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Colorado Ballet seeks schools and organizations for free live streaming of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker during 2016-2017 season

Friday, August 26, 2016

DENVER – Colorado Ballet seeks schools and organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in free remote live streams of its student matinee performances of Swan Lake andThe Nutcracker during the 2016-2017 season.  The Swan Lake live stream will take place at 10 a.m. MST on October 6 and The Nutcracker live stream will take place at 11 a.m. MST on December 2.

Sites eligible for the live streams include: public, charter and private schools (ECE-12th grade); colleges and universities; as well as hospitals, homeless shelters and non-profit organizations that serve children and youth.

“Interested schools and organizations are welcome to sign up for Swan LakeThe Nutcracker or both,” said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education.  “The in-person student matinee performance of Swan Lake is sold out and The Nutcracker student matinee is by invitation only, so students, teachers, and patients who might otherwise be unable to see live ballet performances will have the opportunity to watch Colorado Ballet live this season.  These performances include full sets, costumes and a live orchestra.  Plus, we offer study guides with suggested activities and discussion questions, so both live streams are excellent opportunities to study two beloved, classical ballets.”

This is the second season that Colorado Ballet has offered live streaming of its student matinee series.  During the 2015-2016 season, Colorado Ballet reached approximately 7,700 participants in 14 Colorado counties, 30 states and 6 countries including Ecuador, Ireland, England, Greece, Italy, and Canada through the live stream of the student matinees.

"We have received amazing feedback from schools and organizations who participated in the first season of live streaming the student matinee series,” said Hyde.  “Not only did we hear back that the video and audio quality of the live stream was excellent, but some participants commented that they felt like they had front row seats.  Teachers told us that we were changing lives and helping children to love and appreciate the arts.  It was so rewarding for us to hear that children of all ages were mesmerized by the performances and we inspired children to dance and twirl after watching the shows.  We heard that we provided something that could be understood in any language and we cannot wait to offer the free live streaming opportunities again this season.”

Interested schools and organizations should visit and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.  For more information, contact Samantha Hyde at

About the performances

Colorado Ballet opens its 56th season with Swan Lake, featuring the original choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, set and updated by former American Ballet Theatre principals Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and Sandra Brown, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet.  Swan Lake features Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Due to the length of this ballet, it is recommended for 3rd grade students and older.  The total run time including two intermissions is 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Colorado Ballet’s 56th annual production of The Nutcracker will feature more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 25 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers, and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  The Nutcracker features lavish costumes, exuberant dancing, whimsical battles, hypnotizing snow flurries, sumptuous sets, and a little bit of magic. The total run time with one intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes.

The intermissions for both productions will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for organizations participating in the live stream.

An elementary school class watches the live stream of ALICE (in wonderland) last season

ALICE (in wonderland)-related workshops available!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Colorado Ballet’s production of ALICE (in wonderland) has been like going into a fantasy world!

  • Both weekends of 8 shows were completely sold out.
  • The student matinee was completely full with 1,800 students, teachers and families in attendance.
  • The student matinee was live streamed out to 26 states, 3 foreign countries, and more than 3,000 students.

We don’t want to stop here--we’d like to bring the fantasy world of (wonderland) into your classrooms! Please consider bringing some of these ALICE-related integrative workshops to your classroom.
Words in Motion

Sharon Wehner by Mike Watson

Bring ALICE (in wonderland) or another classic text to life in your classroom!

All grade levels
Students strengthen their knowledge of vocabulary words and sentence writing in this movement driven lesson. Students will explore embodiments and definitions of words and create dances based on their understanding of sentence writing.

$100/1hr program

Metamorphosis Moves

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Who could forget that butterfly transformation in ALICE (in wonderland)?

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Colorado Ballet and the Butterfly Pavilion collaborate on this workshop. Students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly through movement in this interactive dance and science class.

$200/1hr program

Visit for more information.

Birds in Motion

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

ALICE (in wonderland) was full of birds!

Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts through discussion around varieties of birds, their environments and their behaviors. This workshop is flexible to specific vocabulary that is being used in your classroom already.

$100/1hr program

Creative Movement

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Get your little ones moving and enjoying dance after watching ALICE (in wonderland)!

Pre-K, Early Elementary
Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening the body and brain.

$100/1hr program
For more information or booking, contact  See additional workshops and programs at

Colorado Ballet seeks schools for free live streaming of ALICE (in wonderland) performance on February 18

Monday, January 25, 2016

Colorado Ballet seeks schools and educational organizations throughout Colorado and out-of-state to participate in a free remote live stream of its student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) at 10:30 a.m. on February 18.

“The in-person student matinee performance of ALICE (in wonderland) has been sold out since before the 2015-2016 season began, but students and teachers are still welcome to participate through the live stream,” said Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education.  “Students who would otherwise be unable to see ALICE will have the opportunity to experience a live ballet performance with costumes, sets and a live orchestra.  Plus, this production follows Lewis Carroll’s classic book very closely, so students will learn a lot while watching the production.”

This is the third time that Colorado Ballet will live stream a production in its student matinee series, which brings nearly 2,000 students to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex to watch ballet performances with full sets, costumes and a live orchestra.  Colorado Ballet hosted its first live stream during the student matinee of La Sylphide in October and its second live stream during the student matinee of The Nutcracker in December.  More than 100 sites from 10 Colorado cities and 27 states streamed The Nutcracker student matinee performance.  In addition, students in England, Ireland, Ecuador, Greece, Italy and China also participated in the live stream event.  The majority of the sites were schools, but four hospitals including Denver Health also participated.

“The response we have received on the live streaming of our student matinee series has been incredible,” said Hyde.  “We heard back from so many teachers after The Nutcracker live stream and the students were mesmerized by the dancing and music.  One teacher who works in a dual-language school said it was incredible that we offered a performance that could be understood in any language.  That is what we hope to accomplish with this series; impacting students from all over Colorado and the U.S. through the power of dance.”

Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with characters from “Through the Looking-Glass,” ALICE (in wonderland) includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  ALICE first premiered with The Washington Ballet in 2012.  The total runtime of the production including the intermission is 2 hours and 5 minutes.  The 20 minute intermission will feature live interviews with artistic staff and dancers for schools participating in the live stream.

Interested schools can contact Hyde at for more information, including technical requirements.

Students participate in live stream of "The Nutcracker" in December 2015

International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) conference is this week!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

By Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet Director of Education

Get ready for an incredible night - seven of the nation's top dance companies! Can you imagine Lula Washington Dance Theatre, followed by local Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and with a finale of the unforgettable Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre? This Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.--this will be your experience!  The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) is bringing these companies to Denver as a part of their annual conference.

The conference begins Wednesday and runs until Sunday of this week--filled with workshops, panels and outstanding performances. The annual IABD conference is primarily for high school students in dance programs and emerging young artists/professional dancers. It is an incredible time for these students and artists to be engulfed in both the history and current trends of Black dance.

Colorado Ballet jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this exciting weekend! For the first time in 28 years, the IABD conference is also holding a ballet audition for women of color. Several of the nation's top ballet companies will be present and Colorado Ballet is thrilled to represent the state of Colorado in a truly national audition. You can find more information on the audition, including registration here:

You can learn more about the workshops, panels and performances here: Do not miss this opportunity to witness history and look into the future of dance in this country!


I Love Colorado Ballet because of our Community Engagement

Friday, December 18, 2015

At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be a part of ANYONE’S life. Donations make so many things possible at Colorado Ballet. One of those being the 50,000 contacts our Education & Community Engagement department makes each year.  Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement’s mission of EVERY. BODY. DANCE. is exemplified by Nutcracker student matinees where 2,000 Title I students from Denver area schools attend a performance of The Nutcracker for free. Another great example of what donations make possible is our partnership with Warren Village in which preschoolers transitioning out of homelessness learn creative movement. Your gift will help Colorado Ballet’s vision to be recognized as the BEST BALLET COMPANY between the coasts, known especially for EXCELLENT & EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and a WORLD-CLASS ACADEMY.

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Photos: Alsup Elementary 3rd grade class at The Nutcracker student matinee and Warren Village student Miles

Colorado Ballet Education and Community Engagement

Monday, July 13, 2015

Colorado Ballet offers two Passport to Dance sessions

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Colorado Ballet will be offering two Passport to Dance sessions at the Montclair Recreation Center this summer!  The sessions will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday afternoons.  The first session is June 19, 26, July 10 and 17 and the second session is July 24, 31, August 7 and 14.

Passport to Dance is a 4-week session of varying dance genres including Ballet, Creative Movement, Hip-hop, West African dance and much more!  Each session offers two levels, depending on a student's age:

  • Level I – Grades K-3rd, Ages 4-8
  • Level II – Grades 4th-6th, Ages 9-12

The cost for each session (4 classes) is $24.  To register, contact Samantha Hyde at 303-339-1619 or e-mail  

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


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