COVID-19 Updates

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson

Colorado Ballet Academy to Remain Closed for the Rest of the Semester

April 20, 2020

Dear Colorado Ballet Academy Families,

We would like to take this time to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as Colorado Ballet Academy (CBA) has taken time to determine the best plan of action for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

As we continue to navigate this pandemic as a community, with a heavy heart, CBA feels that it is our social responsibility to continue our transition to online classes for the remainder of the Academy year to help ensure the health and safety of our families, instructors and staff. Like Denver's public schools, we will not hold in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.

Our faculty and staff believe consistent dance training and continued connection with teachers and peers is extremely important during this time. To this end, CBA will be offering three additional weeks of virtual classes beyond the end of the semester using Zoom Video Conferencing through May 30. We have increased our offerings for each level of the Academy through May 9 and will continue to offer this schedule from May 11 - 30. All classes through May 30, as well as our YouTube Video Library, are offered at no additional cost to our Academy families. Your tuition is being applied towards costs associated with running our virtual classes, paying our teachers and keeping our administrative staff employed.

With the absence of in-person classes and the continued closure of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, sadly the year-end performance of Coppélia will not take place. Additionally, Saturday Soirees, Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet Showcases will also be cancelled. Please see below options for ticket purchases.

Ticket holders may:

1.) Turn your ticket(s) purchase into a donation and help us finish the season strong. All ticket donations are considered charitable contributions. Thank you for your support!

2.) 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.

3.) Exchange your tickets for a gift certificate for a performance during the 2020/2021 season.

4.) Receive a refund for your tickets to be applied to the original method of payment.

In order to request one of these four options, please fill out our online form.

If we do not receive a form for option 1, 3 or 4 above, option 2 will automatically be applied to your ticket purchase.


We are currently in discussions regarding our summer programs and are developing a plan of how we may be able to responsibly execute our Summer Intensive, Young Dancer Workshop, camps and classes. A decision regarding CBA Summer Intensive will be announced by the end of next week. All May 1 auto-payments for Summer Intensive will be delayed until a decision has been made. If you are a current Colorado Ballet Academy student and have received word that your planned summer program at another school has been cancelled, please reach out to summerintensive@coloradoballet.org.

We understand that everyone is feeling the effects of this situation and many are facing financial hardships that could not have been foreseen. CBA is here to help support our families in any way possible. Our staff is here to speak with you at any time about all available options. Please reach out to us through the Academy email address, academy@coloradoballet.org, so that we may set up the best way to contact you directly.

On behalf of the entire Colorado Ballet, we appreciate everyone’s continued support. We anticipate a joyful, eventual return to the studios and cannot express enough how much we miss our students!

Sincerely,
Colorado Ballet Academy Staff


Colorado Ballet Academy Closed Through April 30—Virtual classes start next week

April 14, 2020

Dear Colorado Ballet Families,

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during our time away from the studios. We miss all of our students dearly and would like to extend a virtual hug to everyone!

Following Denver Public Schools (DPS) and the mandates by our local government, CBA will remain closed through April 30. For now, we are hoping to be able to return to classes on May 4. While DPS and other school districts in the region have indicated students will not be returning to school for the rest of the semester, we will make our decision to re-open based on local government mandates for the Denver Performing Arts Complex and businesses. Once we have been cleared to return to the studios, please rest assured that we will have additional cleaning and safety procedures in place.

As of today, we are considering extending our semester and rescheduling the production of Coppélia to May 31 and the Children’s Division Showcase to June 6. Please keep in mind that these are possibilities and subject to change given regional regulations and the progression of COVID-19.

CBA will be hosting ballet classes through Zoom Video Conferencing. We are so excited to offer a virtual return to classes along with our comprehensive video library! CBA is offering a Zoom schedule that includes all levels of ballet on a modified schedule, with the intention that students will be able to attend their virtual school, train in ballet and have dinner at a reasonable hour.

Since classes will be modified for home training and focused on maintaining technique and fitness, students will be allowed to take as many classes as they would like in their level or the next level up. The instructors are able to see everyone in attendance and offer guidance and corrections. CBA understands that Zoom classes do not directly replace the in-studio experience, but these virtual classes will allow our students to continue their training and stay connected during this uncertain time.

If you have not received an email from Academy Admin, please email academy@coloradoballet.org for more information about our virtual classes.

It has been wonderful to connect with our students again, although virtually, and we look forward to the joyful day when we can return to the studio. Please do not hesitate to contact the Academy with questions or concerns at academy@coloradoballet.org.

Sincerely,
Colorado Ballet Academy Staff

CBA COVID Withdraw Policy

We appreciate your support and dedication to Colorado Ballet Academy. We sincerely hope you consider donating your tuition to help keep Colorado Ballet Academy dancing. All withdraw requests must be submitted 14 days prior to the last scheduled day of classes for the current semester (May 9, 2020).

 

In order to request a credit or refund, please fill out our online form: jotform.com/COBalletAcademy/20Withdraw.
You will receive communication within 48 hours of form submission.

All credits and refunds will be made at the sole discretion of Colorado Ballet Academy Administrative Staff. Credits and refunds apply only to Tuition costs. Tuition costs may be prorated from date of Withdraw Request. Fees are non-refundable, including but not limited to: Autopay Fee, Registration Fee, Activity Fee, Transportation Fee, Performance and Production Fees. Refund will be processed in the original form of payment. Cash and check payments will be issued a check from CBA. Ticket purchase refunds are made at the discretion of Colorado Ballet. This policy is subject to change.


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 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.

Education Goes Virtual

Updated: June 24, 2020

#Everybodydance doesn't stop in a pandemic, it just gets more creative! We've transitioned our community engagement to online platforms, Facebook and Zoom, and we'd love to see you there! Here is a breakdown of what we are doing now and how you can participate:


Education & Community Engagement Summer Classes Available now

Summer Classes

Now that summer is in full swing, the Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement Department would like to invite your students to keep dancing and participate in either our summer dance class series, or any of our drop-in options! To register, just click on either option below:

Summer Virtual Dance Class SERIES ($50 TOTAL - 6 classes)
TUESDAYS, 4:00 - 4:30 PM (MST)
Register

Summer Virtual Dance Class DROP-IN ($10 EACH - 6 options)
THURSDAYS, 4:00 - 4:30 PM (MST)
Register





In-School Programs:

Hey teachers, administrators, and other school staff, we see you navigating uncharted territory and rising to the new challenges this school year. We want to support you! Many of our workshops are available to be adapted to an online version. Email education@coloradoballet.org or sign up online HERE. We want to work with you and learn the best way to partner. What platforms are you using? Do you want to live classes? Recorded? Movement-based? Lecture? If you already had a workshop booked for this school year, you'll hear from us about options. If now is just not the time, sign up online and get on our calendar for next year!


Facebook:

We're providing FREE content for you to try at home! Some posts are follow-along videos and others encourage you to step away from your screen and try dance games or explorations together. View a sample here. Stay tuned, we're hoping to offer some Movement Storytimes and other short classes soon. Send us a message to let us know what workshops you want to try!


Workshops:

If you have a workshop scheduled for March-May, we’d love to offer a modified version through an online platform. Contact Emma at education@coloradoballet.org to reschedule and update the plan.

If you'd like to schedule a workshop and want to try our online content, you can! Email education@coloradoballet.org or sign up online here

Stay tuned, we're hoping to offer some Movement Storytimes and other short classes available for sign up soon.

Check out our survey to let us know what workshops and content would best support you now.


Be Beautiful Be Yourself classes:

In continued partnership with Global Down Syndrome Foundation, we've been continuing our classes for dancers with down syndrome online. They are going well! We're grateful for the community and movement during this time.


5x5 Program:

Update coming soon.


Next Semester

We sure miss seeing your smiling faces in person and can't wait to start back up again in the fall. We're busy getting set up for next season/school year and encourage you to stay tuned on our program webpages, on our Facebook page, or via email for updates. Soon, we'll have program dates and sign-ups launched so that you can plan ahead for field trips, assemblies, in-school workshops and more!

SUPPORT

We can't do what we do without the generous support of our donors, sponsors, and granters. As a nonprofit arts organization with 55% of our operating cost covered by ticket sales, the impact of our canceled season finale makes an impact. Colorado Ballet thanks all our community members who have or will consider donating. Make a gift here.

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.

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