About

 
 
 
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It all started when…

In 2000, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet invited Tracy Straus, a Tony Award winner and Artistic Associate at National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York City, to create Celebrate the Beat (CTB) to bring the highest quality arts education to Colorado. In 2004 Ms. Straus established CTB as an independant nonprofit. By 2018, in collaboration with teachers and school officials, CTB was bringing its program to over 3,500 children annually, forming essential collaborations to give at-risk youth opportunities they never dreamed possible.

By partnering with struggling schools in high poverty districts, CTB offsets cuts which have disproportionately impacted access to arts during the school day.
— Justine Roberts, Executive Director

Working closely with school and community officials, CTB addresses the need for transformative programming for vulnerable Colorado school children.

 

Meet our Staff

 
 

board members

Argie Ligeros
Chair of the Board

Lori Rubinson
Vice Chair

Margaret Wood
Treasurer

Tracy Straus
Founder, Artistic Director

Liz Barclay
Chairperson

Cristina Enriquez-Bocobo
Chairperson

Jacques d'Amboise
Chairperson

Mary Kent
Chairperson

Renee Okubo
Chairperson

Melisa Rewold-Thuon
Chairperson

Justine Roberts
Executive Director

Saint Tizdale
Chairperson

Heather Watts
Chairperson

 

Annual Reports

Please select from the links below to read our annual reports

Annual Report 2016
Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2014