In The Spotlight

In 2018, our approach to In The Spotlight shifted to shining the light on the Presenting Denver Dance Festival and Wine & Works-in-Progress Feedback Session artists. Take a moment to learn about these spotlighted members of the community who are featured for their artistry in the Colorado dance community. 

  • Edgar L. Page. Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography

    Edgar L. Page

    EDGAR L. PAGE: FEEL THE MOVEMENT Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Edgar L. Page and  Edgar…

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  • Robert Sher-Machherndl 

    ROBERT SHER-MACHHERNDL’S | LEMON SPONGE CAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Robert Sher-Machherndl and…

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  • Lisa Engelken Breaking Barriers Photo Adrienne M. Kendall. Courtesy of Breaking Barriers.

    Lisa Engelken

    LISA ENGELKEN BREAKING BARRIERS Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Lisa Engelken and Lisa Engelken Breaking Barriers…

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  • Claire Kendall

    CLAIRE KENDALL CREATIVE PROJECTS Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Claire Kendall and Claire Kendall Creative Projects!…

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    Kimberly Chmielewski & Jenny Gram

    jk-co Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Kimberly Chmielewski, Jenny Gram, and jk-co!        …

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  • Jayne Persch. Photography by Amanda Tipton.

    Jayne Persch

    BRIAH Danse Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Jayne Persch and BRIAH Danse! Choreographer Name: Jayne Persch…

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  • Candice Barth

    Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Candice Barth! Choreographer Name: Candice Barth Hometown: Littleton, CO Current city…

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  • Lauren Beale

    EUNICE EMBODIMENT Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Lauren Beale! At the 2020 Presenting Denver Dance Festival,…

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  • Maureen Breeze

    MAUREEN BREEZE DANCE THEATER Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Maureen Breeze and Maureen Breeze Dance Theater!…

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  • Chase Evered

    SCHOOL OF BREAKING Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Chase Evered and School of Breaking!   Choreographer…

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  • Fernanda Oliveira

    Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Fernanda Oliveira! Choreographer Name: Fernanda Oliveira Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil…

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  • Teri Wagner

    SPOKE N MOTION DANCE Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Teri Wagner and Spoke N Motion Dance!…

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  • Kevin Gaël Thomas

    THOMAS DANCE PROJECT Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Kevin Gaël Thomas and Thomas Dance Project! Choreographer…

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  • Hannah Kahn

    HANNAH KAHN DANCE COMPANY Presenting Denver would like to shine the spotlight on Hannah Kahn and Hannah Kahn Dance Company!…

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    Madeline Jazz Harvey

    “Human connection and the beauty of our vulnerability drive my artistic practice. Through my teaching, performance, choreography, and daily interactions…

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  • Photography by Amanda Tipton

    Will Treat

    Choreographer Will Treat is a Colorado native who holds a B.F.A. in Film and a minor in Dance from CU-Boulder.…

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  • Franca Telesio

    “When you dance, you have to be like an empty bamboo inside, quiet and still.” –Robert Cohan, Artistic Director of…

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  • Photography by Amanda Tipton

    Rosie Granito

    “I truly believe that each person is put on this planet to create an impact. Whether that impact be on…

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  • Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography

    Andrea Jayne Martin

    Boulder-based and globally-minded, Andrea Jayne Martin is Artistic Director of ethereum dance co. and a Performance Coach at Arroyo and…

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    Jenny Gram

    Jenny Gram, of The JGram Project, speaks eloquently about what drives her to choreograph. “Using movement as a form of…

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    Jenny Schiff

    THE SCHIFF DANCE COLLECTIVE The weekend of June 23rd and 24th, The Schiff Dance Collective (TSDC) joined seven other Colorado…

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  • Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography

    Jacob Mora

    MORAPORVIDA CONTEMPORARY DANCE Jacob Mora, Artistic Director of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, knows Denver’s dance scene from the inside out. As…

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  • Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography

    Gregory Gonzales

    THE INNER HUMAN Principal dancer, resident guest artist, choreographer, athlete: Gregory Gonzales has worn many hats, all of which revolve…

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    Kelly Archer

    Personal. Intimate. Connected. Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement is bringing the internal external in their new piece, Reaching for Hope, A…

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  • Photography by Amanda Tipton

    Kristen Demaree

      Kristen Demaree’s new piece, Spider Dance, hacks ballet tradition, modern gesture, folk music, and ballerina-power to give audiences a…

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  • Helanius J. Wilkins. Photography by Presenting Denver.

    Helanius J. Wilkins

    CHOREOGRAPHING COMMUNITY Helanius J. Wilkins’s humbling and inspirational character gently permeated the room during the Presenting Denver Dance Festival Master…

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  • Joan Brown with Hannah Kahn. Photo by Presenting Denver.

    Hannah Kahn

    VETERAN OF MOVEMENT “The Hannah Kahn Dance Company has been sharing its passion for dance with the Denver community since…

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  • Photography by Amanda Tipton

    Edgar L. Page

    In his new work To The Table, a duet with Saidiya Imari, dancer and choreographer Edgar L. Page uses a…

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  • Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography

    Allegra “Pi” DuVal

    DANCE: THE REVOLUTION Dance company founder and director Pi (a.k.a. Allegra) DuVal utilizes dance to better herself and her community,…

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  • Photography by Amanda Tipton

    Marie-Jose Payannet

    INSPIRING ARTISTRY THROUGH DANCE Marie-Jose Payannet watches students rehearse a piece in her Louisville-based studio, Danse Etoile, on a rainy…

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    Joe DeMers

    COMMUNITY-CENTERED DANCE MARVEN Within five minutes of our meeting at a coffee shop in Old Town Littleton, Joe DeMers was…

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    Kat Gurley

    WILD HEART CHARTS ITS OWN COURSE Kat Gurley, Artistic Director at Wild Heart Dance, is here to create work that…

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  • Photo by Jamie Kraus Photography.

    Luciana Da Silva

    BRAZILIAN DANCE: THE GIFT FROM TRADITIONS “My expertise as a dancer and teacher includes my culture. When I started learning…

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    Francisco Estévez

    ART ACROSS BORDERS During a time when partisanship, widening divides, and uncertainty cloud our worldview, art remains the key to…

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  • Photo by Grant Kinser

    Samantha Hyde

    “If you want to study the dance, study the people, and if you want to study the people, study the…

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  • Photo by Grant Kinser.

    Peter Davison

    OUTSIDER ART CLOWN TRIUMPS Children and laughter spilled into the aisles of the Pine Street Church throughout movement artist Peter…

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  • Photo by Grant Kinser.

    Caitlin Brozna-Smith

    DANCING IN DIVERSITY A Denver native, Caitlin Brozna-Smith meets me to discuss all things dance. Her petite frame and bubbly…

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  • Photos by Photo by Random Vision (Timothy Salaz). Images courtesy of Chase Evered.

    Chase Evered

      Union Station’s Mercantile was hopping the Friday before Easter. The drink and pastry Chase Evered ordered at the beginning…

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    Lucy Wallace

    SO MUCH GRACE Come dance with me Over murder and pain Come and set you free Over heartache and shame…

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  • Photo by GMark Lewis. Image courtesy of Kenny Nelson.

    Kenny Nelson

    DENVER’S DEDICATED SWING DANCER! After just five minutes of talking with Kenny Nelson, it becomes incredibly clear that he is…

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  • Jessica Riggs

    JESSICA RIGGS: CREATING, DANCING, CARING & GIVING As the founder, director, and primary choreographer of Life/Art Dance Ensemble, a recent…

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  • Mary Wohl Haan

    RIDING THE EDGE WITH MARY WOHL HAAN   Calling choreographers! Creative whirlwind (dancer, choreographer, human) Mary Wohl Haan seeks similarly…

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  • Eleanor Moriarty

    “My advice to others aspiring to make it in the arts is to stick with it. If this is truly…

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  • Brian Young

    IF IT AIN’T BROKE: BRIAN YOUNG’S BACK TO BASICS VISION It’s controversial, for sure, to name a dance studio after…

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  • Sandra Minton

    DEVOTED TO DANCE EDUCATION Sandra Minton’s dance education career began in high school in the basement-cum-studio her father built where…

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  • Jayne Persch

    AN EDUCATION: TEA WITH MS. JAYNE PERSCH “Dance is the noblest of arts.  It blends music, color, tone, textures, and…

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  • Cindy Brandle

    WE ARE ALL IN CONSTANT MOTION Chicago has been living in Boulder for the last four years.  Having worked with…

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  • Rachael Kras

    DESIGNING WOMAN: RACHAEL KRAS, WONDERBOUND COSTUME DESIGNER Marie Antoinette is known for several things –gravity-defying powdered coiffures, lavish tastes, a…

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  • Sarah Leversee

    ARTIVIST – A PERSON WHO CHANGES THE WORLD BY PENETRATING THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS   Art is why I get up…

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  • Dana Benton

    THERE’S BLOOD AND EVERYTHING Hired straight from a video audition, Dana Benton has been a Colorado Ballet staple for 14 seasons. Originally…

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  • Sarah Tallman

    WHATEVER HAPPENS IN THIS SPACE FEELS LIKE MAGIC When someone loves her job, you can feel it. When the energy…

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  • Kim Olson

    “BETWEEN WHAT IS AND CAN BE” Kim Olson/SWEET EDGE seeks to create urgent, authentic impact. Working as a puppet master, she…

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  • Louder Than Words Dancetheatre

    GET LOUD Don’t expect to see the same show twice. The upcoming collaboration between Louder Than Words Dancetheatre (LTW), Playground Ensemble and Jeff Nycht at the Newman Center’s…

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  • Photo of Hannah Kahn, Founder and Artistic Director of Hannah Kahn Dance Company. Photo by Meredith Hutson.

    Hannah Kahn

    Tucked in the Golden Triangle between an automotive/mechanic store and residential homes, on March 13, 2014, Hannah Kahn welcomed Presenting Denver’s Executive…

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  • Linzee Klinkenberg

    LINZEE KLINKENBERG Artistic Director of New Breed Dance Company Professional Dancer / Small Business Owner / Full-time Mother Hometown:  Boulder,…

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    Patrick Mueller

    PATRICK MUELLER Choreographer/Venue Executive Director/Dancer/Teacher/Lighting Designer/…/… Hometown:  Lakewood, CO Current City:  Denver, CO Education:  BA from Pomona College / MFA…

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    Angie Simmons

    Name: Angie Simmons Hometown: Centralia, Illinois Current City: Denver, Colorado Education: MFA in Dance Choreography, University of Colorado, BS in…

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