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Academy Midsummer audition location and 2014-2015 class location

Friday, August 22, 2014

Colorado Ballet is in the process of moving to its new home in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, so here are a couple of alerts about audition and class locations.

 

Saturday Academy audition for A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Colorado Ballet Academy audition for A Midsummer Night's Dream will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, August 23 at Colorado Ballet's Lincoln Street location - 1278 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203.  Please note that we will be moving to our new location on Saturday and due to the move, phones and e-mail have been shut down (as of noon on August 21), so we will not be able to check messages until Monday, August 25.

  

The audition will take place upstairs in Studio A.  The audition is for students heights 4’2-5’.  All participants must be at least 8 years old and participate in our ballet program, which includes levels 1-7.  Students are expected to attend ALL rehearsals, which will generally be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays through opening night.  Performance dates are September 26, 27, 28, and October 3, 4, 5.  To audition, you must be a registered student for Colorado Ballet Academy's 2014-2015 session.  The audition fee is $25 and participation cost is $75.

Click here to download the audition application.

 

2014-2015 Academy Classes will start on Monday at new location!

Classes for Colorado Ballet Academy's 2014-2015 session will start on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Colorado Ballet's new home - 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.  Come take class in our new state-of-the-art Academy studios!  Please note that the main entrance to Colorado Ballet's new home is through the parking lot on the 11th Street side of the building.

 

Ballet Program: The Academy provides training to students ages 3 through adult, beginner through professional, utilizing the most current schools of ballet training. We incorporate traditional ballet pedagogy into our ballet curriculum and secure teachers with extensive experience. In addition to ballet we offer modern, jazz, pilates, yoga and boys only classes, in order to train well educated and healthy dancers. Our students are versatile and company ready when they graduate.

Click here for information about the Ballet Program.

 

Open Program: We offer many different Open Classes for students who wish to have a more flexible and less intensive training experience.  New classes in the open program include Yoga for All, Beginning Tango, and Baby Wearing Ballet.

Click here for information about the Open Program.

 

Parking information at Colorado Ballet's new home

At Colorado Ballet’s new home, similar to our current situation, all parking spots in the adjacent lot are reserved and assigned to specific dancers and staff.  Dancers and staff may leave and come back throughout the day, so please do not take a spot just because it appears to be free.  The new location offers much safer Academy student drop off and pick up.  Academy families are welcome to circle the lot while picking up their children as long as they do not block the lot.

 

Our new location offers an abundance of free parking throughout the neighborhood.  Santa Fe Drive has free 2 hour parking.  North of 11th Avenue, parking is free for 1 hour.  Kalamath Street south of 11th Avenue offers free parking all day.  Surrounding residential neighborhoods also offer free parking all day.  Please watch for signs around street sweeping days and other parking restrictions.

Colorado Ballet presents Shakespearian classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colorado Ballet opens its 54th season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, September 26-October 5, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The production features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and a score by Felix Mendelssohn, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

“Join us for an enchanting presentation of Shakespeare’s classic, filled with mischief, romance and comedy,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “Between the festive costumes, majestic scenery, meddlesome fairies and the crisscrossed young lovers, this ballet is pure magic.  Adults and children will love this production.”

Wheeldon originally set A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Colorado Ballet in 1997 and the Company is bringing the production back this season.  The ballet features Oberon, King of the Fairies and his servant Puck as they take revenge on Oberon’s Queen Titania by making her fall in love with Bottom the Weaver, who has been transformed into a donkey.  Puck and Oberon also play love games with mortals Hermia, Demitrius, Helena and Lysander.  The ballet ends happily for the crisscrossed young lovers and for Oberon and his queen.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies because it deals with love, mischief and falling in love with a donkey,” said Boggs.  “Set in two worlds, the land of the fairies and the land of reality, the play translates very well into a ballet.  Fans of Shakespeare and fans of ballet will both love this production, especially with the added magic of an orchestra and a collaboration with the Colorado Children’s Chorale performing Mendelssohn’s fanciful score live.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. 

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Photo by Terry Shapiro

Colorado Ballet re-signs Artistic Director Gil Boggs to five year contract

Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Gil Boggs

Colorado Ballet’s Board of Trustees renewed Artistic Director Gil Boggs’s contract for an additional five years.  Boggs accepted the position of Artistic Director with Colorado Ballet in the spring of 2006.

“The Board last renewed his contract in 2009 and we have been so pleased with the artistic and financial success of Colorado Ballet under his leadership that we are honored to offer him an additional five years,” said Colorado Ballet Board Co-chairs Henny Lasley and Holly Baroway. “We look forward to another five years of continued excellence under his leadership.”

During Boggs’ tenure, Colorado Ballet has presented 14 world premieres and 12 Colorado Ballet premieres by choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Anthony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Dwight Rhoden and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.  He has also restaged full-length productions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote and Coppelia along with adding new full-length productions of Romeo & Juliet, Le Corsaire, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan.  In addition, Colorado Ballet performed at the Gotham Dance Festival at The Joyce Theatre in New York City in June 2012 at the invitation of choreographer Jodie Gates. She chose two companies to show the span of her work, and Colorado Ballet performed her ballet Embellish.

“I am honored that the Board of Trustees has offered me a five year extension,” said Boggs.  “I am so proud of this Company and the quality of performances.  You don’t have to go to New York or San Francisco to see a great ballet, you can see it in Denver with Colorado Ballet.”

In addition to his artistic achievements, Boggs has also worked with the Board of Trustees to secure a new home for Colorado Ballet, which is slated to open next month after construction is complete.  The new 30,000 square foot dance training and rehearsal studio in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe will include eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios, improved amenities for the professional Company and Academy, and The Armstrong Theater, a black box theater for small performances and events.

“Professional ballet companies who have built and own their facilities see tremendous growth and we expect the new building to do the same for Colorado Ballet,” said Boggs.  “Our new home in the Arts District on Santa Fe is a wonderful statement that we are a viable organization with deep roots in the city of Denver.”

Financially, the organization continues to improve under Boggs’ leadership.  Last season, Colorado Ballet had the most successful performance season in the history of the organization, breaking both attendance and revenue records.

“More and more people are coming to see Colorado Ballet and it is because of Gil’s artistic leadership that the Company is able to present such a great variety of performances,” said Lasley and Baroway.  “During the last few years, Colorado Ballet has offered classical ballet masterpieces like Swan Lake and Giselle, family-friendly shows like Peter Pan and Cinderella, and innovative contemporary works like The Rite of Spring and Traveling Alone.  Colorado Ballet offers something for everyone to enjoy because of the diversity of Gil’s artistic choices.  We are looking forward to Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season and beyond.”

Boggs began his dance career with the Atlanta Ballet.  He joined American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1982 and was promoted to soloist dancer in 1984 and principal dancer in 1991.  Boggs was a member of the company for 17 years. He also performed with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends, and made several guest appearances around the world.

Colorado Ballet promotes two Soloists to Principals, adds six new Corps de Ballet dancers

Monday, August 04, 2014

Colorado Ballet promotes two of its Soloist dancers to Principals and adds six new Corps de Ballet dancers, for a total of 30 Company dancers.

Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Dana Benton and Domenico Luciano to Principals.

Benton is now in her 14th season with Colorado Ballet.  In 2001, she joined Colorado Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member and was promoted to Soloist in 2007.  Her notable roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Swanilda in Coppélia, Cow Girl in Rodeo, Ave Maria Pas de Deux, Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Gulnara in Le Corsaire, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Lucy in Dracula, Princess Florine and Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas in Giselle, Flower Girl and Cupid in Don Quixote, Hermia and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the featured role in Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone.

Luciano is in his second season with Colorado Ballet.  He joined Colorado Ballet as a Soloist during the 2013-2014 season after serving as a Principal dancer with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston.  His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads including Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet, Solor in La Bayadere, The Prince in The Nutcracker, Albrecht in Giselle, Onegin in Onegin, and Don Jose in Carmen, as well as several contemporary works.

Colorado Ballet’s new Corps de Ballet dancers include: Joshua Allenback, Ariel Breitman, Emily Dixon, Oliveira Fernanda, Emily Speed and Melissa Zoebisch.

In addition to the new Corps de Ballet dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers will join the 30 professional Company dancers this season for the productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet's Studio Company is a pre-professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.

Colorado Ballet’s preview and repertory performance of An Evening Under the Stars will take place on August 16 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The company will officially open the 2014-2015 season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on September 26 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Dana Benton

 

Domenico Luciano

Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season in posters

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Here is a quick preview of our upcoming 54th season in posters!  During the 2014-2015 season, Colorado Ballet will present A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker, Ballet MasterWorks and Peter and the WolfClick here for more information about any of these upcoming productions.

Photos: Chandra Kuykendall, Domenico Luciano, Dana Benton, Maria Mosina, Kevin Gaël Thomas and Joshua Allenback, by Allen Birnbach 

An Evening Under the Stars promotion ends August 1

Monday, July 28, 2014

Colorado Ballet's promotion for 20% covered seating to An Evening Under the Stars performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater ends on August 1.  To redeem the promotion, click here and type in the promo code BALLET before you select your seats.  This promo is only valid for covered seating and will not work for general admission lawn seating.

An Evening Under the Stars will include excerpts of Colorado Ballet’s upcoming fall productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dracula.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works.  The evening will close with Sandra Brown’s The Last Beat, with music by DeVotchKa, which premiered in March.

Don't miss this great preview of Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season and other ballet excerpts!

Artists of Colorado Ballet in The Last Beat by Sue Daniels Photography
Photo: Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Last Beat" by Sue Daniels Photography 

Single tickets are on sale now for Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Artists of Colorado Ballet in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Terry ShapiroSingle tickets went on sale today for Colorado Ballet’s 54th season, which will include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker and Ballet MasterWorks at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Peter and the Wolf at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

The season opens with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, September 26-October 5, 2014.  This enchanting ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s classic is filled with mischief, romance and comedy.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream features choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and a musical score by Felix Mendelssohn, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

Back by popular demand, Colorado Ballet will perform a spine-tingling Halloween production of Dracula, October 31-November 2, 2014Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  The ballet inspired by Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror includes seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula.

The season continues with Colorado Ballet’s 54th annual production of The Nutcracker, November 29 through December 27, 2014The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, onstage blizzards, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  This enchanting holiday adventure will transport audiences to a magical world of awe and wonder.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in Dracula by Terry ShapiroColorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks, February 20-March 1, 2015.  This collection of works from the masters of music and dance will showcase the dancers’ artistry and athleticism, highlighted by powerful live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Ballet MasterWorks includes Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein; and a work to be announced.  Colorado Ballet first performed a Ballet MasterWorks production in 2013.

The season closes with the children’s classic Peter and the Wolf, March 27-29, 2015Peter and the Wolf includes choreography by Michael Smuin and a musical score by Sergei Prokofiev.  This irresistible family adventure features familiar music, vibrant costumes, lively dancing and a spirited narration of the whimsical story that demonstrates true bravery and imagination.  The production will open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, choreographed by Clark Tippet and music by Max Bruch.

Single tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now.  Tickets range from $25 to $155.  Visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

In addition to the main season productions, the Arvada Center will present Colorado Ballet at An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 16, 2014 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  This performance will feature excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula and other classical and contemporary works.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

Beware of ticket scammers!

Friday, July 11, 2014

With single tickets to Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season going on sale on Tuesday, July 15, we want to remind our patrons to beware of ticket scammers.  Colorado Ballet sells tickets on our own website, www.coloradoballet.org and through our partners at Altitude Tickets (formerly known as TicketHorse), www.altitudetickets.com.  We encourage patrons to only buy tickets through these two websites.  Occasionally, we will also sell tickets to select performances through Travelzoo and LivingSocial.

Colorado Ballet does not partner with or endorse other ticketing services and we cannot guarantee the quality of ticketing services through other ticketing vendors.  We have heard complaints from patrons who have purchased through other sites, especially when it comes to extra fees.  Please be aware that Colorado Ballet does not charge additional fees when you select the print at home option on our website.  So, a $25 ticket is only $25 through print at home.  (The only additional ticketing fees we charge are for mailed tickets, will call or exchanges.)

Here are the 2014-2015 ticket prices:

  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating - $50
  • D Seating - $25

If a ticketing vendor wants to charge you much higher prices for these tickets or add on exorbitant handling fees, be suspicious!  We want our patrons to have a great experience before and during performances, so don't be fooled by ticket scammers.

On Tuesday, click here to purchase single tickets.  We hope you enjoy Colorado Ballet this season!

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Colorado Ballet to perform under the stars at Arvada Center

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Colorado Ballet will present An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 16, 2014 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.

An Evening under the Stars will highlight Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season by featuring previews from several ballets including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dracula.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works.  The evening will close with Sandra Brown’s The Last Beat, with music by DeVotchKa, which premiered at Ballet Director’s Choice in March 2014.

Tickets range from $15 to $39.  Patrons who use promo code BALLET will receive 20 percent off covered seating tickets.  This promotion is for covered seats only, lawn seats are not valid and the promotion expires on August 1.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

This performance marks the opening of Colorado Ballet’s 54th season, which includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream September 26-October 5, 2014, Dracula October 31-November 2, 2014, The Nutcracker November 29-December 27, 2014, Ballet MasterWorks February 20-March 1, 2015 and Peter and the Wolf March 27-29, 2015.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Last Beat"
By Sue Daniels Photography

Colorado Ballet Academy opens 2014-2015 class registration

Monday, July 07, 2014

DENVER – Registration is now open for Colorado Ballet Academy’s 2014-2015 session of dance classes for children and adults.  The session begins on August 25 and will take place at Colorado Ballet’s new studios, located at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.

The Academy offers a children’s program, pre-professional trainee program and adult and teen open program.  The children's program includes various dance classes for ages two to 10 in creative movement, ballet, tap and more.  Students in the children’s program study a variety of dance concepts while working on spatial awareness, problems solving and strengthening the body and brain.

Students must be invited to join the pre-professional trainee program and must meet the minimum standards regarding pointe work (for girls) and the physicality generally considered necessary for professional success in classical ballet.

“Several of our pre-professional students this fall will participate in online academic programs to allow for more concentration on their ballet training,” said Valerie Madonia, Colorado Ballet Academy Director.  “When not at work on academics, students will attend two daily ballet technique classes, augmented with pointe, pas de deux, modern, character, Pilates, variations and choreography classes taught by Academy faculty members as well as occasional guest artists. Art history and French language will also be introduced.”

Level 2 through pre-professional Colorado Ballet Academy students registered for the 2014-2015 session will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet’s 2014 professional productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker.

In addition to the children’s classes and the pre-professional classes, the Academy offers an adult and teen open program for ages 18 and up, with classes for various skill levels in ballet, tap and modern dance.

“We have so many things to look forward to at the Colorado Ballet Academy this fall including our new building,” said Madonia.  “Our new facility in the Art District on Santa Fe will allow us to grow the Academy by offering more classes in brand new, state-of-the-art studios.  We will also have better neighborhood parking for Academy families, a larger parent lounge and access to the new black box theater in the building, where we can present more Academy performances to the public.”

Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy plan to move into their new building later in July 2014.  For more information about fall classes, visit www.coloradoballet.org/academy.

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