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Fancy Footwork 2017 | Colorado Ballet

Friday, March 24, 2017

Join the dancers of Colorado Ballet for Fancy Footwork on April 8 featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Video featuring Tracy Jones, produced by the dancers of Colorado Ballet.

The dancers of Colorado Ballet present Fancy Footwork

Friday, March 17, 2017

Join the dancers of Colorado Ballet for an exciting show featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the 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.  The cost is $25 and seating for both performances is limited.  All proceeds from the event will go towards Colorado Ballet’s career transition fund, Next Step.

We hope you will join us for what will surely be a great day of dancing and fun!

Click here to purchase tickets to the 2 p.m. performance.

Click here to purchase tickets to the 7 p.m. performance.

Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

Colorado Ballet Academy students take top honors in dance competitions

Friday, March 10, 2017

Colorado Ballet Academy students took top honors in two different dance competitions last weekend.

In the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-final competition, Colorado Ballet Academy’s ensemble won first place.  The ensemble will travel to New York City, NY to compete in the finals in April.

Additionally at the YAGP semi-final, Academy students Hannah Geisman, Fiona Hutchens and Claire Beutter placed in the top 24 for Classical Variations; Nicole Moyer and Fiona Hutchens placed in the top 12 for Contemporary; and Nicole Moyer placed in the top 12 classical variations and Fiona Hutchens placed in the top 24 in Classical.

In the Denver Ballet Guild competition last weekend, Colorado Ballet Academy student Garnet Letendre placed first.  Academy students Lili Travaglia, Ever Larson, and Ada Simone Peruzzi also placed in the top 10.

About the Colorado Ballet Academy
The Colorado Ballet Academy is the official school of Colorado Ballet, located in Denver, CO.  The Academy provides training to students ages 1 ½ through adult, beginner through professional, utilizing the most current standards of ballet training.  The Academy begins teaching students from ages three through six for creative dance and pre-ballet, two classes that lay the foundation for further study of classical ballet. Beginning at age seven, students are placed in Level 1 and advance according to age, experience, and ability.  The Academy curriculum is designed to guide students from their first introduction to the art through a full course of ballet study.  Visit www.coloradoballet.org/academy.

Colorado Ballet Academy students in competitions

Sean Omandam Presents 'Pricks of Brightness' for Attitude on Santa Fe

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Sean Omandam’s work Pricks of Brightness is set to the music of Ratatat.  According to Omandam, “the ballet is a recollection of enjoyable nights past.  With a focus on the relationships between friends and lovers that shape our most cherished memories, these sparks of life light up the night.”  His ballet will be presented at Attitude on Santa Fe March 10 and 11, 2017.

Visit http://coloradoballet.org.

Colorado Ballet Presents REDbeat

Friday, March 03, 2017

REDbeat, choreographed by Jairo Heli is his first collaboration with Colorado Ballet and a professional ballet company. In this work, 25 studio company dancers are stretched creatively with indigenous and modern dance techniques. Set to live music and indigenous instruments, REDbeat is raw and dynamic. A must see! Attitude on Santa Fe is March 10 and 11, 2017!

 

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Fernanda Oliveira Presents 'Saudade' for Attitude On Santa Fe

Thursday, March 02, 2017

First-time choreographer Fernanda Oliveira's new ballet Saudade features six Colorado Ballet Company dancers. Saudade is a ballet in four short movements set to contemporary covers of Tom Jobim’s Bossa Nova classics by Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan, Baden Powell, Yo Yo Ma and Rosa Passos.

  

Colorado Ballet will host two Attitude on Santa Fe performances featuring two new ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet Company dancers, and one ballet by an outside choreographer performed by the Colorado Ballet Studio Company on March 10 and 11, 2017.

 

This video features artists of Colorado Ballet.  Visit www.coloradoballet.org.

Ballet MasterWorks reviews

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The reviews are in and it's official, Ballet MasterWorks is a hit with the critics!  There are only three performances left, so don't miss this stunning production featuring Balanchine's Serenade, Kylián's Petite Mort, and Possokhov's Firebird, with live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

 

Reviews:

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Serenade" - photo by Mike Watson

Spring Attitude on Santa Fe production will showcase two new works choreographed by Colorado Ballet dancers and a work by an outside choreographer

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Colorado Ballet will host two Attitude on Santa Fe performances featuring two new ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet Company dancers, and one ballet by an outside choreographer performed by the Colorado Ballet Studio Company on March 10 and 11 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.  The Attitude on March 10 will only include the performance and the Attitude on March 11 will include cocktails, dinner and the performance.

The choreographers for the spring Attitude include Company dancer Fernanda Oliveira and her new work Saudade, Company dancer Sean Omandam and his new work Pricks of Brightness, and internationally-renowned choreographer Jairo Heli’s work REDbeat.

“This is the fourth Attitude on Santa Fe production and we are very excited to present two all new works by our company dancers and a work by Mexican choreographer Jairo Heli,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “When we first moved into this building in 2014, we wanted to make ballet more accessible to the community, and the Attitude performances do that by presenting a variety of works in a small, intimate setting.  This gives audiences the opportunity to see the dancers up close in a less intimidating environment.  Plus, the variety of choreographic styles encourages new audiences to experience the beauty and power of ballet.”

About the ballets:
First-time choreographer Fernanda Oliveira's new ballet features six Colorado Ballet Company dancers.  Saudade is a ballet in four short movements set to contemporary covers of Tom Jobim’s Bossa Nova classics by Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan, Baden Powell, Yo Yo Ma and Rosa Passos.  According to Oliveira, "The title is a Portuguese word that means a deep feeling of longing or nostalgia for something or someone (“the love that remains”), and in the piece my goal is to represent three different ways of feeling 'Saudade' – of someone who has passed away, of the naïve simplicity of childhood, or of a past romance.  I’m hoping that through movement set to beautiful versions of Brazilian songs I can explain this feeling so hard to translate.”

Sean Omandam’s work Pricks of Brightness is set to the music of Ratatat.  According to Omandam, “the ballet is a recollection of enjoyable nights past.  With a focus on the relationships between friends and lovers that shape our most cherished memories, these sparks of life light up the night.”

Based out of Guadalajara, Mexico, choreographer Jairo Heli will present REDbeat with the Colorado Ballet Studio Company.  According to Heli, "The planet has changed its natural rhythm and lost its equilibrium.  As a result of this, all living and organic beings have changed their beat to a tune where they are dangerously close to collapse.  REDbeat is a trip to the inside of these bodies, where the arteries are contaminated and heartbeats rise."  The presentation of this ballet is sponsored by a grant by the Bonfils Stanton Foundation.

“Giving our artists the opportunity to create and perform new works keeps the art form alive and enables them to express their creativity,” said Boggs.  “So far, Attitude has been a resounding success.  Every single Attitude we have had has sold out and the March 10 performance is already sold out.”

The doors will open at 7 p.m. on March 10 and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  For the March 11 event with dinner and the performance, cocktails begin at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  The cost for the March 11 Attitude is $85 and seating is limited.  To register, visit www.coloradoballet.org/events.

Ballet MasterWorks photos

Monday, February 20, 2017

Don't miss the final weekend of Colorado Ballet's production of Ballet MasterWorks with SerenadePetite Mort and Firebird!

 

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


Chandra Kuykendall and Kevin Hale in "Serenade" - photo by Mike Watson
©The Balanchine Trust

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

Chandra Kuykendall, Tracy Jones and Domenico Luciano in "Serenade" - photo by Mike Watson
©The Balanchine Trust


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

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Petite Mort" - photo by Mike Watson

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Petite Mort" - photo by Mike Watson

Dana Benton and Francisco Estevez in "Petite Mort" - photo by Mike Watson
Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov in "Firebird" - photo by Mike Watson



Francisco Estevez, Alexei Tyukov and Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Firebird" - photo by Mike Watson

Love At The Ballet: Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!  Hear from three couples at Colorado Ballet:

The Married Couple: Francisco Estevez and Tracy Jones

  

The Engaged Couple: Kevin Gael Thomas and Sara VanderVoort

 

The Dating Couple: Sean Omandam and Tyler Rhoads  

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