After living in Las Vegas for 20 years, Anthony and his husband moved back to his hometown of Ignacio, where they have lived for over 10 years. Art has been part of Anthony’s life since grade school but he didn’t really get to experience it until high school when he was able to see what could really be done with it, and how it can be used. Anthony likes the creativity of it, being able to create something from nothing and bringing what he sees in his head into being. Anthony believes that art is a fantastic thing to experience for people of all ages, it helps kids look at things from a different way and encourages creativity and free thinking, and helps adults relive stress and to keep their mind youthful. Anthony loves what Dancing Spirit does for the community and is very happy to be a part of it.
Caryl moved from Houston, Texas to La Plata County in 1980 where she worked as accountant and had a Dance School in Durango for fourteen years. She has been involved in community theater and education as a volunteer in local schools and organizations, particularly working with young teens and preteens. In 1990, she moved with her husband Cliff Schmid to a small cattle ranch in Ignacio in 1990 and became involved in the local community. She was member of Friends of Ignacio Library working to fund new library, and Downtown Steering Committee working to implement beautification and rejuvenation of our streets and parks. She has also been a writer/reporter of her own community newsletter promoting the preservation of farmland and agricultural water in the region.
Art has been a part of Joanne's life since she first picked up a crayon. It is her favorite form of communication, whether in its simplistic form or rich in philosophical meaning. She moved to Durango, Colorado in 1982, to attend Fort Lewis College, fell in love with the area and never left. Her family has been a part of the Ignacio community for 24 years. She joined the Dancing Spirit Board of Directors in hopes to add her ideas for programing for all individuals in Ignacio, and other visions of the Board as a whole.”
Jenny Silva is an Ignacio Colorado resident who splits her time here with time spent in New Mexico. She has done volunteer work with near by non-profits and worked at Sky Ute Casino as well. She enjoys outdoors activities, reading and listening to music of all types, as well as experiencing new things and meeting new people. She is currently following her belief that yoga is very therapeutic and great exercise by completing a yoga training program.
Jakob Box's bio and photo will be coming soon!
Mikayla Robinson's bio and photo will be coming soon!
We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you so much .
Kasey Correia, Jon Zusy, Jodi Roser, Linda Givon, Scott Hagler, Kim Wilkins, Renee Graham, Meg McDonald, Jeff Odgen, Kymberlie Pierce, Dustin Pierce, Catherine Larkins, Melody Hedin, Eva Lewis, Ula Gregory, Shalina Luna, Linda Moore
The Dancing Spirit Board of Directors meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 6pm. They also have an annual board retreat to celebrate the victories and update the Strategic Plan.
Meeting Minutes for all Dancing Spirit Board Meeting can be found here
Financial Statements for Dancing Spirit can be found here
Kasey Correia was born and raised in the east bay of California. With the help of her high school art teacher, she discovered a healthy way to express herself through art. She started creating pottery at Memorial High School where she graduated early with art honors. After high school she traveled the world both in a band and as a manager. She got a degree in music business and then later moved to Alaska to continue school at the University. While there, she studied as a electrical apprentice, got her pilots license and ended up joining an art group that lead to her becoming the owner of Tundra Arts, a co-op style artist's gallery. Through the many amazing opportunities and occurrences in her life, she developed a great love for community and the under-dogs and a desire to empower people. And when she moved to Ignacio Colorado and became one of the four founding members of Dancing Spirit Community Art Center, she was able to use the talent and knowledge she had gained to develop programs that focus on healing through the arts. Kasey loves flying small planes in Alaska, camping and her animals, and desires to help others discover the power of healing through art.
Cora Shubert, a Colorado native, has spent much of her life living between Durango and Pagosa Springs. She got her EMT certification in 2001, and then went on to study Early Childhood Education in college at both Adams State College and at Pueblo Community College. She worked with after school and summer programs, taught in several local pre-schools as well as a homeschool co-op, but ultimately chose to homeschool her four children and loves every minute of it.
She enjoys helping in the many communities she is a part of by teaching 1st Aid, CPR and Trauma Response as well as by being active in her church and coaching a growth mindset running club for children. She and her children enjoy learning, exploring and experiencing life together and spend their time taking martial arts and keeping up with the myriad of random projects (and animals) that are going on in their lives. Although she currently lives in Pagosa Springs, much of Cora's time is spent in Ignacio and she greatly enjoys the time she is able to spend working with the different organizations and people there.
Jessica was born and raised right here in Ignacio, CO. She is an artist of many mediums and finds art and beauty in everything. She is a wife, a mom and runs her own businesses while also finding time to help out Dancing Spirit in multiple areas. Mainly, creating online graphics, for advertising and printing purposes, is what Jessica spends most of her Dancing Spirit time doing, but she has filled in for many different jobs when/where needed.
Bio coming soon!
Shawna Hein grew up primarily in the southern part of Denver. She took art classes nearly every semester in middle and high school, and even during her college years, she loved drawing the diagrams of her engineering homework and kept art as something fun to do. She received a BSE in Bioengineering from Arizona State University before moving to Utah where she later began learning pottery. Her first classes as an adult in Pottery were at Red Kiln in Salt Lake City, where she learned from some fantastic artists. She has experience with many different mediums and teaching some of them to Girl Scouts. Her motto is "Everything is an experiment." This is especially true in pottery where there are so many variables that can change. You never know what you are going to get until the piece you are working on is finished.
Shawna found Dancing Spirit Center for the Arts in October 2021, when places started opening up after COVID. She came to Ignacio because classes were full and began as a student just getting back into the swing of pottery and meeting new people. Since then, she has started teaching adult classes and keeps the Dancing Spirit studio in good working order.
Bio & photo coming soon
Bio & photo coming soon
The lives you touched will forever be grateful!
Harlene Russel, Margie Coates, Dominique Holling,
Bonnie Woodward, Kym Pierce, Katrina Jameson, Tim Murphy, and Eva Lewis, Marya Roddis, Cindy Humistan, Sandhya Tillotson, Catherine Larkins, Eva Lewis, Roberta Hall
“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” – James McNeill Whistle