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Mission Statement

The purpose of Blue Moon Dance Company is the general business of organizing, promoting and developing a dance company for performance, artistic and educational endeavors in the field of dance.


Blue Moon Dance Company is a contemporary dance company that provides an outlet for dancers and choreographers to present their work. After working for many years as an independent choreographer, Pat Connelly was commissioned in 1995 to hire dancers and create works for a concert at the Denver Art Museum. It was very successful, so this unconventional group of dancers kept on working together under the company name. In 1998, Blue Moon Dance Company received non-profit status.

Since 1995, works by thirty different choreographers have been presented and more are added each year. The styles range from hip-hop to classic Graham technique; from jumping jive to ballet duets on pointe; from traditional methods to avant-garde compositions. Dance critics have reacted favorably to this eclectic approach and have applauded the company's versatility and exuberance. The composition of the company is unusual: technically varied, the training and professional backgrounds of the dancers range from hip-hop, modern and ballroom dance to classical ballet; ethnically diverse, the dancers are a challenge to lighting designers because of the skin tones and to costume designers because of the assorted body types. Because partnering is a significant element in the repertory, the company strives to maintain gender equity (as many men as women), and equal pay scales for everyone whether they are true dance professionals or students who are just entering the field. The ages of the dancers span four decades of training, but all are committed to producing a high caliber of dance regardless of the level of expertise.

"Blue Moon's eclectic foundation (equal parts modern, jazz, theater and ballroom dance with a little ballet thrown in) makes for fascinating viewing" Janine Gastineau - Dance Critic

For a small company with a modest budget and pro-bono staff, the list of accomplishments is extensive and impressive:

  • The company has performed in Aspen, Greeley, Durango, and Fort Collins, in addition to the Boulder/Denver metro-area.
  • The juried showcases and dance festivals include: Dance is for Every Body; Colorado Choreographer's Showcase; Cherry Creek Arts Festival; Aspen Dance Festival; Colorado Performing Arts Festival; Boulder Arts Showcase .
  • Other events include: Downtown Merchant Association Outdoor Shows; Arvada Center Concert; Arias, Ballet & Choreography; Nancy & Ellie Shows; Carmen Nelson Shows; University of Colorado School of Music Benefits; King of Uganda's State Visit Celebrations; Special Olympics; Longmont ArtWalk; NIST 100th Anniversary Celebration; National Jewish Hospital Benefit; Hospice Care Benefit.
  • The company has produced concerts in different venues since its inception in 1995: Community Dance Collective Concert;Denver Art Museum Space for Dance; Nomad Theatre; Dairy Center for the Arts; Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre Concert; Spring Forward Dairy Center Shows.
  • The company has worked with over 20 different Boulder County schools and programs.
  • The company has always paid its performers for every event and choreographers are chosen from within the company.

Non-Profit Status

Blue Moon Dance Company received tax-exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1998.

This information can be verified through the Colorado Charitable Organization Registration link at www.sos.state.co.us website.

The company is recognized as an eligible Tier III organization by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and is a member of the Colorado Dance Alliance, Boulder County Arts Alliance and the Boulder Arts Commission Artist Registry. Additional information can be found at the www.artsresouce.org website.

Contact Info

Blue Moon Dance Company
Pat Connelly
3135 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
303-786-7277 fax

Make a Donation

Blue Moon Dance Company received tax-exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1998.

Donations can be made directly to the company. Please make all checks payable to Blue Moon Dance Company and send to the following address:

Blue Moon Dance Company
3135 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304

A letter acknowledging your donation will be sent to you for your tax records. Thank you.

Grants & Awards

    Since 1995, Blue Moon Dance Company has received grant support from:
  • Colorado Council of the Arts
  • Boulder County Tier III, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
  • Neodata Foundation/Boulder County Arts Alliance
  • Addison Grant/Boulder County Arts Alliance
  • Boulder Arts Commission, an agency of the Boulder City Council
    Blue Moon Dance Company choreographers have been recognized with the following awards:
  • Pat Connelly – 2010 & 2012 YWCA “Dancing with the Boulder Stars” Choreographer Award – Colorado Choreographer Showcase Awards for three consecutive entries (“Count the Ways”, “The Mooche”, & “Lament – Dedicated to Tim”) and inclusion in the Aspen Dance Showcase (“I Wish”)
  • Julius Reinante – 2009 YWCA “Dancing with the Boulder Stars” Choreographer Award
  • Tobi-Johnson Compton – two consecutive entries in the Aspen Dance Showcase. (“Strong Enough” & “Ties That Bind”)
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