Wednesday, June 07, 2017
|Students in lobby during intermission
Thursday, February 13, 2014 a row of school buses pulled up to the
front of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for Colorado Ballet’s Student
Matinee of the classic Cinderella. This was the one of the final
dress rehearsals before the big opening night of the production. For the
discounted price of only $7, this matinee served nearly 2,000 children
from about 40 different school groups.
O’Connor, Colorado Ballet’s Director of Education and Community
Partnerships, says “For many of the students that attended, it was their
first time seeing a show. We had kids from Fort Collins, Colorado
Springs, etc., attend, and also students from the *Be Beautiful Be Yourself
dance program for children with Down Syndrome. Student Matinees were
the first education program that Colorado Ballet offered, which was
started by Diane Nolen, a trustee who passed away last year.”
|Student dressed up for matinee
Colorado Ballet’s inspiring Education and Outreach Programs offer after-school programs, in-school performances, student and community performances, scholarships, study materials and activity guides, adult education, and educator appreciation and professional development, etc. The programs make more than 60,000 contacts each year, and strive to make dance
accessible to everyone!
Between the adorable miniature-sized Cinderella gowns, the ear to ear smiles, innocent
giggles, and twirling through the halls during intermission, the
fairytale student matinee of Cinderella was full of magic and
enchantment. Students, teachers and chaperones all got to experience the
beautiful score of Sergei Prokofiev, played by the live Colorado Ballet
Orchestra, and the dazzling choreography by world-renowned
choreographer Ben Stevenson.
*The BBBY program is supported by
the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital
Colorado and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.