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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 www.coloradoballet.org/gala.
|Morgan Buchanan and Tracy Jones with Buckstein by Francisco Estevez Photography
Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearse the Russian dance from "The Nutcracker."
For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.
Shelby Dyer, Morgan Buchanan and Dana Benton rehearse Dew Drop from "The Nutcracker."
Unfortunately, ticket scammers are out again, purchasing tickets to Colorado Ballet productions and reselling them at much higher prices. We encourage our patrons to be cautious when purchasing tickets to our productions, especially for The Nutcracker. We have seen tickets on these sites for sale for as high as $350 each. We don't want our patrons overpaying for tickets--the highest price level that Colorado Ballet offers is $155.
When purchasing tickets to Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker and other shows, we encourage you to only purchase through our website, www.coloradoballet.org or Altitude Tickets, www.altitudetickets.com. These are the only two ticketing sites that we endorse. We also occasionally sell tickets to select performances through Travelzoo, LivingSocial and Goldstar. If you see our tickets for sale on any other websites, please note that these are not authorized vendors and you could get scammed.
If you purchase tickets through www.coloradoballet.org, please note that we do not include additional fees for print-at-home tickets--all taxes and fees are included in the price of the ticket. So, a $25 ticket is $25 with the print-at-home option. There is a small fee for will call or to have tickets mailed to you. If you purchase on www.coloradoballet.org or through Altitude Tickets, you can pick your own seats. Beware of sites that do not allow you to see exactly where you are sitting! If they tell you what "zone" you are in but do not show you where the seats are located, you are probably paying too much for your tickets.
Colorado Ballet offers six ticket price levels, which are spread throughout the different levels in the venues. Here are the prices of Colorado Ballet's tickets during the 2014-2015 season:
If you see Colorado Ballet tickets for sale at prices higher than these, they are probably for sale through a non-authorized ticketing vendor that has added on additional fees. Additionally, if you purchase through another site, unfortunately, our ticketing staff cannot help with any ticketing problems. We want our patrons to have the best experience possible, so please be cautious when purchasing tickets. We hope you enjoy the ballet!
Colorado Ballet announced today that they have named Colorado Ballet’s new building at 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204 "The Armstrong Center for Dance” in honor of Liz and Bill Armstrong, long-time Colorado Ballet patrons, past trustees, and donors. The new facility for Colorado Ballet opened its doors in late August.
Colorado Ballet purchased the building on Santa Fe Drive in January 2013 and after a year and half of major renovations and a capital campaign moved from their previous home at 1278 Lincoln Street. Liz and Bill Armstrong served as the lead donors on this project. As past trustees, it was always their dream that Colorado Ballet would have its own home.
“We are thrilled to name the new building, The Armstrong Center for Dance,” said Liz Armstrong. “After seeing the building, knowing the years of work that went into making this dream happen, this facility is beyond what we could have imagined. Bill and I couldn’t be happier to invest in the future of Colorado Ballet and have our name on the facility for decades to come.”
Colorado Ballet's new $6.5 million facility hosts rehearsal and training studios as well administrative offices, while performances will continue to take place primarily in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
“The Armstrong Center for Dance puts Colorado Ballet’s company on the national level and enhances the training of the next generation of dancers,” said Colorado Ballet's Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “Bill and Liz Armstrong’s generous donation to name The Armstrong Center for Dance supports us in owning our own building for the first time in our nearly 54-year history.”
The new facility, designed by Denver-based Semple Brown Design, features eight state-of-the-art dance studios for Colorado Ballet’s professional Company and the Colorado Ballet Academy. In addition, a multi-use black box theater will function as both a dance studio and performance space equipped with theatrical lighting, sound and telescoping seats for presenting smaller performances and hosting outside groups and their events. Improved amenities for the Company also include locker rooms, showers and a physical therapy room. The new Academy location also includes safer student drop-off and increased parking in the neighborhood for Academy families. Denver-based CMC Group, Inc. was the contractor.
A sign with “The Armstrong Center for Dance” will be added to the outside of the main entrance of the building soon.
“As a former board chair of Colorado Ballet, I’ve seen the organization transform over the years but this building is a statement to the city of Denver that the ballet is an organization that is here to stay,” said Liz Armstrong. “That is very exciting for everyone involved with Colorado Ballet and we can’t wait to see the next generation of dancers come out of The Armstrong Center for Dance.”
Photo by David Lauer
We sent out a questionnaire to our new dancers to get to know them a little better.
Here is the response from one of our new Corps de Ballet dancers, Emily Speed:
1. Where are you from?
The Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area
2. Where did you train/dance before coming to Colorado Ballet?
I have danced with several different companies including Alabama Ballet, Ballet Tucson and Boulder Ballet. Before graduating, I trained with Marina Almayeva.
3. What did you do with your summer break?
My husband and I were married and he moved here to Denver. I also went with Kevin Wilson to Jackson, MS and competed in the USA international ballet competition there. We performed a classical pas de deux and a contemporary duet.
4. What age did you first start dancing? What do you remember from your first class?
My first dance class I was only 3 years old but didn't start my classical training until much later. I just remember I always loved dancing and performing.
5. What was your first ballet you remember attending?
It was a gala, but I remember they performed "Le Spectre de la Rose."
6. Who are your ballet role models? Dancers that inspire you.
I love watching Natalia Osipova because she is such an amazing technician and isn't necessarily what you first think of when you think of a ballet dancer.
7. Proudest moment in your ballet career?
It is hard to pinpoint one, but I am really proud to be where I am right now and it was a culmination of many events that has made me the dancer I am today.
8. Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Amanda McKerrow has always told me to just "stay present" on stage. It seems simple but for me it is always a good reminder to not think about what's already happened or what will and to truly focus on the role no matter how big or small.
9. Favorite ballets to dance? Which are favorite to watch?
Don Quixote has so much life and is always fun to perform and I also loved performing Serenade. I love watching all the classics but especially Giselle, Swan Lake and La Bayadere.
10. Dream role?
Medora in Le Corsaire or Kitri in Don Quixote
11. What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I really enjoy spending time with my family and husband. I love yoga, cooking, and traveling.
12. What are some of your indulgences?
13. Do you have any pre-performance routines/rituals?
I get really chatty when I'm nervous or excited for a show but I like to have my hair done first and wait to finish my makeup until just before curtain. Depending on the part, I check certain sections from the piece on stage. If I do it well once I leave it there but I have to do it well once. I also like to say a quick prayer thanking God for the opportunity to do what I love.
14. What production(s) are you most excited about this year?
George Balanchine's "Concerto Barocco"!!!!!
15. What would you say to people who come to see the Colorado Ballet?
Denver is such a wonderful place with so many great things to do but there is something really special about participating in the arts. Thank you for watching and sharing in a wonderful part of this community.