Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Adds Elizabeth Gaither to Guest Faculty

Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Adds Elizabeth Gaither to Guest Faculty

Sanya Andersen-Vie - March 19, 2012

DENVER – Colorado Ballet Academy added Elizabeth Gaither, a professional ballerina with 21 years of experience to its guest faculty for the four-week Summer Intensive Program (SIP).  The program is for intermediate to advanced level classical ballet dancers ages 11 and up and will take place from June 18 to July 14, 2012.

About Elizabeth Gaither
Ben Stevenson offered Gaither her first full company Corps de Ballet contract to join Houston Ballet at age 16.  After Houston Ballet, she danced with American Ballet Theatre for eight seasons performing at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and toured the world.  She recently retired from Washington Ballet where she danced as a Principal for eight seasons.

Gaither danced in many different ballets, from contemporary pieces to major classical ballets.  She also worked with world-renowned choreographers including Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Edwaard Liang, Christopher Bruce, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon and Nacho Duato.

About SIP
In addition to Gaither, SIP faculty includes Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director; Sandra Brown, Colorado Ballet Mistress; Igor Vassine, Colorado Ballet principal dancer for more than 17 seasons; Maria Mosina, Colorado Ballet principal dancer; and the artistic faculty of Colorado Ballet and the Academy.

Daily classes run from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and include ballet, jazz, modern and variations.  Ladies must have completed at least one year of concentrated pointe training.  For students accepted into the program, the tuition is $1,600.  Student housing is also available with limited availability for participants of all ages at Campus Village Apartments on the Auraria Campus.  Housing, meals, chaperone costs and public transportation will cost $2,200.

Admission to the Summer Intensive Program is by DVD audition or in person at the Central Academy.  For more information, visit

Applications for SIP have been received from 15 states and Canada, and confirmed participants include pre-professionals and trainee company members from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Austin Conservatory, Cincinnati Ballet and more.

For younger students, particularly students beginning pointe work, Colorado Ballet Academy’s Intermediate Ballet Intensive for ages 8-14 will take place June 18 to June 29, 2012.  Heather Prokhnitski will instruct this intensive.  Prokhnitski received a full-scholarship student at the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., and studied for a year at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

About Colorado Ballet
Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet’s dancers come from all parts of the world. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 51 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of the Colorado community through performances, training and educational programs.