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Steamboat Dance Theatre showcases talents of 140 local dancers in annual showcase

At Steamboat Dance Theatre rehearsals Tuesday, Chelsea Beers, left, and Ji Hwang get ready for the show’s opening night Thursday. Performances continue through Saturday. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Debbie Curd-Kinnecom remembers the first year she danced on stage in Steamboat Dance Theatre’s annual showcase and fundraiser.

“I had just moved to Steamboat as a new mom of two,” Curd-Kinnecom said. “I hadn’t danced in many years and was in complete awe at the level of trained dancers around me. Once I stepped onto the stage, it was exhilarating and scary. At the same time though, I felt a sense of coming home again.”

She continued to dance on stage with Steamboat Dance Theatre for the next 17 years. Now, after a seven-year hiatus, she’s back for the 47th annual Community Dance Concert.

If you go

What: Steamboat Dance Theatre presents the 47th annual Community Dance Concert
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19
Where: Steamboat Springs High School auditorium, 45 Maple St.

On Thursday, the countless hours of rehearsals, which have been taking place since early fall, will come to fruition with the opening show at 7 p.m. Other performances will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, along with a matinee performance starting at 1 p.m., Saturday. The dance performances take place on the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium stage.

“Even now, there’s that same feeling in my belly — nerves mixed with excitement and that familiar sense of belonging,” Curd-Kinnecom said.

The theme for this year’s show is “Homegrown: Inspirations of a sense of place and feelings of belonging.”

“It’s about home,” said Kat Goodhand, choreographer, dancer and one of the show’s co-producers along with Michelle Cole and Nicole Curd. “It’s about support, caring and connection.

“The choreographers brought their interpretations of this theme in such meaningful and creative ways, and the cast did an incredible job perfecting that vision to bring this show to the stage,” Goodhand said.

Kim Chotvacs and Don Miles, from left, Laraine Martin, Kara Freedman and Alfred Menendez, and Cassie and Travis Crooke practice for the annual Steamboat Dance Theatre performance, which opens Thursday. (Photo by John F. Russell)

In all, 140 dancers from the community — the largest cast in recent years — will perform 16 pieces that showcase talent across genres including hip-hop, belly dance and jazz. New this year are pieces featuring contemporary pole and bungee-assisted dance.

Another new component of the show is footage capturing a behind-the-scenes look at Steamboat Dance Theatre, created by videographers Charlie Smith and Ben Saheb.

“I think the show will resonate with each individual audience member, whether you are proud of the community that exists here in Steamboat, moved by the passion of our cast or inspired to join us next year as a dancer,” Goodhand said.

Formed in 1972, Steamboat Dance Theatre continues to offer local dancers an opportunity to learn and excel in the areas of choreography, performance, production and master dance classes held throughout the year.

“I continue to love choreographing for Steamboat Dance Theatre year after year because of the cause it supports, the dance family-community we have built and to share my absolute love of movement with our incredible town,” said choreographer and dancer Stephanie Rabbitt.

Proceeds from the show fund the volunteer organization’s local dance scholarship program. Last year, Steamboat Dance Theatre awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 185 students.

Steamboat Dance Theatre also offers a school outreach program that aims to bring arts into area schools through dance.

To purchase tickets for Steamboat Dance Theatre’s dance showcase, visit Steamboatdancetheatre.org.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

Roddy Beall, left, and Chelsea Beers rehearse Tuesday for Steamboat Dance Theatre. (Photo by John F. Russell)


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