Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, csdance.org
CSDT is a local nonprofit organization that brings top touring dance companies, such as the Martha Graham Dance Company and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, to the area for community performances. CSDT also organizes master classes and scholarship competitions for younger dancers.
Colorado Youth Ballet, 4005 Lee Vance View, #100, 272-7078, coloradoyouthballet.com
An audition-based, pre-professional company for young dancers, focused on classical and contemporary ballet, CYB puts on an annual Nutcracker performance at the Pikes Peak Center, in addition to other classic ballet productions such as Swan Lake.
Genesis Dance Conservatory, 5735 Constitution Ave., 638-8770, genesisdanceconservatory.com
A brand-new company offering courses for kids, teens and adults in a variety of fields, like tap, modern, ballet, hip-hop and jazz.
L.I.F.E. (Love Is Finding Everyone) Step Team, facebook.com/LIFEstepteam
L.I.F.E. is a community-based, nearly 20-year-old nonprofit step team whose members dance locally and nationally in exhibitions, competitions and fundraising efforts (dancers went to Nashville in August and are heading to Chicago this month). Members range from age 12 to 23 and can earn scholarships for education through their work with the group.
Ormao Dance Company, 10 S. Spruce St., 471-9759, ormaodance.org
A nonprofit, professional dance company and school, Ormao offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, modern, jazz and contemporary for children and adults, as well as workshops and community performances.
Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Troupe, peaks-andpasties.com
A local institution, the expansive Peaks and Pasties features female and male burlesque dancers, and performs regularly around town. Troupe leader Lola Spitfire also runs an "Academy of Burlesque," offering four-week intensive workshops in which participants learn about the history of burlesque, costuming, character development and performance.
A community- and performance-based modern dance group, Sansara presents a few shows throughout the year, often in non-traditional dance facilities, as well as big events, like the Pikes Peak Arts Fest.
Play our Fall Arts Trivia game for all kinds of great prizes, including tickets to the The Nutcracker, courtesy of The Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Fine Arts Center, Theatreworks, GOCA, COPPeR and other arts organizations!