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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.

Behind the Scenes 2017/2018 Season

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

You can never get enough behind the scenes action. Check out this cool video from our 2017-2018 season photo and video shoots!

Featuring Chandra Kuykendall, Domenico Luciano, Francisco Estevez, Sharon Wehner, Yosvani Ramos, Kevin Gael Thomas, Asuka Sasaki and Sarah Tryon.

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Darning with Arianna Ciccarelli

Friday, May 26, 2017

Corps de ballet dancer, Arianna Ciccarelli shows us how she darns her pointe shoes.

2017 Artist Award: Maria Mosina

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation presented their 2017 Artist Award to recently retired Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Mosina at their awards luncheon last week.  Here is a video highlighting Maria and all of her amazing accomplishments, which made her so deserving of the Artist Award.  Congratulations Maria!

Colorado Ballet to perform twice at 2017 Vail Dance Festival

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Colorado Ballet will perform at the 2017 Vail Dance Festival in Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet at 5:30 p.m. on July 31 at the Avon Performance Pavilion, Nottingham Park in Avon, CO and American Dance Classics at 7:30 p.m. on August 1 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO.

“This is the first time since 2015 that Colorado Ballet has performed at the Vail Dance Festival,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “We are honored that Damian Woetzel has chosen us to perform at a festival that includes some of the world’s greatest dancers performing a variety of dance genres.”

Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet on July 31 will feature a family-friendly repertory of ballet excerpts by Colorado Ballet’s dancers.  Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and attendees are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, as well as their own food and commercially-sealed non-alcoholic beverages.  Food and drinks will also be available to purchase at this free performance.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Colorado Ballet’s dancers to demonstrate their versatility and artistry through a variety of short ballet works,” said Boggs.  “This free, family-friendly performance is a must-see for everyone in the Avon, Beaver Creek and Vail areas this summer.”

The following evening on August 1, Colorado Ballet’s corps de ballet dancers and Festival guest artists will perform George Balanchine’s Serenade to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C” during the second half of American Dance Classics.  The production will open with Robert Fairchild, Marcelo Gomes, Daniel Ulbricht and Tiler Peck starring in Jerome Robbins’ acclaimed 1944 debut ballet, Fancy Free.  Set to a rollicking Leonard Bernstein score, the ballet brings to life the adventures of three sailors on shore leave in WWII era New York City.  Live music throughout the evening will be performed by Cameron Grant and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Kurt Crowley, Vail Dance Festival Music Director and music director of Broadway's Hamilton.

"Seeing Balanchine's Serenade performed outside in the mountains is a magical experience, and we’re looking forward to having Colorado Ballet back at the Festival performing this classic as part of our part of celebration of American masterpieces," said Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel.

The Vail Dance Festival runs from July 29 through August 12.  Tickets are on sale now, visit for more information.

“I believe our dancers have tremendous talent and this is a chance for dance fans from all over the world to see that talent firsthand,” said Boggs.  “Performing twice at the Vail Dance Festival is a great way to kick off our 57th season.  The Festival’s repertory includes something for all dance fans to enjoy and shows that Colorado has a huge dance audience.”

About Colorado Ballet: Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 56 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Community Engagement programs.  Visit  

About the Vail Dance Festival: The outdoor splendor of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is the backdrop each summer as the unique mountain town of Vail plays host to a collection of the world’s finest dancers. Under the artistic direction of Damian Woetzel, the Vail Dance Festival has become renowned for its artistic excellence, unique programming, new works, and one-of-a-kind partnerships. Nearly 20-thousand people from around the world descend each summer on Vail, a vibrant cultural destination, for the Festival’s two-week residence. The Festival’s spirited atmosphere transforms the village into a culturally-rich environment that is inviting to dance aficionados and newcomers alike. In addition to regular performances, the Festival features robust community programming and education events, drawing on its roster of visiting artists, in addition to year-round personnel who focus on arts education in the Vail Valley. In the fall of 2016, the Vail Dance Festival presented for the first time a season outside of its Colorado-base, with a series of acclaimed performances at New York City Center entitled Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC. The Vail Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, which since 1981 has fulfilled its mission to enhance and sustain the quality of life in the Vail Valley by providing leadership in arts, education and athletics. For more information, visit

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Serenade" photo by Mike Watson
©The Balanchine Trust


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