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Our Mission

 

Life/Art Dance Ensemble creates and provides professional dance and music to Denver Metro communities through artistic collaboration, positive outreach, and education.

About Us

Life/Art Dance Ensemble received 501(c)3 status in March of 2009. The company was created, in part, to provide low-income older adults along the Front Range with the opportunity to experience live professional dance performances. This program, entitled "Cultural Experiences for Older Adults," has reached over 3,500 seniors since its inception. The company immediately began producing its own annual contemporary dance performances, collaborating with other artists to produce unique experiences in dance. Of note, Life/Art was approached in 2012 by composer Russell Podgorsek, who was eager to collaborate with professional dancers for an original piece. The resulting complete work from this collaboration was later accepted into the GAMMA-UT New Music Showcase at the University of Texas at Austin. This collaboration opened the door to many other fruitful connections, and Life/Art now produces two to three annual productions, unique in format and concept, including a dance haunted house and "Convergence," a shared showcase with a dozen other local dance companies.

 

Life/Art has also been invited to perform in productions and at events throughout the state and abroad. Notable guest performances include the Denver Art Museum’s Dance on the Plaza event in 2016, the Botanic Garden’s SCFD Showcase (2016 - 2018), the City of Denver’s October 3rd, 2017 press conference, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s DioramART exhibit for 2017’s “Night at the Museum,” as well as their 2018 "Dia del Nino." Life/Art was also represented at  the Dairy Arts Center’s Women in Classical Music Soundscape concert, and in Prague at the American Music Festival in collaboration with Stratus Chamber Orchestra. Life/Art also collaborated on the 7/20 Memorial's 10th anniversary remembrance event in 2022. In May of 2017, the Director of Life/Art was recognized as a 7everyday Hero.

 

In 2014, Life/Art collaborated with a videographer and a composer to create its first dance film. In 2015, Life/Art created a first of its kind dance film festival, entitled “Life in Motion: A Colorado Dance Film Festival,” catering to local Colorado film artists who work with movement and dance for the camera. Please visit our press page for downloadable promotional photos.

Inclusion Statement

We, at Life/Art Dance Ensemble, believe access to professional arts is essential for all, and that through our work in outreach, education, and collaboration, we ensure all voices are heard and amplified. Dancers, board members, volunteers, audiences, and venues all play a role as we work to acknowledge our differences and unique perspectives. We continue to reflect, discuss, learn, and challenge ourselves to create inclusive experiences for all backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, culture, language, religion, disability status, and age.

EDI Statement of Commitment:

Life/Art Dance Ensemble is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) environment for all by providing company members with DEI resources to succeed in their role with Life/Art, communicating Life/Art’s mission and values in a respectful and effective way through performances and community outreach, and helping Life/Art members understand different perspectives of all communities encountered.

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Support Life/Art

 
Your donations help keep our wonderful free dance performances for low-income senior homes possible, while also allowing us to function as a contemporary dance company. We thank you for any help you can give. 
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