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Cinderella Student Matinee 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Student matinee
Students in lobby during intermission

On Thursday, February 13, 2014 a row of school buses pulled up to the front of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for Colorado Ballet’s Student Matinee of the classic Cinderella. This was the one of the final dress rehearsals before the big opening night of the production. For the discounted price of only $7, this matinee served nearly 2,000 children from about 40 different school groups. 

Anne O’Connor, Colorado Ballet’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships, says “For many of the students that attended, it was their first time seeing a show. We had kids from Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, etc., attend, and also students from the *Be Beautiful Be Yourself dance program for children with Down Syndrome. Student Matinees were the first education program that Colorado Ballet offered, which was started by Diane Nolen, a trustee who passed away last year.” 

Student matinee
Student dressed up for matinee

Colorado Ballet’s inspiring Education and Outreach Programs offer after-school programs, in-school performances, student and community performances, scholarships, study materials and activity guides, adult education, and educator appreciation and professional development, etc. The programs make more than 60,000 contacts each year, and strive to make dance accessible to everyone!

Between the adorable miniature-sized Cinderella gowns, the ear to ear smiles, innocent giggles, and twirling through the halls during intermission, the fairytale student matinee of Cinderella was full of magic and enchantment. Students, teachers and chaperones all got to experience the beautiful score of Sergei Prokofiev, played by the live Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and the dazzling choreography by world-renowned choreographer Ben Stevenson.  

*The BBBY program is supported by the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Parking during shows this weekend

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
If you are attending Colorado Ballet's Cinderella this weekend, parking may be an issue. Please arrive early! We highly recommend that you arrive at least one hour before the show starts. The Denver Performing Arts Complex garage is under construction, so half of the spaces are not available. The Colorado Garden and Home Show will be taking place at the Colorado Convention Center, which means that the Convention Center garage and surrounding lots may fill early. Denver Restaurant Week also starts on Saturday, February 22, which may affect restaurants and parking in the area. Late seating will only occur for 15 minutes after the show begins, then patrons will need to wait until the first intermission to be seated. Please plan accordingly. We hope you enjoy Cinderella!

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Waltz Rehearsal

Friday, February 14, 2014

This video features artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Cinderella.

Saint Valentine’s Day - Around the World

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Here at Colorado Ballet, diverse artistry is showcased whether it’s the dancers themselves, the choreography, the music, the plots of the productions, or the costumes, etc. Our company consists of 30 dancers with diverse backgrounds that come from all over the world. With St. Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to explore the different ways the holiday is celebrated around the globe, and to look at how this romantic holiday is viewed in some of the unique places that our own dancers are from!

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on two different dates, the 14th of February and the 14th of March. On February 14, the women present a gift to the men, usually chocolate, and a month later on the second date known as White Day, the men return the gift. However, the men usually give the women white chocolate. Chocolate is by far the most popular gift in Japan and women tend to make the chocolate gifts by hand. Chocolates are given to male co-workers, bosses, friends, family members, etc. However, chocolates given to men whom women don’t feel romantic love for are called “giri-choco” (meaning obligation chocolate).

In Russia, Valentine’s Day is mostly celebrated the same way as in the U.S, including the giving of roses, romantic dinners with significant others, and exchanging of cards, however in some parts of the country the holiday has actually been banned or cancelled.

In Cuba, Valentine’s Day is known as Lover’s Day, a day of love and friendship. This holiday has also been chosen by many Cubans as a day of giving their sweethearts engagement rings; some have even used it for their wedding day. Lavish custom gifts, big get-togethers and parties, and local clubs/discothèques all decorated and lined up with crowds, are just a few highlights of Lover’s Day in this island country.

Canada, on the other hand, is essentially the exact same as the U.S when it comes to Valentine’s Day, a day where couples give a meaningful gift or spend a night out with their partner. Flowers, candy, romantic cards, jewelry, and lingerie, etc. are a few things that the men usually scramble to buy on the 14th of February.

France, dubbed one of the most romantic places in the world, celebrates Valentine’s Day because during the Middle Ages, the French believed that birds began to mate mid-February, therefore lovers started exchanging tokens of love on the 14th, the saint’s day.  To this day, romantics will visit the Indre village of St Valentin for the Valentine’s Day festival, where the whole village is covered in red flowers and couples can get married in the gazebo, after pinning love notes on the Tree of Vows.

In Ireland, you can visit the actual St. Valentine’s Shrine in Dublin on Valentine’s Day or on any other day. Similar to how the U.S celebrates this holiday; the couples in Ireland usually give each other small romantic gifts. However, the streets of Ireland are swept with lavish decorations and the region is illuminated with fireworks at dusk.

Colorado Ballet Interviews Jesse Marks - One of the Cinderella Stepsisters

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This video includes an interview with Colorado Ballet Soloist Jesse Marks and features rehearsal footage of artists of Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet Interviews Sharon Wehner - Cinderella

Monday, February 10, 2014

This video features an interview with Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Sharon Wehner and rehearsal footage featuring artists of Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet Interviews Kevin Wilson - One of the Cinderella Stepsisters

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Featuring an interview with Colorado Ballet's Kevin Wilson and rehearsal video of artists of Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Cinderella & Prince Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 05, 2014


Featuring Artists of Colorado Ballet

Buyer Beware – Tickets for Sale on Outside Websites

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Maria Mosina in "Cinderella"
Photo by David Andrews

Where is the best place to buy tickets for Colorado Ballet performances?  Recently, some of our customers have had issues when purchasing tickets through outside vendor websites.  We encourage our patrons to buy directly through our website, www.coloradoballet.org, because our staff can assist with any problems or changes.  We do not work with or endorse any outside ticketing websites with the exception of Altitude Tickets (formerly known as TicketHorse) at www.altitudetickets.com.  Occasionally, we will also sell tickets to select performances through Travelzoo and LivingSocial.  If you purchase tickets through a different ticketing vendor, we cannot guarantee the quality of ticketing services and cannot help with any problems.

What you see is what you get when you buy tickets through www.coloradoballet.org.  Outside vendor websites may charge large processing fees, but all taxes and fees are included in the price of tickets through our website for print-at-home tickets, so a $50 ticket is $50.  The only additional fee is a nominal fee if you want your tickets mailed or placed at will call.

We don’t want our customers to get scammed.  Please purchase through www.coloradoballet.org or through www.altitudetickets.com only.

Thank you for supporting Colorado Ballet!

Go Broncos!

Friday, January 31, 2014
Go Broncos! From Colorado Ballet dancers and staff.
#UnitedInOrange

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