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Maurine Taufer

Ms. Maurine feels fortunate to have spent most of her professional life as a dance educator, directing, choreographing, teaching and interacting with students, ages 3 to 70 years old. She has taught in private studios, public schools, at the community college and university levels and has been recognized for her teaching.
Maurine currently directs the Junior and Senior Dance Companies and teaches Intermediate and Advanced Modern Dance; Beginning Ballet; Pre Ballet and Tap; as well as the dance component in our Home School and 5th Day programs at the Glenwood Springs Center for The Arts (GSAC). She also teaches enrichment and after school programs in elementary schools in the Roaring Fork Valley. She is the director of GSAC’s two annual dance productions, WinterPalooza and Dancers Dancing. She was one of the founding directors of Dancers Dancing, a community event now in its 23rd year! She was on the founding board of the Glenwood Springs Arts Council and helped develop the dance program at the Center. Under her direction, her students have performed in countless community and school shows as well as in Aspen at Harris Hall and the Wheeler Opera House; at the Denver Children’s Museum; at an international dance festival in Salt Lake City; and they have had the opportunity to attend dance performances and master classes in several towns and cities. She loves to choreograph and create, and to watch young people create and perform! She is very proud of her students, having grown into healthy and beautiful human beings, able to find joy in movement and expression.
Maurine taught for several years at Colorado Mountain College. For 5 years she taught at Utah State University where she directed the Orchesis Dance Club, and the advanced USU Concert Dance Company, and was named Chairperson for Dance. She majored in dance at the University of Utah’s Department of Modern Dance, where she also studied extensively in the Department of Ballet. She took an additional teacher training program through the highly respected Children’s Dance Theatre at the University of Utah. For a year she danced with a small modern dance company in Boston called Movement Laboratory. She studied at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance in New York City, and acted as a demonstrator in Arizona and Utah, becoming a renowned teacher of the Graham technique. She is also a dedicated practitioner of yoga. She continues to find joy working with the wonderful students, families, and fellow employees who are part of the Center for the Arts community. She loves to see the flame of artistic expression ignited in the dance, music and art students at the Center! She and her husband, John, are actively involved in the Glenwood Springs community where they raised their two sons.