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Colorado Ballet presents 2017/2018 Season

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tickets are on sale now at coloradoballet.org!

Colorado Ballet: Where Athlete Meets Art - Featuring Domenico Luciano

Monday, July 17, 2017

Featuring Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Domenico Luciano

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for Colorado Ballet’s 2017-2018 season

Friday, July 14, 2017

Single tickets will go on sale tomorrow for Colorado Ballet’s 57th season, which will include DraculaThe Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Ballet Director’s Choice at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Colorado Ballet opens its 57th season with the crowd-favorite Dracula, October 6-15, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Dracula features choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror, Dracula features seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula.

The season continues with the holiday classic The Nutcracker, November 25 through December 24, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The 57th annual production features timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  In addition to being the largest production of The Nutcracker in the state, Colorado Ballet’s 2016 production was named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. in the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award contest.

In the spring, Colorado Ballet will present the Shakespearean love story Romeo and Juliet, February 16-25, 2018 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The romantic ballet features choreography by Derek Deane and music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Prokofiev’s music serves as a melodic substitute for Shakespeare's poetry and Deane’s staging of the ballet focuses on the characters’ relationships.

Colorado Ballet will close out its season with a collection of ballets in Ballet Director’s Choice, March 30-April 1, 2018 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  Ballet Director’s Choiceincludes Pillar of Fire by choreographer Antony Tudor and music by Arnold Schoenberg, Brief Fling by choreographer Twyla Tharp with music by Michel Colombier and Percy Grainger, and a third work to be announced.  Colorado Ballet received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to perform Pillar of Fire.

Tickets range from $30 to $155.  Visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.  To continue reducing the number of ticket resellers who buy Colorado Ballet tickets and resell them at much higher prices, the print-at-home option for tickets will not be available until approximately one month before each production opens.  Until then, Colorado Ballet will send paper copies of tickets in the mail at no additional charge to ticket buyers.  Colorado Ballet used this strategy for the first time last season and it significantly cut down on the number of ticket resellers.

In addition to the season performances, Colorado Ballet will perform at the Vail Dance Festival on July 31 and August 1.  For more information, visit www.vaildance.org. Colorado Ballet will also perform An Evening under the Stars at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater on August 26.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

For the second season in a row, Colorado Ballet will also have two Attitude on Santa Fe productions in its Black Box Theater during the season.  Attitude on Santa Fe features three original works choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers.  The Company will present two Attitude on Santa Fe performances in September 2017 and two performances with different works in February 2018.  Information about these performances will be available soon on Colorado Ballet’s website.

Today is the last day to renew your subscription and keep your seats!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Current Colorado Ballet season subscribers, today is the last day to renew your subscription and keep your seats!  Also, today is the last day for new subscribers to get first choice of seats before single tickets go on sale on July 15.  Season subscriptions will still be available for purchase until the season begins, but now is your chance to get seats before the general public!   The 2017/2018 season will include Dracula, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Ballet Director's Choice.  The 2017/2018 subscription package includes Dracula, Romeo and Juliet and Ballet Director's Choice.

  

Why should you become a 2017/2018 Colorado Ballet season subscriber?  As a subscriber, you will receive:

  • 25% off all performances and any additional tickets
  • Choose your preferred dates and times early
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Priority seating before the general public
  • Complimentary ticket exchanges
For more information on renewing or purchasing a new season subscription, click here.

Yoga for ballet dancers - International Yoga Day is today

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
By Sharon Wehner, Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer
  

Yoga has been a great adjunct to my training as a dancer in so many ways... It is a great form of cross-training not only for the body, but mind and spirit as well.

   
I started yoga years ago, because it felt good to slow down in my body and breathe and do something that felt physical, yet not based on an aesthetic goal.  In ballet, we are always striving to meet an external expectation, because it is ultimately a performance art.  Although a dancer is expressing themselves from the inside-out as an artist, as a performer, they still have an obligation to meet audience pressures and expectations, as well as technical and aesthetic demands from the choreography.  In yoga, the focus is more internal.
  
Although alignment and form are important in terms of health and "improvement," the ultimate purpose is to create greater harmony within the body, mind and spirit, regardless of how you look.  You get to explore your own personal "edge," but without any judgement or expectation (except your own, which becomes a learning experience in its own right).
  
The practice of yoga goes far beyond the physical asana (postures).  A person can practice yoga on many levels, depending on how deep they are desiring to go with it in terms of physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment.  It really stems from a body of ancient Wisdom Teachings that can be explored and practiced in everyday life, not just on your yoga mat.  As someone who has danced her entire life, I would say that the same is true about dancing, if you choose to take that perspective.  I love any practice that involves a commitment to challenge and explore the interface of internal and external landscapes of our creative spirits, whether it manifests through asana postures, meditation, spinning 32 times on pointe, or embodying Juliet. 
  
I became a teacher, partly because I wanted to explore and understand the deeper aspects of yoga myself.  Yoga goes very deep, in terms of spirituality, and very wide, in terms of styles and permutations.  You can practice yoga with the goal of increasing health, or with the goal of expanding your consciousness, and everything in between.  And all are valid.
 
Ultimately, I was interested in helping people find peace and healing through a physical practice that is very accessible to most people, if they have a teacher who is sensitive to their individual needs. Just being able to move or sit, and pay attention to your breathe while doing so, is a powerful yogic practice.  So many people think you have to be experienced, strong, or flexible to do yoga, or even to dance.  As a teacher, I like to show people that all these assumptions are myths. Everybody has an inner dancer within them, and everyone has an inner wise yogi, both flexible and strong.

Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Sharon Wehner teaches yoga

 

 

 


What's In Your Bag with Tracy Jones

Monday, June 19, 2017


Take a look at what Tracy Jones keeps in her Vera Bradley bag:

  • A TheraBand - which I’m sure every dancer has in their bag
  • Massage balls - that’s really good for rolling out sore muscles

  • An array of leg warmers all made by friend Ashley Ellis, a Principal dancer at Boston Ballet
  • Pointe shoes by Bloch
  • Domyos resistance band

  • Hair pin box
  • Essential oil foot spray that I use in between rehearsals made by Sharon Wehner from Colorado Ballet
  • Toe stretchers
  • Box of second skin squares
  • Hand sanitizer

Most essential item in your bag?

Everything. I can’t dance without my pointe shoes so I guess that would be the answer. Hair pins, always need hair pins.

Colorado Ballet Academy registration is open for 2017/2018 academic year

Friday, June 16, 2017

Registration is open for Colorado Ballet Academy's 2017//2018 academic year.  Please register for the level assigned at the end of the 2016/2017 academic year.  If you cannot remember your level or you need to be assessed for placement, please contact the Academy at 303-339-1623.  Classes begin on August 21! 

Classes: Ages 1 1/2 to 21

Class sessions:

  • Parent Tot, Creative Dance, Pre Ballet classes run August 21-December 16 (Semester One)
  • Ballet Levels 1 through Pre Professional classes run August 21-May 27

Click here to register or for more information

Road to Recovery: Yosvani Ramos

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We follow Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Yosvani Ramos on his Road to Recovery.   His love for ballet is the thing that has guided him throughout this experience.

Day in the Life with Arianna Ciccarelli

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

It takes years and years of training and discipline, and a lifetime of passion and dedication to become a professional ballerina.” says Arianna Ciccarelli, Corps de Ballet dancer. She has been dancing since she was 7 years old but didn’t decide to try ballet until 11 after watching a movie about Kirov Ballet in which she fell in love with the beauty and discipline of classical ballet.  

Step behind the scenes of a Day in the Life of Arianna Ciccarelli. 

KH: What’s your morning routine before you get to the studio?

AC: I normally get up at 6:45am and go straight to the coffee pot! I don’t like to eat a huge breakfast before class, but I need something substantial to get me started on such a physically demanding day. I like to make avocado toast or a rice cake with peanut butter and bananas.

KH: Walk me through your day once you get to the studio.

AC: Once I get to the studio, I get changed into my rehearsal clothes and go straight to the PT room. I normally like to do 15-30 minutes of Pilates before class. I adjust my workouts to my rehearsal schedules (if I have a long day, I will do much shorter of a workout). After Pilates, I head into the studio to stretch and prepare my pointe shoes for the day!

 

KH: What workouts are you doing during Pilates and why are they important for you?

AC: Every dancer’s body is different, and we all have different things we need to work on! Personally I like to do a lot of ab work and jumping exercises. I struggle a lot with my jumps, so working on them in Pilates is a great way for me to improve coordination and strength.

KH: Tell me more about technique class

AC: We have technique class every day for an hour and 15 minutes. The combinations change every day, but we are working through the same sequences of steps. Even though this is a professional company, we all need to work on keeping our technique clean. Technique class is also our warm up for the rehearsals that follow!

 

KH: You rehearse 6 or more hours a day, how do you stay motivated and focused?

AC: We learn ballets and perform them so quickly, there is barely time to space out. There are so many little details to learn in just a few weeks! Of course, like anyone else we get distracted, but we all love this profession so we are motivated from our own wants and needs to improve.

KH: What do you do during your breaks?

AC: If I have a break, I like to put my feet up and relax a little. Rest is extremely important for dancers and athletes alike. Our job is extremely physically demanding, and if we don’t rest there is a much higher risk for injury! If my body is feeling really fatigued, I will try to schedule a physical therapy or massage appointment.

 

KH: What is your night routine after a long day at the studio?

AC: I typically go home around 6:30 p.m. and prepare a substantial dinner. I am also taking college courses, so I give myself some time after dinner for school work.

KH: How do you unwind and prepare for another day?

AC: If I am really sore, I like to roll out my muscles or take a hot bath. I also try to make time for seeing friends or talking to my family!

10 Questions with Tyler Rhoads

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

From his favorite book to why he dances, you will fall in love with his charming personality. Get to know Colorado Ballet dancer Tyler Rhoads.

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