DREAM PROJECT is a performing team for women 18 years and older in the Denver area. DREAM PROJECT producer Lisa Pevateaux says, "I came up with DREAM PROJECT as a result of me missing the old Dance West DIVAS that I used to direct in Boulder. I feel there are very few opportunities for dancers over the age of 18 in Colorado with the exception of professional teams such as the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, Denver Nuggets Dancers and professional theater. I have always found it sad that women stop dancing way before their time, and in many cases prior to reaching their highest levels of the sport/art. Because many dancers aren't comfortable taking classes in the "studio" environment once they graduate high school, they stop dancing all together and this is where DREAM PROJECT comes in."
To begin building this new dream she approached Bree Ray, an accomplished dancer, choreographer and current instructor at Elite Dance Academy to be the Director for DREAM PROJECT. The partnership was natural since Bree was a vital part of many years of DIVAS and understands Lisa's mission and dreams for the project. Bree not only is excited to be a part of DREAM PROJECT, but also works extremely hard to put together amazing shows for all to enjoy - from those who understand dance, to those simply attending to enjoy the arts.
What's Behind the Name?
DREAM PROJECT got its name for three reasons.
- To fulfill the dreams of dancers not ready to retire,
- To complete the dreams of choreographers unable to find other opportunities to express themselves and their talent,
- And to help complete the dreams of the charities we are able to contribute to.
What Makes DREAM PROJECT Special?
DREAM PROJECT began in June 2009 with auditioning 50 trained dancers aged 18 to 32. These women produced a team of 22 of the best dancers in all of Colorado during the inaugural year. Last season, DREAM PROJECT accepted 32 dancers. This season, DREAM PROJECT accepted 26 dancers! They are not only talented but are beautiful, caring, charitable role models for all dancers and girls following in their footsteps. They are all very important members of our community and want to make a difference while pursuing their passion in dance.
The other important piece that makes up DREAM PROJECT is that of our contribution to society outside of our performances. With each show that is produces, DREAM PROJECT contributes a portion of show proceeds to a charity of our choice. A new charity is chosen with each show to distribute our contribution amongst so many deserving charities. Since the inception of DREAM PROJECT, they have contributed more than $4,000 to Project 1:27, Sense of Security, Wapiyapi, Alpine Rescue and Two Angels Foundation. This year we have chosen the American Brain Tumor Association as our charity. The husband of one of our very own DREAMERS, Bethany, is fighting currently against cancer. You can also donate by visiting http://www.abta.org/ and searching for Marc Christensen specifically.
When Are Auditions?
DREAM PROJECT is hosting its next auditions on April 27, 2014 from 5pm-7pm. Auditions will be held at Elite Dance Academy in Broomfield, Colorado. Dance resume and head shots are required. Auditions are rigorous, but do not require preparation outside of regular dance training. DREAM PROJECT rehearses on Sundays and the third Friday of each month - which fits the very busy schedules of these young women who have jobs, families and commitments that make them the amazing people they are.
When can DREAM PROJECT be Seen?
Be a part of Dream Project! The next show will be in Winter 2014 at the Lakewood Cultural Center at 470 S. Allison Pkwy.