COVID-19 Updates

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Colorado Ballet Academy Closed through April 18

March 20, 2020

Dear Colorado Ballet Academy Students and Families,

In light of the current COVID-19 situation and following guidelines set forth by the state and nationally, Colorado Ballet Academy will remain closed through April 18th.

We understand the serious effects this will have on our Artists, School, Faculty and Students. All of us are waiting to see how our lives will be impacted by this situation. Our top priority is keeping our students and communities safe. Many employment sectors are taking a ‘hit,' and the performing arts are at great risk. Performance revenue and class fees are two major income streams for Colorado Ballet. We are doing our best to support our artists, faculty and staff as well as our students during this time.

As the situation continues to develop, we will be assessing our ability to safely open our doors again to our students. We are currently planning for three possible scenarios, all dependent on restrictions mandated by the Governor. We are considering our options of returning April 20th, May 11th and, in the worst case, not returning until our summer sessions begin in June. As of now our Summer Camps and Summer Intensives will remain as scheduled.

During the closures, we will be offering online options for classes for all of our students to remain active and in-shape while practicing proper social distancing. Many of our teachers have already offered short routines on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Be sure to follow for more fun updates! In the coming weeks we will be sending out full length, level appropriate classes taught by our CBA faculty.

We understand that this situation is impacting everyone, including our families. As the situation continues to unfold, we will work to provide financial options that are equitable for all families while keeping the best interest of the entire Colorado Ballet community in mind. When a final decision has been made regarding our date to reopen we will be in touch with detailed options.

We are heartbroken to be away from our beloved CBA students and families for such a long period of time. Our Colorado Ballet community is strong, and we are confident that the support of our amazing families, faculty and staff will carry us through this uncertain time.

Thank you for your support and dedication to Colorado Ballet Academy.

If you are no longer attending classes nor affiliated with CBA, or received this email in error, please accept our apologies.

Colorado Ballet Will Pay Dancers Through Originally Scheduled Conclusion of the Season

March 20, 2020

DENVER, CO (March 20, 2020) – When Colorado Ballet announced the cancelation of the remainder of its season last week, the company had four weeks remaining of its 2019/2020 season. Because the company’s season finale Ballet MasterWorks demonstrates both the athleticism and artistry of Colorado Ballet’s dancers, it is a favorite of both the dancers and audiences. Like many other nonprofits and businesses throughout the country, this cancelation due to COVID-19 brought with it deep sadness and questions about possible layoffs. Colorado Ballet’s board and leadership recognized the financial impact this would have on the various artists of Colorado Ballet and unanimously decided to pay all Company and Studio Company dancers, ballet mistresses and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra through the remainder of their original contracts, which would have concluded on April 12, 2020.

“With only four weeks remaining in our season,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs, “We have determined that we will be able to pay our dancers through the remainder of their contracts. I am deeply grateful for each and every member of our organization. Their hard work and dedication put us in a position to be able to make this decision.”

With the cancelation of this production, many patrons decided to turn their tickets into donations to help support the organization. As a nonprofit organization that relies on the support of the community, Colorado Ballet deeply appreciates the support of all its patrons—including ticket holders, board members, donors and sponsors who, over the course of the 2019/2020 season, contributed to the company’s vibrant 59th year of presenting world-class ballet performances.

“As our board of directors and executive staff leaders continue to assess the impact of the current economic situation on Colorado Ballet’s future, we remain grateful to all of our supporters whose generosity has enabled us to honor our commitments to our artists and staff during these uncertain times,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs.

In addition to paying the dancers through the remainder of their contracts, Colorado Ballet will continue to pay salaries to its Colorado Ballet Academy and Education & Community Engagement teaching staff through April 6, 2020.

Artistic Director Gil Boggs expressed his gratitude to the community during these unprecedented times. “We deeply appreciate our patron’s patience, understanding and support, both throughout the year and especially during challenging times. You make what we do possible. May our shared love of the performing arts unite us as we seek peace and comfort. We will keep all of our supporters and constituents updated on how Colorado Ballet will be impacted and how you can help. We look forward to seeing our dancers back next season and having all of Colorado Ballet’s patrons back at the theatre to join us in celebrating our 60th anniversary season beginning this fall.”

Announcement: Colorado Ballet Cancels Ballet MasterWorks Production

Season finale at the Ellie Caulkins House will not take place
March 13, 2020

DENVER, CO (March 13, 2020) – Colorado Ballet has been closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19, and everyone’s health and safety is our highest priority. In light of the recent mandate from the City of Denver banning public gatherings of more than 250 people from now until April 12, 2020, Colorado Ballet has canceled its season finale production of Ballet MasterWorks, April 3 – 12, 2020.

“We are deeply saddened to see the season come to a close in this manner for our dancers and the organization,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs, “but we understand the extreme importance of ensuring the public’s health and safety and will support all efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We would like to thank our patrons for their ongoing support of Colorado Ballet, and appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We look forward to seeing all of Colorado Ballet’s patrons back at the theatre in the future.”

Patrons who have tickets to this performance have three options to enable them to continue enjoying Colorado Ballet performances.

Ticketholders may:

  • Turn their ticket(s) purchase into a donation to help Colorado Ballet finish the season strong. All ticket donations are fully tax-deductible.
  • Receive an on-account credit that can be applied to tickets for the 2020/2021 season. This credit can be used for subscriptions or single tickets when purchased by phone. The credit will be good for one year for the value of the tickets, if purchased through Colorado Ballet.
  • Exchange their ticket(s) for a gift certificate for a performance during the 2020/2021 season.

As a nonprofit arts organization with 55% of our operating cost covered by ticket sales, Colorado Ballet thanks all patrons who will consider donating their ticket(s) purchase.

All requests for the above three options including ticket donation, exchanges and/or gift certificates can be done via the following:

1.) Fill out the online ticket request form.
2.) Email your request to: tickets@coloradoballet.org
3.) Call Patron Services at 303-837-8888 ext. 2. If you call during the weekend, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Patron Services is open M – F, 10am – 4pm.

Please note that, due to increased communication, response times may be significantly longer than usual, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding.

For further questions, please contact Colorado Ballet’s in-house Patron Services team at 303-837-8888 ext. 2. If you have any questions about this communication, please email info@coloradoballet.org.

Colorado Ballet Academy Announcement: Coronavirus Update

March 13, 2020

Colorado Ballet Academy (CBA) is committed to the health, safety and well-being of our community, and we have been closely monitoring the growing concerns regarding COVID-19. Following the lead of Denver Public Schools and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all classes at Colorado Ballet Academy will be suspended effective Monday, March 16 through Saturday April 4, 2020.

  • Saturday Soirée; March 21, 2020 - Postponed until further notice
  • Parent Observation Week; March 23 – March 28 - Cancelled

Classes on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 will be held as scheduled, however, students are not required to attend classes or rehearsals on these days, and absences will be excused.

As we near the completion of our regularly scheduled Spring Break, March 30 – April 4, CBA will reassess if it is safe to open on Monday, April 6. We will distribute an update via email, social media and our website on Friday, April 3, 2020. At this time, CBA is planning on classes, rehearsals and performances to continue as scheduled beginning Monday, April 6. All updates will be posted to this page.

Any questions or concerns should be sent to Academy Administrators at academy@coloradoballet.org. As Academy staff may be working remotely, email is the preferred method for communication.

Summer Intensive - We are currently monitoring this rapidly changing situation. We will continue to keep you updated as we know more.

In the near future, Colorado Ballet Academy will release additional information regarding makeup classes. Look for more information in communications that we will send out on Friday, April 3.

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website and review their
"Steps to Prevent Illness" regarding COVID-19.

Thank you for your patience and support during this unprecedented time.


Click here for more information about COVID-19 in the Denver area from Denvergov.org

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