Denver Dirt…..Clean-up, clinics, and big air at Barnum North Bike Park.

Last Saturday the Friends of Barnum North Bike Park hosted a coming out party for their young dirt jump park. Hordes of riders, families and fans from the local neighborhoods and beyond came together to celebrate the opportunity to enjoy this unique facility. The message was simple and clear; be a part of keeping the park a fun, safe and enjoyable place for anyone who wants to enjoy it.

Trestle Bike Skills Course at Barnum North Park is a Denver City park, located just west of  Federal on 8th Avenue. The park is managed by an all volunteer crew of hardy diggers led by Nick Soloninka. This crew works hard to play hard and took every advantage of the large crowd that came out Saturday to build new features and teach correct course maintenance and bike skills.

This event was about putting the community back into cycling.” -Nick Soloninka.

Hard work was not the only draw for this event. Free bike repairs were provided by Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop and demo bikes were available from COMBA, Colorado Mountain Bike Association. Groundwork Denver provided free helmets and gave away a bunch of bikes to lucky attendees. The fan favorite, however, had to be Vanessa and her delicious hot dogs that tasted awesome after some hard work in the dirt.

Once the work was done it was time to play and the crowd was not dissapointed. Kids got to learn the skills of the park’s pump track and many local pro riders, including Dominic Megalli, put on quite an air show, flipping and whipping and signing autographs. Not a bad party for a young park.

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Dancers Galore…..Highlands Dance Studio hosts a wonderful recital.

This post has been a long time in coming but the story and images could not be ignored. The Highlands Dance Studio, located on Northwest Denver’s Tennyson Street, held an unbelievable recital for all of the hard working dancers. Hip-hop, ballet, tap & jazz and dancers of all ages put on a wonderful show at the historic Oriental Theater.

The dancers, many of who participate in multiple classes, mastered choreography and held nerves in check to wow the throngs of proud parents in attendance. Spring classes are well underway at the Highlands Dance Studio and the next recital is just around the corner. Bravo to all involved.

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EvolveYourSelf…..Skills camps at Evolve Action Sports Park

Want to get your kids involved in action sports: skateboard, scooters, bikes or blades in a safe and fun environment? Then come and check out Evolve Action Sports Park. Evolve ASP works hard to create a “vibe” where everyone can learn, have fun and get better. They offer super lessons, parties and events. Spring Break camps are just around the corner.

Are you looking for summer camp opportunities? Well, Evolve Action Sports Park has a number of great options, all staffed with unbelievable coaches. All-day, 1/2 day or just a day are all possible for your little shredder. Evolve focuses on fundamental skill development all the way to big banger tricks, all revolving around three simple words….Safety, Etiquette and Skill.

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Strumming away…..Big Kids Music Tour takes on the guitar.

Big Kids Music Tour, part of Mile High Music on Tennyson Street in northwest Denver, is featuring guitar. Ms. Melissa leads a group of eager pickers in exploration of musical timing, strumming and of course dancing. Participants each have their own guitar and learn through story, song and example. A highlight for the class is the “electric” guitar and amp which of course features DISTORTION!! As always the class will end with a season finale for parents and family.

Big Kids Music Tour is a four-part adventure through music and song. The classes follow a rotating schedule of drums, keyboards, guitar and voice.

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Summer camp rules…..Avid4 Adventure adds a residence camp.

Avid4 Adventure, based out of Boulder, Colorado, provides age-appropriate outdoor experiences for very fortunate participants. Their mission:

To inspire life-long active outdoor lifestyles and environmental stewardship through experiences that provide personal development and memorable family adventures, while addressing the logistical needs of parents.”

Avid4 Adventure offers year-round opportunities for young people to explore new and  favorite activities. Instruction includes rock, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and outdoor education. Each activity is experienced in safe and fabulous surroundings.

The newest addition to Avid4’s incredible offerings will now include an unbelievable residence camp in conjunction with Windy Peaks Outdoor Education Laboratory School. One and two week sessions beginning in the summer of 2013 will provide campers education, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. The camp is located at 8,00 feet near Bailey, Colorado.

Bring on the kids!

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With a little help…..Brighton Jumpspot is the real deal.

What started as a dream for an industrious young man has now come true. With the help of the city, some local experts, a flock of volunteers and the support of family, the Brighton Jumpspot is ready to go. Come out and check out this awesome new spot and don’t forget to thank those that made it possible.

A 17 year old Junior at Brighton High School, Logan Holland, is the driving force behind the Jumpspot. He tells his story of the process that took his idea to reality.

“I have enjoyed riding for several years. After traveling to parks, like Valmont and Frisco Adventure Park, I felt the need to find a place closer to home to build my own jumps. I tried to pull favors or find any property with water near by with solid dirt. Months later, after many failed efforts, Dan Schmatz built a line of seven wood to dirt jumps less than 5 minutes from my house. Not knowing him yet, I pursued meeting him to get a hook up to ride and build on the private property.

After meeting Dan, he introduced me to more riders and friends. I got more and more into the sport and began to ride every day. Soon after, my long time friend, Toby Heidt, (whose dad is a Brighton City and Recreation Manager) who knew about my drive to pursue a place to build my own jumps, came to me and said that the city has too much dirt. Another friend, Peter Phibbs, has been pushing a bigger bike community in Brighton for a long time. With bikes on the city’s mind, and too much dirt for the city to handle, I jumped on the opportunity.

After the first three meetings of feeling like a big shot, explaining dirt jumps and the whole language of what a hit, hip, table, gap, fruit cup, wall ride, or spine are, the vision of the parks true potential began to develop. I started to create drawings of what we could do on the half acre, but nothing really helped. However Dan Schmatz then called in a favor with his friends at Plus Size BMX. With all the different skills that the awesome Plus Size BMX crew had, we had a legitimate drawing that could be approved by the city and by the insurance. After this, we realized that it would take a lot of favors and money to have a decent park.

Between the city, Dan, Plus Size BMX, Casree Holland, (another person who has been an immense help towards the creation of the park) and countless volunteers the park came together within a span of about three weeks. I feel very blessed that the park came about the way it did and I am grateful for the opportunities and thankful for all of the learning. Thank you for the opportunity.” Logan Holland-Brighton Jumpspot Mastermind.

Way to go Logan!

 

Get up off of your seat…..Highlands Dance Studio tap/jazz class really move their feet!

Highlands Dance Studio, located on Tennyson Street in Northwest Denver is The place to go for girls and boys, young and old to learn how to better get their dancing groove on. Classes include a variety of different focuses with wonderful instructors providing all involved the opportunity to reach their dancing dreams. Participants learn what it takes to master skills, work together and perform.

Our highly trained and qualified instructors use their talent and creativity to make it fun to learn, while at the same time teach the technical skills required to dance. We strive to create a fun, safe atmosphere to instill the love of dance, as well as provide the challenge to excel and the opportunity to perform. We also offer adult classes as an outlet for the “rusty” dancer to stir their passion once again as well as for those who just never stopped dancing.” -Heather Lee, Owner.

The Beginning Tap/Jazz students are busy preparing for their Holiday recital to be held at Denver’s historic Oriental Theater on December 16th.

Tickling the Ivories…..Big Kids Music Tour wraps up keyboards with fun!

Big Kids Music Tour, a four-part series of fantastic music lessons recently wrapped up the keyboard session to the delight of parents, participants and instructor Melissa Monforti. BKMT is part of Mile High Music Together and is located ont Tennyson Street in Northwest Denver.

Keyboards offered your virtuosos the opportunity to learn basic scales, tempo and theory of piano in a super-fun and creative setting. The class also included a giant floor keyboard where students learned scales by leaping from key to key. Based on participation, exploration and fun, Miss Melissa ensured keyboards was a huge success.

We can’t wait for the next session, which is guitar and scheduled to begin January 9th.

 

Brighton Jumpspot…..A dream becomes reality.

What started as a dream for an industrious young man is now becoming reality. With the help of the city, some local experts, a flock of volunteers and the support of family, the Brighton Jumpspot is becoming a reality. Brighton has been home to a super skatepark that has attracted locals to its variety of bowls and features but for young dirt jumpers and freeriders the closest thing was a car ride away. These riders were hungry for something a bit closer to home.

Logan Holland is one such rider. Logan has been instrumental in working with the city of Brighton and soliciting the help of Plus Size BMX and course designers Chris Olivier and Phil Rowe. Over the past five days these guys and a horde of volunteers have moved literally loads of dirt, shaped, watered and formed what will be one of the finest riding opportunities in Colorado. With the slew of young talent that is coming out of the area this new facility is really a dream come true.

Even the hard working volunteers need a break now and then.

Keyboards…..Big Kids Music Tour is at it again.

Fall has begun and with it a new semester at Mile High Music‘s Big Kids Music Tour. This stop on the tour features keyboards and what class would be complete without a giant keyboard you can jump and dance on. Ms. Melissa leads this group of eager young musicians through movement, stories and play to understand that a love for the keyboard is not just black and white.