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Thank you for another great Nutcracker season!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker has officially come to a close at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  We want to thank everyone who helped make this the most successful Nutcracker in the history of Colorado Ballet!  More people attended this year's production than ever before, so whether it was your first time or your 55th, we hope you enjoyed our magical production.

Dana Benton and Gregory Gonzales by Mike Watson

Summer Intensive Auditions begin January 3

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Colorado Ballet Academy under the direction of Valerie Madonia, offers a Summer Intensive program for the serious intermediate dancer through to pre-professional levels ages 11-21 who are on pointe, June 13-July 22, 2016 at Colorado Ballet's home at the Armstrong Center for Dance.  With internationally renowned master teachers and the Academy's highly regarded school faculty, the program offers classes designed to provide far reaching improvement for each student.  Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in ballet technique, pointe, men’s class, variations, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, character, Pilates, body conditioning as well as lectures on injury prevention, nutrition, Anatomy in Clay ©,  and dance history. * Please note not all class are available for the entire program.

About Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive:

  • Students dance in one of eight studios housed in our state-of-the-art studios in the heart of Denver's Art District on Santa Fe near Downtown Denver.
  • Two, four, and six week sessions are offered to accommodate summer schedules. Students wishing to perform at the conclusion of the Program must attend the four or six week session.
  • Students will be considered for our year-long Pre-professional division as well as the opportunity to join Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company.
  • Physical therapy is available to students from the company’s in-house provider.
  • Students must be 11 by the start of the Summer Intensive to audition and must be on pointe by the time of the audition.
  • Admission is by audition only, the Academy gives first preference to students who audition in person.
  • Housing is available at the University of Denver's beautiful campus.  Activities are also available for students staying in the dorms. 
  • The Academy has a history of transitioning students into the Colorado Ballet Company and into other companies worldwide.

The highly experienced teaching faculty includes former dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet as well as current Colorado Ballet professionals. Guest faculty members include Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner, Judy Rice, Daniel Baudendistel and Erica Fischbach.  Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive is dedicated to providing superior training to students in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The first audition will take place on January 3!  Students must be on pointe by the time of the audition and be 11 by the time of the start of the intensive.  Auditions are available both in person and via video.  Here are the audition dates and locations:

  • January 3, 2016 in Denver, CO
  • January 10, 2016 in Chicago, IL
  • January 17 , 2016 in Phoenix, AZ
  • January 31, 2016 in Denver, CO
  • February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV
  • February 7, 2016 in Denver, CO
  • February 14, 2016 in Santa Monica, CA
  • February 15, 2016 in San Francisco, CA
  • April 3, 2016 in Yokohama, Japan
Click here for more information on in-person and video auditions.
 

Summer Young Dancer Workshop auditions begin January 3

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Young Dancer Workshop is an introduction to more serious dance training for students ages 9-12 who are not yet on pointe at Colorado Ballet's home at the Armstrong Center for Dance.  There are two sessions available: June 13-24, 2016 and June 27-July 8, 2016.  Students have the option of attending one or both of the workshops.

Students will receive a daily ballet class along with additional classes in character, modern, choreography and pre-pointe.  Each day will wind down with a lecture series, stretch and conditioning class or dance film. Classes are held in our gorgeous new state-of-the-art facilities on Santa Fe Drive near Downtown Denver.  Classes run Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a showing in our Black Box Theater on the final day of each session. 

Admission is by audition only (auditions will take place at Colorado Ballet).  Audition Dates:

  • January 3 at 4 p.m.
  • January 31 at 12 p.m.
  • February 28 at 12 p.m.

Applicants must have previous ballet experience and must audition.  Click here for more information about the Summer Young Dancer Workshop.

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography

I Love Colorado Ballet because of our ballet company

Monday, December 21, 2015

At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be a part of ANYONE’S life. Donations make so many things possible at Colorado Ballet and that includes are our professional company.

In August, Colorado Ballet earned RAVE REVIEWS at the Vail International Dance Festival performing alongside some of the best dancers in the world. Your donations make these kind of opportunities possible. Your gift will help Colorado Ballet’s vision to be recognized as the BEST BALLET COMPANY between the coasts, known especially for EXCELLENT & EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and a WORLD-CLASS ACADEMY.

 

Click here to give.

Photo: Colorado Ballet dancers Maria Mosina & Kevin Gael Thomas

I Love Colorado Ballet because of our Community Engagement

Friday, December 18, 2015

At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be a part of ANYONE’S life. Donations make so many things possible at Colorado Ballet. One of those being the 50,000 contacts our Education & Community Engagement department makes each year.  Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement’s mission of EVERY. BODY. DANCE. is exemplified by Nutcracker student matinees where 2,000 Title I students from Denver area schools attend a performance of The Nutcracker for free. Another great example of what donations make possible is our partnership with Warren Village in which preschoolers transitioning out of homelessness learn creative movement. Your gift will help Colorado Ballet’s vision to be recognized as the BEST BALLET COMPANY between the coasts, known especially for EXCELLENT & EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and a WORLD-CLASS ACADEMY.

Click here to give.

Photos: Alsup Elementary 3rd grade class at The Nutcracker student matinee and Warren Village student Miles

Performance photos from The Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Here are a few performance photos from two different performances of Colorado Ballet's 55th annual production of The Nutcracker.

Artists of Colorado Ballet with Soldier Doll by Mike Watson

Dana Benton as Clara with mice by Mike Watson

Artists of Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy in battle scene by Mike Watson

Asuka Sasaki and Francisco Estevez as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince by Mike Watson

Dana Benton and Yosvani Ramos as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince by Mike Watson

Yosvani Ramos and Artists of Colorado Ballet at the beginning of Act II by Mike Watson

Chandra Kuykendall in Arabian dance by Mike Watson
Ariel Breitman in Chinese dance by Mike Watson
Artists of Colorado Ballet in Mother Ginger scene by Mike Watson
Asuka Sasaki as Dew Drop and Artists of Colorado Ballet as Flowers by Mike Watson
Asuka Sasaki as Dew Drop by Mike Watson

Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov as Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier by Mike Watson
Sean Omandam as Russian dancer during Nutcracker finale by Mike Watson


Artists of Colorado Ballet during Nutcracker finale by Mike Watson

Dana Benton and Gregory Gonzales by Mike Watson

I Love Colorado Ballet because of our Academy

Monday, December 14, 2015

At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be a part of ANYONE’S life. One of those being our exceptional Colorado Ballet Academy which is the PREMIER TRAINING GROUND for young dancers in Colorado from the young dancer all the way up to our Pre-Professional Division comprised of over twenty students preparing to join professional companies. Your gift will help Colorado Ballet’s vision to be recognized as the BEST BALLET COMPANY between the coasts, known especially for EXCELLENT & EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and a WORLD-CLASS ACADEMY.

 

 Click here to give.

Photos: Pre-Ballet student Gabriella Fatovic and Pre-Professional Division student Ellie Bresler

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Russian dance from Act II of The Nutcracker

Friday, December 11, 2015


Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Russian dance from Act II of 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
http://coloradoballet.org

Thousands of students from all over the world stream Colorado Ballet’s student matinee performance of The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 10, 2015

More than 100 sites from 10 Colorado cities and 27 states streamed Colorado Ballet’s free live student matinee performance of The Nutcracker on December 4.  In addition, students in England, Ireland, Ecuador, Greece, Italy and China also participated in the live stream event.

The majority of the sites were schools, but four hospitals including Denver Health also participated in the live streaming of The Nutcracker.  Approximately 3,000 students watched the performance online.

“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 were really excited to be able to offer professional-level performing arts in areas where there is limited access.”

This is the second time that Colorado Ballet streamed a live production online during its student matinee series, which brings nearly 2,000 students to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to watch a ballet performance with full sets, costumes and a live orchestra.  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 performance presented at no cost to the highest percentage Title I schools.  While the in-person student matinee this year remained invitation-only, the live stream was open to any school or hospital that wanted to participate.

“The outpouring of interest from all over the world was incredible,” said O’Connor.  “Colorado Ballet truly has world-class talent and this was an amazing opportunity to demonstrate that to the world.  Colorado Ballet would also like to thank Rick Romano at JFR Holdings Corp and Duke Hartman at High Noon Entertainment for their help with the live stream.”

Here are a few comments from teachers who participated in the live stream:

  • “The 24 students LOVED it and were mesmerized by the music, dancing, lights, effects, and costumes!  As a matter of fact, I had the pleasure of watching many kids dancing, twirling, and pretending to play various musical instruments during recess.  We are a dual-language (Spanish/English) school and having this opportunity to watch a performance that can be understood in any language was incredible.”
  • “I am a kindergarten teacher at a high poverty impacted school here in Seattle and these kids were GLUED to the screen the entire time. What a great experience for my kids who may never get a chance to see such a beautiful performance!”
  • “We are a low income school so opportunities like this that are so positive and uplifting and free are so needed.”
  • “I was amazed at how many students had never seen the Nutcracker before and to be able to show them one of the best productions I've ever seen was such a gift. I have students in this particular class that would usually be called troublemakers and spend a good deal of time not participating at all. When these students were watching the performance, they were completely captivated for the entire 40 minutes (hard to do) and they were even telling others to stop talking so they could enjoy the performance!”
  • “It was an opportunity that we were fortunate to be a part of, especially since many of our children have limited access to cultural and arts experiences. The performance was spectacular. I have seen the Nutcracker many times and this performance could be equally rivaled with the New York City Ballet!”

In addition to the professional dancers and Academy students performing in The Nutcracker student matinee, the performance also included two performers from the Be Beautiful Be Yourself program, a partnership between Colorado Ballet and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

For more information on the student matinee series, please contact Anne O’Connor at anne.oconnor@coloradoballet.org.

A kindergarten class participates in the live stream of Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker

Support Colorado Ballet on Colorado Gives Day

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Be a part of Colorado Gives Day and help increase philanthropy in Colorado!

Give the gift of dance this year by supporting Colorado Ballet any time TODAY, December 8 at coloradogives.org/coloradoballet.

The value of your donation will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund.  Thank you for your support!

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