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 www.coloradoballet.org/academy.