CU Contemporary Dance Works

Program Contact

Helanius Wilkins

Assistant Professor


CU Contemporary Dance Works (CUCDW) provides a week-long dance and creativity residency for a Colorado community underserved in the arts. New in 2021, the in-person residency will be supported by preparatory virtual programming to strengthen relationships and increase opportunities for engagement. 

CUCDW offers formal and informal performances, movement classes, participatory and creative workshops, and experiences in devising and performing new dances with community members. CUCDW is composed of MFA graduate students in Dance, and this year, they will continue their work with teens from the Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy in Delta County. The in-person residency takes place in May, and the virtual programming will occur between October and April.

Experiences for all ages are included in the residency.


  • Dance & Creative Residency


    In Colorado



    5/8/2022 - 5/14/2022

    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
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • General Public
  • Rural Communities
  • Senior Citizens
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Students - Early Learning
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - ESL
  • Students - Middle School
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Students - High School
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School