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"I got a Little Lost Along the Way"

Sunday, November 30, 2008

By Gil Boggs

We opened in September at the Newman Center at Denver University and all I wished for came true. It was the perfect venue for our previously seen repertory (although one was new to the company) but in a different setting and the dancers showed an enormous range of diversity in the program we presented and they very much enjoyed the intimacy of the theater. We'll be back there next September and all I can say is we will be dancing a ballet that is a HUGE Denver favorite.

Swan Lake, enough said, it surpassed our wildest dreams. A production that any company in the world would be proud to present and it was here in Denver's backyard! A special thanks to the 10's of thousand who came. I can't wait for us to do it again.

And now we open The Nutcracker today through Christmas and this year we even have a few shows after Christmas for those with family in town and looking for some wonderful entertainment, after all the presents have been opened of course. We have 4 cast of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince and 5 cast of the Sugar Plum and Cavalier so plenty of opportunity to see your favorite dancers. Don't procrastinate too long to get tickets as sales are already ahead of projection.

I love this city and it's dance fans!!!

The Season (so far) in Review

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

By Gil Boggs

As I sit here thinking about what CB has accomplished over the past several months I couldn't be prouder of this organization! We opened with Le Corsaire and after many grueling weeks of rehearsals the dancers and staff rose to the occasion to give our audiences some of the best dancing ever seen in these parts. Dracula certainly brought in all kinds of people dressed for the moment (I love being in the lobby as everyone arrives) and given the reaction to the performances a good blood bath was had by all. After 25 performances of Nutcracker and a BIG thank you to all here at CB for delivering show after show after show, both on stage and front of house, we begin work on Coppelia and the Repertory Series with a promise that you'll enjoy them immensely.

We were also given a $200,000 challenge grant in October and 45 days to meet it. One of our board members pledged the last $50,000 and as the final date came we had surpassed the goal without that pledge! So a second challenge was issued to match the 50K, which we did and through very hard work we ended over $500,000! The response we received from our patrons and the community tells me people like what CB is doing.

I wish you a wonderful and prosperous New Year and hope to see you at the Ellie in February and March.

Vail International Dance Festival, Morphoses and Colorado Ballet

Saturday, August 11, 2007

By Gil Boggs

One of the great annual events in Dance is the Vail International Dance Festival each year here in Colorado during August! Within the festival this year is the very special Debut of Christopher Wheeldon's new company Morphoses. Kudos to Damian Woetzel, the new Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival, for making this happen here in Colorado and for including our dancers as well. CB is proud to have eight corps de ballet women dancing in Christopher's Dance of the Hours. The debut is is Friday August 10th at 7:30pm in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Christopher has invited several dancers from around the world to perform with his company and having seen the preview of his new company last Wednesday Morphoses is destined to be something very special. I am proud that CB is a part of the festival and the debut of Morphoses and I encourage all to make plans to attend each and every year because it is truly a highlight in dance, plus you're guaranteed to see some of the greatest dancers from around the world. Damian announced that Morphoses will return to the festival next your so you might as well start planning now.

On the Road Again!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

By Gil Boggs

Colorado Ballet is back on tour and we open tonight in Albuquerque NM at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The presenter is Ballet Pro Musica and their mission is keeping Live Music a part of ballet performances. We are here for 3 shows, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm, so if you find yourself in the neighborhood... We are performing 3 ballets on the program and its an outstanding program if I say so myself. We open with Postcards From Vienna by Alex Ossadnik, From Foreign Lands and People by Jessica Lang, and close with Yes Virginia Another Piano Ballet by Peter Anastos. Our dancers performing are (and they look great) Chandra Kuydendall, Sharon Wehner, Shunsuke Amma, Dana Benton, Sayaka Karasugi, Emily Bromberg, Christopher Ellis, Jesse Marks, Sean Omandam, and Andrew Skeels. Wish us Merde!

National Perfoming Arts Convention

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

By Gil Boggs

I'm excited to announce that CB will be performing at the National Performing Arts Convention here in Denver on June 13, 2008 at the Buell Theater. A total of 13 dance companies were selected from Colorado and around the country to perform during the convention over two evenings, the second performance is in Gates Hall at The Newman Center June11th.

This will certainly be a great week here in Denver and many thanks to Mayor Hickenlooper for his wonderful presentation to the organizers of this event which convinced them to hold the convention in our city!

"...There's a ballet being fought out in the alley..." Bruce Springsteen

Friday, July 27, 2007

By Gil Boggs

Welcome to my new Blog site! This is where you can find the latest info about Colorado Ballet, our productions, the dancers and (almost) anything you want to know about us. I look forward to giving you in-depth descriptions about each production so when you sit down in your seat at The Ellie you'll be ready for everything that's going to happen onstage. I'll also give fun facts about rehearsals and the daily life we live around here. If there's something you would like to know about then just send your inquiry to: info@coloradoballet.org

To paraphrase Al Jolson "You ain't danced nothing yet"

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