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Colorado Ballet to perform under the stars at Arvada Center

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Colorado Ballet will present An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 16, 2014 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.

An Evening under the Stars will highlight Colorado Ballet’s 2014-2015 season by featuring previews from several ballets including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dracula.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works.  The evening will close with Sandra Brown’s The Last Beat, with music by DeVotchKa, which premiered at Ballet Director’s Choice in March 2014.

Tickets range from $15 to $39.  Patrons who use promo code BALLET will receive 20 percent off covered seating tickets.  This promotion is for covered seats only, lawn seats are not valid and the promotion expires on August 1.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

This performance marks the opening of Colorado Ballet’s 54th season, which includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream September 26-October 5, 2014, Dracula October 31-November 2, 2014, The Nutcracker November 29-December 27, 2014, Ballet MasterWorks February 20-March 1, 2015 and Peter and the Wolf March 27-29, 2015.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Last Beat"
By Sue Daniels Photography

Colorado Ballet Academy opens 2014-2015 class registration

Monday, July 07, 2014

DENVER – Registration is now open for Colorado Ballet Academy’s 2014-2015 session of dance classes for children and adults.  The session begins on August 25 and will take place at Colorado Ballet’s new studios, located at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.

The Academy offers a children’s program, pre-professional trainee program and adult and teen open program.  The children's program includes various dance classes for ages two to 10 in creative movement, ballet, tap and more.  Students in the children’s program study a variety of dance concepts while working on spatial awareness, problems solving and strengthening the body and brain.

Students must be invited to join the pre-professional trainee program and must meet the minimum standards regarding pointe work (for girls) and the physicality generally considered necessary for professional success in classical ballet.

“Several of our pre-professional students this fall will participate in online academic programs to allow for more concentration on their ballet training,” said Valerie Madonia, Colorado Ballet Academy Director.  “When not at work on academics, students will attend two daily ballet technique classes, augmented with pointe, pas de deux, modern, character, Pilates, variations and choreography classes taught by Academy faculty members as well as occasional guest artists. Art history and French language will also be introduced.”

Level 2 through pre-professional Colorado Ballet Academy students registered for the 2014-2015 session will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet’s 2014 professional productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker.

In addition to the children’s classes and the pre-professional classes, the Academy offers an adult and teen open program for ages 18 and up, with classes for various skill levels in ballet, tap and modern dance.

“We have so many things to look forward to at the Colorado Ballet Academy this fall including our new building,” said Madonia.  “Our new facility in the Art District on Santa Fe will allow us to grow the Academy by offering more classes in brand new, state-of-the-art studios.  We will also have better neighborhood parking for Academy families, a larger parent lounge and access to the new black box theater in the building, where we can present more Academy performances to the public.”

Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy plan to move into their new building later in July 2014.  For more information about fall classes, visit www.coloradoballet.org/academy.

Last chance to renew subscriptions

Monday, June 30, 2014

Current subscribers have until July 1 to renew their subscriptions to keep their seats for the 2014-2015 season.  To renew, click here or call 303-837-8888.

If you are not a subscriber and would like to subscribe to Colorado Ballet's upcoming season, please click here.  You can still get the best seats ahead of the general public by becoming a subscriber today.  As a subscriber, you receive many great benefits including:

  • 25% off all performances and additional tickets
  • the best seats ahead of the general public
  • invitation to exclusive subscriber events
  • free ticket exchange

Colorado Ballet's subscription package includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ballet MasterWorks and Peter and the Wolf.  Plus, subscribers get the first chance at tickets for the limited engagement of Dracula and the holiday tradition The Nutcracker.  Don't miss our best deal of the year!

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Photo by Terry Shapiro

One week left to renew subscriptions!

Monday, June 23, 2014
If you are a current Colorado Ballet subscriber, you have one week left to renew to keep your seats for the 2014-2015 season!  Renew by July 1 and you will not only get to keep your seats, you will also receive:
  • 25% off all performances
  • free ticket exchanges
  • invitations to exclusive subscriber events
  • and first choice of seating for the limited engagement of Dracula and the holiday favorite The Nutcracker!

Click here to login and renew your subscription or call 303-339-1637 to renew over the phone.

If you have not subscribed and would like to become a subscriber, you can still get the best seats ahead of the general public by subscribing before single tickets go on sale on July 15! 

Click here to become a new subscriber.

Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season includes the delightful Shakespearean comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, a limited engagement of the spine-tingling Gothic horror Dracula, Colorado's favorite holiday tradition The Nutcracker, a collection of works from the masters of music and dance in Ballet MasterWorks and the irresistible family adventure Peter and the Wolf.

Here is a preview of Peter and the Wolf, opening with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1:

This video includes photos of artists of Colorado Ballet.

Works from the masters of music and dance

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Colorado Ballet will present a collection of works from the masters of music and dance showcasing our dancers’ artistry and athleticism in the spring of 2015!  Ballet MasterWorks will include Concerto Barocco, by choreographer George Balanchine and music by Johann Sebastian Bach; Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein; and a work to be announced.

Colorado Ballet received rave reviews by audiences and critics alike when it first performed a Ballet MasterWorks production in 2013.  According to Artistic Director Gil Boggs, "When we performed the first Ballet MasterWorks to works by Balanchine, Val Caniparoli and Glen Tetley in spring 2013, we really pushed our dancers and musicians.  Our performers have tremendous talent and that is why it was so important to me to present another collection of challenging works like this again.  You don’t need to go to New York or San Francisco to see ballet of this caliber, you can see it right here in Denver with Colorado Ballet."

Subscriptions are on sale now and single tickets go on sale July 15.  Click here for more information.

Check out a preview of Colorado Ballet's Ballet MasterWorks:

This video features photos of artists of Colorado Ballet in the 2013 production of Ballet MasterWorks, photos by Mike Watson.

Presenting a holiday classic

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer is coming, the temperatures are rising and to cool ourselves off, we are already starting to think of indoor blizzards and Colorado's favorite holiday tradition, Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker!

Season subscriptions are on sale now and subscribers can get Nutcracker tickets at 25% off with a subscription purchase.  Single tickets for the 54th annual production of The Nutcracker go on sale July 15.  For more information about The Nutcracker or our other great 2014-2015 productions, click here.

Here is a little preview of The Nutcracker to cool you off this summer:


This video includes images of artists of Colorado Ballet, photos by Mike Watson.

Limited engagement Dracula tickets ahead of the general public

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Colorado Ballet will perform a limited engagement of Dracula for one-weekend only, opening on Halloween night!  This spine-tingling Gothic horror classic is a crowd favorite and shows are expected to fill quickly.  You can get your Dracula tickets before the general public has the chance to buy them on July 15 by becoming a subscriber to Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season.  Subscriptions include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ballet MasterWorks and Peter and the Wolf, but subscribers can purchase their tickets to Dracula or Colorado's favorite holiday tradition, The Nutcracker when they purchase their subscriptions, which are available now!

Subscribers also receive the 25% subscriber discount on tickets to Dracula and The Nutcracker along with the discount to the rest of the subscription package.  Sink your teeth into this passionate and deliciously macabre ballet by reserving your seats today.  Click here to become a season subscriber.

Watch a preview of Colorado Ballet's upcoming production of Dracula, featuring artists of Colorado Ballet:

Season subscriptions and single tickets

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Season subscriptions for Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season are on sale now.  If you are an existing subscriber, you have until July 1, 2014 to keep your seats.  If you are a new subscriber, you can get your seats before the general public has a chance to buy them.

Click here to renew your subscription.

Click here to become a new subscriber.

Season subscribers receive:

  • 25% off all performances
  • free ticket exchanges
  • the best seats ahead of the general public
  • invitation to exclusive subscriber events
The 2014-2015 season includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker, Ballet MasterWorks and Peter and the Wolf.  Single tickets go on sale to the general public on July 15.

Check out a preview of our season opener, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," featuring images of artists of Colorado Ballet:

Preparing for Summer Intensive

Friday, June 06, 2014

In about a week and a half, Colorado Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program begins.  Throughout the duration of the program, more than 150 students from all over the US and the world will train at Colorado Ballet from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., six days a week.  With such an intense schedule, we wanted to help participating students prepare before they arrive.  If you are participating in Summer Intensive, please read your acceptance packet for a checklist of items to bring and additional information you will need to know before you start the program.  We want to make sure that all participants stay healthy during their time with us.

We feel that healthy eating and sufficient rest is essential to succeeding in our program.  As such, we will monitor the general well-being of all participants.

Nutrition is very important during Summer Intensive and all students will need to bring lunch (provided by DU if they are housing) and snacks with them every day.  It is difficult to focus on Pliés on an empty stomach, so please bring nutritious snacks and avoid snacks and lunches that include nuts, peanut butter or other nut butters due to the number of students with severe nut allergies.  Water is also very important, so bring a water bottle and hydrate frequently.  Students from a lower altitude should drink more water to help avoid headaches and altitude sickness.  It will take a few days to acclimate to Denver’s 5,280 feet above sea level!

Rest is also a key factor in recovering from the intense training.  Students in the dorms will adhere to strict lights out policies, but students who are not staying in the dorms should also make sure to get enough sleep, at least 8-9 hours every night.

Injuries are a common concern for dancers and we want to ensure that all of our participants are healthy and injury free.  As such, we reserve the right to stop any student from participating and ask for a doctor, physical therapist or other medical professional to evaluate any injury before allowing the student to return to classes.  Please understand that this precaution is to prevent injuries to our students.  We will have a physical therapist and massage therapist available by appointment to help our students work on and prevent injuries.  Please check your acceptance packet for more information about the physical therapist and massage therapist.

We want all of our Summer Intensive students to have a healthy and productive time during the program.  We look forward to seeing you at Summer Intensive!

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography

Summer open classes for adults and teens start on Monday!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Colorado Ballet Academy offers many different open classes for adult and teen students who wish to have a flexible and less intensive training experience.  Summer open classes run June 2-August 9, 2014 and will take place at the Colorado Ballet studios at 1278 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203.  We will be moving to our new location at some point this summer, but we will announce more details of the move on our website, social media channels and via e-mails.  For now, all summer classes will remain at the existing studios.  Adult and teen open classes include:

Adult Absolute Beginners Ballet
Fridays 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Never taken a ballet class before but have always wanted to try?  This is the perfect class for you!  Learn ballet basics in this class for absolute ballet beginners.  Students can join at any point during the summer!

Adult Beginning Ballet
Mondays 5:30-7 p.m. or Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Suitable for the beginner adult as well as students who would like to work in a slower paced environment. This class progresses slowly and is open to adult beginners at any point in the summer. Students are encouraged to follow more experienced students as well as ask questions when needed.

Intermediate Ballet
Mondays 5:30-7 p.m. or Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m. or Thursdays 6-7:30 p.m.
This is an intermediate ballet class for adults and teens who have had some ballet training.

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m. or Fridays 10-11:30 a.m. or Fridays 6-7:30 p.m.
Welcomes students teen through adult with at least three years of committed ballet training. This class, like all of our open classes, are subject to the needs of the overall attendees of each class. Students attending this class are expected to know basic barre and center vocabulary as well as simple petite allegro, pirouettes, combinations from the corner and grand allegro.

Open program pricing:

  • Drop in per class - $15
  • 4 class punch card - $57
  • 10 class punch card - $125
To register for any of these classes, please click here to download a registration form and bring it with you to your first day of classes or arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class to fill out a registration form in the Academy office.

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