Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, csdance.org: Now 37 years old, this Indy Give! nonprofit arranges local shows by national performing arts organizations, holds master classes, and gives out scholarships to young dancers. Watch for its annual showcase of young local talent — over 100 dancers from 10 studios — in Dance, Dessert and Dreams happening Nov. 2. Act fast once details are released — last year's show sold out.
Colorado Youth Ballet, 4005 Lee Vance View, #100, coloradoyouthballet.com: An audition-based, pre-professional company for young dancers, focused on classical and contemporary ballet. Expect to see CYB members onstage during the holidays in The Nutcracker.
Genesis Dance Conservatory, 5735 Constitution Ave., genesisdanceconservatory.com: Now just over a year old, a company offering courses for kids, teens and adults in a variety of dance forms, like tap, modern, ballet, hip-hop and jazz.
L.I.F.E. Step Team, facebook.com/LIFEstepteam: A longtime community-based, nonprofit step team whose members dance locally and nationally in exhibitions, competitions and fundraising efforts. In April, the team took first place (for the second year in a row) at the Shock the Yard Midwest Step Show at Wichita State University.
Ormao Dance Company, 10 S. Spruce St., ormaodance.org: A nonprofit, professional dance company and school offering 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, peaksandpasties.com: Featuring female and male burlesque performers, a local institution showing regularly around town. Now under the leadership of Boopsie and Bunny Bee (see here for details) the troupe counts nearly 101 members and grows with each community workshop, held twice a year. (The next one begins Nov. 13.)
Sansara, facebook.com/sansaramovement: A community- and performance-based modern dance group dedicated to bringing "politically, socially and personally relevant works to their audience," presenting a few shows throughout the year, often in non-traditional dance facilities and at big events.