Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, csdance.org: A nonprofit bringing top touring dance companies — this year, the Koresh Dance Company of Philadelphia — here for community performances. Also organizes master classes and scholarship competitions for younger dancers.
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. Puts on an annual Nutcracker performance and other productions.
Genesis Dance Conservatory, 5735 Constitution Ave., genesisdanceconservatory.com: A 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. Step Team, facebook.com/LIFEstepteam: A community-based, 20-year-old nonprofit step team whose members dance locally and nationally in exhibitions, competitions and fundraising efforts. Members range from age 12 to 23.
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. Troupe leader Lola Spitfire also runs an "Academy of Burlesque."
Sansara, facebook.com/sansaramovement: A community- and performance-based modern dance group presenting a few shows throughout the year, often in non-traditional dance facilities and at big events.
As a volunteer Coach and Mentor in my third year at The First Tee of…