Dance – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 20:54:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meet this year’s stars Fri, 13 Mar 2020 11:00:02 +0000

Photo courtesy Ursala Hudson
This year’s Dancing with the Pagosa Stars lineup has been announced. Clockwise from top left are Chantelle Jordan, Gabriel Heraty, Theresa Snyder, Shane Lucero, Kent Curtis, Quinlan Quiros, Linda Parelli and Blue Haas.

By Ursala Hudson
Special to The PREVIEW
Seeds of Learning is honored to announce the 2020 Dancing with the Pagosa Stars lineup. These stars were selected for their community leadership, personality and a belief in Seed’s education.
Our talented female stars are Linda Parelli, Quinlan Quiros, Chantelle Jordan and Theresa Snyder. Our respected male stars are Gabriel Heraty, Shane Lucero, Kent Curtis and Blue Haas. Dancing with the Pagosa Stars will be held on July 11 at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
These incredibly generous people have agreed to be paired with a professional dancer, learn a dance routine choreographed just for them and perform for your votes on July 11. It is a magical night at the Community Center.
Today you can go to the Seed’s website at to see bios of these competitive stars and vote for your favorites. Each $1 vote moves a star closer to winning the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy and bragging rights as the winner for the next year. But, more importantly, all the proceeds go to sustaining Seeds of Learning, where preschoolers are expertly prepared for school and for life.
This year, we have tickets ranging from $125 to $200, depending on which row you select. All tickets include a drink ticket, a buffet dinner served by a fine dining restaurant, a fabulous show and open dancing to DJ entertainment. Ticket sales will open to the public at 9 a.m. on June 5. Watch our website and Facebook page for specific instructions on ticket purchase.
Over the next few weeks, we will tell you more about these special people and why they have agreed to support Seeds. Each has a unique story and everyone associated with Seeds feels very lucky to have their amazing support. Their commitment to raise critically needed funds to educate vulnerable at-risk preschool children is truly inspiring. When you see these folks around town, be sure to let them know how special they are, and don’t forget to vote.

Get to know the Dancing with the Pagosa Stars coaches and staff Fri, 06 Mar 2020 12:00:41 +0000

Photo courtesy Ursala Hudson
Dancing with the Pagosa Stars is back, and this year’s coaches and staff have been announced. Clockwise from top left: Ashley Butcher, Ali Whitman, Pete Rodda, Casey Crow, Autumn von Flotow, Leslie Carlson and Nolan King. Not pictured: Kylie Ross, Sharina Ramsay-Adams and John Gilliam.

By Ursala Hudson
Special to The PREVIEW
Dancing with the Pagosa Stars is back for a third year of dancing to support Pagosa Springs’ NAEYC-accredited preschool, Seeds of Learning.
On July 11, eight Pagosa stars with the support of eight dance coaches will take the stage at the Ross Aragon Community Center to spin and dip their way through thrilling dance routines. We are incredibly excited to introduce you to the coaches and production team.
Ali Whitman returns this year as our show director. Whitman is a national award-winning director/choreographer who brings over 30 years of expertise and a few years ago moved to Pagosa Springs from the San Diego area. Her productions have won major awards in the San Diego and Inland Empire areas.
Leslie Carlson returns this year as one of our choreographers. Carlson has been a professional dance instructor for over 20 years. She taught social dance with a studio in New Orleans for nine years before becoming an independent instructor and relocating to Durango in 2005.
Kylie Ross is returning as a choreographer for her third year involved in the event. A West Coast girl who has made her way to Pagosa Springs, Ross has 24 years of dance experience that began with tap, jazz and ballet. Ross’ career led her to a studio in Seattle, Wash., where she spent four years competing in West Coast swing, teaching and regularly performing with her students in studio productions.
Ashley Butcher is one of the fantastic coaches leading our stars through this process. Butcher is a Pagosa native who grew up with a love of dance. That love only grew as she discovered musical theater in high school, followed most recently by the last three burlesque productions performed at the Pagosa Center for the Arts (PSCA).
Sharina Ramsay-Adams returns this year as a coach. Ramsay-Adams plays recreational soccer in Durango, is a coach, and runs a garage door company in Durango. Ramsay-Adams has worked for the PSCA in “Doubt,” “Chicago,” “Full Monty,” “Office Space” and more. She dances in Snow Down Follie’s show in Durango and performs with the School of Movement.
Casey Crow is joining us as a coach for a second year. She is a dance artist, human rights activist and entrepreneur based in Pagosa Springs. Crow is the founder and president of Beyond Words International, a nonprofit providing art and dance therapy to survivors of trauma in the U.S. and abroad. She is also the owner and director of the local dance academy. Crow is trained in all styles of dance, having performed with the Blank Canvas Dance Company, Thingamajig Theatre Company and the School of Movement.
Nolan King, having danced for several years, has trained under several of the top dance instructors in the United States and is excited to be coaching the Pagosa stars for a third year. He now is an instructor himself, teaching at a studio in Cortez, which he co-owns with his sister, Cassidy.
John Gilliam is a realtor, as well as a national real estate instructor and private fiduciary. He has always had a love of music, began dancing while in college and then worked as a social dance instructor for several years. Gilliam is returning for his second year as a star coach.
Pete Rodda will be joining us from the world of natural horsemanship and training. For more than 15 years, he’s been using his fun and imaginative personality to teach his students how to better understand the nature of the horse. Gaining the nickname of “Dancin’ Pete” for his love of dance back in college, he oftentimes uses it as a technique to communicate with horses. He has danced with his horse, River, in the Eggus Projects, as well as in many demos throughout the years. Rodda is looking forward to coaching a human partner in this year’s event.
A self-employed excavation contractor for over 20 years, Jason Chapman has a passion for the creative side of home building. Originally from Southern California, Chapman moved to Durango in 2001, where he discovered the world of dance. He’s now been studying dance locally and abroad for the past six years and is excited to share his expertise with his star as a coach.
Autumn von Flotow will also be joining us as a coach this year. Social dancing in high school led to an interest in swing during her college years. She found the West Coast swing community that sparked a lifelong passion for dance, eventually leading to ballroom dancing and competing before moving to Durango in 2015.
If you’d like to catch more about these dedicated coaches and staff, be sure to like and follow our Facebook page. Tickets will be available in June. More information on when and how to get tickets is available at And watch next week’s SUN for our debut of the Pagosa stars.

Save the date for new event center grand opening Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:00:24 +0000

Photo courtesy Carole Howard
It’s not often a musician builds his own stage, but that’s what’s happening now as country music singer-songwriter Tim Sullivan leads a three-man team making extensive renovations to a 3,000-square-foot facility that will become a new event center in Pagosa Springs. The grand opening is Feb. 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 197 Navajo Trail Drive, in the building most recently housing the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. Sullivan is partnering with Pagosa resident Evelyn Tennyson, the building owner and a supporter of several area charities, to remodel the building’s interior and put on the opening event. His band will play for dancing at the event. Tickets for the grand opening are $10, available at the door, with a cash bar benefiting the Sullivan Foundation for the Arts.

By Carole Howard
Special to The PREVIEW
We hope you will save the date for a celebration of the opening of a new event center in Pagosa Springs on Feb. 28, from 7 to 10 p.m.
The event center is located at 197 Navajo Trail Drive in the building most recently housing the Pagosa Springs Arts Council. Country music singer-songwriter Tim Sullivan is partnering with Pagosa resident Evelyn Tennyson, the building owner and a supporter of several area charities, to remodel the building’s interior and put on the opening event.
Sullivan is making extensive renovations to the 3,000-square-foot facility, which will feature a stage for a four-piece band and a large dance floor. His band will perform for dancing at the opening event. The plan is to arrange for other acts to perform at the center and to rent it out to groups needing event space.
“I am excited and grateful to have the opportunity to design and execute the interior remodel of the Tennyson Building Event Center,” Sullivan said. “Evelyn has been a pleasure to work with and together we have created a beautiful, functional space to host events such as dances, concerts, conferences and weddings that will enhance life in Pagosa Springs.”
Tickets for the grand opening are $10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to purchase tickets with cash, check or credit card. There will be a cash bar with proceeds going to the Sullivan Foundation for the Arts, which provides scholarships for deserving local youth with a talent for music, dance or the visual arts in Archuleta and La Plata counties. Snacks also will be available.

Dancing with the Pagosa Stars set to return in July Tue, 18 Feb 2020 12:00:04 +0000 By Ursala Hudson
Special to The PREVIEW
Last year, “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars” brought Pagosa together to dance, eat and support Seeds of Learning, and this wildly popular event is back this year and better than ever. On July 11, eight Pagosa stars and their coaches will perform dance routines similar to the “Dancing with the Stars” television show, all to benefit Seeds of Learning.
Seeds of Learning is Pagosa Springs’ very own high-quality early education facility that provides education to the area’s preschoolers. Seeds of Learning is one of only 10 percent of preschools in the United States to be nationally accredited. This wonderful organization serves at-risk children whose futures are brighter because of their Seeds education.
The “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars” event raises money for over 80 percent of Seeds families who cannot afford the full tuition price of $54 per day so that more children can have access to the life-changing education center.
More information on “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars” will be revealed as we all excitingly prepare for the dance-filled night. To keep up with all of the updates, please visit Facebook and like the “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars” page. There you’ll find info about the event, ticket sales, the choreographers and coaches, and we will be revealing our 2020 Stars on March 12. You’ll even learn about some of the many reasons to support Seeds of Learning.
Mark your calendars now for “Dancing with the Pagosa Stars,” to be held on July 11 at 5:45 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Tickets for this fun event will go on sale on June 5, and details on how to obtain tickets will be available in future articles and on our Facebook page.

Rotary’s Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:00:11 +0000

Photos: Terri House and Kim Moore

Scene … boot-scootin’ the night away at Rotary’s Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance. The fundraiser celebrated fall with live music, food, a slient auction and more.

Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance Saturday Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:00:47 +0000 By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
Last call for those wanting to spend an autumn evening in the throes of live country music.
Precious few tickets remain for Pagosa Springs Rotary’s fifth annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance. Held on Oct.19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Archuleta County Extension building, this event promises to be a boot scooting good time.
Pagosa’s own Country Thunder will provide the music for dancing, there will be food truck fare and libations available for purchase, and lots of coveted items available to bid on at a silent auction. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the band starting at 7 p.m. Better get there early if you want that front-row seat by the dance floor. Eat a little, drink sensibly and two-step the night away. How fun is that.
All proceeds benefit the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club’s Scholarship Fund. Gifting over $25,000 a year to higher education for our graduating students means that not only will you have an enjoyable autumn evening out, but you could very well be part of changing a young life for the better. Simply buying a ticket to socialize and have fun with friends and neighbors might direct a life down the road to success — a journey that without your help may be impossible.
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, the Choke Cherry Tree or from Rotarians. Tickets are $20. If there are any available at the door, it will cost you $25. Presales end Friday at noon. Last call. Y’all better hurry now.

Country Thunder to perform at Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:00:59 +0000

Photo courtesy John Duvall

By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
If you love country music, the two-step and line dancing, then you won’t want to miss Pagosa Springs Rotary’s fifth annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance.
Country Thunder, headed up by Clay Campbell, is known to turn the shyest wallflower into a crowd-pleasing line dancer, to say nothing of a two-stepping fool. You’ve got to love get-down, hometown country to relate to any of this. Most in Pagosa do.
Speaking of Campbell, everyone knows him to be a gifted musician, playing around Pagosa for decades, but few know the man.
Campbell’s fascination with Pagosa began as a boy when his grandparents bought a small cabin in the Blanco Basin. Moving here in 1978, Campbell obtained an B.A. in industrial education and went on to do all jobs necessary to be able to live in the little mountain town he loved. Carpentry became his trick of the trade, with wilderness guiding and outfitting thrown in for good measure.
Campbell has been performing for about 35 years, beginning his career in bluegrass music. He would be, back in the day, playing the upright bass at Frankie’s with Randall Davis and the Left Hand Band. All members had serious day jobs, but their passion was music.
About five years ago, country music came a-callin’ and he joined the group Country Thunder. Made up of four local musicians, they are a familiar band playing at various local venues and are sought-after for private functions. Like many in their audience, they are the shy, humble types, not wanting to talk about themselves. They just show up and play. And play they will at the Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance on Oct. 19 at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds from 7 to 10 p.m. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Along with the music, there will be a silent auction with serious items you will want to bid on like ski passes, gift certificates to Pagosa’s finest dining establishments, art work and jewelry, plus there will be items from food trucks and libations for purchase.
The purpose of all this you ask? Surely, like everything in Pagosa, there is a justified reason for doing what we do. No trick ponies here. All proceeds go toward the Pagosa Springs Rotary’s Scholarship Fund.
Since 1983, Rotary has granted higher education scholarships to 174 graduates, to the tune of almost $450,000. It is a driven purpose to elevate our youth, to give them a step up to be what they dream to be. College or trade school, it doesn’t matter. Rotary is that behind-the-curtain mentor that speaks for the voice of all Pagosans who say, “Go be what you are meant to be. We’re behind you.”
Rotary, being Pagosa’s largest service, nonprofit club, is dedicated to bettering our community, our nation and our world. Locally, they direct the Feed the Children backpack program; annually gift almost $1,800 of fabulous color dictionaries to all third-grade students; house foreign exchange students from all over the world plus send our local outbound students to other countries; help the town manage the largest attended event in Pagosa, the Fourth of July parade; support out-of-area clubs with time, talent and monies; give funds to developing nations for cleaner water, medical facilities and education; and are part of the worldwide club endeavor to eradicate polio. Yes, polio still exists. Rotarians are givers of their time and talents, mentors, teachers, financial backers. Rotarians are volunteers whose motto is “Service Above Self.” In Pagosa, it shows big time.
So, Pagosa, here is a chance to dance a little, socialize a lot and give to our youth, knowing that you will be a part in making a difference in someone’s life. It makes you want to learn that “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” just thinking about it. Can’t make it? Buy a ticket or two for someone else. Think “Service Above Self.”
Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, the Chokecherry Tree or from any of your friendly Rotarians. Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. You better hurry, there are only so many tickets available and once they are sold, there goes your chance to tell those stories about an autumn night in October, dancing the night away in the county Extension building, to the music of Country Thunder.

Homecoming celebration Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:00:15 +0000

Photos courtesy Sally Riggs

Pagosa Springs High School students capped off their homecoming celebration with the traditional dance, crowning of royalty, donning fancy dresses and spending time with friends Saturday night.

Get your tickets now for Rotary’s Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:00:33 +0000 By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
Calling all lovers of country music and the dancing that accompanies it: Pagosa Springs Rotary’s fifth annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance, to be held on Oct. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m., is about to make you one happy attendee. It will be a happening on an October Saturday night like none other.
There will be a silent auction with the special offerings of lift tickets, candy making classes, artwork and gift certificates to all the fine dining sites our town enjoys. Other offerings are libations and food truck meals available for purchase, socializing and, more importantly, helping to build the coffers of Rotary’s Scholarship Fund. All of the evening’s proceeds are strictly to assist our graduating students in their quests for higher education.
This year, Rotary gifted $30,000 in scholarships and it was possible only through fundraisers like this and the support of the community. So, put those items in your closet that contain fringe, embroidery and jewels to good use while helping a great leg up to our youth.
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, the Choke Cherry Tree or from any of your boot-scootin’ Rotarians. Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Hurry, hurry. There are only so many tickets available before the fire department puts a spur in our side.

Mountain Chile Cha Cha Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:00:08 +0000

PREVIEW photos/Chris Mannara

Scene … celebrating the arrival of fall at the Mountain Chile Cha Cha in Town Park. The festival, which celebrated green chile with chile roasting and the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic, also featured a margarita contest, live music, dancing, kid’s activities and a beer garden.