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Colorado Ballet promotes Corps de Ballet dancer to Soloist, adds new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet dancers

Monday, July 27, 2015

Colorado Ballet promoted one of its Corps de Ballet dancers to Soloist dancer, added a new Principal and four new Corps de Ballet members for a total of 30 professional Company dancers.

At the end of the 2014-2015 season, Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Francisco Estevez from Corps de Ballet to Soloist.  Born in Quito, Ecuador, Estevez moved to the U.S. in 1995.  He began his ballet training in Louisville, Kentucky and finished his professional training at the School of American Ballet in New York where he also performed featured roles with the New York City Ballet.  He graduated in 2008 and danced with Boston Ballet and Barcelona Ballet before joining Colorado Ballet during the 2012-2013 season.

With the retirement of two Principals at the end of the 2014-2015 season, Boggs brought on Yosvani Ramos as a new Principal this season.

Ramos was born in Camagüey, Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School, dancing with Jeune Ballet de France and Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris after winning the Gold Medal at the Paris International Ballet Competition in 1998. He joined English National Ballet as a Soloist in 1999 and was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2000, then Principal Dancer in 2003. He danced with ENB until 2008 when he joined The Australian Ballet as a Principal Artist, where he remained until April 2013.  He danced at the XVIII International Ballet Festival in Miami in September 2013, spent several months guesting with companies in Europe and the USA and joined the Cincinnati Ballet as principal dancer in July 2014.  He joins Colorado Ballet for the 2015-2016 season as a Principal Dancer.

Colorado Ballet’s new Corps de Ballet dancers include: Mackenzie Dessens, formerly with Cincinnati Ballet’s second company; Megan Dillon, who previously danced Charlotte Ballet 2 and Ballet Met 2; Sarah Tryon, formerly with Sarasota Ballet; and Bryce Lee, who danced in Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company before his promotion into the Company.

Click here to learn more about the Company dancers.

More than half of Colorado Ballet’s Company dancers will perform at the Vail International Dance Festival on August 2, 9 and 10.  Colorado Ballet’s dancers will also perform at An Evening under the Stars on August 22 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The Company will officially open the 2015-2016 season with La Sylphide on October 2 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

In addition to the new dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers will join the professional Company dancers this season for the productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet's Studio Company is a pre-professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.

Save 20% at Colorado Ballet's An Evening under the Stars

Monday, July 20, 2015

Colorado Ballet will perform a collection of works at An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 22, 2015 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO 80003.

Tickets range from $15 to $39.  Patrons who use promo code BALLET will receive 20 percent off covered seating tickets.  This promotion is for covered seats only; the promotion is not valid on lawn seats and it expires on August 6.  For more information, visit

An Evening under the Stars will featuring excerpts from upcoming and past productions as well as other classical and contemporary works.  The performance will include the contemporary ballet In Pieces by choreographer Val Caniparoli, which made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in 2013.  Featuring dramatic lighting and costumes, the ballet is set to Poul Ruders' musical composition Concerto in Pieces.

Chandra Kuykendall and Jesse Marks perform "In Pieces"
Photo by Sue Daniels Photography

Single tickets to Colorado Ballet's 2015-2016 season are on sale now

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Single tickets went on sale today for Colorado Ballet’s 55th season, which will include La Sylphide, The Nutcracker and Alice (in Wonderland) at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Ballet Director’s Choice at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. 

Colorado Ballet opens its 55th season with the romantic ballet La Sylphide, October 2-11, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  This ballet features choreography by August Bournonville and music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Bournonville choreographed La Sylphide in 1836, making it one of the oldest surviving ballets.  In the production, a young Scotsman pursues a beautiful, bewitching winged sylph, or spirit.  Temptation for the unknown drives him toward an unattainable love; a quest that causes him to lose everything.

The season continues with the 55th annual production of The Nutcracker, presented by KeyBank, November 28 through December 27, 2015 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Nutcracker features more than 300 costumes, 30 Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers, 65 Academy dancers and scenery by José Varona.  The production includes timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

In the spring, Colorado Ballet will fall down the rabbit hole for the Colorado premiere of Alice (in Wonderland), presented by PwC, February 19-28, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass,” the ballet includes choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.  Alice (in Wonderland) first premiered in 2012 and the choreography merges traditional ballet movements with contemporary ballroom, modern and hip-hop steps.

Colorado Ballet will close its season with a collection of contemporary premieres in Ballet Director’s Choice, March 25-27, 2016 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  The repertory will include the premiere of a tango-inspired ballet by Colorado Ballet’s Ballet Mistress and choreographer Lorita Travaglia.  She is the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization that takes inspiration from the art of Argentine Tango.  Renowned contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh will also create a work for the Company.  Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and Choreographer with Houston Ballet and founder of contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.  The production will include a third work to be announced at another date.

Single tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now.  Tickets range from $30 to $155.  Visit or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

In addition to the season productions, Colorado Ballet will perform at the Vail International Dance Festival in Ballet Blast on August 2, Balanchine Celebration on August 9 and Dance for $20.15 on August 10, 2015.  Colorado Ballet will also perform An Evening under the Stars at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater on August 22, 2015.  Additionally, the Company will present an encore of Ballet Director’s Choice on April 1, 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.  For more information on these additional performances, visit

Tracy Jones, Francisco Estevez and Dana Benton by Allen Birnbach

Colorado Ballet Education and Community Engagement

Monday, July 13, 2015

Colorado Ballet Academy 2015-2016 Session

Thursday, July 09, 2015

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Colorado Ballet Academy opens 2015-2016 class registration

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Colorado Ballet Academy opened registration today for the 2015-2016 session of dance classes for children and adults.  The session begins on August 24 and includes the ballet program, Pre-professional Division and adult and teen open program.  Online registration is open now, in-person registration opens August 1.

The ballet program includes dance classes for toddlers through teens in creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, tap, modern, jazz, yoga, Pilates and more.

The Pre-professional Division for ages 13 to 21 provides training to ease the transition from student to professional dancer.  Students participate in 28 hours of class per week, Monday through Saturday.  The audition-only program is geared toward developing the whole artist, offering classes beyond dance technique to create well-rounded dancers ready for the professional ballet world.  Many students participate in online academic programs to allow for more concentration on their ballet training.

“This is the second year of the Pre-professional Division at the Academy,” said Valerie Madonia, Colorado Ballet Academy Director.  “The program continues to grow and we anticipate offering two levels this year with no more than 15 students in each level.  This allows dancers to take classes in a small, focused and nurturing environment.”

Colorado Ballet Academy students registered for the 2015-2016 session will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet’s 2015 production of The Nutcracker and 2016 production Alice (in Wonderland).  Auditions for The Nutcracker will take place on September 13 and auditions for Alice (in Wonderland) will take place on October 18.

In addition to the ballet program and Pre-professional Division, the Academy offers an adult and teen open program with classes for various skill levels in ballet.

All classes will take place at Colorado Ballet’s studios at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.

“This is the second year we have been able to offer classes in our new building,” said Madonia.  “Our location in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe gives our Academy more visibility in the community and more opportunities to perform during First Fridays and other special events.”

For more information about fall classes or auditions, visit

Dtown - 8 Great Things for Kids! Featuring Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Camps

Friday, June 12, 2015

This show features Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Camps starting 10 minutes into the program.

Colorado Ballet offers two Passport to Dance sessions

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Colorado Ballet will be offering two Passport to Dance sessions at the Montclair Recreation Center this summer!  The sessions will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday afternoons.  The first session is June 19, 26, July 10 and 17 and the second session is July 24, 31, August 7 and 14.

Passport to Dance is a 4-week session of varying dance genres including Ballet, Creative Movement, Hip-hop, West African dance and much more!  Each session offers two levels, depending on a student's age:

  • Level I – Grades K-3rd, Ages 4-8
  • Level II – Grades 4th-6th, Ages 9-12

The cost for each session (4 classes) is $24.  To register, contact Samantha Hyde at 303-339-1619 or e-mail  

Gala and Academy performance photos available

Friday, May 22, 2015

Photos from Colorado Ballet's Arts with Altitude Gala on May 16 are now available to view and purchase through Custom Creations Photography:!i=4072725036&k=qskBdNH

Buckstein plays for Arts with Altitude patrons
Photo by Custom Creations Photography


Photos from Colorado Ballet Academy's Spring Performance on May 16 are now available to view and purchase through Francisco Estevez Photography:

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography


Colorado Ballet - Setting the Barre

Monday, May 18, 2015

This video includes photos and videos of artists of Colorado Ballet, students from Colorado Ballet Academy and students in our education and outreach programs.

The video originally aired at the Arts with Altitude Gala on May 16, 2015.


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