Celia Kutcher: Dance Parade’s Happy Hooper!

What happens when a hoop and a dancer meet? Hoop dancing, of course. Celia’s enthusiasm for hoop dancing is going to make you want to run out and find your childhood hoola-hoop and take it to Dance Parade.  Besides being an awesome hooper, Celia is a valuable volunteer who wears two hats; Dance Parade’s Co-producer and Dance Group Liaison for those starting with the letters K-Z.

How did you first find out about Dance Parade? 
I’m a Hula-Hooper and found out [about Dance Parade] years ago through Bex Burton​, our fearless leader who moved to Colorado​. Amy Rogers has taken over leading the hoopers in ​the Dance Parade. I have been dancing in it for about four years with the hoopers.

What do you do for work in your personal life?​
​I’m a health and wellness counselor. I have my own radio show and love helping folks eat better. For information on my practice. Check out my website.

What is your current role in Dance Parade, Inc? 
I’m the Parade’s Co-​Producer and I am the liaison for all groups beginning with​ K-Z. Jenny Boissiere, handles A-J.​

What is your favorite style of dance to watch or participate in? 
I love watching all styles of dance; to participate in? Hoop Dance!     

Photo credit: Eraj Asadi at FIGMENT 

What is your dance background or interest in dance? 
I was an athlete as a kid and have always enjoyed dancing. I didn’t do anything serious with dance until I discovered hoop dance.

If you could share the stage with anyone in history famous or not, living or deceased, a trained dancer or not, performing a routine choreographed by yourself…who would it be? 
Prince! But he’d probably think my choreography was too simple. I’d also have to teach him how to hoop dance and he could have probably rocked it out.

What does this year’s theme “Dance for Peace” mean to you? 
The world is crazy right now and people are separating more than ever; we’re losing community. Dance for Peace is about bringing people together to rejoice in something we all have in common; dance.

 

What dance group or dance style are you most looking forward to seeing this coming year in the parade? 
Talk about a difficult question! All the styles and costuming are gorgeous, I know very little about Chinese dance styles, so I’m excited to see those.

 

If you could pick another country to hold a Dance Parade and Festival….which would it be? 
Brazil! They’ve already mastered Carnival and nobody Sambas like them. It might be the best time ever!

Volunteering at a non-profit organization can at times be daunting and frustrating with limited personnel and limited funding….what is it that keeps you coming back for more and more? 
Dance Parade is a very special event and it is loads of fun. I’m grateful to help bring smiles and joy to the crowds and dancers.

Describe a special memory you have from Dance Parades past? 
Every year brings special memories, from dancing in the rain to hearing the crowds cheer. It is always a magical day.