Taking a Chance to Dance

Taking a Chance to Dance
November 10, 2015 W. Celeste Davis Stragand
Taking a Chance to Dance. Photo by W. Celeste Davis Stragand.

Taking a Chance to Dance. Photo by W. Celeste Davis Stragand.

On Saturday, November 7 at the Ellie Caulkins Studio Loft, Denver Arts &Venues and Bringing Back the Arts hosted Chance to Dance 2015. This open-age, free, all-day event kicked off Denver Arts Week and offered (beginner and intermediate level) professionally led workshops.

I signed up for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Street Jazz Fusion class led by Cedric Hall. Can I just tell you – what a great way to start a Saturday!! Now, I have probably 3 left feet and wiggle more than I should when a beat comes alive, but what entertainment.

Our space within the Studio Loft was on a raised portable floor. With about 50 of us, it was full, but not over crowded. Dancers ranged from toddler to senior. Skill level was all across the board and it could be debated on whether or not I brought down the average. The one hour and fifteen minute class included a warm-up, brief technique instruction and then a choreographed piece. We fluttered, kicked, popped and spun. One of our group members was even in a wheelchair. The open, safe space for all who wanted to attempt dance was refreshing and enjoyable.

I was only available for the morning session. Information listed the afternoon to consist of professional dance performances and a youth dance competition.

Presenting Denver hosted a table during the lunch hour and worked to spread the word on all we do to link dance within the Denver metro area.

Hats off to Brooke Dilling, Special Events Coordinator, Denver Arts and Venues! The event was well organized and brought many out to experience dance on a glorious Saturday morning. It truly started my weekend with a smile.


W. Celeste Davis Stragand: Published author, showcased artist and local Denverite, W. Celeste Davis Stragand is not new to the art world. Her passion for delving into the root of existence and movement will challenge and praise both choreographers and the audience. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Celeste holds two bachelor of arts degrees, one in Chemistry and the other in English. She is also a graduate of Naropa University holding a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. A former national slam team poet, Celeste is a graduate of the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program and sits on the American Institute of Architects Colorado board. Her passion and enthusiasm for the kinetic arts will frolic and frenzy through the upcoming season of performances with many hopes for an encore!

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