Steamboat Dance Theatre is excited to announce a new program we have been working on, “Sponsor a Dancer”.
Through this program donors will be able to contribute to individual dancers who have been nominated by their studios based on leadership, talent, commitment, and financial need.
Donations can be made through the dancer profiles on our website in the following increments and increased at checkout:
Donations will be made to the Steamboat Dance Theatre, a 501(c)(3) organization, and are tax deductible.
All donations remain anonymous unless specified. Please click on this link, and use the form to notify us of your generous gift and of any special intentions.
New dancer profiles below!
CURRENT SPONSOR A DANCE PROFILES
I don’t remember my life without dance. I asked my mom when I started and she had no idea. All we know is that I have been dancing for a long time. It has always been one of my favorite things to do and always will be. My first ballet slippers brushed the floor at Ms. Karen’s. She would walk us through the five positions and place pennies on our arms in order to make them strong and supported. Then she would shower us in costumes. We would run around the room thinking we were the best of the best. Colors sprawling through the air. Ecstatic yells and shouts floating down the stairs to our waiting parents. Then we would each get to try on a pair of pointe shoes. Although I probably looked like a duck tripping everywhere I went, my face was hidden in a smile. I can’t believe that now I am actually on pointe. I came to Elevation five years ago because Ms. Karen temporarily moved to Denver. All of the friends I had been boogieing with came to Elevation Dance Studio too. One by one, they all transitioned to other sports. Ski racing, soccer, nordic, swimming… I never could have left and I never will. Dance is my world, my passion. It is that one thing in my life that most makes my heart beat fast and lips curl into a smile.
This 2016/17 season served to reinforce my belief that I couldn’t live without dance. I want to be a professional dancer. In the future, I would like to teach, be part of a company, and dance around the world professionally. Last month (December) I was Clara, a lead role, in the Nutcracker. I have been in the Nutcracker since Elevation started putting it on. This year I finally made it to a really big role. It was an eye-opening experience I will never forget. My aunt, who has been fighting pancreatic cancer, came all the way from Florida for one night, just to see me. We also have a family friend who has been teaching in Hong Kong for a while. Although she always comes at Christmas, she surprised everyone except my mom by coming to the Nutcracker. My cousins, aunt, uncle, and both sets of grandparents came as well. My mom, dad, and awesome brothers came too. 8 of my friends came and supported me, and multiple teachers told me they enjoyed themselves afterwards. In addition, for almost all of my life, I have been on the fence about whether to dance or play soccer. Now I know that I definitely want to dance. On the other hand, my soccer coach came and watched. I had missed many games over the Nutcracker, but she still came. From summer outside and in the studio to showtime, countless hours of fun and work payed off. Out in the auditorium, smiling from ear to ear, hugging friends, saying thank you to strangers made my heart soar like a rocket ship going above and beyond what was imaginable. So many people support me and help me do what I love. For the past couple years, Steamboat Dance Theatre has provided me with scholarships that allow me to continue dancing. Without these scholarships, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now.
At 13 years old in 8th grade, I am dancing 12 hours a week (10 classes, 1 rehearsal, and one where I assist the teacher), and if I could, I would actually do more. I leave Steamboat Springs Middle School early for dance. I am the only 8th grader dancing with the highschoolers. Every day at 1:50, I walk or bike down Butcherknife Trail, snow or sun, to Elevation. It is not the most fun walk when I have my backpack, dance bag, and not a lot of time. I usually run a little bit on the way. But the dance studio is my happy place. Dance my outlet to all; my peers the ones that make make me smile; my teachers saints that should be worshipped, and the effort, one of my favorite parts of my life. Being able to dance, especially with a healthy body and mind, is not something everyone gets to do, so I am quite grateful. When I turn 14, to get a job that will support me. I plan, almost daily, how I will earn money to buy my next pair of pointe shoes, another class or intensive, or another new dance opportunity. Dance or its effect, should be something everyone can live and experience. Also, I’m super shy. Dance is my way to let my personality out, to communicate, and be free. I hope every single person will feel the pure joy I feel when I dance.
Dance is my passion! My way to fit in. My way to be free. My way to talk. My way to perform. My way to work. My way to live. I am incredibly thankful for the help that Steamboat Dance Theater scholarships have already provided me with and am grateful to anyone who is able to support me further. Please help me do what I love. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this; It is REALLY appreciated. These scholarships will help me make my dreams come true without a doubt.
My name is Timothy Lee and I feel so lucky to be nominated for this scholarship! Thank you to all of the teachers and mentors who believe in me for this opportunity. This profile has been hard to write since my mom and I struggle with asking for help but limited resources for my dance training make it a necessity. A little summary of our story is that we moved to Steamboat for an opportunity that my sister had, which also lined up with the down turn in the economy back in 2008. My mom had a successful career in Orlando but since being in Steamboat, the career opportunities in her field have been very limited, especially at the income level she was used to making and really needed to live here. With that said, we make it work here in Steamboat and I appreciated being able to stay here to finish high school. We struggle with being able to afford the dance training I will need to have a shot at going to college for dance and making some part of dance my career.
Dance is my passion. I know that might be an odd statement coming from a 9th grade boy but there it is. I started with a break dancing workshop when I was about 9. Hip hop and break dancing became my favorite activity, even compared to snowboarding. Once I was in ballet, it became a part of my favorites along with actually performing in front of an audience. I have performed in the Nutcracker and all other productions that Elevation has put on since I started taking classes there. It hasn’t always been easy since dance isn’t really considered a “guys thing” especially here in Steamboat. Within the first year of ballet, a couple of the girls in my classes made it very difficult to be involved so, I quit for a little while. Once I decided to commit myself, though, nothing stands in my way. I have been involved with many sports including baseball, football, soccer, and snowboarding. Nothing compares to the challenges and technical accuracy ballet requires.
A lot of lessons have been learned through dance. Perseverance, discipline, follow through, pushing through peer pressure, and the importance of building confidence to name a few. I hear that, later on in life, these lessons will be important no matter what I do so, I am grateful to have dance in my life.
I have teachers that have become mentors; understanding what it takes to succeed with performance at all different levels. It seems important to have great influences and teachers to see in you what you might not see in yourself yet. I have been lucky enough to come across these types of people. They inspire me by being who they are and believing in my potential as a dancer. I do hope to be this kind of influence for others as I move forward.
I am currently a company dancer at Elevation Dance which means I take a full range of classes with a predominance in ballet. Teaching a younger boys hip hop class along with assisting in another hip hop class is also a part of my experience at Elevation. The classes that I take are really all we are capable of affording with the help of Steamboat Dance Theatre’s 1st position scholarship. What I am needing to do to have any shot of reaching the goals of continuing my training at a performing arts college and working as a dancer in either a ballet company or other production, is to participate in other events; go to summer intensives for the next few years, take private lessons to better my individual skills in certain areas, and attend specific workshops and conventions. These are the things that we are really struggling to afford right now. The auditions for intensive summer programs that dance companies and colleges hold are either live in specific cities or by video. I am currently working on video auditions for Boston Conservatory, Ailey Dance in New York, in San Francisco and American Ballet. The audition process is not easy and is requiring private instruction to meet the requirements of each audition. I truly hope to be accepted to at least one. First and foremost, in my experience, summer intensives help me grow tremendously as a dancer but attending at least one of these allows me to preview their college program as well; killing two birds with one stone, so to speak. Last year, I was lucky enough to attended Perry Mansfield for the Artist Intensive summer session. At the end of the four weeks, I had grown so much in being able to express myself through dance, elevating my technique in ballet, jazz, and modern, and in being able to quickly learn and retain higher counts of choreography than ever before. It is my hope that I can again attend Perry Mansfield for their pre-professional program in the next couple of years as well. That opportunity really helped me understand that widening my range of experience is key for me to reach my goals.
As a guy in dance, it is also important for me to learn specific techniques and presentation styles that I am not able to get much of here. There is an all -male dance workshop in New York at Martha Graham Institute in August that would enable me to acquire specifics regarding these subjects.
Thank you in advance for believing in me as a dancer. Any funds you can provide would be greatly appreciated in support of helping me reach my goals and contribute back to Steamboat through performances and hopefully teaching others.
SPONSOR A DANCER TODAY