Chandra Kuykendall

Chandra Kuykendall is from Parker, Colorado and trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet from 1988 until graduating in 1997. After graduating, Chandra joined Colorado Ballet. She spent the 1998-1999 season with Leipzig Ballet in Leipzig, Germany under the direction of the brilliant choreographer Uwe Scholz. She returned to Colorado Ballet in the fall of 1999. With Colorado Ballet, she has danced numerous principal roles. She was featured in the August 2013 issue of 5280 Magazine highlighting seven of Colorado’s athletes. This is Chandra’s 20th season with Colorado Ballet.

Hometown:
Parker, CO

Dance Training:
Academy of Colorado Ballet, graduated in 1997
Attended summer programs at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail (under full scholarship), Kirov Academy of Ballet, San Francisco Ballet Academy and School of American Ballet

Joined Colorado Ballet:
1997, 1999 (spent 1998-1999 season with Leipzig Ballet)

Promotions:
Promoted to Principal in 2007

Selected roles and ballets:
Princess Aurora and Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty
Odette/Odile in Swan Lake
Giselle and Myrta in Giselle
Medora in Le Corsaire
Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker
Cinderella in Cinderella
Dryad Queen in Don Quixote
Lucy in Dracula
Titania and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Firebird in Firebird
Principal role in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
The Crossover Girl in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room
The Mother in Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring
3rd Duet in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort
The Brown Girl in Celts
The Kick Girl in George Balanchine’s Rubies
Principal role in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations
2nd Violin in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco
Waltz Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade
Gerald Arpino's pas de deux from Light Rain
Antony Tudor’s Leaves Are Fading
Stanton Welch’s Of Blessed Memory
Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs
Septime Webre’s Where the Wild Things Are
Edwaard Liang’s Feast of the Gods
Jodie Gates’ Embellish
Emery LeCrone’s Archetypes
Val Caniparoli’s In Pieces
Jessica Lang’s From Foreign Lands and People and De Profundis
Mathew Neenan’s The Faraway
Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone and Things Left Unsaid
Carmina Burana
Great Galloping Gottschalk
Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet
Martin Fredmann’s A Little Love and Dreamspace shown on PBS.

More about Chandra:
Won the Denver Ballet Guild Competition and received the Florence Rustin Award in 1996.

Photos: Chandra Kuykendall and Domenico Luciano, Chandra Kuykendall and Alexei Tyukov, Chandra Kuykendall by Allen Birnbach

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