DENVER – Registration is now open for Colorado Ballet Academy’s 2014-2015 session of dance classes for children and adults. The session begins on August 25 and will take place at Colorado Ballet’s new studios, located at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.
The Academy offers a children’s program, pre-professional trainee program and adult and teen open program. The children's program includes various dance classes for ages two to 10 in creative movement, ballet, tap and more. Students in the children’s program study a variety of dance concepts while working on spatial awareness, problems solving and strengthening the body and brain.
Students must be invited to join the pre-professional trainee program and must meet the minimum standards regarding pointe work (for girls) and the physicality generally considered necessary for professional success in classical ballet.
“Several of our pre-professional students this fall will participate in online academic programs to allow for more concentration on their ballet training,” said Valerie Madonia, Colorado Ballet Academy Director. “When not at work on academics, students will attend two daily ballet technique classes, augmented with pointe, pas de deux, modern, character, Pilates, variations and choreography classes taught by Academy faculty members as well as occasional guest artists. Art history and French language will also be introduced.”
Level 2 through pre-professional Colorado Ballet Academy students registered for the 2014-2015 session will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet’s 2014 professional productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker.
In addition to the children’s classes and the pre-professional classes, the Academy offers an adult and teen open program for ages 18 and up, with classes for various skill levels in ballet, tap and modern dance.
“We have so many things to look forward to at the Colorado Ballet Academy this fall including our new building,” said Madonia. “Our new facility in the Art District on Santa Fe will allow us to grow the Academy by offering more classes in brand new, state-of-the-art studios. We will also have better neighborhood parking for Academy families, a larger parent lounge and access to the new black box theater in the building, where we can present more Academy performances to the public.”
Colorado Ballet and Colorado Ballet Academy plan to move into their new building later in July 2014. For more information about fall classes, visit www.coloradoballet.org/academy.