Colorado Ballet Academy hosts Summer Intensive Program auditions

Colorado Ballet Academy hosts Summer Intensive Program auditions

Sanya Andersen-Vie - January 3, 2013

DENVER – Colorado Ballet Academy will host auditions for its Summer Intensive Program (SIP) on January 13 at the Central Academy, 1278 Lincoln St., Denver, CO.  SIP is a five-week intensive dance program for intermediate to advanced level classical ballet dancers from June 17 to July 19, 2013.

Admission to SIP is by audition only.  Students ages 11 and up will participate in approximately eight hours of dancing each day.  Ladies must have completed at least one year of concentrated pointe training.  The audition fee is $30. Auditions for ages 11-14 will take place from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with registration open from 10 a.m. to 11a.m.  Auditions for ages 15 and up from will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., with registration open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Students who are unable to attend the audition may mail an application, resume (optional), dance photo, DVD and audition fee to Colorado Ballet by January 27.

In addition to the Denver audition, the Academy will host auditions in other cities including: Carlisle, PA January 6; Interlochen, MI January 19; New York, NY January 20; Pittsburgh, PA January 27; Phoenix, AZ February 2; Edwards, CO February 6; Santa Fe, NM February 9; and Aspen, CO February 14.

Daily classes typically run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and include ballet technique, pointe or men's variations, jazz, modern, character, pilates and variations.  Students will present a performance on the final day of the program.

SIP faculty includes Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director; Roberto Munoz, Colorado Ballet Academy Ballet Program Director; Igor Vassine, former principal dancer of Colorado Ballet for more than 17 seasons; Maria Mosina, Colorado Ballet principal dancer; Sharon Wehner, Colorado Ballet principal dancer; Dana Benton, Colorado Ballet soloist dancer; and artistic faculty of Colorado Ballet and the Academy.  Special guest instructors are Patricia Wilde and Willy Burmann.

About Guest Instructors
At 14, Patricia Wilde joined the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet International.  A year later, she began her longtime association with George Balanchine when she joined Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, performing for four years as a soloist, principal, and corps member.  When New York City Ballet traveled to London on tour, Balanchine sought her out to join the Company, where she remained as principal dancer for 15 years.  After having made her mark on the stage, she created a model for dancer education at the Harkness House of Ballet in New York City.  She also assisted Balanchine in establishing a school for the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Switzerland.  Upon her return to the United States, she became ballet mistress and coach at American Ballet Theatre. She served as the Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre from 1982-1997.  Since retiring, Wilde has been teaching and giving lectures around the world.

Burmann danced with New York City Ballet for 4 years, was Principal Dancer for Frankfurt Ballet and Grand Theatre du Gen`eve for whom he was also Ballet Master. He was a Principal at Stuttgart Ballet and danced for many other companies including Pennsylvania Ballet and New Jersey Ballet.  He has also been Ballet Master for Washington Ballet and Ballet du Nord and has personally coached many of the biggest names in American ballet. He is a guest faculty member for a host of companies including American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Milan's La Scala and Australian Ballet.

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About Colorado Ballet

Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 52 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents approximately 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs.