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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

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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.

Calling all golfers! Support Colorado Ballet at the Dick Saunders Classic Golf Tournament

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Do you enjoy playing golf and supporting one of Colorado's most-beloved cultural institutions?  Then you need to participate in Colorado Ballet's first annual Dick Saunders Classic Golf Tournament on Monday, May 18 at Columbine Country Club.

We are looking for foursomes and individual golfers to play in the event, which includes fabulous prizes, lunch and drinks.  Warm-up begins at 10 a.m. and players will have lunch at 11 a.m.  The golfers will tee off at noon.  There will be on-course challenges like closest to the pin and longest drive for men and women.  The top foursome and competition winners will receive prizes.  The tournament will also feature a hole-in-one competition and the winner will receive a two-year lease on a Maserati (sponsored by Mike Ward)!

Plus, all players will receive tickets to Colorado Ballet's Arts with Altitude Gala two days before the tournament on May 16.  Foursomes receive six tickets and individual players receive two tickets.

Join Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Dick Saunders and local celebrities at the tournament.  Take off a Monday, enjoy the beautiful Colorado sunshine, play a little golf with your friends and support a great cause!  We are only entering 25 foursomes, so register today at

The Dick Saunders Classic raises money for Colorado Ballet, which encompasses the professional Company, Academy and Education and Outreach Programs.  The tournament is named in honor of Dick Saunders and his family because they have done so much to support Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet to host Arts with Altitude Gala on May 16

Monday, April 06, 2015

Join Colorado Ballet for the Arts with Altitude Gala at 6 p.m. on May 16 for an evening featuring fabulous culinary creations, libations, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions, all in our fantastic new building, The Armstrong Center for Dance! 

The Western-chic inspired gala includes a selection of culinary creations by chef Troy Guard of Guard and Grace and Three Tomatoes Catering.

The event will include a unique performance by Colorado Ballet dancers to Buckstein performing live.  Enjoy all types of artist demonstrations throughout the Armstrong Center for Dance.  Bid on fantastic items at a large silent auction and a unique live auction.  Come dance the night away to live music by Buckstein!

To purchase tickets for the gala, visit

Morgan Buchanan and Tracy Jones with Buckstein by Francisco Estevez Photography

Colorado Ballet closes 54th season

Thursday, April 02, 2015

With the final performance of Colorado Ballet's 2014-2015 season taking place on Sunday, we close our 54th season. We thank all of our patrons and supporters for this amazing season that included A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, The Nutcracker, Ballet MasterWorks and Peter and the Wolf.  We look forward to the 2015-2016 season, which will include La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland) and Ballet Director's Choice.








Photos: Artists of Colorado Ballet in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Mike Watson; Chandra Kuykendall and Domenico Luciano in "Dracula" by Mike Watson; Morgan Buchanan in "The Nutcracker" by Mike Watson; Sharon Wehner in "Concerto Barocco" by Sue Daniels Photography; Artists of Colorado Ballet in "In Pieces" by Sue Daniels Photography; Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Fancy Free" by Sue Daniels Photography; Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov in "Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1" by Mike Watson; Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Peter and the Wolf"

Colorado Ballet to host gala and golf tournament in May

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Colorado Ballet will host the Colorado Ballet gala Arts with Altitude at 6 p.m. on May 16, 2015 at its new building, The Armstrong Center for Dance at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.  Two days later, the ballet will host the Dick Saunders Classic Golf Tournament at Columbine Country Club, 17 Fairway Lane, Littleton, CO 80123.

The Western-chic inspired Arts with Altitude gala includes a selection of culinary creations by chef Troy Guard of Guard and Grace and Three Tomatoes Catering.  The event features live artist demonstrations throughout the ballet studios and silent and live auctions.  In addition, Colorado Ballet’s dancers will present a unique performance to live music by country band Buckstein.  At the end of the evening, attendees are encouraged to show off their dance moves during a live concert by Buckstein.

“The gala will feature fabulous culinary creations, libations, and live entertainment,” said Alyson Graves, Gala Chair.  “The event will take place in Colorado Ballet’s fantastic new building and every space in this unique venue will have so many amazing attractions.  Plus, we can’t wait to see everyone in their Western-chic attire, which is basically fancy Western wear with a nice jacket.  This is such a fun way to raise money for Colorado Ballet!”

On May 18, the golf tournament will begin with warm-up at 10 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and tee off at 12 p.m.  The tournament will consist of twenty-five foursomes and will include on-course challenges like closest to the pin and longest drive for both men and women.  The tournament will also award prizes to the top foursome and competition winners.  The hole-in-one competition is sponsored by Mike Ward and the winner will receive a two-year lease on a Maserati.

“We named the golf tournament after Dick Saunders because we want to honor the man and his family for everything they done for Colorado Ballet,” said Susan Struna, Golf Tournament Co-Chair.  “So many people who love golf are also fans of the ballet, so we put the two together to raise money for one of Colorado’s most beloved arts institutions and specifically, our education and outreach efforts.  Our outreach programs make 60,000 contacts each year.”

Foursomes for the golf tournament include six tickets to the gala.  Individual players in the tournament will receive two tickets to the gala.

Both events raise money for Colorado Ballet, which encompasses the professional Company, Academy and Education and Outreach Programs.

“In addition to touching so many lives through the power of dance, Colorado Ballet also has a $30 million annual impact on the City of Denver,” said Struna.  “This is an important organization to the cultural vibrancy of our city and state and we need support to keep our outstanding programs and performances going.”

To purchase tickets for the gala, visit  To register for the golf tournament, visit

Another Pointe of View

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In celebrating the Month of Photography, Access Gallery is pleased to present “Another Pointe of View,” a photographic exploration of ballet from sight impaired students.  This show culminates an eight week residency program in conjunction with Colorado Ballet.  Lead artists, Rachel Gomez and Chris James, worked with two mediums not typically associated with blind students – dance and photography.  The results are amazing!

The students received an introduction to the camera and were able to explore Colorado Ballet from top to bottom.  They were able to photograph the studios, the costume shop and even behind the scenes at the Ballet.  Each student was also able to attend an audio described performance of the Colorado Ballet’s Ballet Masterworks and a behind the scenes tactile tour.

On March 20, the gallery will host a Meet the Artists Reception at the VSA Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.  For more information, visit

Dancers of Colorado Ballet present Fancy Footwork

Monday, March 16, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015
2 performances! 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Black Box Theater at The Armstrong Center for Dance
1075 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Cost: $20

Join the dancers of Colorado Ballet for an exciting show featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves. Selections will range from excerpts of the great classics to new contemporary works by choreographers within the Colorado Ballet family. This year, the dancers are excited to present two shows in Colorado Ballet’s Black Box Theater at the newly built Armstrong Center For Dance. 

Guests attending the evening performance will also have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences in a silent auction, tailored by the Colorado Ballet dancers. All proceeds from the event will go towards Colorado Ballet’s career transition fund, Next Step. We hope you will join us for what will surely be a great day of dancing and fun.

Click here to purchase tickets.


Summer Young Dancer Workshop

Friday, March 13, 2015

This summer, the Colorado Ballet will offer two sessions of the Young Dancer Workshop, which is an introduction to more serious summer dance training. 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 at The Armstrong Center for Dance. 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.

Click here for more information on the Young Dancer Workshop.

Tracy Jones and students


Peter and the Wolf - the music behind the characters

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In Colorado Ballet's upcoming production of Peter and the Wolf, each character in the story has a particular musical instrument and theme in Prokofiev's familiar musical score.  In the ballet, the Bird is the flute, the Cat is the clarinet, the Duck is the oboe and the Grandfather is the bassoon.  Other characters have multiple instruments, for example, Peter's theme is made up of string instruments including the violin, viola, cello and bass.  The Wolf's theme is played by French horns and the Hunters are woodwind instruments, with a few percussion instruments including the timpani and bass drum.

In addition to the music, Peter and the Wolf will include live narration.

Colorado Ballet will perform Peter and the Wolf, March 27-29 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  The ballet features choreography by Michael Smuin and music by Sergei Prokofiev.  Click here for more information.

Photo: Kevin Gaël Thomas and Joshua Allenback by Allen Birnbach


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