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Colorado Ballet Academy opens 2015-2016 class registration

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Colorado Ballet Academy opened registration today for the 2015-2016 session of dance classes for children and adults.  The session begins on August 24 and includes the ballet program, Pre-professional Division and adult and teen open program.  Online registration is open now, in-person registration opens August 1.

The ballet program includes dance classes for toddlers through teens in creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, tap, modern, jazz, yoga, Pilates and more.

The Pre-professional Division for ages 13 to 21 provides training to ease the transition from student to professional dancer.  Students participate in 28 hours of class per week, Monday through Saturday.  The audition-only program is geared toward developing the whole artist, offering classes beyond dance technique to create well-rounded dancers ready for the professional ballet world.  Many students participate in online academic programs to allow for more concentration on their ballet training.

“This is the second year of the Pre-professional Division at the Academy,” said Valerie Madonia, Colorado Ballet Academy Director.  “The program continues to grow and we anticipate offering two levels this year with no more than 15 students in each level.  This allows dancers to take classes in a small, focused and nurturing environment.”

Colorado Ballet Academy students registered for the 2015-2016 session will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet’s 2015 production of The Nutcracker and 2016 production Alice (in Wonderland).  Auditions for The Nutcracker will take place on September 13 and auditions for Alice (in Wonderland) will take place on October 18.

In addition to the ballet program and Pre-professional Division, the Academy offers an adult and teen open program with classes for various skill levels in ballet.

All classes will take place at Colorado Ballet’s studios at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.

“This is the second year we have been able to offer classes in our new building,” said Madonia.  “Our location in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe gives our Academy more visibility in the community and more opportunities to perform during First Fridays and other special events.”

For more information about fall classes or auditions, visit

Dtown - 8 Great Things for Kids! Featuring Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Camps

Friday, June 12, 2015

This show features Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Camps starting 10 minutes into the program.

Colorado Ballet offers two Passport to Dance sessions

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Colorado Ballet will be offering two Passport to Dance sessions at the Montclair Recreation Center this summer!  The sessions will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday afternoons.  The first session is June 19, 26, July 10 and 17 and the second session is July 24, 31, August 7 and 14.

Passport to Dance is a 4-week session of varying dance genres including Ballet, Creative Movement, Hip-hop, West African dance and much more!  Each session offers two levels, depending on a student's age:

  • Level I – Grades K-3rd, Ages 4-8
  • Level II – Grades 4th-6th, Ages 9-12

The cost for each session (4 classes) is $24.  To register, contact Samantha Hyde at 303-339-1619 or e-mail  

Gala and Academy performance photos available

Friday, May 22, 2015

Photos from Colorado Ballet's Arts with Altitude Gala on May 16 are now available to view and purchase through Custom Creations Photography:!i=4072725036&k=qskBdNH

Buckstein plays for Arts with Altitude patrons
Photo by Custom Creations Photography


Photos from Colorado Ballet Academy's Spring Performance on May 16 are now available to view and purchase through Francisco Estevez Photography:

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography


Colorado Ballet - Setting the Barre

Monday, May 18, 2015

This video includes photos and videos of artists of Colorado Ballet, students from Colorado Ballet Academy and students in our education and outreach programs.

The video originally aired at the Arts with Altitude Gala on May 16, 2015.

Colorado Ballet silent auction now online

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Find some great deals, and support Colorado Ballet in the process! Join our auction and discover fabulous trips, one-of-a-kind art, the hottest restaurants in Denver, and more!

Bid between May 11-16 (closes at 9:30pm on the 16th) online at

See all of these items in person at the Arts with Altitude Gala this Saturday, May 16.  For more information, visit

Colorado Ballet on Colorado & Company

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Colorado Ballet Academy students will perform on First Friday

Monday, April 27, 2015
Colorado Ballet Academy's Youth Company and Pre-professional students will perform a collection of works during a free First Friday performance from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday, May 1 in Colorado Ballet's Black Box Theater at The Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive.

The Academy will also have refreshments in Studio 4 (Posner Salon) across the hall from the theater.

Don't miss this exciting performance at our home in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe!  Stay tuned for our other First Friday performances coming up this year.

About First Fridays:
Within Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, you can enjoy over 60 participating galleries, artist studios and restaurants joining the First Friday Art Walk (6-9 p.m.) every first Friday of the month.  Free guided shuttle coaches pick you up at the light rail station at 10th Avenue and Osage Street and ferry you around the Art District on First Fridays between 5:30-10 p.m.  Visit for more information.

Colorado Ballet's Black Box Theater

Colorado Ballet joins 2015 Vail International Dance Festival Season

Friday, April 17, 2015

Marking its 27th season with world premieres, exceptional debuts, and captivating collaborations, the Vail International Dance Festival announces Colorado Ballet as a featured company during the 2015 season, which will be held July 27 through August 10 in Vail, Colorado. The Festival welcomes back Colorado Ballet, which performed last during the 2011 Festival, premiering a new work by Emery LeCrone.

On Sunday, August 2 at 7:30pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Colorado Ballet will perform in Ballet Blast, along with the National Ballet of Mexico, BalletX, and BalletCollective. Ballet Blast will feature a selection of international ballet stars for a diverse evening of dance, from classic to contemporary, with music by the cutting edge string quartet, Brooklyn Rider.

On Sunday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Colorado Ballet will perform in Balanchine Celebration, a performance featuring a selection of the world’s finest dancers in a unique evening of Balanchine ballets.  Members of Colorado Ballet’s corps de ballet will perform Concerto Barocco with guest principal dancers.

On Monday, August 10 at 7:30pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Colorado Ballet will perform on the closing night of the Festival in Dance for $20.15, an evening for everyone with specially-priced tickets for every seat in the house. Dance for $20.15 features Colorado Ballet performing In Pieces, with choreography by Val Caniparoli with music by Poul Ruders. 

“When Colorado Ballet presented the world premiere of In Pieces in 2013, the Denver Post described it as ‘contemporary action-packed’ and now our dancers have the opportunity to present this exciting work on an international stage,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “This is the first time since 2011 that Colorado Ballet has performed at the Vail International Dance Festival and 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.  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.”

The Vail International Dance Festival performances take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Tickets for all performances except for Dance for $20.15 are now on sale. Tickets for Dance for $20.15 go on sale June 15. Visit for more information and follow the Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on Colorado Ballet, visit and follow Colorado Ballet on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Artists of Colorado Ballet perform "In Pieces"
Photo by Sue Daniels Photography

Subscribe to Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Subscriptions for the 2015-2016 season are on sale now!  The 2015-2016 season will include La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland) and Ballet Director's Choice. The subscription package includes La Sylphide, Alice (in Wonderland) and Ballet Director's Choice.  Subscribers may also purchase tickets with the subscriber discount to The Nutcracker.

Why should you become a subscriber?  As a Colorado Ballet season subscriber, you receive:

  • 25% off for all performances
  • The best seats available ahead of the general public
  • Invitation to exclusive subscriber events
  • Complimentary ticket exchange
  • Choose your preferred dates and times early

Click here to learn more.

La Sylphide
October 2 - October 11, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Choreography by August Bournonville
Music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

A young Scotsman pursues a beautiful winged sylph (spirit) in our romantic season opener.  For the first time in nearly 20 years, Colorado Ballet will perform the classical masterpiece.

KeyBank presents
The Nutcracker
November 28 - December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Choreography after Marius Petipa
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

Colorado Ballet’s 55th annual production of The Nutcracker features fantastic characters, brilliant dancing, exquisite sets, dazzling costumes, timeless choreography and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary music.

Alice (in Wonderland)
February 19 - 28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra

Fall down the rabbit hole and join Alice on an adventure with the Colorado premiere of a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s books. Experience a whimsical (wonder)land of eccentric characters including including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and the wicked Queen of Hearts.  The choreography in Alice (in Wonderland) merges traditional ballet movements with contemporary ballroom, modern and hip-hop steps.

Ballet Director's Choice
March 25 - 27, 2016
University of Denver's Newman Center for the Performing Arts
June Swaner Gates Concert Hall

The season closer will highlight the talents of Colorado Ballet’s dancers in a diverse collection of contemporary works.  Renowned contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh will be doing a work for the Company.   The repertory will also include the premiere of a tango-inspired ballet by choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia. The production will include a third work to be announced at another date.

Current subscribers will receive renewal information in the mail in April and will be able to keep their seats until June 30, 2015.  Single tickets will go on sale July 15, 2015.


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