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Colorado Ballet dancers to present Fancy Footwork on April 9

Friday, April 01, 2016

Colorado Ballet's dancers will present two performances of Fancy Footwork, an exciting show featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves.  The performances will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 in Colorado Ballet's Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive.

Selections will range from excerpts of the great classics to new contemporary works by choreographers within the Colorado Ballet family.

Guests attending the evening performance will also have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences in a silent auction, tailored by the Colorado Ballet dancers. All proceeds from the event will go towards Colorado Ballet’s career transition fund, Next Step.

The cost is $25 and tickets are limited. 

Click here to purchase matinee tickets.
Click here to purchase evening tickets

Colorado Ballet to host golf tournament in June honoring Artistic Director Gil Boggs

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Colorado Ballet will host The 2nd Annual Colorado Ballet Golf Tournament on June 6, 2016 at the Lakewood Country Club, 6800 W 10th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214.  The golf tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start.

The tournament will honor Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, who is currently in his 10th season with the Company.  Boggs was a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and was the former Academy Director of Chelsea Piers Golf Club in New York City.

“This is the second year of the tournament, which raises money for Colorado Ballet’s professional Company, Academy and Education and Community Engagement programs,” said Colorado Ballet Corporate Development Officer Susan Stiff.  “We decided to honor Boggs with this tournament because he has a passion for golf and during his tenure, Colorado Ballet has flourished, with record-breaking ticket sales seasons, a new home and an outstanding artistic product that rivals some of the best professional dance companies in the U.S.”

The tournament will consist of foursomes and will include on-course challenges like closest to the pin and longest drive for both men and women.  Colorado Ballet will also award prizes to the top foursome and competition winners.  The event will also include lunch, starting at 12 p.m.

Registrations and sponsorships are currently available.  To register for the Golf Tournament, visit www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code: balletgolf.  For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org/golf.

Encore performance of Ballet Director's Choice at Lone Tree Arts Center this Friday

Monday, March 28, 2016

Did you miss Ballet Director's Choice this weekend?  You have one more opportunity to see the production!  Colorado Ballet will present an encore performance of the season closer Ballet Director’s Choice at 8 p.m. on April 1, 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

The production will open with contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh's Wolfgang (for Webb), with music by W. A. Mozart.  Wolfgang premiered with the Sarasota Ballet in 2008 and in 2009, it was performed as part of The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a collaboration between Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and the Sarasota Ballet.  Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and choreographer with Houston Ballet and founder of contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.

Ballet Director's Choice will then feature two pas de deuxs including choreographer Amy Seiwert award-winning It's Not a Cry, set to Jeff Buckley’s recording of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  The second pas de deux will be choreographer Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, which was has been The Joffrey Ballet’s signature piece since its premiere in 1981.  Seiwert is the artistic director of Imagery and was a former dancer with the Smuin, LA Chamber and Sacramento Ballets.  She also served as the choreographer in residence at Smuin Ballet.  Arpino was the co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet and created more than 1/3 of the Company's repertoire.

The repertory will close with the new tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires by choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia.  In addition to her work at Colorado Ballet, Travaglia is the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization that takes inspiration from the art of Argentine Tango.

Tickets are $33 to $46.  Visit www.lonetreeartscenter.org for more information.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires" - photo by Mike Watson

 

Ballet Director's Choice photos

Friday, March 25, 2016

Season closer Ballet Director's Choice opens tonight!  Check out these photos from the production (all photos by Mike Watson):

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Wolfgang (for Webb)"
Dana Benton and Domenico Luciano in "Wolfgang (for Webb)"
Sharon Wehner and Francisco Estevez in "It's Not a Cry"
Sharon Wehner and Francisco Estevez in "It's Not a Cry"
Sharon Wehner and Francisco Estevez in "It's Not a Cry"
Chandra Kuykendall and Alexei Tyukov in "Light Rain"
Chandra Kuykendall and Alexei Tyukov in "Light Rain"
Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires"
Maria Mosina and Domenico Luciano with the Austin Piazzolla Quintet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires"
Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires"
Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires"

For more information, visit coloradoballet.org.

Interview with Valerie Madonia about Light Rain in Ballet Director's Choice

Monday, March 21, 2016

Colorado Ballet's Academy Director and former professional dancer with The Joffrey Ballet, Valerie Madonia, talks about staging Light Rain in Ballet Director's Choice.
 
Ballet Director's Choice
March 25-27
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Live music by Austin Piazzolla Quintet
coloradoballet.org

Interview with Domenico Luciano about Wolfgang (for Webb) in Ballet Director's Choice

Friday, March 18, 2016


Colorado Ballet's principal dancer, Domenico Luciano, talks about Wolfgang (for Webb) in Ballet Director's Choice.

Ballet Director's Choice
March 25-27
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Live music by Austin Piazzolla Quintet
coloradoballet.org

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse The Angel of Buenos Aires in Ballet Director's Choice

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Artists of Colorado Ballet featuring Colorado Ballet principal dancers Maria Mosina and Domenico Luciano rehearse The Angel of Buenos Aires in Ballet Director's Choice.

Ballet Director's Choice
March 25-27
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Live music by Austin Piazzolla Quintet
coloradoballet.org

Interview with Lorita Travaglia about The Angel of Buenos Aires in Ballet Director's Choice

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress, Lorita Travaglia, talks about The Angel of Buenos Aires in Ballet Director's Choice. This video also includes rehearsal footage featuring Lorita Travaglia, Domenico Luciano, Asuka Sasaki, Benjamin Winegar, Kevin Hale, and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

Ballet Director's Choice
March 25-27
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Live music by  Austin Piazzolla Quintet
coloradoballet.org

Ballets that break the rules. Season closer Ballet Director’s Choice will highlight the talents of Colorado Ballet’s dancers in a collection of contemporary ballets.  The repertory will open with renowned contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh's Wolfgang (for Webb), with music by W. A. Mozart. Ballet Director's Choice will then feature two pas de deuxs by two exceptional choreographers: It's Not a Cry by choreographer Amy Seiwert, set to Jeff Buckley’s recording of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah"; and Light Rain by choreographer Gerald Arpino, which was has been The Joffrey Ballet’s signature piece since its premiere in 1981. The production will close with the world premiere of the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires by choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia.  The ballet will feature live music by the Austin Piazzolla Quintet.

Ballet Director's Choice opens in 3 weeks!

Friday, March 04, 2016



This video features Colorado Ballet dancers Dana Benton and Kevin Gaël Thomas.
 
Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season closer Ballet Director's Choice opens in three weeks at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  To save 20% on tickets, visit http://tickets.coloradoballet.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=1553, enter promo code DANCE in the promo code box and select your seats. 

This promotion ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18.  The promotion is not valid in combination with other offers or toward past purchases, limit 6 tickets per order, subject to availability.

ALICE (in wonderland)-related workshops available!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Colorado Ballet’s production of ALICE (in wonderland) has been like going into a fantasy world!

  • Both weekends of 8 shows were completely sold out.
  • The student matinee was completely full with 1,800 students, teachers and families in attendance.
  • The student matinee was live streamed out to 26 states, 3 foreign countries, and more than 3,000 students.

We don’t want to stop here--we’d like to bring the fantasy world of (wonderland) into your classrooms! Please consider bringing some of these ALICE-related integrative workshops to your classroom.
 
Words in Motion

Sharon Wehner by Mike Watson

Bring ALICE (in wonderland) or another classic text to life in your classroom!

All grade levels
Students strengthen their knowledge of vocabulary words and sentence writing in this movement driven lesson. Students will explore embodiments and definitions of words and create dances based on their understanding of sentence writing.

$100/1hr program

Metamorphosis Moves

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Who could forget that butterfly transformation in ALICE (in wonderland)?

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Colorado Ballet and the Butterfly Pavilion collaborate on this workshop. Students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly through movement in this interactive dance and science class.

$200/1hr program

Visit www.butterflies.org/education/k-5-outreach.php for more information.

Birds in Motion

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

ALICE (in wonderland) was full of birds!

Elementary
Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts through discussion around varieties of birds, their environments and their behaviors. This workshop is flexible to specific vocabulary that is being used in your classroom already.

$100/1hr program

Creative Movement

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Get your little ones moving and enjoying dance after watching ALICE (in wonderland)!

Pre-K, Early Elementary
Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening the body and brain.

$100/1hr program
 
For more information or booking, contact samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org.  See additional workshops and programs at coloradoballet.org/education/workshops.

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