Community Outreach

Spotlight on Scholarship Students: Skyler

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva


When he was in fifth grade, Skyler caught the eye of BNC's School Director Julia Wilkinson-Manley during a BNC community outreach program, Teaching Math Through Dance. Shortly after this program, Skyler started dancing at BNC as a scholarship student. During his 5 years at BNC, Skyler has performed the part of Fritz and the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker. Skyler's favorite part in The Nutcracker was the Prince because it "highlights his strong jumps and movements." Skyler is also a member of the student company.  In class, Skyler is learning to lift and carry the female dancers. Skyler loves showcasing his skills and competing. In fact, this year he won at the annual Denver Ballet Guild Competition. And he will be performing at Gala on June 2nd, and it "will be the best yet." In the future, Skyler plans to go to college to study dance and become a professional dancer and instructor some day.

 You can see Skyler and the rest of the student company perform Madeline Stands Tall on May 12th. Tickets start at $10!

You can also help support BNC by sponsoring one of our scholarship students.  To learn more about this opportunity email BNC’s Executive Director, Christin Crampton Day,

A Big Thank You!

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva


Dance From the Heart, BNC's annual fundraiser for its community programs on January 27th was a huge success.

We would like to thank everyone who came, had breakfast with us, attended the presentation and contributed to the cause.

If you weren't able to be at Dance From the Heart, check out this clip that was played during the short presentation, which shows how many lives BNC touches through its many community programs.

If you would like to support BNC and its community programs, it is still possible to donate.

We would also like to thanks our many sponsors. With their help BNC was able to spend zero dollars on Dance From the Heart, so every dollar donated goes directly to BNC Community programs.



The Ugly Duckling

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva


In honor of Dance From the Heart, BNC's annual event to support and build awareness for Community Outreach Programs on January 27th, here are the lives that have been affected by BNC.

Have you ever felt like an ugly duckling? Did you wish there was someone to relate to?

Hans Christian Anderson's tale "The Ugly Duckling" is the perfect example. The main character, the ugly duckling is bullied and abused, until he transforms into a beautiful swan, much to his surprise and delight. I always liked this tale as a child because not only did it inspire me, but it also taught the lesson of inner beauty and talent.

BNC translates this tale into a choreographed dance for children in the anti-bullying program. Through this program BNC entertains and teaches kids strategies for dealing with bullies.

Performing The Ugly Duckling for students

The program was featured in the Denver Post. Read the article.

Madeline Stands Up Tall is the next anti-bullying performance, and will be performed by BNC's student company. It is coming in the spring.

Dance From the Heart supports BNC's programs, like the anti-bullying initiative, and the event includes a short presentation that will feature a dance performance from our scholarship students and a complimentary continental breakfast. Come, meet new people, enjoy a performance, and discover more about BNC.

Why? Because dance can light the way toward what a child needs most: a future.

Come see how.

Stories of Changed Lives

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 by Sarah Maltrud


At BNC, we believe that dance belongs to everyone. Our community programs  are designed with the individual in mind, creating ways in which dance can be accessible and enjoyable for all regardless of age, ability, aspiration, or socio-economic status. BNC is continually working to break down needless barriers that keep people from pursuing their passion for dance.

The stories of how dance has changed numerous lives already speak for themselves.

  • #80: A fourth grade student on full scholarship has been able to continue dance lessons she loves so much despite her family’s financial strains
  • #79:
    Letter from student who participated in community programs

    Letter from a child involved in community programs

  • #78: A teenage boy, brave enough to overcome peer pressures and bullying, continues to pursue his passion for dance through the school of BNC in a nurturing environment.
  • #77:
Letter from student involved in community outreach programs

A young girl shares her excitement for dance in a letter

  • #76: A little girl with Brittle Bone Disease gets to live out her ballerina dreams despite her physical challenges through BNC’s adaptive dance education programs.
  • #75:
Letter from student involved in community outreach programs

A student expresses thanks

  • #74: An Alzheimer’s patient, after finding inspiration from a BNC production, created a poignant art piece, composed solely of empty pill packets, and fearlessly confronted her disease through creation.
  • #73:
Letter from student involved in community outreach programs

The Ugly Duckling left an impression on this young one

  • #72: After the tragic death of a beloved husband and father, a single mother of two young dancers has been able to keep the light of dance in their  lives through the student sponsorship program.
  • #71:

A student thanks BNC for caring and showing her dance moves

Supporting BNC on Colorado Gives Day does more than help keep these great community programs alive; donations directly benefit the boys, girls, men and women these programs were designed for and change their lives forever. Your generous gift this December 6th could make dreams into reality this holiday season.


CHOOSE BNC and help us to continue bringing dance to the community! GO TO: WWW.GIVINGFIRST.ORG/BNCDANCE