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Principal Dancer Maria Mosina announces retirement

Friday, September 16, 2016

After 21 seasons as a Principal Dancer at Colorado Ballet and 26 seasons as a professional dancer, Maria Mosina announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 season.


“To be honest, I would dance forever, but I believe this is the time for me to step out and give the opportunity to younger dancers to step in and dance for our audience,” said Mosina.  “The 2016-2017 will be my last season as a member of the Colorado Ballet Company.”


According to Mosina, she has mixed feelings about retiring because her brain and body do not feel like she has to stop dancing, but she knew going into the season that it would be the last of her professional career.  While teaching this summer, she accidentally bumped into a metal barre and broke her foot while teaching.  “I’m working very hard, doing my best for a fast recovery, and I’m hoping that I will dance the full season,” said Mosina.  “Of course, throughout my career, there were little injuries and there’s always pain, but I don’t feel that it is time to stop because my body feels that it is enough.  I think it’s better to stop when you’re on top of your career and not when you are going down.”


Mosina says that the thing she will miss most is spending time in the studios working on ballets.  This is where she spent most of her time as a professional dancer.  “On stage, of course, it’s magic, but it’s a finished product,” said Mosina.  “Most of the time, we’re in studio working so hard, digging into our body, our brain, our soul, to pick up the best way to present our body, our soul to the audience.  And for me, it’s the most interesting process.”


When Gil Boggs became the artistic director of Colorado Ballet in 2006, he said that he was overjoyed to find Maria Mosina dancing with the Company.  “Maria is an artist who could have been a member of any major company in the world,” said Boggs.  “Because she chose Colorado Ballet, she helped to make this Company truly exceptional.  Her sheer artistry and professionalism are a joy to behold.  It was a teary moment for me when realization came that her career was coming to an end.  I respect her artistry and what she has brought to this organization day after day.”


Mosina said that she is also thankful to Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, for the opportunity to be a leader over the years and for trusting in her art and for previous Artistic Director Martin Fredmann for giving her a job in the Company, for believing in her and giving her the opportunity to dance different styles.  “Martin helped me open up and gave me confidence that I was able to trust in myself and my ability to dance different styles and difficulties, “said Mosina.  “He developed my talent with the repertoire and with the choreographers that worked with the Company and made me believe that I was capable of doing anything.  And I feel like Gil gave me the opportunity to show to the audience and to the Company my experience.  He used me as an example of how to deal with the whole process, rehearsals, preparation for roles, and how to have a positive attitude for the work that was needed.  I feel that he was very respectful to me for who I was as a professional dancer.”


Looking back on her career, Mosina says she is thankful for the opportunities she has had to work with amazing choreographers, coaches, partners, mentors and teachers around the world.  “I was very fortunate that throughout my career, I had a lot of people close to my heart—people, mentors that guided me through my career,” said Mosina.  “Teachers, who not only showed me the steps of ballet but they helped me to create the parts and roles.  They’d tell me about little secrets and details that their teachers told them.  There is a little chain, and I think it’s time for me to give this knowledge and my experience to younger generations.”


After she retires at the end of the season, she plans to continue her work in the studio, but on the other side, as a teacher, mentor and coach to younger dancers.  Mosina says that this transformation feels easier because she will continue to serve the art of ballet, just in a different role.


“Everyone knows that the career of a ballet dancer is not so long, but for me, I had 26 years of dancing professionally, and I’ve traveled around the world and shown my art to different audiences,” said Mosina.  “I’ve worked with the best teachers, coaches and choreographers and I’ll be very thankful for all my life that I had the opportunity.”


About Maria Mosina:

Maria Mosina was born in Moscow and graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. Upon graduation, Mosina joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company and was chosen for principal roles.  She toured the world appearing on all major European, American, African and Asian stages. In 1995, Colorado Ballet invited Mosina to join as a leading principal dancer.


She has performed all major parts in classical productions such as Clara and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Sylphide in La Sylphide, Odette-Odille in Swan Lake, Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri in Don Quixote, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Talioni in Pas de Quatre, The Dying Swan, Le Spectre de La Rose and pas de deux from Le Corsaire, Talisman, Paquita, Les Sylphides. Ms. Mosina also had the chance to show her talent in neoclassical, modern and contemporary choreographed master pieces such as Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes and Who Cares?, as well as Christopher Weeldon’s  A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pucci’s Size Nine Spirit (as seen on PBS).  She has also performed Alvin Ailey’s River, Martha Graham’s monumental Appalachian Spring, Agnes de Mille's  Rodeo, Paul Taylor's Company B, F. Ashton's Facade, Antony Tudor's  Leaves are Fading and Echoing of Trumpets, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and In The Upper Room, Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, Michael Pink's Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame, S.Welch's Of Blessed Memory, Val Caniparoli’s In Pieces, Martin Fredmann and Alun Jones'  Romeo and Juliet, and Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, A Little Love, Mon Dieu, Sechertorte, Silent Woods and Dreamspace (as seen on PBS), Vebre's Where the Wild Things Are, Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, Matthew Neenan's The Faraway, Lynn Taylor-Corbett's Great Galloping Gottschalk, Lar Lubovitch's with my heart, Emery LeCrone’s Archetypes, Jodie Gates’ Embellish, Sandra Brown's The Last Beat, and many more.


Mosina has been featured in numerous magazine articles and was a featured dancer on the cover of Dance Magazine in 1997. She holds a bachelor's degree in methodology and pedagogy from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.  She is also an active ballet instructor throughout the United States.  Additionally, Mosina participated as a master teacher and judge for the Youth American Grand Prix.

Maria Mosina by Allen Birnbach
Mosina in Appalachian Spring


Mosina in Don Quixote - photo by Terry Shapiro
Maria Mosina and Igor Vassine in Giselle - photo by Rosalie O'Connor
Maria Mosina in Romeo and Juliet - photo by David Andrews
Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov in The Nutcracker - photo by Mike Watson

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Domenico Luciano

Monday, September 12, 2016

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Principal Domenico Luciano

Swan Lake - by the numbers

Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Swan Lake - by the numbers

Sharon Wehner performs "32 Fouettes" from Swan Lake

Friday, September 02, 2016

Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Sharon Wehner performs "32 Fouettes" from Swan Lake.

Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Asuka Sasaki

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Soloist Asuka Sasaki

Domenico Luciano talks about his new work for Attitude on Santa Fe

Monday, August 29, 2016

This video features an interview with Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Domenico Luciano about his new ballet Sirens, which will premiere at Attitude on Santa Fe.  The video also includes artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Sirens.

Colorado Ballet seeks schools and organizations for free live streaming of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker during 2016-2017 season

Friday, August 26, 2016

DENVER – Colorado Ballet seeks schools and organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in free remote live streams of its student matinee performances of Swan Lake andThe Nutcracker during the 2016-2017 season.  The Swan Lake live stream will take place at 10 a.m. MST on October 6 and The Nutcracker live stream will take place at 11 a.m. MST on December 2.

Sites eligible for the live streams include: public, charter and private schools (ECE-12th grade); colleges and universities; as well as hospitals, homeless shelters and non-profit organizations that serve children and youth.

“Interested schools and organizations are welcome to sign up for Swan LakeThe Nutcracker or both,” said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education.  “The in-person student matinee performance of Swan Lake is sold out and The Nutcracker student matinee is by invitation only, so students, teachers, and patients who might otherwise be unable to see live ballet performances will have the opportunity to watch Colorado Ballet live this season.  These performances include full sets, costumes and a live orchestra.  Plus, we offer study guides with suggested activities and discussion questions, so both live streams are excellent opportunities to study two beloved, classical ballets.”

This is the second season that Colorado Ballet has offered live streaming of its student matinee series.  During the 2015-2016 season, Colorado Ballet reached approximately 7,700 participants in 14 Colorado counties, 30 states and 6 countries including Ecuador, Ireland, England, Greece, Italy, and Canada through the live stream of the student matinees.

"We have received amazing feedback from schools and organizations who participated in the first season of live streaming the student matinee series,” said Hyde.  “Not only did we hear back that the video and audio quality of the live stream was excellent, but some participants commented that they felt like they had front row seats.  Teachers told us that we were changing lives and helping children to love and appreciate the arts.  It was so rewarding for us to hear that children of all ages were mesmerized by the performances and we inspired children to dance and twirl after watching the shows.  We heard that we provided something that could be understood in any language and we cannot wait to offer the free live streaming opportunities again this season.”

Interested schools and organizations should visit and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.  For more information, contact Samantha Hyde at

About the performances

Colorado Ballet opens its 56th season with Swan Lake, featuring the original choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set and updated by former American Ballet Theatre principals Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and Sandra Brown, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet.  Swan Lake features Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Due to the length of this ballet, it is recommended for 3rd grade students and older.  The total run time including two intermissions is 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Colorado Ballet’s 56th annual production of The Nutcracker will feature more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 25 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers, and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  The Nutcracker features lavish costumes, exuberant dancing, whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries, sumptuous sets, and a little bit of magic. The total run time with one intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes.

The intermissions for both productions will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for organizations participating in the live stream.

An elementary school class watches the live stream of ALICE (in wonderland) last season

Colorado Ballet presents Swan Lake

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Colorado Ballet presents Swan Lake - video featuring Principal Chandra Kuykendall.
Swan Lake
October 7-23, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

Colorado Ballet opens 56th season with Swan Lake

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Colorado Ballet opens its 56th season with 11 performances of the romantic classic Swan Lake, October 7-23, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Swan Lake features the original choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set and updated by former American Ballet Theatre principals Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and Sandra Brown, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet.  Complete with grand sets and elaborate costumes, Colorado Ballet’s Swan Lake stays true to the traditional choreography, with an original waltz in the first act and a new fourth act that premiered in 2008.

“Presented in four acts with two intermissions, Colorado Ballet’s production has the traditional elements that die-hard Swan Lake lovers will enjoy, while adding a few new elements that premiered in 2008 to keep the choreography fresh and vibrant,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “For example, most versions of Swan Lake feature a fourth act, but this version features unique choreography in the fourth act that is absolutely brilliant.”

The ballet tells the story of Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with Odette, a beautiful princess cursed by the evil Baron Von Rothbart.  Unless the curse is broken by a royal marriage vow, Odette is doomed to forever spend her days as the Swan Queen.  The sorcerer and his daughter Odile, work together to destroy their romance in this classical ballet masterpiece.

According to Boggs, Swan Lake will feature some of the greatest acting audiences will see during a ballet performance, with the lead female dancers portraying both Odette, the princess turned into a swan, and Odile, the evil black swan.  “This feat is extremely challenging both psychologically and physically,” said Boggs.  “In addition to the stunning choreography, Colorado Ballet’s Swan Lake is huge in size and scope.  At one point during the ballet, we will have 27 swans on stage at the same time.  The grandeur of this ballet will leave you speechless and it cannot be missed.”

Ticket prices range from $30 to $155.  To purchase tickets, visit or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Tracy Jones talks about her new piece, Circadian for Attitude on Santa Fe

Monday, August 22, 2016

This video features an interview with Colorado Ballet dancer Tracy Jones about her new ballet, Circadian, which will premiere at Attitude on Santa Fe.  The video also includes artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Circadian.

Attitude on Santa Fe will take place September 23 and 24 at the Colorado Ballet Black Box Theater.  Visit for more information.


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