Amy Hollinger, age 22, a local professional ballerina and dance teacher, was walking home after attending a dance performance on October 20th when she was struck by a vehicle and severely injured. Now, slowly, but steadily, as Amy continues the long, challenging road to recovery the Boulder/Denver dance community will do some dancing for her! Having a shared passion and love for dance, over 15 companies will show their support and compassion for Amy as they perform for the Amy Hollinger Celebration and Dance Benefit this coming Saturday, January 19.
According to close friends and family members, Amy was born to dance. Practically from the time she could walk, Amy dreamed of becoming a ballerina. Her fascination and love of ballet and dance began to flourish as a young girl watching videos of famous companies and dance artists. She took her first steps as a student of ballet at the age of five. In 2004 she was accepted into the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. and during this intensive was offered a position in their year-round program. And, from there Amy studied Russian ballet, danced across the country and landed here in colorful Colorado. Having danced with the Colorado Ballet and now the Boulder Ballet, Amy became quite immersed into the Front Range dance scene. And, my friends, if you will note, an amazing amount of love will be poured out onto the stage as they honor and perform for Amy as a reminder that they stand, and dance with her during her new stage of recovery.
On the lineup you will find amazing dance artists and companies, which include, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Ballet, Dawson Wallace Dance Project, 7 Dancers, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, 3rd Law Dance/Theater, Zikr Dance Ensemble, Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance, Apex Dance, Evolving Doors, Ballet Ariel, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and Ascential Dance Theatre Colorado.
Held at the Performing Arts Center at the Pinnacle Charter School in Denver at 7:00 pm. This is the second such benefit these dance companies have put on for Amy and all proceeds have been donated to Amy’s family to help defray some of her medical costs.
In the lobby at the Pinnacle Charter School before, during and after the performance there will be a silent auction, featuring paintings and other artwork by Amy’s mom, who is also gifted in the arts. Also featured and for sale at the silent auction are prints from photographer Rachel Becker who photographed the dancers during the first benefit performance in November.
This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the art form that Amy loves so dearly, give your financial support to assist the family, and show Amy that there are many, many people celebrating her life and sending her love and light.
For more information on the dance benefit performance and to get a sneak peek at the artwork and prints for sale at the silent auction, visit the Amy Hollinger Dance Benefit page on facebook. To keep up with Amy’s recovery progress, read her blog at Amy Hollinger Recovery Informationamyhollinger.blogspot.com.
Saturday January 19 7:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School
1001 W. 84th Avenue, Denver, CO 80260
Suggested Donation $20