Colorado Experience: Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp

About This Episode


In 1913, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield, two women dedicated to the performing arts, opened the “Rocky Mountain Dancing Camp” near Colorado’s Eldora Lake. A year later, the camp became the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and moved to scenic Steamboat Springs. Known today as the oldest continuously-operated performing arts school and camp in the nation, Perry-Mansfield boasts alumni from Jose Limon, a pioneer of modern dance, to actors including Julie Harris and Dustin Hoffman. The camp continues to operate today in many of the original – and rustic – cabins first built when Perry and Mansfield developed the unique institution.

Colorado Experience is is a television series produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and History Colorado. It is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the people, events and places that have shaped Colorado.