School Workshops

Workshop
Workshops are also a great fit for non-profit organizations such as libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and other organizations serving youth. Hour-long (flexible with bell schedules) workshops and weekly series of workshops are very popular in ECE - 12th grade public, private and charter schools. Costs are on sliding scale, see reservation form at the bottom of the page to book or express interest in a workshop.
"I like to dance because it shows your personality and I like to have a big one."
-University Prep Charter student
"We got to use our imagination."
-Smith Elementary student

Field Trip!

Day of Dance

YMCA field tripAll grade levels
Day of Dance is a field trip available to students at all grade levels. Bring up to 150 students to Colorado Ballet's studios for a rotation of introductory classes in a variety of dance styles and tour Colorado Ballet's facilities, including the costume shop. Classes may include any of the offerings below.


Dance Technique!

1st Grade through 12th Grade
Bring Colorado Ballet’s professional dance educators into your classroom for technique classes in Ballet, Modern & Improvisation, Jazz and Tap.


Dance Makers!

Worm storiesCreative Movement

Pre-K, Early Elementary
Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening of the body and brain.

Choreography Basics

4th Grade through 12th Grade
This workshop focuses on elements of dance and choreography, incorporating contemporary dance styles and culminating in a performance piece created by students. 

I Like Me

6th Grade through 12th Grade
This workshop addresses individuality and self-esteem through group discussion and movement exploration. While experiencing something new and creating their own movement, youth are able to make real-world connections and take ownership of their personal strength.


Dance from around the world!

Dance around the World

Argentine Tango

4th Grade through 12th Grade
A social dance originating in Argentina - Argentine Tango. Students will learn the basic elements of tango walk, dramatic presence, and posture and body framing. They will explore using these concepts in improvisation with a partner.

Ballroom

3rd Grade through 12th Grade
Choose from several ballroom dance classics: Argentine Tango, Foxtrot, Merengue,Waltz and many more! Students will learn the basic steps, dramatic presence, and posture and body framing. They will explore using these concepts in improvisation with a partner and in groups.

Bollywood

3rd Grade through 12th Grade
This easy and fun introduction to Bollywood dances will take you on a passage to India, exploring all of the varied styles that contemporary Bollywood dance encompasses— the rhythmic classical footwork of Bharatanatyam and Kathak; the precision and elegance of semi-classical, the passion and storytelling of folk styles; the powerfully enthusiastic bhangra or giddha; and the fusion of Indo-jazz and contemporary Bollywood. With a soundtrack that leaves you shimmying and shaking, you can’t help but love this vibrant class for dance, music, and culture lovers alike!

Brazilian Dance

Kindergarten through 12th grade
Introduction to Brazilian music, history and culture. Students will experience the joy and high energy of Brazilian Samba music exploring a variety of song and dance from different regions of Brazil and the correlation to the yearly festival Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We will learn about samba school traditions and Afro-Bahian songs and dances from Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Folk Dances

- American Country Folk Dances: Contra & Square Dances, 2nd Grade through 12th Grade 
- European National Folk Dances, 2nd Grade through 12th Grade
- Folklorico Mexican Dance, 3rd Grade through 12th Grade

Hip-hop Technique and History

Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Students will learn the basics to the most popular types of street dance. Hip Hop History and culture are woven throughout. 

Hula Dance

Kindergarten through 12th Grade
The rhythmic dances of the Pacific Islands, Polynesian and Hula incorporate easy-to-perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats. The island breezes and hypnotic beats will cool you, while you develop coordination and stronger overall movement and posture. A beautiful and expressive cultural dance, this class also provides a “total body workout” as it isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core with specific emphasis on the abs, glutes, quads and upper-arms.

Social Dances

West African Dance

- Blues Dance, 3rd Grade through 12th Grade
- Swing Dance, 2nd through 12th Grade
- Social Dances of Yesterday & Today, 3rd Grade through 12th Grade

West African Dance

Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Students will learn a variety of dances, rhythms and histories from multiple West African cultures. This workshop includes movement, singing, rhythm, and cultural attire.


Dancing Stories!

Dancing stories

Animal Exploration

ECE- 2nd grade
Learn how to shake, shimmy, and slide like your favorite animal! We will play with exciting props, sing songs, and read fairytales all while dancing and sharing our favorite animal stories.

Movement Storytime

Toddlers, Pre-K, Early Elementary
Perfect fit for library branches, this workshop brings movement and ballet to an existing story time. Engage your families with younger students in movement games, songs and basic ballet vocabulary. Students will learn about a variety of dance concepts, such as, size, balance, rhythm, levels, shapes, and energy. The class will develop spatial awareness, problem solving, and strengthening the body and brain.

Words In Motion

2nd through 12th Grade
Students strengthen their knowledge of vocabulary words and sentence writing in this movement driven lesson. Students will explore embodiments and definitions of words and create dances based on their understanding of sentence writing.


STE(A)M!

Balance and Motion

SteamKindergarten through 5th Grade
Balance and Motion is a field trip or in school workshop recommended for kindergarten through 5th grade.  Students will explore on and off balance and work with partners and props while developing their motor skills through fun movement activities.

Metamorphosis Moves

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Colorado Ballet and the Butterfly Pavilion collaborate on this workshop. Students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly through movement in this interactive dance and science class.  
$200/1hr program
Visit www.butterflies.org/education/k-5-outreach.php for more information.

Moving the Moon Phases

1st through 5th Grade
Students who are currently learning about moon phases are great candidates for this integrative movement lesson. We will review the moon phases together and then apply the dance concept of size/reach to the entire cycle.

Movement, Muscles and Mechanics

6th through12th Grade
This anatomy based workshop is an introduction to the skeletal and muscular systems. Students will learn how to warm up the body properly through stretching and conditioning, in addition to producing choreographic work based on their bodies’ muscle makeup.


Whittier - African dance classAsk us!

We have many more on and off campus programs, and we're happy to create unique programs that fit your needs. Just ask: contact Samantha Hyde at samantha.hyde@coloradoballet.org or 303-339-1619.

 


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Words In Motion
Balance and Motion
Metamorphosis Moves
Moving the Moon Phases
Movement Muscles and Mechanics
Movement Storytime
Animal Exploration
West African Dance
Social Dances
Hula Dance
Hip-Hop Technique and History
Folk Dances
Bollywood
Brazilian Dance
Ballroom
Argentine Tango
I Like Me
Choreography Basics
Creative Movement
Dance Technique
Day of Dance



  Photos: Colorado Ballet education and community engagement events, photos by Colorado Ballet staff

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