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Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Snow scene from The Nutcracker

Friday, November 27, 2015

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Snow scene from The Nutcracker.

KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual
The Nutcracker
November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

From all of us at Colorado Ballet, we hope that you have a happy Thanksgiving!  Thank you for your support!

Fall-Winter look book 2015-2016 featuring artists of Colorado Ballet

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Marks-Lloyds Furs (ML Furs) presents: Fall-Winter look book 2015-2016
Shot on Location: Ellie Caulkins Theatre July 22, 2015
Release Date: September 15, 2015
ML Furs graciously thanks the dancers of the Colorado Ballet: Morgan Buchanan, Kevin Hale, Tracy Jones, Domenico Luciano, as well as Artistic Director Gil Boggs and Susan Struna, who along with staff members at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, made the entire shoot possible and a joy!
Please take advantage of our exclusive offer to members of the ballet from November 12, 2015-December 12, 2015 using coupon code Ballet25

Colorado Ballet seeks schools for free live streaming of The Nutcracker performance

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Colorado Ballet seeks schools throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in a free remote live stream of its student matinee performance of The Nutcracker at 11 a.m. on December 4.

This is the second time that Colorado Ballet will live stream a production in its student matinee series, which brings nearly 2,000 students to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex to watch ballet performances with full sets, costumes and a live orchestra.  Colorado Ballet hosted its first live stream during the student matinee of La Sylphide on October 1.  Students in Rico, CO and Sheridan WY streamed the performance and Colorado Ballet is looking to expand the number of schools participating in the program for The Nutcracker student matinee. 

“This is such a great opportunity for students here,” said one of the teachers in Wyoming who participated in the La Sylphide live stream with her class.

Colorado Ballet opens its fall and spring student matinee productions to all interested schools and school groups, but The Nutcracker student matinee has always been an invitation-only student matinee presented at no cost to the highest percentage Title I schools.  While the in-person student matinee this year will remain invitation-only, the live stream is open to any school that would like to participate.

“The live stream is an amazing way to expose students to dance who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see our shows,” said Anne O’Connor, Colorado Ballet’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships.  “Teachers are really excited to be able to offer professional-level performing arts in areas where there is limited access.”

Interested schools can contact O’Connor at for more information, including technical requirements.  A study guide with curriculum suggestions relevant to the production is available at

The Nutcracker features choreography after Marius Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  The total runtime of the production including the intermission is 1 hour and 50 minutes.  The 20 minute intermission will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for schools participating in the live stream.

Dana Benton by Mike Watson

Interview with Yosvani Ramos about The Nutcracker

Monday, November 23, 2015

This is an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Yosvani Ramos about dancing the Nutcracker Prince and the Cavalier in The Nutcracker.  The video includes rehearsal footage of Yosvani Ramos, Dana Benton and Sharon Wehner.
KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual
The Nutcracker
November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

Colorado Ballet talks about The Nutcracker on Colorado & Company

Friday, November 20, 2015

Artistic Director Gil Boggs, principal dancer Dana Benton and soloist Francisco Estevez talk about The Nutcracker on 9News' Colorado & Company.

Colorado Avalanche mascot Bernie learns the Snow scene from The Nutcracker

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Colorado Avalanche mascot Bernie learns the Snow scene from The Nutcracker with artists of Colorado Ballet.

KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual
The Nutcracker

November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

Interview with Sarah Tryon about The Nutcracker

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This is an interview with Colorado Ballet dancer Sarah Tryon about dancing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. The video includes rehearsal footage of Sarah Tryon, Luis Valdes and Emily Dixon.

KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker
November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

Colorado Ballet to host Queen of Hearts Ball

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Colorado Ballet will host the “Queen of Hearts Ball,” an Alice in Wonderland-themed gala at 5:30 p.m. on February 25, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The evening’s entertainment will include a performance by Colorado Ballet dancers performing sections from the ballet Alice (in Wonderland).  In addition, Tom Wopat, who began his career as Luke Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard and went on to become a Tony-nominated Broadway singer, television and movie actor will perform live.

Two of Wopat’s songs will be accompanied by a performance by Colorado Ballet dancers, with new choreography by Sandra Brown, Colorado Ballet’s Ballet Mistress and Choreographer.  In addition to the live entertainment, the ball will include cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction and a three-course meal by Kevin Taylor in the Chambers Grant Salon.  The event will conclude with dancing on the stage of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet will also pay tribute to Honorary Queen of Hearts Ball Chair and Board Member, Joanne Posner-Mayer during the event.

“I’m thrilled about Tom Wopat as entertainment at the Queen of Hearts Ball,” said Susan Stiff, Colorado Ballet Corporate Development Officer.  “He has performed in Denver in Annie, Get Your Gun at the Buell Theatre as well as at a recent performance at Augustana Arts.  He is an absolutely terrific entertainer!”

Tickets are $100 for young professionals (does not include dinner), $300 for individuals before January 1, $350 for individuals after January 1, $450 for VIP until January 1, and $500 after January 1.  Tables of 10 are $3,500, VIP tables of 10 are $5,000, and a table to sit with Tom Wopat is $10,000.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The attire is black-tie or ballet-themed costumes.  The entertainment sponsor for the Queen of Hearts Ball is Always Best Care Senior Services.

About Tom Wopat
Thrust into the national consciousness by his role in the iconic TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard, Tom Wopat has enjoyed a long and varied career -he has starred in a dozen Broadway shows, including Tony-nominated roles in Annie, Get Your Gun and Catered Affair, and worked in several different films, most recently Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. He has also recorded and helped produce nine different critically acclaimed albums, including last year’s Christmas collaboration with Dukes co-star, John Schneider, entitled “Home for Christmas.”

Beware of ticket resellers and buy early

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Last season, Colorado Ballet sold out 22 of the 24 performances of The Nutcracker and tickets are selling even faster this season, so we encourage our patrons to buy tickets before we run out of inventory.

Also, as the number of sold out Nutcracker performances grows each year, so do the number of ticket resellers, so we want to caution our patrons when they are looking to buy Nutcracker tickets.  Many ticket resellers purchase lower priced tickets and sell them at a significantly higher cost.  We have seen some tickets going for as much as $700 to $1000 each on some reseller websites.  Also, many of these sites charge additional fees.  If you purchase a ticket through and chose the print-at-home option, you will not be charge any additional taxes or fees.

Here is what Colorado Ballet's tickets should cost, if you see them for sale at much higher prices or using vague language like "seat in the center orchestra," be suspicious!

  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating -$50
  • D Seating - $30  

We encourage our patrons to only purchase tickets directly through Colorado Ballet ( or our partners at Altitude Tickets (  The only other third-party promotional sites we work with are Goldstar, Travelzoo and LivingSocial.  We do not endorse any other third-party or reseller websites.

At Colorado Ballet, we want everyone to have the chance to experience the joy of The Nutcracker and not overpay for tickets.

Dana Benton and Jesse Marks by Mike Watson


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