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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,, 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  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  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 or through only.

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Go Broncos!

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

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Fairy Godmother Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Featuring Artists of Colorado Ballet

CINDERELLA – Comparing and contrasting the 1950 Walt Disney animated classic film VS the 1970 choreographed Ben Stevenson ballet

Friday, January 24, 2014
  1. In both versions, Cinderella’s mother passes away and her father remarries
  2. In Stevenson’s version, the fairy godmother was once a beggar woman who Cinderella had given bread to
  3. In Disney’s version, Cinderella’s mice friends had sewn her a pink dress for the ball before it got destroyed by her evil stepsisters
  4. In Stevenson’s version, the fairy godmother turns Cinderella’s kitchen into a forest, complete with dragonflies, whereas in Disney’s version Cinderella meets her fairy godmother outside under a tree
  5. In both versions, the fairy godmother gives Cinderella a pair of glass slippers and turns her rags into a gown
  6. In both versions, the fairy godmother turns a pumpkin into a magical coach
  7. In Disney’s version, the mice get turned into horses, whereas in Stevenson’s version four lizards are turned into the horses
  8. In both versions, Cinderella leaves behind one of her glass slippers while rushing out of the ball at midnight
  9. In Stevenson’s version, the prince comes to Cinderella’s house to try to find the owner of the glass slipper, and as Cinderella sits down to try it on her second slipper falls out of her pocket, which is when the prince realizes it was her at the ball and asks for her hand in marriage.
  10. In Disney’s version, when Cinderella goes to try on the glass slipper presented only by the Duke, her evil stepmother trips the Duke causing the glass slipper to fall and shatter. Cinderella then pulls the second slipper out of her apron and proves to the Duke that it fits. Cinderella and the mice are then taken by the Duke to the castle where the prince awaits. 
  11. In both versions, Cinderella’s evil stepsisters both try forcing the glass slipper on before Cinderella gets to, proving that their feet were way too big to fit.
  12. In Stevenson’s version, Cinderella ends up forgiving her stepmother and stepsisters for their cruelty to her, whereas Disney’s version doesn’t mention what happens to them after. 
  13. In both versions, Cinderella and the prince live happily ever after!

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Stepsisters Rehearsal PART 2

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Featuring Artists of Colorado Ballet.


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