8:00 PM — 10:00 PM
CU Eugenia C. Rawls Courtyard Theatre
855 Lawrence Way

Denver, CO 80204 United States
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Evening of World Dance

A kaleidoscope of Denver’s uniquely creative female artists come together to explore the excitement and grace of movement – from modern and contemporary ballet, to samba and beyond. Immerse yourself in the joy of dance, as emerging and established choreographers work with trios of talented dancers to celebrate the diversity and dynamism of our community.

Right after the show, we’ll be holding a brief talkback with the audience, to help encourage dialogue around dance. Our choreographers want to know how their work makes you feel in the moment!

Tickets $20 for adults, $18 for students, seniors and military personnel.

Parking at the 7th Street Garage is included in the ticket price for the Evening of World Dance — pick up your pass at the box office.


Lindsay Pierce - Curator and Choreographer

Lindsay Pierce


Lindsay Pierce is a performer, choreographer, and educator based in Denver, CO.
Lindsay holds a Masters of Fine Arts in dance performance and choreography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has performed with the Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company of Kansas City, MO, Ballet Tennessee, violet|mire, and as a freelance dancer with many independent choreographers.

Erin Anderson - Choreographer

Erin Anderson


Erin Anderson, LPC, BC-DMT, CMT is an artist who believes in health and well-being for all. From choreographing community dance rituals on grief to teaching Reiki energy work or samba classes, she believes that the way we move through life matters. She wishes for everyone to experience communitas, the state of intimacy we feel when we undergo change and transformation with others, which is her present work and passion. Creativity is at the heart of her work and believes it is how we survive as well as thrive.

Triple Threat, performed by Erin Anderson, Alina Fowler & April Johnson. Music: Uma Viagem Del Baldes De Larry Wright – Bahia Black.

Cindy Brandle - Choreographer

Cindy Brandle


Cindy Brandle is the Artistic Director of the Cindy Brandle Dance Company. Cindy danced for ten years with the Chicago Moving Company and served as Co-Artistic Director with founder Nana Shineflug for five of those years. She has been awarded two scholarships from the Dance Center of Columbia College as both a performer and choreographer. Since relocating to Boulder, Brandle’s work has been produced at the University of Colorado, Boulder Department of Dance, The Denver Independent Choreographer’s Project and twice in the Boulder International Fringe Festival.

The Healing Trio, performed by Bridget Heddens, Jessica Riggs & Nicole Zozuli. Music: La Catedra – William Wilson

Caitlin Bronza - Choreographer

Caitlin Bronza-Smith


Caitlin Brozna-Smith is the artistic director and founder of international dance company Bella Diva Dance. Caitlin has been choreographing since age 10, finding outlets through figure skating, musical theater, and world dance.

Nephthys, performed by Shannon Hutter, Catherine Welling & Micaela Cruce. Music: Kala Tabla.

Anna Claire Brunelli - Choreographer

Anna Claire Brunelli


Anna Claire Brunelli graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 with a BFA in Modern Dance. A native of Austin, TX, Claire danced with the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Co and Chaddick Dance Theater before moving to Denver, where she was a member of the Hannah Kahn Dance Company for five seasons. Claire is the creator of the Choreographers Collective, which will be in it’s fifth year August 2018. Geared towards enriching the Denver dance community, the Collective offers a performance platform for local choreographers to showcase their work.

Performing Wild Within, Magic Throughout. Music: Mahamrityunjaya Mantra -Dali Lama.

Kebrina Josefina DeJesus - Choreographer

Kebrina Josefina De Jesus


A New York and Puerto Rican Native, Kebrina Josefina De Jesus has been teaching youth and adults dance and theater for over two decades. She holds her Masters of Fine Arts in Theater and Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. Currently, Kebrina teaches, directs and choreographs for her company Samba Colorado​. In her spare time, she enjoys mermaiding with Rocky Mountain Mermaids, continues to study dance / theater and travels sharing her love of Brazilian dance, Salsa/Mambo.

A Rooted Return, performed by Kebrina Josefina De Jesus, Sophia Phillips & Tajah Schall . Music: live drumming by Yamal Rima & Michael Paff.

Leslie Merrill - Choreographer

Leslie Merrill


Leslie Merrill is a Dance Program Co-Coordinator at Metro State University of Denver, where she teaches a range of technique, lecture, and creative courses. She and Nicole Predki recently developed a dance major there, in partnership with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Leslie has performed with Louder Than Words Dancetheatre, Interweave Dance Theatre, the Cindy Brandle Dance Company, Ascential Dance, Haan Dances, and Projekt Move. She has created multiple evening-length interdisciplinary works and received her MFA from the University of Colorado.

windows & doors, performed by Julie Anderson & Tobi Compton, with original music by Nick Schmidt

Lily Padilla - Choreographer

Lily Padilla


Lily Padilla is a 18-year-old senior at Broomfield High School with a 4.4 GPA. She has been dancing for 13 years at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, and has attended multiple summer programs around the country. Lily is currently studying ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, and composition. She will continue her studies in dance, focusing on contemporary and choreography, in college. Outside of dance Lily works at Qdoba, loves to write, and spend time with her family and friends.

Performing Listen To My Silence. Music: Mishima – Philip Glass.

Gwen Hunter Ritchie - Choreographer

Gwen Hunter Ritchie


Gwen Hunter Ritchie is a recent graduate of CU Boulder with a MFA in dance and somatics. She has danced professionally with Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange, Malashock Dance & Co., Lower Left Dance, The Kevin Wynn Collection, and Dance Alloy. She was also artistic director of her own repertory company, LABCO Dance based in Pittsburgh for 5 years. Gwen has taught at Slippery Rock University, Chatham University, and is currently adjunct faculty at Naropa University in Boulder. She is excited to show this collaborative work with Ryder Turner and Chrissy Nelson.

11, created in collaboration with and performed by Gwen Hunter Ritchie, Chrissy Nelson & Avery Ryder Turner


Colorado Creative Industries - Athena Project Community Partner

University of Colorado College of Arts & Media - Athena Project Sponsor


March 17, 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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