Program Details: Open to the public

CU Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance - CU Contemporary Dance Works

CU Contemporary Dance Works (CUCDW) provides a week-long dance residency for Colorado communities underserved in the arts. This year, CUCDW celebrates its 30th year of offering dance to communities throughout our state The CUCDW company is comprised of MFA graduate students in Dance candidates. The company members offer the communities they visit formal and informal performances, movement classes, participatory and creative workshops, and experiences in devising and performing new dances with community members. Company members are selected during the fall semester and develop repertory and curriculum throughout the school year in conversation with the resident community. The residency takes place in May, during the week following spring semester graduation. In 2020, the residency will be returning to Delta County.

Experiences for all ages are included in the residency.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Charlotte York Irey Studios

In Colorado

  • Paonia

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • In 2020, CUCDW's primary community partners are the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy, Paonia Elementary, and the North Fork School of Integrated Studies.

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Theatre and Dance, Department of

Program Contact

Ondine Geary
Production, Outreach & Engagement Liaison

Program Categories


  • Dance
  • Diversity
  • Education (K-12)
  • Education (Pre-K/Early Learning)
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Popular Culture
  • Recreation/Entertainment
  • Theatre

Program Types:

  • After School Activity/Instruction
  • Civic Engagement
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Community Development
  • Community Event
  • Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Public Lecture/Demonstration
  • Public Performance
  • Workshop


  • 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 - High School
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.