Dance is inherently a social art form—it grew out of the practice of gathering together to celebrate, to mourn, and to rise-up. It holds within it the power to inspire and to shake off the past. It reminds us that to succeed we must dream, we must work, and we must be rigorous. Dance is the physical manifestation of change presented in human form.
Wonderbound works to make art and dance available and accessible to everyone in our community. Each year we have the privilege of sharing our passion with a spectrum of Denver area residents—from school children to senior citizens—in every socioeconomic sector.
To experience an example of the impact of Wonderbound's Community Programs, watch this short video about our work with at-risk youth. Then, scroll down and read further about all the ways we connect with the world around us.
Bringing Dance to Denver's Children
Wonderbound’s education programs bring dance to underserved elementary and junior high school students. Built around the signature choreography of Artistic Director Garrett Ammon and Wonderbound’s dynamic dancers, these programs serve 20,000 at-risk youth annually by providing interactive in-school performances throughout the Denver metro area.
These highly interactive performance experiences are newly crafted each season and give children the opportunity to experience the joy of collaboration. Students journey into their own imaginations by creating new movement on their peers and Wonderbound’s company artists. Wonderbound presents nearly sixty of these programs annually.
In addition, Wonderbound presents in-theater performances for Title I elementary schools at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School. This program provides many of these children their first opportunity to experience a live theater performance. Wonderbound provides these performances to 2,400 students each year.
In Partnership with St. Francis Center
Wonderbound and St. Francis Center have engaged in Pari Passu as a collaboration that utilizes dance as an instrument for positive social change. Pari Passu, or "Equal Step," provides a platform to promote social equality through dance. Facilitated by Wonderbound Registered Dance Movement Therapist Heather Sutton and regularly assisted by the Wonderbound dancers, Pari Passu offers weekly hour-long interactive dance/movement sessions with the homeless population. St. Francis Center's staff and caseworkers are also actively involved, and both organizations believe that Pari Passu is providing an empowering springboard to balance the scales of socioeconomic disparities present within the surrounding populace.
Theater Management and Intern Program
In Partnership with Pinnacle Charter School
Wonderbound and Pinnacle Charter School have partnered since 2008 to provide Denver’s north metro community a quality theater that accommodates the needs of the area’s professional performing arts organizations. This unique relationship provides Pinnacle full-time professional theater management by Wonderbound’s production team for all of Pinnacle’s school performance and third-party renters in trade for use of the theater for all of Wonderbound’s season productions. The Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School now presents more than 30 groups annually.
Stagecraft Experience for Junior & Senior High Students
With this partnership, Wonderbound also runs a professional technical theater internship program for Pinnacle's junior and senior high students interested in learning stagecraft. Wonderbound’s production manager and technical director work with 6-10 students each school year to train them in stage lighting, sound, rigging and theater maintenance. Interns gain both classroom instruction and on-the-job experience working with local professional theaters as well as the opportunity to meet with the Wonderbound production team after every production to ask questions, gain special insight into the performances and learn about the design processes.
In Partnership with the Colorado Chapter of the National Alzheimer's Association
Through THREAD (Thrive, Hope, Renew, Evolve, Alzheimer’s, Dance), Wonderbound provides immersive dance workshops for individuals suffering from early-stage Alzheimer's disease and dementia. These sessions engage seniors and their caregivers in learning dance vocabulary ranging from ballet to social dance to contemporary choreography. In partnership with the local chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association, THREAD fosters cross-generational relationships with the Wonderbound dancers and obliterates the boundaries of physical and mental acuity by producing transcendent experiences through dance.