Kim Robards Dance, Inc.

Kim Robards Dance represents and presents the highest quality modern dance programming and implements one of the state's most comprehensive educational outreach programs.

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Statewide, National, Int'l Touring Residencies

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General Public/Unspecified
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

KRD's company roster composed of professional dancers from across the United States and abroad participate in touring residencies in a diverse range of communities throughout Colorado, nationally and internationally. Within the State of Colorado KRD has in its two decade history provided community residencies, including performances and workshops, in every corner of state from the most rural communities (such as Brush, Idalia, Wray, San Luis Valley, among others); to geographically isolated communities (such as Crested Butte, Durango, and Western Slope cities like Grand Junction); to metro areas such as Boulder and Colorado Springs. Nationally Kim Robards Dance has been in residence in 17 states and internationally been involved in cultural exchanges with entities in and artists from China, England, Taiwan, France, Japan, Russia, Romania, and the Netherlands.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Rocky Mountain News critic Marc Shulgold, commented on KRD's invitation to represent the US in China, "They [KRD] share the bill with three Chinese dance troupes, [The National Ballet of China, Beijing Modern Dance Company, TOA Studio] creating an East-meets-West program that would honor the international flavor of the Olympics."

One example of a short term residency's long-term impact occurred ironically at an unrelated residency occurring 15 years later in a totally different community. Artistic Director Kim Robards, while in residence as a guest faculty member at Colorado College in Colorado Springs in 2000, was leaving the dance building following a class. She was approached by a student who appeared to be in her early 20s, who proceeded to explain to Kim that while Kim would not remember her, she remembered Kim who had come to her school in 1987 to do performances and workshops. She explained that while she herself was not a dancer, she to this day appreciated dance and had never forgotten that time that Kim's company had spent at her school. Kim inquired as to what school the young woman had attended. The young lady replied, "Hay Elementary". Kim, very taken aback, informed the girl that she had made her day because that elementary school was the very first residency program the Company had ever participated in!

Mainstage Venue Performances

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General Public/Unspecified
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

KRD's professional international touring company performs the critically acclaimed modern dance repertoire of Artistic Director Kim Robards. These full evening concerts present powerful, sophisticated yet accessible concert dance works with programming designed to inspire and delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Ms. Robards' choreography is peerless in design, moving dancers through space with an unparalleled visceral momentum and lyrical athleticism. She has been noted for her ability to "bring musical scores to life". 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". Ms. Robards' roster of company members spans three decades in age, all equally active in the repertoire and dynamic on stage. Ms. Robards still performs in her work, inspiring audiences as they see in action the source from which KRD's repertoire comes. Perry Tannenbaum of Creative Loafing in Charlotte, NC, wrote in October 2007, "Robards is indeed a phenomenon - not only choreographing all four works in the program but dancing athletically in three of them"

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Evidence of Program's Success

"Robards and Company outhustled the Baryshnikov gang showing an energy that was absent in the White Oak evenings." Marc Shulgold, Rocky Mountain News

"Dancers flood the stage with a visual feast of fast-paced jumps and punches, creating a tension and drama amongst characters." Elana Ashanti Jefferson, The Denver Post

Educational Outreach Workshops and Performances

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Offenders/Ex-offenders
Physically Disabled nec
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

KRD has one of the State's most comprehensive educational outreach programs available in dance and one of only a handful that are based upon the American-born art form of modern dance. KRD has inextricably fused educational program with aesthetic endeavors since our inception in 1987. KRD provides performances and workshops for community members of all ages and backgrounds from rural areas as well as inner city sites, economically restricted communities, and traditionally disenfranchised populations including incarcerated teens, youth with multiple physical disabilities, homeless citizens, among others special groups. Master Classes for various levels of dance students from the novice to professionals are also available. KRD utilizes dance as an educational tool to not only teach dance skills but to educate about self-esteem, self-confidence, goal setting, critical thinking, and problem solving, for example. Focusing on the "dancer as athlete" KRD engages boys and girls alike. Outreach Performances and Workshops are presented by KRD's touring company members rather than apprentices or a second company. The 45-60 minute costumed performances intertwine brief narrative with excerpts from KRD's touring repertoire and includes opportunities for audience participation, audience members to come onto the stage with the dancers to create "mini-pieces" and culminates in a Q&A.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb stated at presentation to KRD of the Mayor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, "The extraordinary talent represented by Kim Robards Dance is matched only by the commitment shown by KRD to the Denver community. Your outstanding educational and outreach programs serve as a model for other organizations wishing to reach out and share the magic of the arts with underserved audiences. For this, as well as the overall excellence displayed by KRD, we commend you."

One of KRD's on-going outreach programs has been part of our season for more than ten years; the program for incarcerated teen girls at Mount View Detention Center. Having begun as a volunteer program by Kim Robards, it over the course of a couple of years grew into part of KRD's on-going outreach. One of the most rewarding statements by a participant there was from incarcerated teen, Pam, who stated, "Dance helped me learn to focus on myself when I felt I was getting frustrated with others or in certain situations. I would hear in my mind, Kim saying to me 'Focus ladies, focus on yourself.' "

A fifth grade Hispanic boy, Manuel, participating in a dance workshop in an inner city school wrote, "Dance made me happy when I thought I was mad. I thought it [dance] was going to be boring and I realized you have to be athletic to be a dancer."

Repertory Development and Choreographic Commission

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General Public/Unspecified
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Company focuses on the development and presentation of the original works of critically acclaimed Choreographer/Artistic Director Kim Robards. Ms. Robards work has been presented internationally and is the same artistic product that is also made available to communities throughout Colorado and in KRD's educational outreach programming. Thus, community members in Idalia, Colorado, for example, have the opportunity to see works that audiences in Beijing, China were witness to. Each season Ms. Robards create 2-3 new works for KRD's repertoire. Additionally Ms. Robards is commissioned by professional companies, universities and colleges nationally, to set her work on their dancers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"The dance opens with a solo that is pure Kim Robards: flowing movement that builds into relentless energy with only moments of respite." Elana Ashanti Jefferson, The Denver Post

In the publication, Denver Confluence of the Arts, Jennifer Heath wrote, "They've lately been stealing the spotlight and gaining wide recognition. Robards sketches clear, tight, energetic pieces that make profound use of the body's visceral power."

The Academy of KRD

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Female Adults
General Public/Unspecified
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Academy of KRD is an outgrowth of the professional company's programming and was implemented in 1990. The Academy is one of the only programs available which offers classes for children through adults in all skills levels from beginners through professionals. The Academy focuses on modern dance as the foundation for training but offers equally strong training in ballet. Programs include both recreational and professional tracks having classes available in modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, tap, stretch and strengthen.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Laurie, an adult student who participated in the class for breast cancer survivors, stated, "This class saved my life."

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."

The KRD Venue - performance venue and studios

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
General Public/Unspecified

Description

KRD's space serves as home to the professional company as well as home to The Academy of KRD where studio classes take place for ages 3-18 and adults beginning through professional levels. The space is available for rent to other organizations (dance, theatre, martial arts, music, etc.) for rehearsal, classes, and performances as well.

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Evidence of Program's Success

KRD is in the process of developing a 150 seat venue.

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