Image from past Carbondale Salon taken by Renee Ramge    
Check out September'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

Open House/ Registration for Crystal River Ballet 
Monday, September 2 from 5-7pm

Learn more about Crystal River ballet school and register yourself or your children for fall classes. Taking new and renewing students.

Contact Jeni Ptacek
(970) 987-4880
Opening Receptions of Etar's Fashionable Life & Jack Brendlinger Retrospective  
Thursday, September 12 Opening from 6-8pm with member/patron preview at 5:30pm

Etar's Fashionable Life: Etar is an established and well-known fashion designer and seamstress in the Roaring Fork Valley. Her solo exhibition will be a transcultural journey through fabric, highlighting her experiences working with locals in Peru and Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Dubai, and many parts of Europe as well. Etar has lived and worked in Aspen for over 30 years and created unique, high end clothing for many dedicated clients.

Jack Brendlinger Retrospective: This solo retrospective exhibition takes a look at decades of sculptures by long-time local artist Jack Brendlinger whose bronze sculptures are produced with the lost wax technique. With age, his work has become abstract, gravity defying, modern, and filled with whimsical characters.

Contact Carbondale Arts
(970) 963-1680
The Carbondale Salon
Saturday, September 21, 7:30pm, $25 in advance/$28 at the door

The lastest Salon curated by
Alya Howe from Under Alya's Umbrella is packed with stellar performers: a trailer and guest appearance with filmaker
Marcia Kimpton talking about her new film Bardo Blues, local percussionist Zack Ritchie is returning to Carbondale to ply us with new grooves, Denver comedian A.J. Finney is back to treat us to his hilarious storytelling, dancers Claudia and Eric Pena introduce us to their sultry partnership, actress Cassidy Willey will premier a new work from her upcoming one woman show, and Joffrey Ballet soloist Cynthia Giannini is bringing to us one of her young students showcasing her training and how her training with Cynthia gave her the foundation to be a chosen soloist with Dwight Rhoden's company, Complexions. This inspirational line up will sell out fast. Get tickets here.
Contact Alya Howe
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, 6:30-8pm  

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 7:30-8:30pm

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, 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! 

Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukhi Mantra
Taught by Sotantar Anderson
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
Kundalini Mantra class. This mantra class introduces the Gurmukhi, which is a vibrational language for accessing ones creatvity and bliss center in the brain. Mantra is an ancient yogic technology for transforming and eliminating blocks in ones energy flow.  Mantra is a Sanskrit word that translates as 'That which cuts the mind.' Gurmukhi was born in the same region as Sanskrit in the Indus Valley in India but is only 500 years old. It is known as the 'sound current' of The Aquarian Age.   It originates in the Sikh tradition and finds its true expression as a powerful yogic tool for conscious transformation.  The class is taught by Sotantar, a student of Yogi Bhajan and creator of The Adi Shakti Ashram, a Carbondale nonprofit.   Class is for voyagers on the path to understanding. Everyone can take some gem from Gurmukhi.  It is a tool for 'understanding the times.' For beginners. By donation.
Youth Classes

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

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

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
Beginning Ballet (ages 7 & up)
with Crystal River Ballet  
Mondays, 5-6pm  
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

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
Sopris Soarers Aerial Silks Open Studio
Mondays: 3:30-5:30pm; Tuesdays: 3:30-4:30pm; Wednesdays: 3:30-5:30pm
Grasp the flow and grace. Aerial arts brings about basic body form are taught as well as strength building to get off the ground. Learn climbs and transitions from the ground up. 
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  $22/hr  |  "Regulars" Peak  $18/hr  |  Off Peak  $18/hr  |  "Regulars" Off Peak  $13/hr


Rehearsal (non-income producing)

All Peak Hours & Non-Regulars Off Peak  $12/hr  |  "Regulars" Off Peak  $10/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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