicity purposes.
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