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Behind the Scenes 2017/2018 Season

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

You can never get enough behind the scenes action. Check out this cool video from our 2017-2018 season photo and video shoots!

Featuring Chandra Kuykendall, Domenico Luciano, Francisco Estevez, Sharon Wehner, Yosvani Ramos, Kevin Gael Thomas, Asuka Sasaki and Sarah Tryon.

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Darning with Arianna Ciccarelli

Friday, May 26, 2017

Corps de ballet dancer, Arianna Ciccarelli shows us how she darns her pointe shoes.

2017 Artist Award: Maria Mosina

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation presented their 2017 Artist Award to recently retired Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Mosina at their awards luncheon last week.  Here is a video highlighting Maria and all of her amazing accomplishments, which made her so deserving of the Artist Award.  Congratulations Maria!

Colorado Ballet to perform twice at 2017 Vail Dance Festival

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Colorado Ballet will perform at the 2017 Vail Dance Festival in Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet at 5:30 p.m. on July 31 at the Avon Performance Pavilion, Nottingham Park in Avon, CO and American Dance Classics at 7:30 p.m. on August 1 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO.

“This is the first time since 2015 that Colorado Ballet has performed at the Vail Dance Festival,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “We are honored that Damian Woetzel has chosen us to perform at a festival that includes some of the world’s greatest dancers performing a variety of dance genres.”

Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet on July 31 will feature a family-friendly repertory of ballet excerpts by Colorado Ballet’s dancers.  Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and attendees are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, as well as their own food and commercially-sealed non-alcoholic beverages.  Food and drinks will also be available to purchase at this free performance.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Colorado Ballet’s dancers to demonstrate their versatility and artistry through a variety of short ballet works,” said Boggs.  “This free, family-friendly performance is a must-see for everyone in the Avon, Beaver Creek and Vail areas this summer.”

The following evening on August 1, Colorado Ballet’s corps de ballet dancers and Festival guest artists will perform George Balanchine’s Serenade to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C” during the second half of American Dance Classics.  The production will open with Robert Fairchild, Marcelo Gomes, Daniel Ulbricht and Tiler Peck starring in Jerome Robbins’ acclaimed 1944 debut ballet, Fancy Free.  Set to a rollicking Leonard Bernstein score, the ballet brings to life the adventures of three sailors on shore leave in WWII era New York City.  Live music throughout the evening will be performed by Cameron Grant and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Kurt Crowley, Vail Dance Festival Music Director and music director of Broadway's Hamilton.

"Seeing Balanchine's Serenade performed outside in the mountains is a magical experience, and we’re looking forward to having Colorado Ballet back at the Festival performing this classic as part of our part of celebration of American masterpieces," said Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel.

The Vail Dance Festival runs from July 29 through August 12.  Tickets are on sale now, visit www.vaildance.org for more information.

“I believe our dancers have tremendous talent and this is a chance for dance fans from all over the world to see that talent firsthand,” said Boggs.  “Performing twice at the Vail Dance Festival is a great way to kick off our 57th season.  The Festival’s repertory includes something for all dance fans to enjoy and shows that Colorado has a huge dance audience.”

About Colorado Ballet: Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 56 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Community Engagement programs.  Visit www.coloradoballet.org.  

About the Vail Dance Festival: The outdoor splendor of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is the backdrop each summer as the unique mountain town of Vail plays host to a collection of the world’s finest dancers. Under the artistic direction of Damian Woetzel, the Vail Dance Festival has become renowned for its artistic excellence, unique programming, new works, and one-of-a-kind partnerships. Nearly 20-thousand people from around the world descend each summer on Vail, a vibrant cultural destination, for the Festival’s two-week residence. The Festival’s spirited atmosphere transforms the village into a culturally-rich environment that is inviting to dance aficionados and newcomers alike. In addition to regular performances, the Festival features robust community programming and education events, drawing on its roster of visiting artists, in addition to year-round personnel who focus on arts education in the Vail Valley. In the fall of 2016, the Vail Dance Festival presented for the first time a season outside of its Colorado-base, with a series of acclaimed performances at New York City Center entitled Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC. The Vail Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, which since 1981 has fulfilled its mission to enhance and sustain the quality of life in the Vail Valley by providing leadership in arts, education and athletics. For more information, visit www.vaildance.org.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Serenade" photo by Mike Watson
©The Balanchine Trust


Colorado Ballet 2017-2018 Season Teaser

Monday, May 22, 2017

Step behind the scenes of this teaser from our 2017-2018 season photo and video shoots, featuring Chandra Kuykendall, Domenico Luciano, Francisco Estevez, Sharon Wehner, Yosvani Ramos, Kevin Gael Thomas, Asuka Sasaki and Sarah Tryon.

Stay tuned for more!

Ballet Off Season with Tyler Rhoads

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tyler RhoadsBy Kendra Harris,

After a record-breaking season packed with four incredible productions, you can imagine a dancer needs time to recoup and relax. I sat down with Tyler Rhoads to talk about how he spends his summers off.

What were some highlights for you this season?

I would say one of my highlights from this season with Colorado Ballet would be Nutcracker. During the last week of shows, I got really sick and I felt so guilty for being sick and not being able to come in for a couple of days. Whenever I came back, everyone was so supportive and encouraging and really helped me not feel as guilty and motivated me to get back out there as quickly as possible to help support my friends and coworkers so that we could all put on the best show possible. 

What did you learn about yourself this year?

I learned that I’m very risk averse and sometimes I need to not be so afraid and just need to go out and take a rise regardless of how it turns out. Sometimes if you’re too afraid to take the risk you end up holding yourself back in the long run. 

What are you plans this summer?

I’m going to be doing a few guestings in Texas, Arizona and locally at Zikr Dance Ensemble so that will keep me pretty busy dancing and hopefully that will keep me. We’re going to be traveling some, Sean and I are going on a train ride to San Francisco because we heard it’s supposed to be really pretty going through the mountains and then we’re also going to Hawaii to Maui for a week so that should be fun.

Colorado Ballet Presents: REDbeat

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

REDbeat is part of New Cultural Works, a multi-year project, to enhance the cultural story of the community through indigenous dance. 

It connects Colorado Ballet’s dancers with emerging choreographers and the community to reflect the heritage and people of Colorado.

New Cultural Works explores how cultural identity influences the creative process, execution of dance, and the culminating performance.”  New Cultural Works/REDbeat is generously supported by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

10 Questions with Domenico Luciano

Monday, May 15, 2017

From the last movie he cried watching to why he dances, step into the world of Principal Dancer Domenico Luciano.

KDVR/KWGN story: Principal dancer at Colorado Ballet overcomes injury one step at a time

Friday, May 12, 2017

Yosvani Ramos is considered one of the best ballet dancers in the nation and serves as the principal dancer at the Colorado Ballet.

 

It's a position he's also held in England and in Australia.

 

Ramos was at the height of his career when something terrible happened.

 

FOX31 reporter Kevin Torres explains how the dancer is taking steps to get back to where he used to be.

Maria Mosina wins Bonfils-Stanton Award

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Recently-retired Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Mosina is one of three Colorado arts leaders that will be honored at the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation's Annual Awards Luncheon.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation believes extraordinary arts and leadership are essential to building a vibrant Colorado. The Annual Awards Program recognizes significant contributions by remarkable Coloradans as Artists, through their Community Service in the Arts, and who impact Science and Medicine using the Arts. This year’s honorees will receive a $35,000 award for their exceptional work, inspiration to others and dedication to driving Colorado’s arts and culture to new heights.

Colorado ballerina Maria Mosina is this year’s Artist Award honoree. Born in Moscow, Maria has been a professional dancer for 26 years, performing every major role in all the great ballets and appearing on stages around the world including Europe, America, Africa, and Asia. Her most enduring impact, however, has been on Colorado and the Colorado Ballet. 

As the principal ballerina for Colorado Ballet, Maria has delighted audiences and inspired young dancers for 21 seasons. Since her arrival in Denver in 1995, Maria’s artistry, professionalism and her ability to transpose a role on stage have set her apart from other ballerinas, and has helped to make Colorado Ballet truly exceptional. Maria brings a performance level to the stage in Denver that one would only find in major ballet companies in cities around the world.

Retiring at the end of the 2016/17 season, Maria will move into a teaching and coaching role, one that she first embraced during Colorado Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program in 1996. As Maria says, “I will dance forever, but now is the time to give my knowledge and experience to younger generations of dancers. I wish to mentor others as many mentored me over the years. It’s time for younger dancers to step in and dance for the Colorado audience.” Maria is an active ballet instructor throughout the United States, and has participated as a master teacher and judge for the Youth American Grand Prix. 

Maria has been highlighted in numerous magazine articles, and was a featured dancer on the cover of Dance Magazine. She graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia and holds a bachelor's degree in methodology and pedagogy from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.  

The Community Service in the Arts Award goes to Stephen Seifert, who has been a visionary and passionate leader in the Denver arts community for nearly 30 years. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation will present The Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities with the Science, Medicine and the Arts Award. The Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program is an intellectual space, cultural site and accessible resource for the campus, for colleagues and for the community.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation will honor the three individuals during their 32nd annual Awards Luncheon on May 19.

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