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Ballet Off Season with Domenico Luciano

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Domenico Luciano by Allen Birnbach

After a record-breaking season packed with four incredible productions, you can imagine a dancer needs time to recoup and relax. I sat down with Domenico Luciano to talk about how he spends his summers off.

What were some highlights for you this season?

Swan Lake. It was my first time dancing the Prince in the full version so definitely that. I enjoyed Petite Mort and Serenade. Also, The Nutcracker was great because of unfortunate injuries, I got to dance with two different partners so I got to experience the stage for more shows.

What did you learn this year?

To keep doing what I’m doing, to focus and work hard and to trust that things will get better.

What are you plans this summer?

I’ll be guesting with Oakland Ballet in May for their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I’ll be playing the role of Oberon. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not familiar with the company, so I’m excited to meet new people and experience a new company and learn and share with them.

Do you have any travel plans?

I’m trying to go to Italy to visit my family early July.

How do you stay in shape during the off season?

I try to take class every day, yoga, go to the gym, lift weights, and eat better. It’s very important to try to stay in shape during time off, it makes it easier to come back to a full schedule. With age, you learn and gain experience and I learned over the years it’s best to be disciplined and keep it going rather than to let it go and try to pick back up again. It’s easier to maintain and stay in shape through the summer and it helps with injuries.

Words for the summer

Swim suits, speedo and sun!

Stay tuned for more from our dancers on their summer plans!

Ballet Off Season with Tracy Jones

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

After a record-breaking season packed with four incredible productions, you can imagine a dancer needs time to recoup and relax. I sat down with Tracy Jones to talk about how she spends her summer off.

First, what were some highlights for you this season?

For me the biggest highlight was Ballet Masterworks, especially dancing Serenade. It was huge for me because it was the first big ballet I did on stage over ten years ago. To be back doing it again and doing a principal part was a great experience. Also, Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort has been on my ballet bucket list forever. In the past, it’s been hard selling tickets to Ballet Masterworks, so to see the audience’s reactions was amazing. People always enjoy it but it never gets as much credit as it should and I feel this time, it really showed Denver not only those masterworks but also what Colorado Ballet can do and the talent we have here. It was really rewarding. 

What did you learn about yourself this season?

This season, I had the attitude of I need to do this for me and for the audience more so. The past couple of years, I’ve been very worried about what people think of me as a dancer or what the staff think. My focus was on doing really well for other people instead of remembering why I do this art form and that’s essentially for me and sharing that with the audience. That was the mentality I applied to this season. Also, that hard work does pay off. Hard work and perseverance will get you results. 

So, what are your summer plans?

We start with Fancy Footwork in the first week of the off-season, which is a show the dancers put on themselves. That’s always fun to be involved in. Also, Francisco and I have a lot of teachings scheduled at different summer intensives and I’ll be helping Francisco with his photo shoots this summer.

We also dance with a Sacred Dance Ensemble, which combines ballet with ancient rituals and brings it together. Every summer we do it for about 5 weeks. It’s nice because it breaks the summer up and it gives you a chance to dance in the middle of the layoff. I am also the marketing coordinator of that company, which is exciting because I can explore a different side. It’s fun to explore that creativity which is why I like the off-season, you get to do things you’re sometimes too busy to do during the rest of the year.

We bought a new house so we’ll be moving and furniture shopping which I love to do.

Stay tuned next week to hear from Domenico Luciano on how he spends his summer!

9News Storytellers: principal dancer retiring after 21 years with Colorado

Monday, April 10, 2017

This story about Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Mosina's retirement appeared on 9News' Storytellers segment.

Fancy Footwork 2017 | Colorado Ballet

Friday, March 24, 2017

Join the dancers of Colorado Ballet for Fancy Footwork on April 8 featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Video featuring Tracy Jones, produced by the dancers of Colorado Ballet.

The dancers of Colorado Ballet present Fancy Footwork

Friday, March 17, 2017

Join the dancers of Colorado Ballet for an exciting show featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive.  Selections will range from excerpts of the great classics to new contemporary works by choreographers within the Colorado Ballet family.

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.  The cost is $25 and seating for both performances is limited.  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 to the 2 p.m. performance.

Click here to purchase tickets to the 7 p.m. performance.

Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

Love At The Ballet: Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!  Hear from three couples at Colorado Ballet:

The Married Couple: Francisco Estevez and Tracy Jones

  

The Engaged Couple: Kevin Gael Thomas and Sara VanderVoort

 

The Dating Couple: Sean Omandam and Tyler Rhoads  

Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Tracy Jones and Domenico Luciano

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Tracy Jones and Domenico Luciano

http://coloradoballet.org

Artist Spotlight: Francisco Estevez

Monday, January 30, 2017

A profile of Colorado Ballet soloist Francisco Estevez.

 

This video features Francisco Estevez, Dana Benton, Sharon Wehner, and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Dana Benton

Sunday, January 08, 2017


Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Principal Dana Benton
coloradoballet.org

Beyond The Barre: Sarah Tryon

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I sat down with Sarah Tryon, a corps de ballet member with Colorado Ballet last week. She is tiny in stature but big and bold in personality. She quickly puts you at ease with her infectious laughter. Sarah is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and was accepted to train at Canada’s National Ballet School at the age of 11.  Since then, she has trained in places from Zurich, Switzerland to New York City. She is in her second season with Colorado Ballet.

KH: Out of all the places you have lived, what’s been your favorite?

ST: Here definitely, work wise and rep wise and boss wise.  New York City was amazing but Colorado feels more like home and I love living by the mountains.

KH: How did you know you wanted to dance ballet?

ST: I honestly got sick of sports and I wanted to try something new and I just kept with it.

KH: What kind of sports were you in?

ST: Baseball and hockey. I was also in Boy Scouts because it was co-ed in Canada.

KH: What do you eat for breakfast?

ST: Every morning I have a toasted bagel with cream cheese and tomato on top and two cups of coffee. And I’ll eat half a protein bar in between classes.

KH: Coffee or tea?

ST: Coffee, of course, every time. Just with cream.

KH: What are three words to describe you?

ST: Silly, generally shy, that’s when the silly comes out and adventurous.

KH: Have you been on any adventures lately?

ST: Not lately, because Nutcracker season's busy, but normally during the summer I’m in the mountains like every single weekend somewhere.

KH: What are you doing for the holiday break?

ST: I’m going to Vancouver! I’ve never been to the West Coast of Canada and I’m really excited. My friend and I are going up to Whistler and taking snowboarding school. We’ve been dancing our whole lives, so we never got a chance to actually do it.  So we thought it would be really funny if the two of us joined forces, laughing at each other trying to snowboard. Going to wear a lot of padding!

KH: Do you have any hidden talents?

ST: I’m a sharp shooter. A friend’s dad took me shooting in Florida over Thanksgiving when I was working down there and I discovered that I hit the bulls-eye every time, I had no idea. I’ve never been around guns before because they are illegal to own in Canada outside of a hunting rifle, so I was terrified. Eventually I worked up the courage and I just happened to get the bulls-eye every single time.

KH: I won’t mess with you! What is the biggest misconception about being a professional ballet dancer?

ST: That we’re not athletes. People like to say it’s not as hard as football or hockey but it’s actually just as strenuous, just in a different way. We’re a high performance sport but we also have to look beautiful while doing it, which adds another element of difficulty to it.

KH: What’s your favorite recipe to cook?

ST: It’s not a recipe, but I really love to cook steak. I eat it like three times a week. Also, another favorite is a recipe from my friend. It’s a quiche with spinach, watercress and smoked salmon! It’s delicious!

KH: What’s your favorite movie?

ST: You’re going to laugh at me again, (as she whispers) Inglorious Basterds

KH: Oh, that’s such a great movie!

ST: It’s such a great movie. I love Tarantino, he’s amazing because I am really squeamish, but when it comes to Tarantino it’s so overdone that I can sit through and watch it. Like the guy gets his head blown off and I’m like oh yea, that’s normal. I watched it three times in a row when I first saw it over Christmas break.

KH: What’s your jam? What’s your guilty pleasure song?

ST: “Shake it off,” by Taylor Swift. It helps me cope with stress, just shake it off.

KH: Finish this sentence: you haven’t really lived if:

ST: You haven’t traveled. I spent a month in Italy this summer with a friend.

KH: What did you do? What was a highlight?

ST: Horse backing in Florence through vineyards because I’ve never been horseback riding and it was terrifying. I also didn’t know the physical commands, but they also only understood Italian because they're Italian horses and my horse would just veer off into a field and I would just yell “help, I don’t know how to turn my horse around.”

KH: Yea, horses are fun but intimidating. I went horseback riding this September and the guy who owned the horses said, “their just like big dogs” and for some reason when he said that it changed my mind-set and was like, “Oh I can handle this.”

ST: I wish someone would have said that to me! I kept thinking this is a massive beast that weighs 20 times as much as I do and could crush me if he pumps me off, that’s what was going through my head.

KH: Finish this sentence: A ballerina walked into a bar and:

ST: I mean like, a ballerina walked up to a bar and started doing plies. Such a dad joke!

KH: What inspires you to push past your limits?

ST: All the teachers that told me I wouldn’t be a dancer.

KH: What’s a highlight of 2016?

ST: My trip to Italy with a friend I haven’t seen in five years.

KH: What words do you live by? (Life motto)

ST: Persevere and laugh a lot! And wine!

KH: What would you tell your 10-year-old self?

ST: Trust your instincts, definitely! For me personally, whenever I’ve trusted my gut feeling, it's always worked out for the best for me rather than listening and then questioning and second-guessing stuff that people are telling me from the outside.

KH: You just finished The Nutcracker, what will you do first?

ST: Bottle of wine! Well I’m going to hightail it to the airport and land in Vancouver and have a bottle of wine with my friend.

KH: What are you looking forward to for 2017?

ST: I am looking forward to two of my best friends' weddings, and a road trip with my family on the West Coast. Also, I’m really looking forward to Serenade because so far I’m cast as Dark Angel and that’s typically a tall dancer's part and it’s something I thought I would never dance because of my height, so it was a surprise.

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