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Check out June's events, workshops and class offerings
The Launchpad is a community 'Space for the Arts' featuring two studios that are affordable teaching, working and performing spaces for a diversity of artists--perfect for movement-based arts, aerials, music, theatre, or any creative gathering. Classes, events and rehearsals at The Launchpad are held by individual entities. If you are interested in taking a class or learning more about a particular class, please contact the instructors directly.

If you would like to see a month-to-month listing of classes or to check availability for renting space, click  HERE.
Special Events, Workshops, & Presentations

First Friday R2 Gallery "Bauhaus Seen" Opening Reception 
Friday, June 7 from 6-8pm with patron/member preview at 5:30pm

"Bauhaus Seen" commemorates Bauhaus furniture-makers, curated by Brad Reed Nelson of Board By Design, and features ten legendary American furniture makers and designers including Russell Baldon (CA), Vivian Beer (NH), Andy Buck (NY), Tom Loeser (WI), Wendy Maruyama (CA), Brad Reed Nelson (CO), Christopher Poehlmann (PA), Sylvie Rosenthal (WI), Jason Schneider (MI), Brent Skidmore (NC), and Mark Tan (CO).
The exhibition also brings together two Roaring Fork Valley painters who have been directly influenced by Herbert Bayer of the Bauhaus movement: Richard Carter and Dave Durrance.

Contact Carbondale Arts
(970) 963-1680
CirqUS Camp with Sopris Soarers
Monday-Wednesday, June 17-26 from 1-3pm

Many forms of Circus Artistry will be taught: slack-lines, stilt walking, aerial silks, zorbing. Open to ages 6 and up, all levels welcome. Camp theme is to laugh and build confidence in skills, while experiencing the key principles of Circus...balance, coordination and momentum.

Contact Stacy Everson
(808) 346-2923
Bauhaus Talk with Lissa Ballinger  
Tuesday, June 18 from 6-7pm

Join us on Tuesday, June 18, at 6pm for an Introduction to the Bauhaus, presented by Aspen Institute Curator and art advisor Lissa Ballinger. The 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus is being celebrated worldwide this year, 2019, and Lissa will help provide insight about how this celebrated art school, which existed for only fourteen years, has had such tremendous influence and impact on contemporary society.

Contact Carbondale Arts
(970) 963-1680

Let Them Roar "I See My Light" Project Launch 
Friday, June 21 from 6-9pm

LET THEM ROAR, announces the upcoming release of their new single and humanitarian fundraiser "I See My Light" on June 21, 2019.  "I See My Light" is inspired by the women who've taken Sanctuary in Colorado - Sandra Lopez, Rosa Sabido, Ingrid Encalada Latorre, Araceli Velazquez, and Jeanette Vizguerra.  These women sought physical refuge in places of worship ("sanctuary") to keep their families from being separated by deportation, and are leading communities toward a better way forward. LET THEM ROAR set a goal of raising $40,000 to donate to these leaders through the proceeds from the sale of "I See My Light." A tour in support of the efforts will ensue after the release.

Contact Olivia Pevec
Building a Sustainable Life as an Artist 
Friday and Saturday, June 21 & 22

Building a Sustainable Life as an artist introduces Artists U  
principles and tools. Taught by Andrew Simonet, the workshop distills key topics and tactics: Strategic Planning, Finances for Artists, Communications, Generating Opportunities, Time Management, and Artist Mission Statements. This is a two day workshop taking place at CoVenture on Friday, June 21 from 7-8:30pm and at The Launchpad on Saturday, June 22, from 10:00am-5:00pm. Cost is $50 for Carbondale Arts members $60 non-members.

Contact Carbondale Arts
(970) 963-1680
"Bauhaus Seen" Artist Talk
Tuesday, July 2 from 6-7:30pm

Join curator of the "Bauhaus Seen" furniture show, Brad Reed Nelson and painters, Richard Carter and Dave Durrance for an informal artist talk about their work and their connections to the Bauhaus movement. 

Contact Carbondale Arts
(970) 963-1680
Weekly Classes for Adults

Silent Meditation  
(non taught)
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 6:45-7:30am 

This is a silent meditation session hosted by Linda & Russ Criswell. Please bring your own meditation cushion if you need one. Chairs are provided. This is free to the public.      

Contact Russ Criswell
Beginning Adult Ballet 
& Stretch
with Crystal River Ballet
Mondays, 6-7:30pm (beginning June 17) 

Beginning Adult Ballet & 
Stretch is perfect for non-
dancers or adult dancers getting back into dance who want the basics of ballet to help condition  the body & increase flexibility. 
$70/month or 10 punch pass $170

Contact Jeni Ptacek 
Partner Dance Class
with Wild Bill McCann
Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm 
w/ a practice session from 8:30-9:30pm

Country Partner Dance includes lessons in a variety of social partner dances like Two Step, Waltz, East Coast Swing, Cowboy Cha Cha, Double Two Step, and more. Bring smooth-soled leather shoes or a non-street shoe is perfect. $10 per person. No partner needed.

Contact Bill McCann 
(970) 366-6463

Bachata Dance Class
With Erik & Claudia Peña
Thursdays from 8-9pm (June 6 & 20 only)

Mezcla Socials Nights are about bringing a variety of Dances to the community through classes and Socials. This includes Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, Zouk, Kizomba and many others. Please refer to main title for current dance style being offered and Instructor(s). No partner or experience is necessary. Bring soft-soled shoes or clean non-street shoes and water. 
$10 drop-in.   
Contact  Claudia Pawl
Adult Aerials Open Gym with Carrie Vickers
Hosted by Sopris Soarers
Fridays, 8:15-9am

Open gym, Adult Aerial Exploration is open to all adult students enrolled in our classes. Drop-ins need to contact Stacy Everson or Carried Vickers directly. 
Contact Carrie Vickers
CoMotion Company Class
Hosted by Dance Initiative
Thursdays (June 6 & 13 only), 6-7:30pm

CoMotion Dance Company class is open to all levels and styles of movers. Taught by professional members of the company on a rotation basis, this class offers many different styles and techniques including modern, jazz, contemporary and improvisation. This class is also taught on occasion by nationally renowned dancer/choreographers when they are in residence at the Launchpad. Drop-ins are $10. All are levels are welcome and encouraged! 
Youth Classes

Creative Dance (ages 3-4)
with Crystal River Ballet 
Mondays, 4-4:45pm (beginning June 17)

Skills are learned in their most basic form to initiate the process of building a solid foundation helpful in the study of dance. Classes introduce students to skills necessary for classical ballet training. Gentle discipline and encouragement are combined to nurture each child's creativity. Terminology and the basics of technique are gradually introduced. Positive group relationships are encouraged. $65/month
Contact Jeni Ptacek
Pre-Ballet (ages 4-1/2 to 5-1/2)
with Crystal River Ballet
Thursdays, 4-4:45pm (beginning June 17)

Students must be 4 1/2 years old at the beginning of the session. 45 minute class once per week. Parents are encouraged to stay within a phone calls distance during class-time. Skills are learned in their most basic form to initiate the process of building a solid foundation helpful in the study of dance. Concentration is on establishing developmental skills needed to execute dance steps. $65/month
Contact Jeni Ptacek
Intro & Ballet 1 (ages 6-10)
with Crystal River Ballet  
Mondays, 5-6pm (beginning June 17) 
This class is for beginners and no previous training is required. Training before age 6 is not considered for placement. 
This is a 1 hour class once per week. $70/month 
Contact Jeni Ptacek 

Ballet 2 & 3 (ages 8+)
with Crystal River Ballet 
Thursdays, 5-6pm (beginning June 17)

Must have completed requirements as determined by the instructor to be placed in this level and 2 years of experience. Students at this level are challenged to work towards their own personal level of excellence. The combinations become more complicated and rhythms of music more varied. Pirouettes, adage, and intermediate jumps are added to center combinations which increase stamina, balance and strength. Phrasing, movement dynamics and individual artistry are investigated to bring forth the uniqueness of the individual dancer. This is a 1 hour class twice a week. $130/month
Contact Jeni Ptacek
Interested in renting space?
The closed studio, Studio C, features 680 square feet of spring-loaded Harlequin dance floor, ballet barres and mirrors designed by and for professional dancers. This is also a great space for private meetings. The Open Studio features 1150 square feet of spring-loaded Harlequin dance floor as well as rigging for aerial silks and other aerial arts. The public can view classes and rehearsals in progress. The Open Studio can also be adapted for intimate performances. In addition, one or both studios may be rented for special events and for full days. 

Classes & Workshops

Peak Hours  $20/hr  |  "Regulars" Peak  $16/hr  |  Off Peak  $16/hr  |  "Regulars" Off Peak  $12/hr


Rehearsal (non-income producing)

All Peak Hours & Non-Regulars Off Peak  $10/hr  |  "Regulars" Off Peak  $8/hr


Special Events

Peak Hours  $65/hr  |  Off Peak  $50/hr  |  Day Rental $450  


The Launchpad is brought to you by Dance Initiative and Carbondale Arts
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