Adaptive Programs

For questions concerning accessibility or adaptive programming, contact the Education Accessibility Coordinator, Bridget Heddens at bridget.heddens@coloradoballet.org


Be Beautiful Be Yourself

Photo by Asa Dyer, Lee D. Photo, courtesy of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation

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.

For more information, click here.

By Asa Dyer, Lee D. Photo, courtesy of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation  By Asa Dyer, Lee D. Photo, courtesy of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation

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.

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Audio Described Performances

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.

2018/2019 Audio Described Performances
Sleeping Beauty – April 13th, Saturday Matinee
The Nutcracker – December 16th, Sunday Matinee
The Wizard of Oz – February 9th, Saturday Matinee
Tour de Force – March 9th, Saturday Matinee
Ballet MasterWorks – April 13th, Saturday Evening
Patrons who utilize the audio description service at Ballet Masterworks on Saturday, April 13th can also attend a pre-show discussion. This discussion will feature information about the history of the pieces being performed, the style of movement, and the musical accompaniment. The discussion will also offer the chance to feel what the dancers movements look like through feeling the movements of a handheld doll. To request a pre-show discussion for Ballet Masterworks, email Education Accessibility Coordinator, Bridget Heddens at bridget.heddens@coloradoballet.org.

If you have questions about audio described performances, please contact Bridget Heddens at bridget.heddens@coloradoballet.org.

*Limit six (6) tickets, subject to availability, cannot be combined with other offers or used towards past purchases.

Photo: Warren Village Class by Colorado Ballet staff

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.

After School Programs

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