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Highlights from La Sylphide

Friday, September 04, 2015

This video includes highlights from the La Sylphide pas de deux featuring Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov from An Evening under the Stars at the Arvada Center.

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Principal dancers Maria Mosina and Sharon Wehner begin their 20th seasons with Colorado Ballet

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Company will highlight Mosina in La Sylphide and Wehner in Alice (in Wonderland)

Colorado Ballet principal dancers Maria Mosina and Sharon Wehner recently started their 20th seasons with Colorado Ballet.  Both dancers joined the Company in 1995.

According to Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, having one dancer spend 20 years with a single company is rare and having two is even more unique due to a variety of variables, from artistic differences to injuries.  He said that for Mosina and Wehner, dancing with Colorado Ballet for 20 years has not been a matter of longevity; instead, their artistry enabled them to have such long careers.  While they have differences—Mosina was born and trained in Russia and Wehner was born and trained in California—Boggs says it is that artistry that makes them similar as dancers.  “Take a performance of Swan Lake, they both do the Swan Queen,” said Boggs.  “Maria does it and she pulls you in and she makes you feel the role.  Sharon does exactly the same thing.  She makes you believe that she’s a swan.  So, even with the differences in their training, the similarities are that they can take an audience and pull them in and be thoroughly convincing at what they’re doing.”

This season, Boggs will highlight both dancers in the lead roles of two of Colorado Ballet’s productions.  The Company will celebrate Mosina during La Sylphide, opening October 2 and Wehner during Alice (in Wonderland), opening February 19.  “If anybody was ever meant to dance La Sylphide, it’s Maria.  She has a beautiful jump, she has great expression, she’s going to be flirty and she’s also going to be very dramatic.  It’s a role that’s made for her.  For Alice, it’s a role that’s made for Sharon; she’s the perfect stature and she looks like Alice.  Her temperament is exceptional for portraying that character.  I’m very happy with the programming this year because it complements both of them very well.”

Boggs says that as an artistic director, Mosina and Wehner make him look good.  “I know that when I come into a rehearsal, they’re such professionals, that they’re never marking, they’re always doing everything full-out,” said Boggs.  “They’re giving everything that they have, and when they get on stage, they’re exquisite, they’re beautiful…stellar.  I’m able to sit back and I can relax and know that the performance that they’re about to give is going to be nothing short of wonderful.”

About Maria Mosina:

Maria MosinaMaria Mosina was born and raised in Moscow, Russia.  From as far back as she can remember, she said that she loved to dance, move around and act.  Her mother enrolled her in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, where she studied academics and ballet for nine years.  According to Mosina, by the time she was 10 years old, she knew she would become a professional ballerina.

After completing her training, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company and danced soloist and principal roles soon after joining the Company.  She toured around the world, appearing on all major European, American, African and Asian stages.  “I realized that the art of ballet, it’s truly a universal art that can bring cultures and countries together,” said Mosina.  She spent five years with the Company, then moved to the U.S. to work with emerging choreographers, new ballets and perform different styles of dance. 

Since joining Colorado Ballet in 1995, she has performed major roles in the Company’s classical productions and contemporary works.  “I’m so fortunate to have a job that fulfills and inspires me,” said Mosina.  “I get pleasure from dancing.  I was born to give people happiness on the stage.”

According to Mosina, she uses her life experiences to bring something new to her art.  “I believe that my dance was changed when my daughter was born,” said Mosina.  “It became more emotional, and I put more emotions on stage.  Being a ballerina and a mom is a challenge and a joy.”  She said that knowing that her daughter watches her from the audience brings her even more happiness while performing on the stage.

She said she is lucky to have avoided major injuries throughout her career and she still loves dancing.  “I think my passion and love still pushes me forward all the time,” said Mosina.  “I still love what I’m doing.  I believe that ballet is not just about the number of pirouettes you can do or how high you can kick your leg; ballet is an art and there is no age limit to express yourself.”

Mosina said that she would like to dedicate her 20th season to everyone who has helped her get to where she is today including her teachers, mentors, coaches, choreographers, friends, family and partners on the stage.  “And especially to my mom, she passed away one year ago,” said Mosina.  “She was my first fan and my friend.”

Her advice to aspiring dancers is to study and learn everything that it takes to be a good dancer and take it very seriously.  “It’s not fun, all day,” said Mosina.  “It’s hard physically, for the body, and it’s hard emotionally.  You have to study, all about the art.  And the audience does see or know what you are getting through, those weeks in the studios.  But, it’s paid when you’re standing at the end of the performance and you can feel the audience believing in you.”

In addition to career at Colorado Ballet, she is also an active ballet instructor throughout the U.S. and has participated as a master teacher and judge for the Youth American Grand Prix.  She dances as a guest artist at other festivals, galas and companies and has completed her studies with a degree in ballet pedagogy.  “I believe that when I’ve finished my dancing career, I plan to stay in the ballet world, when I retire…someday,” said Mosina.

About Sharon Wehner:

Sharon WehnerSharon Wehner is originally from San Jose, California and started dancing at the age of three.  At 19, she audition for several companies.  “I got three offers and I ended up at Colorado Ballet, mostly because I knew somebody here and he had good things to say about the company,” said Wehner. 

The Company promoted Wehner to principal in 1999.  “I really didn’t set out to be a principal dancer, I didn’t set out to have a long career with a company,” said Wehner.  “I just wanted to do good work.  I just wanted to be a good dancer, and, I wanted to keep growing, and I think that’s why I stayed; because I was always excited about the rep coming up and I loved my colleagues.”

According to Wehner, starting her 20th season with Colorado Ballet feels a little surreal.  She said that it is difficult to separate her “the person” from her “the dancer” because everything intertwines.  “My position as a dancer at Colorado Ballet has run concurrently with my lifetime; I kind of grew up as an artist with Colorado Ballet,” she said.  “One might think that working for the same company would get a little stale, feel a little too comfortable.  But in fact, establishing a ‘home-base’ with Colorado Ballet has allowed me to expand my own artistry, to build upon all of the experiences I’ve had as both a dancer and human being, and to learn from all of the extraordinary artists who have passed through the Company over the years.”

Wehner said that she has seen many changes over the years at Colorado Ballet and now the Company is on an upward growth.  “It’s had many ups and downs that I’ve witnessed, and even some scary times when the economy was not so great,” said Wehner.  “It’s been wonderful to see the Company go through all of that and then come out stronger.”

In addition to the changes at Colorado Ballet, she has witnessed the perception of arts in Denver change over the years.  When she first joined the Company in 1995, she said that one of her neighbors could not fathom how anyone could make a career as a professional ballet dancer in Denver.  Coming from an area that had a lot of arts and culture, she was shocked by neighbor’s assumption about artists and dancers making a living in Denver.  Since that time though, she said that Denver has changed.  “I think now if someone asks me what I do and I say I’m a ballet dancer and I dance with the Colorado Ballet, it actually means something to them,” said Wehner.  “And I think that’s wonderful to see how the community has changed in relationship to Colorado Ballet.”

After dancing many lead roles during her career, Wehner said that there have been very few ballets or roles that she did not like.  For her, almost every ballet was its own gem and she enjoyed sinking her teeth into each one of them.  She said that when she steps back and looks at her career, a few roles stood out to her more than others.  “Dancing Juliet was one of them,” said Wehner.  “Romeo & Juliet was the first ballet that really moved me.  I think I was nine when I saw the ballet and I remember sitting in the audience and realizing what power a ballet can have on an audience.  I was young, but I felt it and I could feel everybody around me feeling that.’”  She admits that she had a hard time holding back tears when she heard the orchestra play the overture on the opening night of her debut as Juliet.

For Wehner, the future means taking ballet by ballet, year by year, and day by day.  She said that it is important to be in the moment.  “You never know, as a physical artist, you hope your body will be there for you, you can’t take it for granted,” said Wehner.  “Every day, you come into the studio and you start the same way.  You plie.  You start with plies, and that’s kind of the being in the moment part…it’s not like some careers that you can do when you’re 70.  Although, I have seen dancers dancing in their 70’s.”

According to Wehner, 20 is just a number.  “It’s like how people talk about age; it’s kind of a balance looking back and looking forward at all the dancing I still want to do, and then just being present and feeling like this is also just another season and an opportunity to grow as a dancer,” said Wehner.

For more information about Maria Mosina or Sharon Wehner, visit

Attitude on Santa Fe dinner and performance will showcase three new works choreographed by Colorado Ballet dancers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Colorado Ballet will host the first Attitude on Santa Fe at 6:30 p.m. on September 19 in the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.  The event will include a three course meal and wine, followed by the performance of three new ballets choreographed and performed by Colorado Ballet dancers.

Attitude on Santa Fe is a wonderful opportunity to not only see Colorado Ballet’s dancers perform in our intimate Black Box Theater, but it is also a way to see new works choreographed by the dancers themselves,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “When we moved into our new home on Santa Fe Drive last year, we wanted to showcase new works in our fantastic theater space.  This is the perfect event to see innovative choreography created by three aspiring choreographers.”

Sean Omandam’s new work, Scatterplot will feature ten of Colorado Ballet’s dancers performing to the music of Radicalfashion.  The name of the ballet comes from the statistical term of a summary of two variables of data in which each unique contributes to the point on the scatterplot, but the points are not joined.

Kevin Gaël Thomas’ new ballet, Nostalgia will feature two different pieces of music: "Elegie" by composer Gabriel Faure and "La Memoire et La Mer" from the French singer and poet Leo Ferre.  The ballet features seven dancers.  “The piece portrays the nostalgia of the meaningful moments shared with the people we have met throughout our existence; from the first encounters growing to the passionate moments that eventually fade away…,” said Thomas.

Kevin Hale’s new work, Sinister Love will feature seven of Colorado Ballet’s dancers performing to three songs by Max Richter, “On the Nature of Daylight,” “Sketchbook,” and “November.”  The ballet features a dancer portraying the character of Death, who falls in love with a woman and it gravely impacts the people around her.

Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $75 and seating is limited.  To register, visit

Colorado Ballet plans to host another Attitude on Santa Fe event with different works by Colorado Ballet’s dancers in early 2016.

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with romantic classic La Sylphide

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Production will feature principal dancer Maria Mosina in her 20th season with Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with the romantic ballet La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  La Sylphide features choreography by August Bournonville and music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  

In the ballet, a young betrothed Scotsman pursues a beautiful winged sylph, or spirit.  He is tricked by an evil witch and in his quest for the sylph’s unattainable love, he abandons his fiancée and ultimately loses everything.

La Sylphide demonstrates temptation, loss and loving something you cannot have,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs.  “This production will feature Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Mosina in the main cast as the Slyph.  Mosina is starting her 20th season with Colorado Ballet and she danced the role of the Sylph when the Company last performed La Sylphide in 1996.”

Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Sharon Wehner will also start her 20th season with the Company this fall.  Wehner will star in the main cast of Alice (in Wonderland) in February.  Both dancers will perform other roles this season.

“I wanted to present La Sylphide not only because it has been nearly 20 years since we have performed it, but also because it is one of the most beautiful and romantic ballets of all time,” said Boggs.  “This is a spellbinding tale of betrayal, dark magic and love set in the enchanting woods of Scotland.  Audiences will love this ballet full of woodland spirits, diabolical witches and kilts.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2 p.m. 

Ticket prices range from $30 to $155.  To purchase tickets, visit or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Maria Mosina by Allen Birnbach
Tracy Jones, Francisco Estevez and Dana Benton by Allen Birnbach


Registration is open for Colorado Ballet’s fall events

Friday, August 14, 2015

We’re back in full-swing here at Colorado Ballet, and we want you to get involved!  Check out our upcoming fall events.  We'll have more details on all of these events soon.

Attitude on Santa Fe
Saturday, September 19, 2015
6-8:30 p.m.
Armstrong Center for Dance
Cost: $75
Enjoy an elegant three-course dinner and wine followed by a fabulous performance in the black box theater, all for less than a night out on the town!

Behind the Scenes Luncheon – La Sylphide
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kevin Taylor’s at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Cost: $55 ($100 for both 2015-2016 luncheons)
Enjoy lunch, and hear from Principal Dancer Maria Mosina, who is celebrating her 20th season with Colorado Ballet! Then stay for a sneak peek of Colorado Ballet’s upcoming performance of La Sylphide.

Ladies at the Barre – La Sylphide
Friday, October 9, 2015
5:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. performance
Dinner: Nickel Restaurant
Performance: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Cost: $140
Enjoy a night out with dinner and Colorado Ballet’s performance of La Sylphide!

Click here to register for any of these upcoming events.

Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 Season - Longer commercial

Monday, August 10, 2015

This is a longer video for Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season. The season includes La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland) and Ballet Director's Choice. Visit

The video includes Colorado Ballet dancers Dana Benton, Tracy Jones, Francisco Estevez, Maria Mosina and Kevin Gaël Thomas.

Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 Season Commercial

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

This is the 15 second commercial for Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season. The season will include La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland) and Ballet Director's Choice. Visit

The video features Colorado Ballet dancers Dana Benton, Francisco Estevez, Maria Mosina and Kevin Gaël Thomas.

Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market seeks artisans and craft vendors for 2015 event

Monday, August 03, 2015

Colorado Ballet is seeking artisans and craft vendors to participate in the first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, which will take place November 5-8, 2015 in a heated tent in Skyline Park in Downtown Denver at 16th and Arapahoe Streets.

The market will consist of an upscale retail market, with additional artisan and high-end craft booths.  In addition to the holiday market, Colorado Ballet will host other events and activities including a private kick-off cocktail party, four Breakfast with Santa events, a food court with a variety of food trucks, and live music by local chorale and music groups.

“Colorado Ballet takes great pride in hosting our first annual Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, which will kick-off the holiday season in Denver,” said Sarah Treviño-Anderson, Colorado Ballet Special Events and Boutique Manager.  “The Nutcracker Market will showcase the best Denver has to offer for holiday gift ideas with great entertainment and holiday festivities.”

The event will be held annually during the first weekend of November in Downtown Denver and will benefit Colorado Ballet and its affiliate programs.

For more information on becoming a vendor, contact Sarah Treviño-Anderson, Special Events and Boutique Manager, at 303-339-1717 or

For more information on the Colorado Ballet Nutcracker Market, visit

Nutcracker Market

Beware of ticket scammers!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Single tickets to Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season went on sale on July 15 and we wanted to remind our patrons to beware of ticket scammers.  Colorado Ballet sells tickets on our own website, and through our partners at Altitude Tickets (formerly known as TicketHorse),  We encourage patrons to only buy tickets through these two websites.  Occasionally, we will also sell tickets to select performances through Goldstar, Travelzoo and LivingSocial.

Colorado Ballet does not partner with or endorse other ticketing services and we cannot guarantee the quality of ticketing services through other ticketing vendors.  We have heard complaints from patrons who have purchased through other sites, especially when it comes to extra fees.  Please be aware that Colorado Ballet does not charge additional fees when you select the print-at-home option on our website.  So, a $30 ticket is only $30 through print-at-home.  (The only additional ticketing fees we charge are for mailed tickets, will call or exchanges.)

Here are the 2015-2016 ticket prices:

  • Pointe Circle - $155
  • Spotlight Circle - $120
  • A Seating - $90
  • B Seating - $75
  • C Seating - $50
  • D Seating - $30

If a ticketing vendor wants to charge you much higher prices for these tickets or add on exorbitant handling fees, be suspicious!  We want our patrons to have a great experience before and during performances, so don't be fooled by ticket scammers.

We hope you enjoy Colorado Ballet this season!  Get your tickets today as shows and price levels will sell out (some price levels of The Nutcracker are already running out of seats).  Click here to purchase tickets for our 2015-2016 season: La Sylphide, The Nutcracker, Alice (in Wonderland), and Ballet Director's Choice.

Check out our 15/16 promotional images!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tracy Jones, Francisco Estevez and Dana Benton for "La Sylphide"

Francisco Estevez for "The Nutcracker"

Maria Mosina for "Alice (in Wonderland)"

Dana Benton and Kevin Gaël Thomas for "Ballet Director's Choice"

All photos are by Allen Birnbach.


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