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COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN DANCERS

SOME HISTORY
BRANCHING OUT
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

The Colorado Rocky Mountain Dancers (CRMD) is a group whose membership is comprised of primarily "teens and twenties." As a group which enjoys intergenerational dancing, there are also some dancers that participate outside of this age range.

SOME HISTORY

Like virtually all current square dancers, CRMD can trace their training back to someone taught by Dr. Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw. In the 1940's, Dr. Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw, the Superintendent of the Cheyenne Mountain School near Colorado Springs, coached his boys to the Colorado State Football championship. Not pleased with their superior attitudes following the win, he abolished the football program and instituted a physical activity that would involve male and female students equally. That activity was square dancing. Having spent some time in researching the aspects of the activity which had disappeared over time, Dr. Shaw set out to begin a resurgence of square dancing as recreational activity. Toward this end, he took the best 8 couples of his high school square dancers on national tours, demonstrating the many forms of the American folk dance to audiences from rec centers to Carnegie Hall. He also hosted summer classes where physical education teachers from around the country were taught how to teach square dancing to their students.

CRMD was formed to represent this group of Cheyenne Mountain Dancers at the historical pageant at the 2001 National Square Dance Convention. Although the pageant was eventually cancelled, the dancers (and their hard-working parents) decided to attend the convention anyway. They have since performed at 7 National Conventions in California, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Kansas.

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BRANCHING OUT

While CRMD still has in its repertoire a traditional Pappy Shaw exhibition square dance, we have branched out into other aspects of the activity in which the membership is interested. We have choreographed exhibition material utilizing aerial figures with modern mainstream and plus level figures, true "hex" formations, and other "innovations" as ideas come up. We can prepare shows using these materials as well as traditional and modern round dances, contras, 5 couple dances, and many others. Unlike some performance groups, our members know how to square dance and enjoy dancing with other dancers at the club, regional and national levels. We have dancers able to participate at all levels, from mainstream to advanced and challenge levels. We also have round dancers who can dance at all phase levels of the round dance activity.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

CRMD supports its members in moving beyond the usual roles of membership by encouraging them to grow their skills in areas of personal interest. We have round cuers and callers who have moved beyond being simply "members" into positions of responsibility -- some even have contracts with outside groups to teach and lead dances in the larger square dance world. Several of our members are also members of Callerlab and Roundalab.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

CRMD is a proud member of the National Folk Organization, and CIOFF. We have had the honor or representing the United States at 3 international dance festivals:

In 2003 we performed at the Idaho International Dance and Music Festival. Click here for the Idaho Festival website

In 2004 we traveled to Ukraine to perform at three international festivals there.

In 2008 we performed at the Bountiful Summerfest. Click here for the Summerfest website

For information on joining us as dancers or band members, on sponsoring a trip, or on hosting a fundraiser, contact Peggy Pingel at 303-829-5202 or use our Contact Information page.



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