Colorado Ballet

Ballet Blog

Colorado Ballet Blog

 Click here to read this blog on Blogger

Recent Posts


Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Dana Benton

Sunday, January 08, 2017


Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Principal Dana Benton
coloradoballet.org

Colorado Ballet presents The Little Mermaid

Friday, January 06, 2017

Colorado Ballet will close out its 2016-2017 season with the children’s classic The Little Mermaid, March 31-April 2, 2017 at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, with choreography by Tony Award nominated choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett and original music by composer Michael Moricz.  The score includes narration and lyrics with the music to enhance the telling of the story. This production will also open with a special performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, choreographed by Clark Tippet featuring a vibrant violin ensemble composed by Max Bruch.  Only a handful of tickets remain!  Click here for more information.

This video includes Dana Benton.

Colorado Ballet presents Ballet MasterWorks

Monday, January 02, 2017
>

Colorado Ballet will present a collection of three master ballet works to live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra in Ballet MasterWorks, February 17-26, 2017 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Ballet MasterWorks includes includes Firebird, by choreographer Yuri Possokhov and music by Igor Stravinsky. The production will also feature Serenade choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C.” Colorado Ballet is extremely excited to present a work by choreographer Jiří Kylián for the first time—rounding out the program with Petite Mort by Kylián with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Click here for more information.

Ballet MasterWorks is presented by the Denver Ballet Guild.

This video features Maria Mosina. 

Beyond The Barre: Sarah Tryon

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I sat down with Sarah Tryon, a corps de ballet member with Colorado Ballet last week. She is tiny in stature but big and bold in personality. She quickly puts you at ease with her infectious laughter. Sarah is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and was accepted to train at Canada’s National Ballet School at the age of 11.  Since then, she has trained in places from Zurich, Switzerland to New York City. She is in her second season with Colorado Ballet.

KH: Out of all the places you have lived, what’s been your favorite?

ST: Here definitely, work wise and rep wise and boss wise.  New York City was amazing but Colorado feels more like home and I love living by the mountains.

KH: How did you know you wanted to dance ballet?

ST: I honestly got sick of sports and I wanted to try something new and I just kept with it.

KH: What kind of sports were you in?

ST: Baseball and hockey. I was also in Boy Scouts because it was co-ed in Canada.

KH: What do you eat for breakfast?

ST: Every morning I have a toasted bagel with cream cheese and tomato on top and two cups of coffee. And I’ll eat half a protein bar in between classes.

KH: Coffee or tea?

ST: Coffee, of course, every time. Just with cream.

KH: What are three words to describe you?

ST: Silly, generally shy, that’s when the silly comes out and adventurous.

KH: Have you been on any adventures lately?

ST: Not lately, because Nutcracker season's busy, but normally during the summer I’m in the mountains like every single weekend somewhere.

KH: What are you doing for the holiday break?

ST: I’m going to Vancouver! I’ve never been to the West Coast of Canada and I’m really excited. My friend and I are going up to Whistler and taking snowboarding school. We’ve been dancing our whole lives, so we never got a chance to actually do it.  So we thought it would be really funny if the two of us joined forces, laughing at each other trying to snowboard. Going to wear a lot of padding!

KH: Do you have any hidden talents?

ST: I’m a sharp shooter. A friend’s dad took me shooting in Florida over Thanksgiving when I was working down there and I discovered that I hit the bulls-eye every time, I had no idea. I’ve never been around guns before because they are illegal to own in Canada outside of a hunting rifle, so I was terrified. Eventually I worked up the courage and I just happened to get the bulls-eye every single time.

KH: I won’t mess with you! What is the biggest misconception about being a professional ballet dancer?

ST: That we’re not athletes. People like to say it’s not as hard as football or hockey but it’s actually just as strenuous, just in a different way. We’re a high performance sport but we also have to look beautiful while doing it, which adds another element of difficulty to it.

KH: What’s your favorite recipe to cook?

ST: It’s not a recipe, but I really love to cook steak. I eat it like three times a week. Also, another favorite is a recipe from my friend. It’s a quiche with spinach, watercress and smoked salmon! It’s delicious!

KH: What’s your favorite movie?

ST: You’re going to laugh at me again, (as she whispers) Inglorious Basterds

KH: Oh, that’s such a great movie!

ST: It’s such a great movie. I love Tarantino, he’s amazing because I am really squeamish, but when it comes to Tarantino it’s so overdone that I can sit through and watch it. Like the guy gets his head blown off and I’m like oh yea, that’s normal. I watched it three times in a row when I first saw it over Christmas break.

KH: What’s your jam? What’s your guilty pleasure song?

ST: “Shake it off,” by Taylor Swift. It helps me cope with stress, just shake it off.

KH: Finish this sentence: you haven’t really lived if:

ST: You haven’t traveled. I spent a month in Italy this summer with a friend.

KH: What did you do? What was a highlight?

ST: Horse backing in Florence through vineyards because I’ve never been horseback riding and it was terrifying. I also didn’t know the physical commands, but they also only understood Italian because they're Italian horses and my horse would just veer off into a field and I would just yell “help, I don’t know how to turn my horse around.”

KH: Yea, horses are fun but intimidating. I went horseback riding this September and the guy who owned the horses said, “their just like big dogs” and for some reason when he said that it changed my mind-set and was like, “Oh I can handle this.”

ST: I wish someone would have said that to me! I kept thinking this is a massive beast that weighs 20 times as much as I do and could crush me if he pumps me off, that’s what was going through my head.

KH: Finish this sentence: A ballerina walked into a bar and:

ST: I mean like, a ballerina walked up to a bar and started doing plies. Such a dad joke!

KH: What inspires you to push past your limits?

ST: All the teachers that told me I wouldn’t be a dancer.

KH: What’s a highlight of 2016?

ST: My trip to Italy with a friend I haven’t seen in five years.

KH: What words do you live by? (Life motto)

ST: Persevere and laugh a lot! And wine!

KH: What would you tell your 10-year-old self?

ST: Trust your instincts, definitely! For me personally, whenever I’ve trusted my gut feeling, it's always worked out for the best for me rather than listening and then questioning and second-guessing stuff that people are telling me from the outside.

KH: You just finished The Nutcracker, what will you do first?

ST: Bottle of wine! Well I’m going to hightail it to the airport and land in Vancouver and have a bottle of wine with my friend.

KH: What are you looking forward to for 2017?

ST: I am looking forward to two of my best friends' weddings, and a road trip with my family on the West Coast. Also, I’m really looking forward to Serenade because so far I’m cast as Dark Angel and that’s typically a tall dancer's part and it’s something I thought I would never dance because of my height, so it was a surprise.

Summer Intensive 2017 - Colorado Ballet

Friday, December 23, 2016

Under the direction of Valerie Madonia, the Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the serious intermediate dancer through to pre-professional levels. The 2017 intensive will run from June 19 to July 22 for a five week session; two, three and five week sessions will be available. With internationally renowned master teachers and our own highly regarded school faculty, our 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. * Please note not all class are available for the entire program.

 

Visit http://coloradoballet.org/summer.

Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker Named Best-Loved Nutcracker in the Nation

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Colorado Ballet has won the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only Award which honors live performances of the seasonal classic. As winner of the audience-favorite competition, Colorado Ballet takes home "The Nutty" statuette, a cash prize for its education programs, and is named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. Colorado Ballet competed in the largest field of nominees in the Award’s history -- it beat out over 80 other Nutcracker-themed productions.

 

“It is truly an honor to have Colorado Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker named as the best loved Nutcracker in the US this year!  I’m extremely proud of our dancers, musicians, production team and staff who have worked tirelessly to put on 28 performances this season,” says Artistic Director, Gil Boggs.  “Winning this honor proves that even after 56 seasons, our production of The Nutcracker continues to be as popular as ever, enchanting sold-out audiences year after year.  We could not do this without the amazing support of our patrons—thank you for voting for our production of The Nutcracker.  At Colorado Ballet, we delight in presenting a timeless story filled with tradition, humor and holiday magic!”

 

Colorado Ballet's 56th annual production of The Nutcracker features more than 300 costumes, 31 company dancers, 25 studio company dancers, 76 academy dancers, scenery by José Varona and timeless choreography paired with Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. 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.  

  

For 10 years, The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award has been the only nationwide award for live Nutcracker-themed performances, showcasing the astounding quality and variety of Nutcracker productions each year -- from classic ballet to hip-hop, burlesque and more. Created by live entertainment ticket seller Goldstar (www.goldstar.com) the competition is based solely on Goldstar purchasers' post-show ratings to rank Nutcracker productions in order of audience favorite.

 

"We’ve been encouraging people to show love for their very favorite productions all across the country, and it’s very clear, Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker is the crowd favorite," says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. "We’d like to congratulate the entire company and crew for their remarkable work."

 

Celebrating 10 Years of The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Winners:

 

2016       Colorado Ballet

                The Nutcracker

2015       The Joffrey Ballet

               Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

2014       MBS Productions   The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-less-Q Nutcracker!

2013       Debbie Allen Dance Academy

               The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

2012       The Joffrey Ballet

                Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

2011       The Joffrey Ballet

                Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

2010       Debbie Allen Dance Academy

                The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

2009       Boston Ballet

                 Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker

2008       Kirov Ballet

                 The Nutcracker

2007       The House Theater of Chicago

                 The Nutcracker 

Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson


CPR Story - Tchaikovksy's 'Nutcracker': A Seasonal Tradition For Colorado Ballet

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Colorado Public Radio interviewed Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs and Music Director & Principal Conductor Adam Flatt about The Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky.  Click here to listen to the story.
Dana Benton and Francisco Estevez by Mike Watson

Out West Holiday Special

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Out West Holiday Special features Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker and an interview with Gil Boggs.

Beyond The Barre: Tracy Jones

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

Thank you for tuning into another Beyond The Barre. This week, we feature Tracy Jones who has been with Colorado Ballet for four seasons. Tracy reigns from Ireland and has danced all over the world. We bonded over our time living in Spain and missing the quaint lifestyle of living in a mountain town.

KH: Where are you from?

TJ: I was born in Ireland and when I was 11, I moved to London to train, stayed there for eight years and moved to Spain. And now I’m in Colorado. While in Spain, I lived in Segovia, just outside of Madrid. I also lived in Barcelona; the company I worked for toured a lot too, so I got to see a lot of (Spain) and the world, which was nice.

KH: What’s been your favorite place?

TJ: I really love Segovia. It was a really simple way of living and it’s where I met Francisco, a soloist at Colorado Ballet and husband of 2.5 years. [Emphasis added]

KH: How did you know you wanted to dance ballet?

TJ: My mom used to dance when she was younger and so when I was five, she sent to take ballet lessons. When I was about 10, my ballet teacher in Ireland took my mom aside and said this, “kid has a lot of potential” so they took me over to London to audition for the Royal Ballet School and that’s kind of when I knew I wanted to give it a go and do it for a long time.

KH: What’s your favorite thing about Denver?

TJ: My friends. I have a really good group of friends and they’re all pretty much from the company. Colorado Ballet has a really nice family feel to it.  My closest friends are people I work with and I feel like not a lot of people can say that, so that’s awesome.

KH: What do you eat for breakfast?

TJ: Normally I’ll have a croissant with a banana and soy latte. On the weekends, I like to go for brunch or if I’m really adventurous we’ll cook some eggs and bacon at home, but generally we go to brunch.

KH: What’s your favorite brunch place?

TJ: Jelly Café downtown is really great and then there’s also Four Friends Kitchen.

KH: Do you have any hidden talents?

TJ: My handwriting is really neat, does that count?

KH: Yeah! People are making a living with their handwriting.

TJ: Well, I would say that!

KH: What inspires you to push past your limits?

TJ: That’s a good question, for me as I’m getting older I realize I’m doing it for me and for the audience. Sometimes you get into places where you put too much pressure on yourself and you feel you have to do everything perfectly. You have to remember that it’s an art form and ballets are never going to be perfect. People that come to watch want to be transported somewhere, so for me remembering that and remembering it's more about the art and why I love to dance that helps me when I get down in a rut.

KH: What is the last song you listened to?

TJ: I listened to some Christmas music this morning on the way to work.

KH: What is the next goal you have set yourself?

TJ: At the moment, I’m thinking about getting my Realtor license, I think that could be cool. I like to branch out and have things outside of ballet too.

KH: What is the biggest misconception about being a professional ballet dancer?

TJ: That we don’t eat. That’s the most common question I get asked, “Do you have to be on a really strict diet?”

KH: If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

TJ: I’d have to have an outfit of some description because that’s appropriate. I have some jewelry passed down to me from a great aunt when she passed away that’s pretty special, so that would be on the list. Do my puppies count? I have 2 puppies and I guess my passport because I’d always be able to travel.

KH: What is your favorite movie?

Moulin Rouge--Baz Luhrmann’s awesome, his stuff is great and I love Nicole Kidman and I like musicals too.

KH: Three words to describe yourself?

TJ: Organized, determined and I’d say hard-working.

KH: What does your perfect day look like?

TJ: Sleeping in a bit, going for brunch with Francisco and some friends. I’d take the dogs for a nice walk in our neighborhood and maybe go to the movies. We don’t have a lot of time to just chill out because we get so busy, especially during performance times so it’d be pretty low-key.

KH: If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you be doing?

TJ: I’ve always been drawn to law. I’m not sure if that’s something I’d transition to at this stage of my life but I think if I could relive life and not do ballet, I would try my hand at being a lawyer.

KH: What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?

TJ: That I speak Spanish. I don’t look like I should speak Spanish.

KH: What would you tell your 10-year-old self?

TJ: Always follow your instincts and try not to take things too seriously. I still need to remind my 28-year-old self that. Just take everything with a pinch of salt, take the good things and don’t hang on to bad things. It’s easier said than done but that’s the advice I’d give.

KH: What words do you live by? (life motto)

TJ: "Always remember, you are Braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." -A.A Milne (from Winnie the Pooh).

KH: How long have you been doing The Nutcracker?

TJ: I started doing the Nutcracker when I was 11 years old. I grew up doing it in the Royal Ballet production and then with English National ballet and I did the Nutcracker suite in Spain and this is my 4th season doing it with Colorado Ballet.

KH: What roles are you playing?

TJ: The doll, Clara’s mom, crystals, Spanish, Arabian and Marzipan divertissements.

KH: Do you have a favorite role?

TJ: I would say the Arabian is my favorite, but I also like doing Doll because there are some funny moments like fake slapping Drosselmeyer. It’s always cute to hear little kids laughing and seeing that reaction. That’s why we do it, for them. 

KH: What are you most excited about with this year’s Nutcracker?

What gets me through Nutcracker every year is remembering that for most people in the audience, it’s their first time coming to Nutcracker or the ballet or it’s a family tradition that they do every year.  That always makes me excited when we're about to go into 28 shows. I always think there’s a little girl out here and this could be what makes her dream of becoming a ballerina.

Relive The Magic of The Nutcracker with 25% Off

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Save 25% on all Thursday Nutcracker performances with promo code: TBT 

Tickets at Coloradoballet.org


*Promo valid on all performances. Seats are subject to availability. Not valid in combination with other offers or towards past purchases. Limit 6 tickets per purchase

Join

our email list


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

Click here to subscribe


Our Sponsors

  • SCFD
  • Colorado Ballet Auxiliary
  • High Noon Entertainment
  • DCP Midstream
  • Shapiro Chiro
  • KeyBank
Top