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Evening of World Dance
March 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This year’s Evening of World Dance will feature local resident choreographers ranging in style from Modern and Post-Modern to Hula and Bollywood. We will look at how each choreographer’s background and different life experiences shape and infuse their work. What common human elements bring us together? What differentiates and make us unique? It will be an evening showcasing the rich diversity within our Denver community!
Curated by Caitlin Brozna Smith of Bella Diva Dance and Erin Anderson of Communitas.
Hosted by: Armstrong Center for Dance
Caitlin, from Denver Colorado, obtained her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder has studied Belly Dance, Salsa, African, Brazilian Samba No Pe and Bollywood. Caitlin went on to receive her Master of Arts in International Affairs & Communication from the University of Denver in 2005. Caitlin first started her training of Samba no pe in Salvador, Bahia Brazil during her travels in 2001. From there she continued studying the past 13 years with Kaya & Sadie of Groove du Monde, Samba Ottawa, & and currently with Luciana da Silva.
In addition to Bella Diva Dance, Caitlin is currently an Adjunct Professor on faculty at the University of Denver in the Theatre Department and the Lamont School of Music instructing Musical Theatre dance, World Dance, stage movement and choreographing for shows.
Caitlin is also passionate about women’s rights and has the past four years help organized the One Billion Rising movement here in Denver and worked closely with several anti-human trafficking organizations like Verifica and iEmpathize.
Erin is co-curating the event this year with Caitlin Brozna-Smith. Last year Erin created a community dance ritual about grief and loss, which was shared at Athena Project’s Evening of Dance. Erin is a licensed professional counselor and board certified Dance/Movement Therapist who works with groups and individuals at Communitas, the healing arts studio she opened nearly three years ago, to build community and foster healing through movement and connection. She has studied dance throughout the world as an interpersonal and cultural language. With her training in therapeutic massage, Reiki, and structural integration in addition to dance and choreography, Erin brings awareness of the connection between body, mind, and spirit to all her work and has a passion for advocacy, healing and change on a global level.
In my youth, I danced with companies in Arizona and in Boston. Following that, I have fit dance into my life by taking and teaching classes. In Colorado, I have been a student and teacher of dance at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and danced in a piece by Erin Anderson, Communitas Dance, in last year’s Athena Project evening of dance. In addition to incorporating various modern dance traditions in my teaching, I include what I’ve learned in three summer intensives with the AXIS Dance, a company of dancers with and without physical disabilities in Oakland, California. I love to teach and dance with people who have a variety of movement styles and experience.
Lindsay Pierce is a performer, choreographer, and educator. She holds a MFA in dance performance/choreography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BFA in dance performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Lindsay has performed with Third Rail Productions/Denver Center Off-Center, Williams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet Tennessee, and with many independent choreographers. Lindsay has taught and choreographed for Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Ursinus College, Colorado State University, Ballet Tennessee, The Georgia Ballet, Chattanooga’s Center for Creative Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, Slippery Rock University, University of Colorado, The Kansas City Ballet School, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre among others.
Lauren is a performing artist, choreographer, contemplative teacher, and yoga instructor. She holds an MFA in Dance from The University of Colorado Boulder with an emphasis in collaborative, interdisciplinary performance. Lauren has performed nationally and internationally with Colorado based companies Helander Dance Theater, 3rd Law Dance/Theatre, David Capps/Dances, Interweave Dance Theater, Kim Olson/Sweet Edge, as well as New York City companies Curt Haworth and Dancers, Ellis Wood Dance and Peter Sciscioli. Her solo and duet work has been presented in Colorado, New York City, Kentucky, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Lauren teaches throughout the community and is on adjunct faculty in the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Cleo Parker Robinson
Cleo Parker Robinson is founder, artistic director and choreographer of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD). She is the recipient of honors and awards from civic, community, and artistic organizations world-wide. A master teacher/choreographer and cultural ambassador, she has taught and performed with her Ensemble all over the world. In 2011, Ms. Parker Robinson was voted an Honorary Lifetime Trustee of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Cleo Parker Robinson continues to be dedicated to celebrating the human experience and potential through the Arts. Her vision of “One Spirit, Many Voices” remains strong and steadfast, expanding to embrace and welcome all people.
Katie Bhairavi Marshall
Katie Bhairavi Marshall is a singer, dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. Her styles of dance are Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, Indian Dance Fusion, Odissi/East Indian Classical Temple Dance and is a student of AuroTejas Hemsell. Currently she performs with Darshan Dance Tribe, Hindu Temple of the Rockies, Shiva Sai Mandir, Shakti Dance School, Quantum Beings of the Miraculous, and the Radha Krishna Temple. She has also performed with other live musical productions with Lunar Fire, and Desert Dwellers. Before her dive into World Dance she was also a professional Modern and Ballet dancer she performed with the Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Ballet Ariel, Speaking of Dance, Kim Robards Dance, and apprenticed with Joel Hall Dancers, and Deeply Rooted Productions in Chicago. She grew up training and performing with Colorado Ballet and is certified completed 8 years of Russian Classical Ballet Vaganova Training. She is a graduate of Denver School of the Arts, and University of Wyoming with a BFA degree in Dance. Her singing and musical background includes co-founding several live music and dance projects such as, Fragments of Divine, New Pleasures, and Forests of Azure. Currently she sings with Quantum Beings of the Miraculous a world music, trip hop, concious hip hop, 6 piece band featuring vocals, base guitar, DJ set up, drums, key boards, and Didgeridoo, films, and dance performances by Darshan Dance Tribe. Quantum Beings of the Miraculous has performed at Lumonics Light and Sound Gallery, Elsewhence Festival, Shamanic Boom, Tribal Visions Festival, Mariposa Sanctuary, Oriental Theater, Fusion Factory, and the Love House. Katie Bhairavi Marshall, and Darshan Dance Tribe are so thankful to be a part of this event connected with Bella Diva Dance and the Athena Project.
April Johnson is blissfully celebrating her third year of dancing with Bella Diva Dance studio as a forever student, performer and dance instructor. As a mother and a full time STEM career individual, she has come to understand fully the benefits and quality of life enrichment that comes through exploring world dance, celebrating diversity and sharing various forms of cultural expression to the Denver community. Raised in Oahu, Hawaii it is her honor to be able to perform a Polynesian fusion piece along with her Hot Hula Fitness class at the Athena Project Festival’s Evening of World Dance.
Shravida, originally from Mumbai, India and home to Bollywood, may be why she took a natural liking to the Bollywood dance form. Her earliest memories of dance include watching popular Bollywood song videos on TV and imitating the heroine’s dance moves. Shravida did not learn any form of dance while growing up, something she regrets to this day. However, 8 years ago when she stepped into a belly dance class, her life changed forever and she has been learning this amazing dance form ever since.
Performing on stage makes Shravida extremely happy and she always aims to share this happiness and joy with her audiences. She loves the time whilst performing because she is doing what she loves the most – Dancing!
Darshan Dance Tribe
Darshan Dance Tribe is a Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Performance Troupe based out of Denver which has 5 performers Paige Mason, Saraphina Mesmer, Abby Harkey, Anastasia Dadashpour, and Katie Bhairavi Marshall. Darshan Dance Tribe was co-founded 2 years ago by Katie Bhairavi Marshall and Saraphina Mesmer and has expanded to becoming a collective given the emensly talented dancers that perform with Darshan Dance Tribe. Darshan is a Sanskrit word which means seeing and transforming from a spiritual awakening. Darshan Dance Tribe wishes that all who see the dance are awakened and transformed by the dance. Darshan Dance Tribe often performs in live musical events with local music project, Quantum Beings of the Miraculous, and is very active in the music festival scene. Darshan Dance Tribe has been involved with World Dance Festival, Elsewhence Festival, Tatoo Masqurade, Tatoos for Good by All Sacred Tatoo Events, Shamanic Boom, Mariposa Sanctuary Events, Opulent Temple, Mercury Cafe, Illumination, and Lumonics Light and Sound Gallery.
A warm thanks to our sponsors for this event
Armstrong Center for Dance
1075 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204