Past Event: From the Bottom to the Top, Dance in the Dirty South: Presenting Denver Event @ MCA Denver, 01/20/23, 7PM


This product is currently sold out.

Please fill in the form below if you'd like to be notified when it becomes available.

For two days only, MCA Denver and Presenting Denver will share “From the Bottom to the Top, Dance in The Dirty South,” a dance program that will explore each floor of The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. Five choreographers, dance artists, and dance companies will take over the galleries, modifying dance through the use of alternative space, and exploring and responding to specific works on view. Each artist will explore a unique part of the museum and will build a dance responsive to MCA Denver’s Fries Building and the vision of the exhibition. Artists will present a five-minute dance work that will be performed multiple times for groups of audiences touring MCA Denver.

Presenting Denver amplifies the voice of Denver's dance community. They create connections and provide support, access, and opportunities to strengthen our artistic community.


MCA Denver at the Fries Building
1485 Delgany Street, Denver, CO 80202


Performances begin at 7PM
Performances end at 8:30PM  


  • Tickets can be purchased here


    Performers include:

    Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre

    We are NU-World Contemporary Danse Theatre. Artistically led by Bashir-Muhammad and Christopher Page-Sanders, NU-World Contemporary Danse Theatre intentionally brings together a diverse group of artists: in age, artistic background, and ethnicity, to create work that centers in the humanity and intersectionality of the black, brown, and queer experience. The vision behind our choreographic work is to open pathways for conversation and find ways to be a representative of change through artistic expression.

    Photo Credit: Martha Wirth Photography

    Lisa Engelken/Breaking Barriers

    Lisa Engelken is a movement artist, party starter and creative director. She is versed in House and Hip Hop and is a preserver of the modern dance technique, Horton. She has performed with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Visaversa Dance Buenos Aires, Gesel Mason's No Boundaries and Rennie Harris Grassroots Project. She is a Cultural Ambassador of Hip Hop with the U.S. State Department and received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts. Lisa’s purpose is to bridge communities, preserve culture and host space for authentic dance expression, reminding beings to be playful through this lifetime.

    Photo Credit: Martha Wirth Photography

    Jarrett Rashad

    Born and raised in Chicago IL, Jarrett has worked with highly acclaimed artists in the industry; Lion King the Broadway Musical, Cirque Du Soleil, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Molodi Extreme Body Percussion. Jarrett is a former modern dance Artist In Residence for UNLV and has been on the faculty at several nationally acclaimed studios, conservatories, and performing arts centers. Jarrett is currently the Artistic Director of Jarrett Rashad Dance Theater and Teaching Artist for Denver School of the Arts.

    Photo Credit: Martha Wirth Photography

    Natalia Roberts

    Natalia Roberts heralds from Detroit, Michigan where she grew up as a competitive figure skater and track and field runner. She discovered dance in college while studying architecture and was immediately hooked. Natalia moved to Denver in 2022, where she is currently working on her first photography exhibition as an artist-in-residence at ASLD, working on her first feature-length dance film, and performing in shows such as Oddknock’s “From on High” and Netflix’s “The Queens Ball: A Bridgerton Experience”.

    Photo Credit: Will Haraldson Photography

    School of Breaking

    School of Breaking is an elite Breaking and Hip-Hop school where we educate and prepare our students for life. We shape characters, build bridges that connect people, provide platforms for self-expression, and take great care in the preservation of Hip-Hop culture. We guide and encourage our students to express themselves freely within a safe, welcoming, supportive and non-judgmental environment. As performing artists, we embody the unique and energetic Free expression of Hip-hop culture.

    Photo Credit: Anna Gunderson Photography

    Stage Manager: Anastazia Coney

    A Denver native who became involved in professional theater at a young age via an apprenticeship with the Shadow Theatre Company, Over the course of her professional career she has served in many functions including; Lighting Technician, Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, and even as an Actor. Some of those production credits including; Shadow Theatre Company (An Evening with Nina, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Life & Times of Ol' Alfred, Innocent Thoughts, The Final Mile to Providence); Grand Design Inc. (Amistad, Civil Rights Stories); The SOURCE Theatre Company (In the Presence of God, The Gospel at Colonus); Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center (Solitude, Outside the Circle, 2nd EVER WordFest); and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company (Multiple ensemble tours, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Granny Dances To a Holiday Drum, and various in-house rental productions). She’s also had the pleasure of being a guest teaching artist for the Denver School of the Arts: Dance Department. She is thankful to have been able to learn from so many wonderful teachers throughout the vibrant Denver arts community.


    Questions about an event?