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46th annual Steamboat Dance Theatre show opens Thursday

Steamboat Dance Theatre dancers Jamie Boeri (left) and Melissa Marienau (right).

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The concept of time can be encompassed through eras and social movements, natural occurrences and even emotional states or personal moments.

Each of these, said Kat Goodhand, one of the producers from Steamboat Dance Theatre's production team, represents the theme of this year's Steamboat Dance Theatre performance.

This week, the 46th Steamboat Dance Theatre Annual Concert takes center stage at the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a matinee at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

"It's a theme that's open to endless inspirations, yet it really allows the choreographers to develop their artistic visions and ideas while threading a recognizable element throughout the show," said Goodhand of this year's theme. "The audience then has the opportunity to connect with each piece in a personal way."

The production stars more than 120 local dancers of all ages in 15 original pieces of choreography, with styles ranging from Polynesian, aerial (it's back), hip hop, tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, salsa fusion and more.

"We have some rockin’ traditional Tahitian costumes, fearless aerialists and a very powerful male ballet piece," said Goodhand on what audiences should be on the lookout for this year. "But the experience for the viewer differs each year in how they connect to each piece; seeing their neighbor shimmying across the stage, relating to the choreographer’s story, or being so inspired they tell themselves, ‘I’ll be up there next year.’"

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The event is Steamboat Dance Theatre’s largest fundraiser. The nonprofit awards over $15,000 annually in scholarships for dance classes, workshops and career-defining opportunities for children and adults in the Yampa Valley.

Dancers in the scholarship program between age 8 and 17 will have their time in the limelight on Thursday evening, as well as at the Saturday matinee.

"This performance is meaningful in so many ways," said Goodhand. "It provides both the experienced and not-so-experienced dancer and choreographer a chance to relish in the lights of the stage and disappear in the thunderous applause of adoring family, friends and neighbors alike."

Tickets for the 46th annual concert cost $25 for reserved seats, $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at steamboatdancetheatre.org.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

If you go…

What: 46th Steamboat Dance Theatre Annual Concert

When: 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a matinee at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Where: Steamboat Springs High School auditorium, 45 Maple St.

Tickets: $25 for reserved seats, $20 general admission and $15 for students and seniors, available online at steamboatdancetheatre.org.