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Space for the Arts.


Located in heart of Carbondale's downtown core, The Launchpad will provide much needed studio space for the performing arts as well as serve as a creative hub for artists and community members alike.


The Launchpad is a community 'Space for the Arts' and a partnership between Dance Initiative and Carbondale Arts (formerly the Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities or CCAH). Dance Initiative recognized a growing need for affordable and accessible space for movement-based artists and musicians to teach, create and rehearse. Carbondale Arts recognized the need to create increased economy and visibility for local artists by bringing its R2 Gallery back to Carbondale's Main Street corridor, and to house Creative District operations in a central location. In the spirit of inclusivity and with a realistic goal of providing a more robust arts experience for creatives of all disciplines, Carbondale Arts & Dance Initiative joined forces to bring you The Launchpad.

The Launchpad features two professional grade performing arts studios available for public use, a spacious fine art gallery and promenade, and our "Artique": a curious little shop offering unique curated goods. Outside, stroll in the Betty Jane Schuss Memorial Gardens featuring edible and medicinal landscaping, small ampitheatre, gathering spaces, community vegetable gardens and sculpture garden.



(970) 963-1680



76 S. 4th St.
Carbondale, CO



M-F: 9a-5p
Every day: 7a-11p

Carbondale Arts

Carbondale Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1974. Carbondale Arts is committed to fostering creativity, collaboration and a vibrant, healthy economy with the support of community members like you who see arts as essential to the heart & soul of Carbondale. Carbondale Arts has been instrumental in forming Carbondale's unique identity as an arts and culture hot spot in the Rockies.

Learn more about Carbondale Arts at their website:

Dance Initiative

Dance Initiative is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the art of dance in the Roaring Fork Valley. The organization serves and supports the needs of local dancers in their pursuit of professional and artistic development, projects and careers. Dance Initiative also strives to cultivate community appreciation for dance by bringing unique and inspiring performance and educational opportunities to the area.

Learn more about Dance Initiative at their website:


Artists, Community organizations, dancers and musicians who use The Launchpad regularly:

Aspen Dance Connection
Argentine Tango
Breastfeeding Support
Classical Guitar with James Katzenberger
CoMotion Dance Company Country Couples Dance
Crystal River Ballet
Heart Rhythm Ecstatic Dance
Move to Improve
Pilates with Marissa Linds
Roaring Fork Nia
Roaring Fork Follies
Sopris Soarers
Silent Meditation



The official home of the R2 Gallery, through which Carbondale Arts presents a wide-range of dynamic exhibitions in its 774 square feet of enclosed gallery space.

Carbondale arts OFFICES

The offices of Carbondale Arts, formerly the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH), can be found at The Launchpad. Carbondale Arts manages the Artique, The R2 Gallery, Rosybelle: A Mobile Makerspace, the Carbondale Creative District, Carbondale Mountain Fair and more.


A state of the art enclosed performing arts studio that includes 680 square feet of spring-loaded Harlequin dance floor, ballet barres and mirrors. All designed by and for professional dancers.


You know that little shop in museums with all the cool stuff you just can't find anywhere else--the Artique hopes to be that place in Carbondale. The Artique features hand-selected (and delightfully unusual) wares and books perfect for gifting... or keeping.


An open space designed with 1150 square feet of spring-loaded Harlequin dance floor as well as rigging for aerial silks and other aerial arts. The public can view classes and rehearsals in progress. This space could also be adapted for intimate performances.


Check out The Launchpad's outdoor sculpture garden and gathering spaces. We hope the Betty Jane Schuss Memorial Gardens are a little oasis for the community to enjoy and interact with at their leisure.

Renting Space at The Launchpad

The studios are affordable teaching, working and performing space for a diversity of artists--perfect for movement-based arts, aerials, music, theatre, etc. Studios can be rented in fifteen minute increments, with a forty five minute minimum rental. Rates fluctuate based on time of day. Peak hours are between 3:00pm and 7pm, Monday to Thursday. If you wish to rent 4 or more times a month and are creating income around your rental, you are eligible for "Regular's" rates. Reservations can be made 12 hours (minimum) to 4 months (maximum) in advance. All reservations are subject to approval by The Launchpad administration. Click Make A Reservation below to begin your online booking. For new renters, in order to finalize your reservation you must also sign a Policies and Procedures document and send to twelve hours prior to your reservation To include a description of your classes or workshops in the The Launchpad's public schedule and newsletter, please click Class Description below. 

Special Event Rentals

In addition to providing accessible spaces for the movement arts, The Launchpad is an exceptional choice for your next special event or gathering. From our beautiful outdoor patio and amphitheater to the edible gardens and luminous space of the Open Studio, The Launchpad should be on the top of your list for your next fundraiser, engagement party or graduation celebration. To request a reservation for your special event, please complete a Special Event Rental Agreement and sign a Policies and Procedures document and send to For assistance call (970)963-1680.



Peak Hours $20/hr  |  "Regulars" Peak  $16/hr  |  Off Peak $16/hr  |  "Regulars" Off Peak $12/hr


Non-"Regulars" $10/hr   |  "Regulars"  $8/hr


Peak Hours  $65/hr   |  Off Peak  $50/hr   |  Day Rental $450

*$100 security deposit required, with an addition $100 for events w/ liquor (check only)  |  $160 cleaning fee may be required

Reservation & Class Calendar

If you are interested in taking a class, please see a listing of classes in the calendar. To view a weekly schedule, select Week. Select a specific class to view class descriptions, cost, and contact information. To sign up for a class, contact the class instructor directly. Please note that some sessions are private, full or closed to the public.

For those interested in renting space at The Launchpad, please see rental availability in the calendar below. "OS" stands for Open Studio and Studio C denotes the closed studio space. Email Deborah Colley at or call her at (970) 963-1680 to reserve space, for more information or questions.


Every year, Dance Initiative hosts a Spectrum Dance Festival in Carbondale. The festival presents original choreography by some of Colorado’s most exciting dance companies, including Rennie Harris' Grass Roots Project, Wild Heart, & Control Group Productions and also features performance by local dance artists. In addition, an outstanding & diverse series of workshops takes place at The Launchpad. Past workshops have included modern, tap, contact improvisation, aerial silks, African, acro yoga, hip hop, street dance, tango, and more! Visit to see what this year's festival has in store for you!

HEWMAN is a collaborative collective of artists who bring dance where it hasn't been before. The human body is all people’s instrument for living. Dance Initiative hosted HEWMAN as 2016 Artists In Residence at The Launchpad, July 11-16. The seven members of the company enjoyed breathing in fresh creativity in a new environment. Rehearsing choreography from their new piece, THIS IS NOTHING WITHOUT YOU which premiered August 5-6, 2016 @LightSpace Studios NYC. 

Dance Initiative kicked off its Artist in Residency with Control Group Productions' Patrick Mueller. The above video depicts the final performance and product of the residency in which Patrick worked with local dance company CoMotion over a period of 2 months to create the above work, Damages: Implicit Hazards of Parallel Play. Filmed by Muse Motion.

One wonderful day at The Launchpad, Sam Tribble walked through our doors with his cyr wheel looking for a space to rehearse his work "Galaxies." We were able to accommodate Sam in our Open Studio and our minds were blown as he proceeded to rehearse the following work... Choreographic assistance: Harumi Tribble and Original music: Ty Eaton

Summertime at Carbondale Arts means fun art camps for kids at The Launchpad! Instructors Rochelle and Olivia led a 5-day camp involving murals, tie-dye shirts, Andy Goldsworthy-esque projects by the river, chalk art, book arts, and a lot more. Check out this short clip showing the last day's performance and interviews to find out...WHAT DOES ART MEAN TO YOU?

Dance Initiative was privileged to host internationally known choreographer, Molissa Fenley, as a 2015 Artist In Residence at The Launchpad. Over the course of Fenley’s 36 year long career, she has produced over 75 original works that have been performed on every continent and in the United States at the Joyce Theater, Summerstage, The Kitchen, City Center, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Out­of­Doors, Jacob's Pillow and the American Dance Festival. She is also faculty at Mills College. Fenley was accompanied by two of her company members, Christiana Axelson and Rebecca Chaleff. The week long residency began on September 7 and included open rehearsals, workshops, a talk at the Carbondale Library, and a studio performance of Fenley's works in progress and excerpts from other finished works.

Artist in Residence Patrick Mueller is captured choreographing a contemporary performance with local dancers from CoMotion. This residency took place over 2 months in The Launchpad. Filmed by Jeremiah Hutchens.


Stop in to explore The Launchpad from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday. The Launchpad is located in downtown Carbondale at 76 S. 4th Street. For questions, please call (970) 963-1860 or email