Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Tara Rynders

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#88: Tara Rynders

Dancer Tara Rynders is on a global mission to bring her moves right out into the streets, and she's been doing it, country by country, since 2011, when she launched You & Me, an ongoing series of site-specific interactive performances that's been on the road ever since. Now she's back in Denver, preparing to travel abroad -- but not before hosting a round of intimate You & Me performances and dining this weekend and next, featuring a multidisciplinary pool of regional artists in a relaxed setting. Visit You & Me online for more information and tickets; for more about the artist, here's her 100CC questionnaire.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Jean Smith

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If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

I would collaborate with my great-great-grandmother Maria Isabel. She was born and raised in rural Mexico and met my great-great-grandfather Henry when he was "visiting" from Arizona. She was a saloon dancer during the vaudeville era, and as the tale goes, she was whisked off her feet and taken to Tombstone, Arizona, as my great-great-grandfather's new wife.

I feel very close to her even though we have never met. From stories of her, we are very similar in personality and looks. I imagine growing up with her learning, all her sweet hi-kicks and her fancy shoulder rolls. Luckily, I grew up in Reno, so I was able to pick up some of those moves early on.

My collaboration would be us taking a trip through time and history together, taking me back to pre-great-great-grandfather time and creating a duet together with feather boas, fancy hats, a cane and lots of makeup. It would extend into the wee hours of the morning, and all the guests would join us in dancing and singing, and we would end up passed out, either from alcohol or pure exhaustion or both, somewhere outside where I would be listening to the tales of my Maria Isabel as she instilled into me new understanding that would last for generations to come.  

Continue reading for more from Tara Rynders.


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