CU Contemporary Dance Works

Program Contact

Helanius J Wilkins

Director of Dance & Assistant Professor


CU Contemporary Dance Works (CUCDW) provides a week-long dance and creativity residency for a Colorado community that has been underserved in the arts. New in 2022, the in-person residency will be temporarily replaced by preparatory virtual programming to strengthen relationships and increase opportunities for community engagement.

CUCDW offers formal and informal performances, movement classes, participatory and creative workshops, and experiences in devising and performing new dances with community members of all ages. CUCDW is composed of MFA graduate students in Dance. This year, they will continue their work with teens from the Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy in Delta County. Virtual programming will occur between October 2022 and April 2023. The in-person residency will return post-COVID.



  • Dance Camp / Creative Residency


    in colorado



    10/3/2022 - 4/28/2023

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Arts & Sciences

  • Department of Theatre and Dance

Program Partners

  • North Fork Valley Creative Coalition
  • Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy
  • Paonia Elementary
  • North Fork School of Integrated Studies

Audiences Served

  • Adult Learners
  • Alumni/Parents/Friends
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • General Public
  • Rural Communities
  • Senior Citizens
  • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
  • Students - Early Learning
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - English Language Learners (ELL)/Emergent Bilingual
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Youth Placed At Risk