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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.

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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.

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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. 
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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. 

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Colorado Ballet to host golf tournament in June honoring Artistic Director Gil Boggs

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Colorado Ballet will host The 2nd Annual Colorado Ballet Golf Tournament on June 6, 2016 at the Lakewood Country Club, 6800 W 10th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214.  The golf tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start.

The tournament will honor Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, who is currently in 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.

“This is the second year of the tournament, which raises money for Colorado Ballet’s professional Company, Academy and Education and Community Engagement programs,” said Colorado Ballet Corporate Development Officer Susan Stiff.  “We decided to honor Boggs with this tournament because he has a passion for golf and during his tenure, Colorado Ballet has flourished, with record-breaking ticket sales seasons, a new home and an outstanding artistic product that rivals some of the best professional dance companies in the U.S.”

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, starting at 12 p.m.

Registrations and sponsorships are currently available.  To register for the Golf Tournament, visit and enter event code: balletgolf.  For more information, visit

Encore performance of Ballet Director's Choice at Lone Tree Arts Center this Friday

Monday, March 28, 2016

Did you miss Ballet Director's Choice this weekend?  You have one more opportunity to see the production!  Colorado Ballet will present an encore performance of the season closer Ballet Director’s Choice at 8 p.m. on April 1, 2016 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

The production will open with contemporary choreographer Dominic Walsh's Wolfgang (for Webb), with music by W. A. Mozart.  Wolfgang premiered with the Sarasota Ballet in 2008 and in 2009, it was performed as part of The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a collaboration between Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and the Sarasota Ballet.  Walsh is a former Principal Dancer and choreographer with Houston Ballet and founder of contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.

Ballet Director's Choice will then feature two pas de deuxs including choreographer Amy Seiwert award-winning It's Not a Cry, set to Jeff Buckley’s recording of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  The second pas de deux will be choreographer Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, which was has been The Joffrey Ballet’s signature piece since its premiere in 1981.  Seiwert is the artistic director of Imagery and was a former dancer with the Smuin, LA Chamber and Sacramento Ballets.  She also served as the choreographer in residence at Smuin Ballet.  Arpino was the co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet and created more than 1/3 of the Company's repertoire.

The repertory will close with the new tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires by choreographer and Colorado Ballet's Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia.  In addition to her work at Colorado Ballet, Travaglia is the Creative Director of Parasol Arts, a non-profit organization that takes inspiration from the art of Argentine Tango.

Tickets are $33 to $46.  Visit for more information.

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


Ballet Director's Choice photos

Friday, March 25, 2016

Season closer Ballet Director's Choice opens tonight!  Check out these photos from the production (all photos by Mike Watson):

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Wolfgang (for Webb)"
Dana Benton and Domenico Luciano in "Wolfgang (for Webb)"
Sharon Wehner and Francisco Estevez in "It's Not a Cry"
Sharon Wehner and Francisco Estevez in "It's Not a Cry"
Sharon Wehner and Francisco Estevez in "It's Not a Cry"
Chandra Kuykendall and Alexei Tyukov in "Light Rain"
Chandra Kuykendall and Alexei Tyukov in "Light Rain"
Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires"
Maria Mosina and Domenico Luciano with the Austin Piazzolla Quintet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires"
Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires"
Artists of Colorado Ballet in "The Angel of Buenos Aires"

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Interview with Valerie Madonia about Light Rain in Ballet Director's Choice

Monday, March 21, 2016

Colorado Ballet's Academy Director and former professional dancer with The Joffrey Ballet, Valerie Madonia, talks about staging Light Rain in Ballet Director's Choice.
Ballet Director's Choice
March 25-27
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Live music by Austin Piazzolla Quintet


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