Ormao Dance Company's new location grand opening



The grand opening event for the new location of Ormao Dance Company begins at 6 p.m., Friday, June 17.

And all you need to know is: there will be fire dancing in the parking lot.

Ormao dancers at Garden of the Gods — a beautiful, and spacious, place to perform, but not the best for regular practice.
  • Sean Cayton
  • Ormao dancers at Garden of the Gods — a beautiful, and spacious, place to perform, but not the best for regular practice.

Of course, the entertainment doesn't stop there (remember, you're not even in the building yet). The opening will also include other live dance and musical performances including original choreography from students, previews of upcoming professional productions and summer workshop demonstrations. And there will be free food provided as well, since all that moving can really work up an appetite.

The celebration is open to the public and artistic director Janet Johnson hopes everyone will come. "We're going to have the grand opening whether or not everything is painted. We're going with it."

After about four years of bursting at the seams in their current single-studio location, Ormao is more than ready to enjoy the two new studios located at 10 S. Spruce St. (three blocks from I-25 and Bijou Street). This central location in the downtown area makes the center more accessible (there's plenty of free parking) and visible (you can get honked at by commuters on I-25 from the parking lot).

In partnership with Murphy Constructors, Ormao volunteers are crafting the interior space to fit the company's needs. With the added studio space Ormao plans to support dance classes along with studio performances in dance, theater and music. The new gallery corridor will host showings for visual artists.

The new building allows the crossover and collaboration between the performing and visual arts in a more casual setting. Ormao can now host a gallery opening as well as musical or dance (or both) performances in one night. As Johnson says, the new building definitely "makes it worth someone's stop."

Ormao is a nonprofit organization that promotes professional dancing, a dance school and arts education.

Ways you can help:

Although all the requested used items have already been donated, the center still needs monetary contributions as part of their fundraising campaign for the project, Momentum of Moving.

You can also choose to sponsor a mirror, a lobby chair, a dance floor or a studio in your name. Items varying in cost (example: $200 for a mirror), but these contributions promise to actively benefit Ormao into the future.

Interior construction is ongoing, so volunteers are still needed to assist with tasks ranging from building dance sub-floors to cleaning mirrors and windows. Chances are there's a place for you to lend a hand.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, contact Janet Johnson. All donations are tax deductible.

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