Based on Boston Ballet’s “Adaptive Dance” program and supported by the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s
Hospital Colorado and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance program provides
30 weeks of dance classes to 30 students ages 5-14 with Down syndrome.
Instructors work closely with Children’s Hospital Colorado's renowned physical therapist and Down Syndrome expert Pat Winders
to build kinesthetic and cognitive skills through locomotor movements that incorporate shapes, rhythm, and basic dance steps. Be Beautiful
Be Yourself Dance programs now being held at Colorado Ballet's studios. Participating children now have the opportunity to
observe the professional company in rehearsal after their own class.
Photos by Asa Dyer, Lee D. Photo, courtesy of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Rhythm & Grace
Partnership between Parkinson Association of the Rockies and Colorado Ballet
Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder causing muscle rigidity, tremors and a slowing of physical movement. While dance has
not been officially studied as a therapy for the disease, doctors throughout the U.S. have widely recognized the benefits associated
with regular exercise for those living with Parkinson’s. Since its inception in September 2011, approximately 50 individuals
with Parkinson’s disease have participated in the program.
The methods employed by the Rhythm & Grace program encourage participants to explore movement and music in ways that are
refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative, and improve quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s. Each participant
applies elements of narrative, imagery, live music and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such Parkinson’s-specific
concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression. In chairs, at a barre or moving across the floor,
participants explore elements of modern dance, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing in a non-pressured environment.
Rhythm & Grace is an adaptation of the nationally recognized Dance for PD® model created by the Mark Morris Dance Group
and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. This national model is offered in more than 40 communities in the U.S. and Europe. The
Parkinson Association of the Rockies is the first Parkinson’s-oriented Colorado organization to bring this dance-focused method
of physical therapy to the Denver community. For more information or to sign up for a class, visit http://www.ParkinsonRockies.org.
Watch an interview with one of the instructors
Audio Described Performances and Touch Tours
Colorado Ballet offers audio described performances so that blind and visually impaired patrons can enjoy Colorado Ballet. Patrons
utilizing audio described accessibility can receive 20% off tickets to an audio described performance.*
To purchase tickets to an audio described performance, call 303-837-8888 ext. 2 and use promo code AUDIO. Headset for audio description
can be obtained from the coat check on the left side of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House lobby prior to the performance.
Patrons who utilize the audio description service at a performance can also attend a touch tour. This tour introduces elements of the
performance by giving visually impaired patrons an opportunity to hear a description of the sets, feel the props and costumes, and
meet some of the company dancers. To request a spot on a touch tour, email Education Accessibility Coordinator, Bridget Heddens at
2019/2020 Audio Described Performances
Don Quixote | Saturday, October 12 @2:00pm
Nutcracker | Sunday, December 15 @1:00pm
Peter Pan | Saturday, February 1 @2:00pm
Tour de Force | Sunday, March 8 @2:00pm
Ballet Masterworks | Saturday, April 4 @2:00pm
*Limit six (6) tickets, subject to availability, cannot be combined with other offers or used towards past purchases.
After School Programs
Our after school programs are available to be inclusive of or adapted for students with a variety of disabilities.
In addition, we have trained staff available to adapt any of our workshop offerings. For more information on our after school
programs please click the button.