Durango dancer assists with Pagosa high school musical

During the past two weeks, Pagosa Springs Music Boosters sponsored a young theater student from Durango to come to Pagosa and work with local performing arts students. 

I met Dallas Padoven when he attended a workshop I presented at Fort Lewis College theater festival and conference.  I was extremely impressed with Dallas, a sophomore attending Durango high school, and invited him to come to PSHS and work with our “West Side Story” cast.  He instructed a dance class one week, and guest choreographed one of the musical numbers in the show, “America,” the next. 

Dallas has been dancing since he was 9 years old, early on with a teacher named Denise Hagemeister.  Dallas began his performance career as a “Who” in “Seussical,” then went on to play Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” and on to two other performance groups, “Applause” and “Encore.”  Dallas continues his dance studies at Durango Dance.

 Dallas likes “... dancing because it is a way to express yourself and your mind through the body.  Going to a dance class is one of the best things in my day.”  He is currently in production with three shows in Durango, and will be back to Pagosa in mid-April to watch the completed “West Side Story.”  Music Boosters is pleased and excited to have Dallas as part of their work with, and support of, the high school musical.


Photo courtesy Dale Morris
Members of the Pagosa Springs High School cast of “West Side Story,” rehearse the musical number “America.” The cast got help recently from Durango dancer Dallas Padoven.