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Colorado Ballet promotes Corps de Ballet dancer to Soloist, adds new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet dancers

Monday, July 27, 2015

Colorado Ballet promoted one of its Corps de Ballet dancers to Soloist dancer, added a new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet members for a total of 30 professional Company dancers.

At the end of the 2014-2015 season, Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Francisco Estevez from Corps de Ballet to Soloist.  Born in Quito, Ecuador, Estevez moved to the U.S. in 1995.  He began his ballet training in Louisville, Kentucky and finished his professional training at the School of American Ballet in New York where he also performed featured roles with the New York City Ballet.  He graduated in 2008 and danced with Boston Ballet and Barcelona Ballet before joining Colorado Ballet during the 2012-2013 season.

With the retirement of two Principals at the end of the 2014-2015 season, Boggs brought on Yosvani Ramos as a new Principal this season.

Ramos was born in Camagüey, Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School, dancing with Jeune Ballet de France and Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris after winning the Gold Medal at the Paris International Ballet Competition in 1998. He joined English National Ballet as a Soloist in 1999 and was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2000, then Principal Dancer in 2003. He danced with ENB until 2008 when he joined The Australian Ballet as a Principal Artist, where he remained until April 2013.  He danced at the XVIII International Ballet Festival in Miami in September 2013, spent several months guesting with companies in Europe and the USA and joined the Cincinnati Ballet as principal dancer in July 2014.  He joins Colorado Ballet for the 2015-2016 season as a Principal Dancer.

Colorado Ballet’s new Corps de Ballet dancers include: Mackenzie Dessens, formerly with Cincinnati Ballet’s second company; Megan Dillon, who previously danced Charlotte Ballet 2 and Ballet Met 2; Sarah Tryon, formerly with Sarasota Ballet; and Bryce Lee, who danced in Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company before his promotion into the Company.

Click here to learn more about the Company dancers.

More than half of Colorado Ballet’s Company dancers will perform at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2, 9 and 10.  Colorado Ballet’s dancers will also perform at An Evening under the Stars on August 22 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The Company will officially open the 2015-2016 season with La Sylphide on October 2 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

In addition to the new dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers will join the professional Company dancers this season for the productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet's Studio Company is a pre-professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.

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.

 

Interview with Maria Mosina about "Concerto Barocco" - Part II

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This is the second part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Maria Mosina about Concerto Barocco, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Maria Mosina and Sharon Wehner rehearsing Concerto Barocco.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Interview with Maria Mosina about "Concerto Barocco" - Part I

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Maria Mosina about Concerto Barocco, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Maria Mosina and Sharon Wehner rehearsing Concerto Barocco.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Interview with Jesse Marks about "Fancy Free" - Part II

Monday, February 09, 2015

This is the second part of an interview with Colorado Ballet soloist dancer Jesse Marks about Fancy Free, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Fancy Free and In Pieces.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Interview with Jesse Marks about "Fancy Free" - Part I

Friday, February 06, 2015

This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet soloist dancer Jesse Marks about Fancy Free, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing Fancy Free.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Interview with Sharon Wehner about "Ballet MasterWorks" - Part II

Monday, February 02, 2015

This is the second part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Sharon Wehner about In Pieces, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks. This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing In Pieces.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Interview with Sharon Wehner about "Ballet MasterWorks" - Part I

Friday, January 30, 2015

This is the first part of an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Sharon Wehner about In Pieces, one of the ballets in Ballet MasterWorks.  This video includes footage of Artists of Colorado Ballet rehearsing In Pieces as well as performance footage from 2013.

Ballet MasterWorks
Includes Concerto Barocco, In Pieces and Fancy Free
February 20-March 1, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
www.coloradoballet.org

Interview with Dana Benton about Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Friday, December 12, 2014

Interview with Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Dana Benton about "The Nutcracker."

Visit www.coloradoballet.org.

Dew Drop Rehearsal from Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Wednesday, December 03, 2014


Shelby Dyer, Morgan Buchanan and Dana Benton rehearse Dew Drop from "The Nutcracker."

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