New Arts Opportunities for the New Year 

Fusion Pointe has a new space and TIE is looking

It was a great stroke of luck that the recent Old Colorado City fire didn't make it far into the 2nd Floor Studios above the Michael Garman Galleries.

In more good news, Fusion Pointe, a brand-new dance studio with artists' spaces in the basement, has opened in the old church that used to house the International Order of Odd Fellows at the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and 23rd Street just a few blocks from the 2nd Floor Studios.

Fusion Pointe was founded by Megan Yacko, a professional dancer with family ties to Colorado Springs who's spent 17 years of her life training and dancing with the likes of the Joffrey Ballet, the San Jose Cleveland Ballet, and Ballet Iowa.

Not just a ballet dancer, however, Yacko has also worked with The Edge Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles and Benita Bike's Dance Art Company.

Yacko, her husband and their two children recently moved back to Colorado Springs after finding life on the West Coast too frenetic. When the opportunity to rent the old Odd Fellows church space arose, which allowed them to make significant renovations, the two decided the deal was too good to pass up.

After months of work refinishing the floors upstairs, the dance studio itself is now a magnificently well-lit room with over 600 square feet of raw wood dance floors and wall-to-wall 12-foot mirrors.

As of Nov. 1, Yacko has been offering classes in everything from Creative Movement for children 3 to 6 years old, Classical Ballet for all levels, Modern Dance, Character Class for those who wish to pursue theatrical dance, Choreography and many other classes including Children's Yoga, Jazz Technique, Pilates and Ballet for Boys. Recitals and performances will also be an integral part of the curriculum for those who want to perform.

Best of all, Yacko's classes are affordable with prices beginning at $8 per class and first classes offered for free.

In the basement of the building, Fusion Pointe also has approximately six medium-size raw artist spaces with high ceilings for about $150 per month. Yacko has deliberately left the spaces unfinished so that the artists who occupy them can build to suit themselves. It's their hope that a small community will develop around the center and that everyone pitching in for improvements will eventually help everyone bring the rent down.

For experimental filmmakers looking to find studio space, The International Experimental Cinema Exposition (TIE) has a deal for you. TIE hopes to share the use of their four flatbed editing tables, their high-tech dollies, their splicers, projector and lighting equipment -- all recently bequeathed to them by the University of California at Santa Cruz -- in turn for your pitching in on the expense of a studio space.

Hey, maybe these two should get together!

For more information about Fusion Pointe, call 632-7511 or stop by the studio at 2228 W. Pikes Peak Ave. in Old Colorado City.

To get together with other filmmakers to find a studio space, call Chris May from TIE at 277-6657 or e-mail him at tie@experimentalcinema.com

-- Noel Black


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