side by side
Side by Side Dance Collective, a dance company originally founded in 2012 by Larkin Poynton, is a collective with chapters both in Boulder, Colorado and Los Angeles, California, directed by Maggie Shomaker. Dedicated to the simple yet complex goal of creating, all members have equal opportunity to create and share their work as artists, and hope to inspire and tell a story while continuously pushing boundaries. Members of Side by Side train in a wide variety of styles, and are inspired by elements of Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Urban Movement. They are involved in the community teaching class, taking class, and performing in events such as Murmuration, Verve Collisionz, Urban Paradise, and more. To follow their journey and exploration, you can watch The Chronicles, a bi-weekly dance video series choreographed, produced, directed, and edited by members of the collective in the pursuit of creating. Follow them on Instagram or find them on Facebook to see their latest work.
Maggie, born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, has been dancing since the age of 12, and trains in hip hop and contemporary. She has been a member of Side by Side Dance Collective since its start in 2012, and is currently the Director. She graduated in 2015 from CU Boulder with a degree in Sociology, and works full time as a Juvenile Diversion Coordinator at the Boulder DA's Office. She is passionate about helping and mentoring youth, both on and off the dance floor. No matter your background or experience, Maggie will meet you where you are, and hopes to inspire people to find value in who they are and in the movement they share. She gives all the glory to God for her ability to dance and teach.
From Texas to Colorado. Short and awkward. Kris was the former director for Choreo Block in Dallas, Texas for two years, and has danced for a total of four years. She is currently one of the choreographers for Side by Side Dance Collective, and her movement is inspired by her experiences both in hip hop and contemporary. She also channels and draws creativity from her career as a designer and illustrator.