Kim Robards Dance, Inc.

The mission of Kim Robards Dance (KRD) is to be a driving force that enriches lives through exceptional modern dance creation, performance and education.

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Organizational Overview

Kim Robards Dance, Inc.
9990 East Colfax Avenue
Aurora, CO 80010
(1993)Colorado Repertory Dance Company
The mission of Kim Robards Dance (KRD) is to be a driving force that enriches lives through exceptional modern dance creation, performance and education.

Kim Robards Dance is celebrating our 28th Season.

KRD's primary location is in the fast growing Aurora Cultural Arts District where the Company is developing a performance venue, dance studios, and administrative offices. This is the home to the professional touring company as well as The Academy of KRD. KRD's space is available to other community cultural organizations for rentals for classes, workshops, performances, and community events.

KRD has initiated our RAISE THE BARRE Capital Campaign to raise funds for our new permanent home in Aurora at 9995 East Colfax Avenue in the building purchased by The City of Aurora for KRD. KRD's goal is $50,000 for phase one. These funds will assist KRD in matching $20,000 awarded by Gates Family Foundation.

Ms. Robards has choreographed a relevant and powerful new work, "Aurora", which in its November 2013 premiere riveted and touched audiences.

KRD's 2015-16 season opens with The Portal Rock Opera for which Ms. Robards has been commissioned to create the original choreography.

KRD has been invited to be on the Boutique Roster of New York booking agency Jodi Kaplan and Associates. KRD has been invited to perform in New York and Scotland during the 2015-16 Season.

Impact Statement

The means by which we accomplish our mission and the purpose of KRD is to implement the following programs: Mainstage Venue Performances by the professional company; Educational Outreach Performances and Workshops for disenfranchised populations; Statewide, National and International Touring Residencies; Repertory Development and Choreographic Commissions; The Academy of KRD for children and adults; The KRD Venue and the development of KRD's new cultural center (performance venue and studio spaces).

Top 3-5 accomplishments last yr. and goals this year
1. Development in the Aurora Cultural Arts District.
2. Support from The City of Aurora through purchase of a building for KRD's permanent home theatre and studios.
3. Artistic Director Kim Robards created three new works "Aurora", "Duosity" and "Amanrathine".

1. Secure sponsors for creation of two new works by critically acclaimed Artistic Director/Choreographer Kim Robards
2. Reach a $50,000 capital campaign goal for Raise The Barre and match the $20,000 Gates Family Foundation grant awarded to KRD for this campaign.
3. Implement fitness programming through dance via "Kym Gym for Kids" educational outreach program in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties and maintain current outreach programs for special populations including incarcerated teens, youth with multiple physical disabilities.
4. Continue to develop our touring programs statewide, nationally and internationally.
5. Develop The Academy of KRD which includes programs for children ages 3-18 and an adult program for beginners through professionals

Needs Statement

1. Increase and diversify our funding sources to compliment and support the international level of programming in which KRD has been engaged
2. Grow our administrative staff to meet the growing artistic accomplishments of our company through securing a Development/Executive Director and Company/Business Manager
3. Develop a larger and more diversified Board of Directors wishing to assist in expanding KRD's financial and administrative capacities
4. Secure full season contracts and health insurance for an international roster of professional company members
5. Secure additional volunteers for special projects, fundraising and on-going administrative projects

Background Statement

Kim Robards Dance (KRD) was originally founded in 1987 as Colorado Repertory Dance Company (CRDC). In 1997 the organization changed the corporate name to better reflect the driving force behind the artistry and educational goals of the company, and to focus on presenting the choreographic works of Artistic Director and founder Kim Robards. Having award winning artistic work as a base, and having inextricably fused educational programming into our seasons since our inception, the Company has developed into one of the nation's top modern dance companies with a growing national and international reputation for excellence. Having received both the Mayor's and the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, among other distinguished honors, KRD represents the best of its genre and speaks to the artistic quality which has grown out of Colorado's cultural milieu. KRD is a multi-generational company with professional dancers ranging in ages which span five decades. As we enter our 29th Season, KRD is proud to have provided modern dance experiences to as many as 30,000 individuals each year from variegated backgrounds and spanning many generations.

Executive Director Statement

As we embark on our 29th season and leap forward with our development as an international touring company, I am overjoyed by the multitude of amazing experiences I have had throughout these two and a half decades which have been enriched by an abundance of talented dancers from throughout Colorado, the US and international artists as well. Undertaking the lifetime commitment through the daily task of creating work, training as dancers to meet high physical standards, maintaining an Academy to train youngsters and adults, and administering the paperwork, can be a formidable challenge. It also comes with the greatest rewards of realizing a new piece of choreography, attaining a higher level of physical ability, seeing the joy and curiosity on the faces of children to seniors alike who experience a workshop or performance, securing a new supporter, celebrating the successes of our dance peers, and personally experiencing the exaltation of spirit through performance of movement. It is with deep gratitude to the multitudes of individuals and funders who have stepped forward in both times of prosperity and times of need, who have continued to walk the path with us along the way, and who will take the leaps of faith with us into our future, that we embark on this wonderful journey of creating and sharing the American-born art form of modern dance through the unique artistic voice of the talented Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer Kim Robards.

Board Chair/President Statement

Kim Robards Dance is a unique organization among modern dance companies. The choreographic creations of Artistic Director Kim Robards break new boundaries in physicality and inspirational works of art, with dancers and staff members who serve with a lifetime commitment to creating and educating about the art form. KRD for more than 25 years has: forged new pathways and pushed boundaries; created innovative programming; participated in international cultural exchanges with artists from or through residencies in eight countries; provided programming in every corner of Colorado and in 17 other states; weathered economic storms and changing giving cycles; developed new funding bases; taken responsible risks for growth; paused to renew when needed; strived for greater visions; set an artistic pace; and all the while done so with a sense of integrity. KRD is a rewarding organization to serve with and our board seeks to expand our human and financial resources to fully meet the artistic potential of this "local international company".

Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times, in February 2008, wrote, "...a strong sense of craft and an affinity for lyrical movement and big musical scores. That in and of itself qualifies for revolutionary status these days. So do the dignity and joy with which Ms. Robards' eight company members perform, and the pleasure Ms. Robards seems to take in dance without clumsily concocted themes and other gimmicks. True, the choreography does demand unremitting energy and athleticism from the performers, a staple in dance today. But Ms. Robards thinks in grander terms".

Former Governor Roy Romer stated during the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts presentation to KRD, "Kim Robards Dance has been on the leading edge of dance innovation and collaboration, not only presenting high quality performances throughout the state, nation and world, but also conducting numerous school dance seminars dedicated to inspiring Colorado's youth to greater levels of individuality and competence."

"CONGRATULATIONS YOU GUYS!!!! I cannot tell you how happy I am that you did not get criticized for beauty and joy of movement from a more "traditional" view. GOOD for you for staying true to who and what you are. Your work is beautiful for a reason. Because it is real, honest and unapologetic. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!"
Peter G. Kalivas, The PGK Project (A Contemporary Dance Company)
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