Dance Alliance of the Pikes Peak Region

Celebrate Dance All Month Long

The Dance Alliance of the Pikes Peak Region is the newest evolution of Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, a grass-roots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has promoted dance in the Pikes Peak Region since 1977. Founded over forty-five years ago by Barbara Kline and a dedicated group of volunteers, Colorado Springs Dance Theatre was a leading presenting organization that showcased professional, world-class dance to the Pikes Peak region, exposing local communities to internationally renowned dance. Now in its 5th decade of community service, The Dance Alliance has hosted over 100 of the world’s pre-eminent dance companies including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Paul Taylor Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. More recent seasons have included sold-out shows by Keigwin + Company and Ailey II. Additionally, The Dance Alliance has granted over $50,000 in tuition aid to dance students in the Pike Peak Region through our long established Esther Geoffrey Scholarship Competition. For more about the special Arts Month 2021 programs listed below, please email

25th Annual Esther Geoffrey Scholarship Competition

October 23, 10AM-2PM at The Movement Gallery

The Esther Geoffrey Scholarship Competition is a unique merit-based competition hosted through a series of Masterclasses taught by globally renowned professionals. The Dance Alliance (formerly Colorado Springs Dance Theatre) has awarded over $50,000 to local dance students in the competitions’ 25-year history. The scholarships seek to award dancers who demonstrate a dedicated level of skill, artistry, and performance in order to help further their professional aspirations.


  • Christopher Emile of No1ArtsHouse in Los Angeles will be teaching a contemporary workshop and participating in a week-long creation residency to round out the dance week of Arts Month!
  • Aoi Koenig, local dancer and PPCC instructor will be teaching the Ballet portion of the competition.

"Untitled" by Chris Emile

October 26, 6PM at The Movement Gallery

Choreographer and multimedia director Chris Emile shares his new work blending performance, narrative, and video, Untitled, on Tuesday, October 26 at 6PM at The Movement Gallery. The film explores radical expressions of empathy through performance, interviews, and personal storytelling by four performers. In this one-hour event, Emile demonstrates the creative process behind Untitled with a live performance, followed by the premiere of the film and a Q&A with key members of the film’s creative team moderated by Jordan McHenry.

Hip-Hop Halloween @ the Pioneers Museum

October 30, 1-3PM at the Pioneers Museum

Halloween is going to be groovy this year because DAPPR is sponsoring a family-friendly public hip-hop class with the incredible Ron Jules! Come dressed in costume and ready to learn the iconic classic THRILLER on the South Lawn of the Pioneers Museum. There will be costume competitions, face painting, special guest performance, candy and giveaways. Don’t miss this free Halloween treat for the whole family on Saturday, October 30 from 1-3PM!

Ormao 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Party

October 1, 5-8PM at The Movement Gallery

The Movement Gallery is elated to host Ormao Dance Company’s 30th Anniversary Kick-off during First Friday, on October 1 from 5-8PM! In the early years, Ormao called 128 N. Nevada home, and we are happy to welcome them back for the premiere showing of a co-produced dance film choreographed by FLOCK Dance Company.

You will also see excerpts from Ormao’s upcoming 30th Anniversary Concert celebration and as a 30-year historical retrospective encapsulating Ormao’s impact on the dance community of Colorado Springs. Join us!

  • 5:00-6:00 Open House
  • 6:00 FLOCK Ormao Film showing followed by Q&A
  • 6:30 Ormao performance, excerpt from repertoire October Arts Month ‘All at Once’ Concert
  • 7:00 FLOCK Ormao Film showing followed by Q&A
  • 7:30 Ormao performance, excerpt from repertoire October Arts Month ‘All at Once’ Concert
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