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SILVERTHORNE – The CoMotion dancers chose the Kim Robards Dance Company to perform at their annual fund raiser as a testament to what dancers from Summit County can achieve; last year, a dancer who started out in CoMotion made it into Kim Robards’ company. This year, they’re celebrating possibilities and paving the road for success with their annual fund raiser.

“We chose Kim Robards Dance Company last year because a past CoMotion dancer was dancing with them,” said Melanie Clauer, director of the Summit School of Dance and CoMotion dancers. “The company matched what we envisioned dancers doing. They’re more modern-based, and we tend to do a lot of modern dance out of the studio.”

CoMotion has supported its activities with its annual fund raiser since 1990. Until last year, the company performed in conjunction with the Backstage Theatre’s productions, but last year, it turned the event into an evening of dance, bringing in a professional company. The money it raises pays for costumes, guest choreographers, competitions and convention costs.



“Typically, parents pay for everything,” Clauer said. “I wanted to make sure dance was available to all families, (no matter what their income level).”

CoMotion performs throughout the county, including such festivities as Breakfast with Santa at the pavilion and the Wine and Jazz Festival in Keystone. Last weekend, the company won a silver medal at a regional competition in Denver with its jazz piece, “Straight to No. 1.”



Currently, 12 high school students dance with CoMotion, practicing about 10 hours a week. Most began studying ballet, modern and jazz dance (and often hip-hop, tap and musical theater) before age 6.

CoMotion performs a variety of pieces at the fund raiser, including its premiere, “Flock of Feathers,” which flies with flamingos on pointe, Vaudevillian ducks quacking up the audience and a pair of lovebirds in time for Valentine’s Day. Junior CoMotion opens for the seniors with a couple of jazz numbers.

Kim Robards Dance Company takes the stage after CoMotion with its dynamic modern dance, blended with cultural influences. It has performed for 12 years, broadening modern dance as a performance art and including diverse populations in the company. Robards, the artistic director, has taught in New York, as well as in the West and Midwest. She has a master’s degree in dance from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

“People last year loved them,” Clauer said. “The movement was so beautiful, and the flow was so easy, and what they were doing was so difficult.”

The Colorado Council on the Arts honored the company with the COVisions Recognition Award in 1996, and Robards received the 1996 Governor’s Award and the 1995 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for cutting-edge performances and statewide educational outreach programs.

The dance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Silverthorne Pavilion. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased by calling (970) 668-5898.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

Event: CoMotion dancers fund raiser

When: 6 p.m. silent auction begins, 7 p.m. performance, Saturday, Feb. 8

Where: Silverthorne Pavilion


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