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Academy to offer Young Dancer Workshop this summer

Friday, January 02, 2015
Tracy Jones and students
by Francisco Estevez Photograpahy

The Young Dancer Workshop is an introduction to more serious summer dance training for students ages 9 to 12. Students will receive a daily ballet class along with additional classes in character, modern, choreography and pre-pointe/jumping for boys. Each day will wind down with a lecture series, stretch and conditioning class or dance film. Classes are held in our gorgeous new state-of-the-art facilities on Santa Fe Drive in Downtown Denver. Each session will conclude with a showing in our Black Box Theater. No audition is required for the Young Dancer Workshop, but students ages 9-10 must have a minimum of 2 years of ballet training and students 11-12 must have at least 3 years of prior ballet training to be eligible for the program. 

  • Session 1 runs from June 15 to July 3, 2015.
  • Session 2 runs from July 6 to July 23, 2015.

Students have the option of attending one or both of the workshops.

Classes will run Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Registration is open until May 1, 2015.

Faculty will include: Dana Benton, Carolina Pahde, Jayne Persch, Igor Vassine and Sharon Wehner.  Visiting guest faculty will include: John Gardner, Amanda McKerrow and Judy Rice.

Sample Daily Schedule:

Ballet - 10-11:45 a.m.
Character, Pre Pointe, or Batterie - 12-1 p.m.
Lunch - 1-1:30 p.m.
Choreography or Modern - 1:30-3 p.m.
Lecture Series, Anatomy, or Pilates - 3-4 p.m.

*Please note: schedule will vary

Registration Process

Applicants must have previous ballet experience.  To register for the young dancers workshop, please fill out our registration form and send it to julia.patterson@coloradoballet.org along with a 5" x 7" photo in 1st Arabesque in tondue derriere. 

Click here for more information or to register.

Student Impressions of Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive

Monday, December 29, 2014

What is it like at Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive? Listen to interviews with students from the 2014 Summer Intensive.

Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the young dancer through pre-professional levels. Students can choose a residential or day program from June 15- July 24, 2015, with the option of attending two, four, five, or six weeks.

Admission to the Summer Intensive Program is by audition only. For audition locations and dates, visit http://coloradoballet.org/academy/summer.

Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the young dancer through pre-professional levels. Students can choose a residential or day program from June 15- July 24, 2015, with the option of attending two, four, five, or six weeks.

Admission to the Summer Intensive Program is by audition only. For audition locations and dates, visit http://coloradoballet.org/academy/summer.

Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in ballet technique, pointe, men's class,variations, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, character, pilates, body conditioning as well as lectures on injury prevention, nutrition and dance history.

* All students attending our Summer Intensive will be considered for our year-long pre-professional program as well as the opportunity to join the Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company.

All classes will take place in Colorado Ballet's brand new state-of-the-art studios at The Armstrong Center for Dance in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe.

Interview with Dana Benton about Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Friday, December 12, 2014

Interview with Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Dana Benton about "The Nutcracker."

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Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Waltz of the Flowers in "The Nutcracker"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse Waltz of the Flowers from "The Nutcracker."

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Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Russian dance in "The Nutcracker"

Monday, December 08, 2014


Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Russian dance from "The Nutcracker."

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Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Snow scene from "The Nutcracker"

Friday, December 05, 2014

Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Snow scene from "The Nutcracker."

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Dew Drop Rehearsal from Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Wednesday, December 03, 2014


Shelby Dyer, Morgan Buchanan and Dana Benton rehearse Dew Drop from "The Nutcracker."

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Interview with Francisco Estevez about Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Monday, December 01, 2014


Interview with Francisco Estevez about Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker." This video includes rehearsal footage of Francisco Estevez and Dana Benton rehearsing Sugarplum and Cavalier.

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Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier Rehearsal from The Nutcracker

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dana Benton and Francisco Estevez rehearse Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier from "The Nutcracker."

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