Every year, CBCA showcases a diverse array of Colorado artists and performers as part of the Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon. In 2021, the live streamed event featured a combination of pre-recorded performances filmed at our award honoree facilities and a few creative surprises live at the venue. Learn more about our 2021 entertainment partners below. Watch the performances by NU-World Contemporary Danse Theatre and The Rajdulari Experience on CBCA’s YouTube Channel.
The 2021 Awards Luncheon Entertainment was sponsored by Moye White.
Ascend Performing Arts furthers the education and growth of young people through participation in high-caliber performing arts programs that promote teamwork and discipline, develop leadership skills and enhance self-esteem.
Since its inception in 1958 as a drum and bugle corps, the Blue Knights has developed into a multi-faceted youth performing arts organization, which serves thousands each year. The organization rebranded as Ascend Performing Arts in 2010, consisting of three world class ensembles: Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble and Blue Knights Winds. They are also known for signature events like Drums Along the Rockies and The Broncos Stampede.
Learn more at ascendperformingarts.org
Benchmark Theatre is a professional theatre company that was founded in 2016. They endeavor to bring community together with high-quality productions and unique programming. With an emphasis on why stories need to be told, their motto is to “keep the conversation going.”
The mission of Benchmark Theatre is to produce established and premiere theatrical arts that stimulate, educate and entertain. They strive to engender conversations about the universal human experience and nourish the imaginative spirit of our community through thought-provoking productions. They do theatre with intention.
Learn more at benchmarktheatre.com
NU-World Contemporary Danse Theatre is a nonprofit contemporary dance company that focuses on using movement as a tool to connect communities and create an environment for healing through the power of art. NU World Contemporary Danse Company has collaborated with numerous organizations locally and nationally, including Davis Contemporary Dance Company and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. NU-World Contemporary Danse Theatre is led by co-artistic directors, Christopher and Bashir Page-Sanders.
Learn more at nuworlddanse.org
The Rajdulari Experience features Jazz/Soul vocalist Rajdulari and her amazing band of local performers, including Kerrie Joy, Monique Brooks-Roberts and Aaron Brooks-Roberts. Rajdulari’s ability to share uplifting messages of confidence, empowerment, love, and hope – through song – is the most gratifying gift she can exchange.
An alumna of Berklee College of Music in Boston, her first two albums, “Honeywine” and “Journey of a Woman,” yielded great acclaim and success in the US and UK. Rajdulari moved to Denver in 2016 and is continuing her journey with music, health, and fashion. She’s currently writing her third album, working on expanding her “RajdulariStyle” fashion blog, and continues to exercise with and promote “BlackGirlFitClub” and her “RajdulariFitness” brand.
Learn more at rajdulari.com
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