Jenny Silva


Catherine Larkins

​Melody Hedin

Eva Lewis

Ula Gregory

​Shalina Luna

Art has been a part of Joanne's life since she first picked up a crayon.  It is her favorite form of communication, whether in its simplistic form or rich in philosophical meaning.

She moved to Durango, Colorado in 1982, to attend Fort Lewis College, fell in love with the area and never left.  Her family has been a part of the Ignacio community for 24 years.  

She joined the Dancing Spirit Board of Directors in hopes to add her ideas for programing for all individuals in Ignacio, and other visions of the Board as a whole.”

Anthony Box


Want to learn how to use our cultural strengths

to serve our community?

Want to bring the community together with programs

that promotes healing through art?

How can you help? Join the Dancing Spirit Team

and help us strengthen our community through art.

Dancing Spirit is looking for individuals with a strong sense of community and an interest in helping us grow

and develop in 2020 and beyond to be a part of our Board of Directors. The Dancing Spirit Board meets

on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6pm. Board member applications are available at the Dancing Spirit office

inside the ELHI Community Center located at 115 Ute Street, Ignacio Colorado.

2022 Board Meeting Minutes

Linda Givon
Scott Hagler

Kim Wilkins

Renee Graham

Jenny Silva is an Ignacio Colorado resident who splits her time here with time spent in New Mexico. She has done volunteer work with near by non-profits and worked at Sky Ute Casino as well. 

She enjoys outdoors activities, reading and listening to music of all types, as well as experiencing new things and meeting new people.  She is currently following her belief that yoga is very therapeutic and great exercise by completing a yoga training program.

Linda has been a part of Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center since 2011 when she joined as an artist and volunteer. She was there when Dancing Spirit took it's first steps into becoming the organization it is today. 

Currently, Linda spends her time as a floral designer at Ignacio Floral and as a member at large on the Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center Board of Directors.

Joanne Gantt


Caryl moved from Houston, Texas to La Plata County in 1980 where she worked as accountant and had a Dance School in Durango for fourteen years.  She has been involved in community theater and education as a volunteer in local schools and organizations, particularly working with young teens and preteens.  In 1990, she moved with her husband Cliff Schmid to a small cattle ranch in Ignacio in 1990 and became involved in the local community.  She was member of Friends of Ignacio Library working to fund new library, and Downtown Steering Committee working to implement beautification and rejuvenation of our streets and parks.  She has also been a writer/reporter of her own community newsletter promoting the preservation of farmland and agricultural water in the region. 

“You can’t use up creativity. The more the you use, the more you have.” 

–Maya Angelou

​Our deepest gratitude to our past Board of Directors members:

After living in Las Vegas for 20 years, Anthony and his husband moved back to his hometown of Ignacio, where they have lived for over 10 years.

Art has been part of Anthony’s life since grade school but he didn’t really get to experience it until high school when he was able to see what could really be done with it, and how it can be used.  Anthony likes the creativity of it, being able to create something from nothing and bringing what he sees in his head into being.

Anthony believes that art is a fantastic thing to experience for people of all ages, it helps kids look at things from a different way and encourages creativity and free thinking, and helps adults relive stress and to keep their mind youthful. Anthony loves what Dancing Spirit does for the community and is very happy to be a part of it.

Kasey Correia

Jon Zusy

Jodi Roser

Caryl Helmin


​Our Current Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Meg McDonald

​Jeff Odgen

Kymberlie Pierce

Dustin Pierce

Linda Moore

Member at Large