Ballet Blog

Colorado Ballet Blog

 Click here to read this blog on Blogger

Recent Posts

Take a look at our season creative!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Here is a look at Colorado Ballet's 2016/2017 season creative:

Chandra Kuykendall by Allen Birnbach

Morgan Buchanan by Allen Birnbach

Maria Mosina by Allen Birnbach

Dana Benton by Allen Birnbach

Summer Intensive 2016 starts today!

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Intensive starts today!  Between now and July 22, students from all over the U.S. and the world will be studying at our Summer Intensive.  We want to welcome these students to Denver!

Under the direction of Valerie Madonia, the program is for serious intermediate dance students through pre-professional levels.  With internationally renown master teachers and Colorado Ballet Academy's own highly regarded school faculty, the program offers classes designed to provide far-reaching improvement for each student.

Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in ballet technique, pointe, men’s class, variations, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, character, Pilates, body conditioning as well as lectures on injury prevention, nutrition, Anatomy in Clay ©,  and dance history.

Summer Young Dancer Workshop starts next week

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The first session of Colorado Ballet Academy's Summer Young Dance Workshop starts next week and runs through June 24.  The second session runs from June 27 through July 8.

The workshop for students ages 9 to 12 (not yet on pointe) is an introduction to more serious dance training.  In addition to a daily ballet class, students at the workshop take classes in character, modern, choreography and pre-pointe.  Each day winds down with a lecture series, stretch and conditioning class or dance film.

On the final day of each session, students will have a showing in our Black Box Theater.

We are excited to have these students train with us starting next week!

Check out The Villager's article on Colorado Ballet's 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, June 03, 2016

The Villager posted an article on their website about Colorado Ballet's 2nd annual Golf Tournament on June 6 at the Lakewood Country Club.

Click here to read the article

The Tournament will honor Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, who just finished his 10th season with the Company.  Boggs was a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and was the former Academy Director of Chelsea Piers Golf Club in New York City. 

The tournament will consist of foursomes and will include on-course challenges like closest to the pin and longest drive for both men and women.  Colorado Ballet will also award prizes to the top foursome and competition winners.  The event will also include lunch.  This is the second year of the tournament, which raises money for Colorado Ballet’s professional Company, Academy and Education and Community Engagement programs.

Click here to learn more about the golf tournament

Academy summer open program begins May 9

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Colorado Ballet Academy's 2016 Summer Open Program classes will begin on Monday, May 9.

The Open Program for teens and adults is a unique division of students and teachers dedicated to the growth and fostering of dance as an art form and a vital part of a healthy lifestyle.  Our classes offer a wide variety of classes and instructors to choose from, with a flexible schedule that meets the needs of both the working professional and busy students.

Click here for more information


Adult open program students


Check out Colorado Avid Golfer's feature on Gil Boggs

Friday, April 29, 2016

Colorado Avid Golfer featured Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs in an article in the May issue of the magazine.  Click here to read the article.

Boggs, who just finished his 10th season as the artistic director of the Company, served as the Academy Director of Chelsea Piers Golf Club in New York City after he retired as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.  Colorado Ballet's 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on June 6 at the Lakewood Country Club will honor Boggs.  Click here for more information about the tournament.

Tickets to An Evening Under the Stars went on sale today

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tickets to Colorado Ballet's An Evening Under the Stars went on sale through the Arvada Center today.  The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.

Don't miss out on this exciting kickoff to our 2016-2017 season, for a program featuring excerpts from upcoming and past productions as well as other classical and contemporary works.  The performance will close with the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires by choreographer and Colorado Ballet’s Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia, with music by Piazzolla.  The Angel of Buenos Aires made its world premiere with Colorado Ballet in March 2016.

Click here to purchase covered or lawn tickets

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires" - photo by Mike Watson

Don't miss out on summer classes June through July!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Colorado Ballet Academy will offer six weeks of ballet classes for children ages 3 to 9+ this summer in June and July.  These classes will take place Monday through Thursday, June 6 through July 15 (no classes on July 4) at Colorado Ballet's home at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.  Register today!

Classes offered this summer include:

  • Creative Dance for ages 3-4 - Class assists the young dancer in identifying basic forms of movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns while fostering independence. Students will be introduced to the concepts of body, energy, space, & time as well as encouraged to take direction from the instructor and share turns with peers.
  • Pre-ballet for ages 5-6 -  An introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary.
  • Ballet Level 1 for ages 7 and up - The goal of Ballet Level 1 is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work. 
  • Ballet Level 2 for ages 8 and up - As with each level, students are invited to Ballet Level 2 after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Body alignment and muscle awareness will determine progress. This class will focus on positions of the arms, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary. 
  • Ballet Level 3 for ages 8 and up - In Ballet Level 3, attention is paid to the proper extension of the legs and shape of the feet, developing movement sequences, port de bras and balance. Students will see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work Students begin focus on repetition and retention.
  • Ballet Level 4 for ages 9 and up - Level 4 students continue to develop extension of the legs and strength of the feet as well as more advanced barre and center work and port de bras throughout. Single pirouettes and grande allegro are introduced. 
For more information or to register, visit

Summer Camps are starting to fill up!

Friday, April 08, 2016

With summer right around the corner, what could be more fun for your children than keeping them active at one of the Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Dance Camps?  As the official school of Colorado Ballet, our summer camp students will show off their creativity through movement, dance like ballet royalty, learn about the magical world of ballet fairies and improve their dance skills through a series of day camps for children ages 3 to 9.

Young dancers ages 3 to 4 will explore movement through the popular Creative Dance Camp using imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns.  Our creative dancers will also enjoy dance-inspired crafts and story time.

Does your little dancer dream of dancing like a prince or princess on a grand stage?  Classic ballet royalty from Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake come to life in Ballet Prince & Princess Camp, with two sections: ages 4 to 5 or 5 to 6.  Little princes and princesses will practice ballet movements, listen to music, create dances and make crafts inspired by these different characters.

Fairies, fairies and more fairies! There are 11 fairies in The Sleeping Beauty, 1 in The Nutcracker, and even more in A Midsummer Night’s Dream!  Children in Ballet Fairy Camp will practice ballet movements, listen to music, create dances and make crafts inspired by these different characters.  We offer two sections of this camp: for ages 4 to 5 or 5 to 6.

Young dancers ages 7 and up with previous dance training will improve and focus their ballet and dance skills in the fun and fast-paced Level 1 Dancing Camp.  Our Level 1 students will also take classes in modern dance, character, dance history, improvisation and introduction to jazz.

Level 2 Dancing Camp is designed to prepare students ages 8 and up for more rigorous dance programs by focusing on refining their technique and exposing them to additional classes which will help round out their dance education.  Classes will include ballet, modern, character, jazz, dance history and related film to provide a balanced day of dance.

Our students train in the same facility as the professional dancers of Colorado Ballet, the state-of-the-art studios at the Armstrong Center for Dance in the Art District on Santa Fe near Downtown Denver.  The Colorado Ballet Academy summer dance day camps will take place in June and August.  A few of the camps are almost full, so register today!  Visit for dates, times and prices of these camps.

Colorado Ballet dancers to present Fancy Footwork on April 9

Friday, April 01, 2016

Colorado Ballet's dancers will present two performances of Fancy Footwork, an exciting show featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves.  The performances will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 in Colorado Ballet's Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive.

Selections will range from excerpts of the great classics to new contemporary works by choreographers within the Colorado Ballet family.

Guests attending the evening performance will also have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences in a silent auction, tailored by the Colorado Ballet dancers. All proceeds from the event will go towards Colorado Ballet’s career transition fund, Next Step.

The cost is $25 and tickets are limited. 

Click here to purchase matinee tickets.
Click here to purchase evening tickets


our email list

Receive Pointes of Interest, Colorado Ballet's e-newsletter.

Click here to subscribe

Our Sponsors

  • SCFD
  • Colorado Ballet Auxiliary
  • Bayswater
  • Saunders Construction
  • Kenneth King Foundation
  • KeyBank