Impact Dance Company was formed in 1995 and has become a prominent performance group in Colorado. The company, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is known for its innovative dance theatre work that combines organic movement with original text and projection to create evening length performances. IMPACT is known for creating work that has a strong sense of truth, intimacy and connection and is committed to redefining how we interact with our audiences. The company frequently performs in fun and unexpected spaces. You will find us in museums, store fronts, art galleries and warehouses as well as the traditional theatre.
Company statement – 2020
In light of the events in 2020, we feel it is important to provide a statement supporting BIPOC and the Black Lives Matters movement. This statement reflects our guiding principles and the role that the arts can play in amplifying this critical social need for change:
IMPACT Dance Company believes that the arts are an essential means of sharing stories, building community and processing trauma and provides a platform for us to be agents of change. To truly support Black lives and people of color, IMPACT acknowledges that empathy without action is not enough. Therefore, we will listen, learn and be quiet when needed in order to amplify the authentic voices of BIPOC in our community. We will be more diligent in our research of projects and work to better acknowledge the sources of music, text and movement used. We will examine our outreach program, “Every Voice Matters”, to be certain that it is truly giving a voice to each and everyone of the students that we meet. We will educate ourselves and not allow discomfort or guilt keep us from being the ally that we need to be.
Judy Bejarano, Artistic Director
Judy began creating work under the name of IMPACT Dance in 1995. Since that time she has received many grants and awards for her work, including funding from Colorado Creative Industries, Bohemian Foundation, City of Fort Collins, OtterCares Foundation, Target, Wells Fargo and many others. Judy and IMPACT received the Ace Gillette’s “People’s Choice Award” (2015), the Colorado Dance Alliance “Cutting Edge” Award (2006) and the Arts Alive Fellowship (2004), all for outstanding quality and innovation in the field. She is a member of the Colorado State University (CSU) dance faculty where she teaches Choreography, Modern Dance Technique and Improvisation. Her work often explores “life issues” and uses personal narrative to explore universal experience. Topics for IMPACT projects have included immigration, body image, identity, grief, loss and finding home. She also enjoys working with the company to create work that is quirky and oddly, humorous, and finds great beauty in the awkwardness that can exist when examining the human experience through movement and spoken word. Her work has been commissioned and performed throughout the region and has been described as “…existing in the poignant space where comedy and tragedy intersect.” She continues to be commissioned to teach and set work on companies and at festivals throughout the region, including Canyon Concert Ballet, Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado Dance Festival, Contemporary Dance Wyoming and at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, among many others. Her work has been presented throughout the region including Vail, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, as well as in Alaska, New York, Texas and Wyoming.
Amber Mazurana, former Dancer and Co-Outreach Coordinator
Amber is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana where she trained with Ballet International. She graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts in 1995 and graduated with honors in 1999 from Butler University with a B.A. in dance pedagogy. She spent the summers of 1997 and 1998 studying African drumming and dance at the University of Ghana, West Africa. Amber danced as a soloist with Peter Sparling Dance Company in Michigan and was a member of the Hannah Kahn Dance Company in Denver for several years. She has been a member of IMPACT Dance Company since 2005. Amber directed the school at Canyon Concert Ballet and founded their Youth Ensemble, which she continues to create work for each summer. In 2012 she attended the Bill Evans Institute of Dance, continuing her training in the Evans Laban-Based Modern Dance Technique. Amber presently teaches in the Dance Division at Colorado State University and serves as the Outreach Coordinator for IMPACT Dance Company, continuing the “Every Voice Matters” program in the community.
Susie Garifi, Dancer and Co-Outreach Coordinator
SUSIE GARIFI holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University and a BA with a major in Dance from CSU. She has studied with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and traveled nationally and internationally, discovering many great dance opportunities and people from around the world. Susie is currently employed as a dance instructor at both Front Range Community College and Mountain Dance where she is also the Assistant Director. She has also been an active member of IMPACT Dance Company for over 7 years and is a certified Power Yoga instructor. Susie very much enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for dance and yoga with the community and in her free time, she loves having fun with her husband Rhys and their four year old daughter Violet!
Molly Spight, Dancer
Molly Spight is a Fort Collins native, who earned a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, in 2011 and a B.A. in dance in 2013 from Colorado State University. While at CSU, Molly studied under Judy Bejarano, Chung-Fu Chang, Carol Roderick, and Jane Slusarski-Harris at Colorado State University. Molly was the recipient of the 2013 Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement by Dance Major. Outside of her educational endeavors, she was involved under the direction of Lisa Morgan, in the Skinner/SAFE project working with at risk youth through creative movement and the Kaleidoscope project with IMPACT dance and photographer Steve Hix. She has been a member of IMPACT since 2014. Molly has recently turned her professional focus to bringing creative, artistic, and meaningful experiences to the aging population through her job with Columbine Health Systems. She hopes to restore confidence in those who have developed physical and mental disabilities associated with aging by providing opportunities to express themselves in a new and beautiful ways.
Magdalena Jung, Dancer
Maggie was born in Fort Collins and started as a gymnast, then later moved into hip-hop, breakdancing, contemporary, and jazz. She began her modern training at University of Oregon and eventually transferred to and graduated from CSU with a double major in Dance and Liberal Arts. After moving to LA for several months and training at Edge Performing Arts Center, she returned to Colorado. Maggie was invited to join IMPACT in 2016 and has loved every moment of it. She has also been an avid teacher in the community and has taught and choreographed for Studio West, Mackinnon Royal Dance, Canyon Concert Ballet, Fort Collins High School, Mountain Kids Gymnastics, and guest teaches at CSU.
Bailey Ostdiek, Dancer
Bailey is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Colorado State University in 2014, majoring in Dance. There, she worked with faculty members Judy Bejarano, Chung-Fu Chang, Amber Mazurana, Carol Roderick and Jane Slusarski-Harris as well as several guest artists including Tommy Parlon, Artistic Director of Tommy Parlon Dance Projects and Yunyu Wang, a professor at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan who restaged Anna Sokolow’s Rooms. Bailey spent a year performing in the CSU Tour Dance Company, directed by Chung-Fu Chang, performing and conducting lecture demonstrations throughout Colorado. Her choreography was selected for the company’s repertoire as well as featured at the Colorado Dance Expo representing CSU’s Dance Division. Bailey has taught Creative Movement, Beginning Ballet and Adult Ballet at local studios and schools in the Fort Collins area. Bailey is currently teaching ballet and jazz at Contemporary Dance Academy.
Jenna Smith, Dancer and Promotion Coordinator
Jenna received her BA in dance from Colorado State University. She was chosen to perform with many guest artists including Viktor Kabaniaev, Katie Elliot, Gabe Masson, and Tommy Parlon, as well as multiple original works by faculty member Chung-Fu Chang. Jenna has been a guest performer with the Aspen Dance Connection in Grand Junction, a member of Cleo Parker Robinson’s 2nd company, and then IMPACT Dance Company in the fall of 2012. She remained an active company member until moving to Tennessee in 2015. In Nashville, she spent a year as a company member for FALL Aerial Ballet Company, performed an original work by Banning Bouldin, was invited to perform in multiple projects with choreographer Laurel Desmarais, and had the opportunity to study with many international and nationally recognized choreographers. She is happy to be back in Colorado helping inspire young dancers as the Assistant Director at Contemporary Dance Academy.
Analía Alegre-Femenías Weber, Dancer
Analia is a dancer, improvisational artists and choreographer who hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She obtained her BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts and her MFA in choreography from University of Iowa. As a dancer and an architect of movement Analía looks for opportunities to bring dance to reinvented spaces for audiences to witness the endless possibilities of how art can transform the world around us. Her choreographic work has been presented in renowned spaces like 100 Grand and Judson Church in New York City as well as in Chicago, Tennessee, Miami, New Hampshire, Minneapolis, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Lisa Morgan, Contributing Artist
Lisa was a member of IMPACT Dance from 1997-2016. She performed with the company for years, presented her choreography, was the outreach coordinator and finally the Assistant Director until leaving that role to focus on her many passions and projects. Lisa worked closely with Judy over the years on IMPACT’s work, supporting the art, creating graphic design pieces, costumes, props and installation concepts, as well as promoting the company in the community and beyond. Her choreography was seen in the IMPACT Dance project, Finding Place: Life in Ritual, a collaborative work with visual art, dance and video. This project was conceptualized and came to life at UCROSS, was presented in Wyoming at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, the Sandra Carson Gallery in Denver and at MOCA in Fort Collins. Lisa is a member of the CSU Dance Faculty, where her work focuses on Dance Education and integrating movement in K-12 schools. She teaches Movement Improvisation with the Music Therapy Department and coordinates, Moving Through Parkinson’s – a movement therapy program for individuals living with Parkinson’s. Lisa looks forward to continuing to support the great work of IMPACT and to participate as a collaborating artist on future IMPACT projects.
Bryan Nydegger, Lighting Design and Technical Director
Bryan’s love of live performance is expressed both on and off stage. While he was still a theatre student at Colorado State University he decided to learn the technical aspects of theater and took an amusement in lighting design for dance. His career has taken him from Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston Maine, to Live Design International in Las Vegas, and has toured with David Dorfman Dance everywhere in between. This will be Bryan’s 6th time designing lights for IMPACT Dance. He has also designed for Omar Carrum, Donna Mejia, Chung-Fu Chang, Michel Kouakou, and Qudus Onikeu.