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8 Toe-Tapping Insights that Take You Inside Dance!

1. There’s a wall in the Hamilton Building here at the Denver Art Museum that spans over 62 feet high. Watch a time-lapse video showing our installation team putting up eight paintings of American Indian dancers made for the 1939 World’s Fair, then come see them in real life.

2. Historians believe the famous Spanish dancer Carmencita was the first woman to appear in a motion picture by Thomas Edison. In Rhythm & Roots you can view two large-scale paintings of Carmencita, who once moved American society women at a private performance to toss jewelry at her feet.

3. Did you know local dance doyenne Cleo Parker Robinson studied with Katherine Dunham? Check out a portrait of Dunham and one of her costumes in Rhythm & Roots. (Watch Robinson’s ensemble doing a dance choreographed by Dunham at Jacob’s Pillow in 1996.)

4. If depictions of dancers like Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova in Rhythm & Roots whet your appetite for ballet, come to Untitled Final Friday on August 26 and see a performance by the Colorado Ballet.

5. Shake your groove thang in #dancelab. Legwork Studio’s executive director Matt FaJohn calls it their “most ambitious art installation to date.” It’s open through October 2. 303 Magazine says it’s a must-see.

6. Explore Performance on Paper, a collection of posters created to promote dance, theater, opera, and film performances at Colorado State University. John Sorbie and Phil Risbeck started as two graphic designers on a limited budget, and their creativity and resourcefulness led them to international acclaim.

7. Artist Hadley Hooper is another local artist with ties to the museum this summer. She used to take classes at the DAM as a child. Now her installation Tableau is on view here at the museum.

8. Explore your creativity in the Movement Studio and watch local artists conducting demos on the weekends. Coming up:

  • Kendra Fleischman: August 20-21 & August 27-28
  • David Ocelotl Garcia: September 3-4
  • Heidi Eversley: September 10-11
  • Susan Hazaleus: September 17-18 & 24-25
  • Ryan Sams: October 1-2
  • Corrina Espinosa: October 8-9

All these dance-focused exhibitions, programming, local artist collaborations, and interactive installations are included with general admission; free for members. Use #danceatDAM, #Denverbaila, #dancelab, and #TableauDAM, when you share images of your visits to the museum.

Carleen Brice edits the blog and On & Off the Wall, the member magazine for the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. She recommends visitors don't miss the touchable Ganesha statue on level 2 of the Hamilton Building.

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