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Colorado Ballet working to cut down on number of ticket scammers

Monday, June 27, 2016

Colorado Ballet's last few seasons have been the most successful in our Company's history, but because of the popularity of many of our productions, ticket scammers have picked up on this and each season, more and more of them have been buying lower-priced tickets early in the season and reselling them at much higher prices.  We have seen our $30 and $50 tickets resold on ticket scammer websites for as much as $750 a piece.  These steep price increases cause issues with patrons and affects our mission to make ballet available to all audiences.  Also, if there are ticketing problems with these seats, we cannot do anything to help the patrons because they did not buy directly through Colorado Ballet.  When the tickets are not sold by the scammer sites, it leaves holes in the audience for an otherwise sold-out performance, which affects our performers as well.

Every season, we encourage our patrons to only buy directly through and a few other sites authorized sites that we work with like  However, the number of scammers keeps increasing.  So, during the 2016-2017 season, we have a new way of helping our customers and cutting down on the number of scammers.  When single tickets go on sale on July 15, the print-at-home option for tickets will not be available.  Colorado Ballet will send paper copies of tickets in the mail at no additional charge to ticket buyers.  Approximately one month before each production opens, we will turn on the print-at-home option for tickets again.

We hope that this will help cut down on the number of ticket scammers and keep Colorado Ballet's ticket prices reasonable.

It's not too late to subscribe to the 2016-2017 season!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Subscriptions for the 2016-2017 season are on sale now, and it is not too late to secure your seats.  Current subscribers have until June 30 to renew their seats and we encourage new subscribers to secure their seats before single tickets go on sale to the general public on July 15.

The 2016-2017 season will include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Ballet MasterWorks and The Little MermaidBallet MasterWorks includes Firebird, by choreographer Yuri Possokhov and music by Igor Stravinsky; Serenade choreographed by George Balanchine to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C”; and Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The subscription package includes Swan Lake, Ballet MasterWorks and The Little Mermaid.

Season subscribers receive 25% off all performances, including the option of purchasing additional tickets for any of the productions during the season including The Nutcracker at the discounted subscriber price.  In addition, subscribers receive the best seats ahead of the general public, invitation to exclusive subscriber events, and free ticket exchange.

Click here for more information on becoming a season subscriber.

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


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