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Colorado Ballet Academy 2015-2016 Session

Thursday, July 09, 2015

For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org/academy.

Colorado Ballet Academy opens 2015-2016 class registration

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Colorado Ballet Academy opened registration today for the 2015-2016 session of dance classes for children and adults.  The session begins on August 24 and includes the ballet program, Pre-professional Division and adult and teen open program.  Online registration is open now, in-person registration opens August 1.

The ballet program includes dance classes for toddlers through teens in creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet, tap, modern, jazz, yoga, Pilates and more.

The Pre-professional Division for ages 13 to 21 provides training to ease the transition from student to professional dancer.  Students participate in 28 hours of class per week, Monday through Saturday.  The audition-only program is geared toward developing the whole artist, offering classes beyond dance technique to create well-rounded dancers ready for the professional ballet world.  Many students participate in online academic programs to allow for more concentration on their ballet training.

“This is the second year of the Pre-professional Division at the Academy,” said Valerie Madonia, Colorado Ballet Academy Director.  “The program continues to grow and we anticipate offering two levels this year with no more than 15 students in each level.  This allows dancers to take classes in a small, focused and nurturing environment.”

Colorado Ballet Academy students registered for the 2015-2016 session will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet’s 2015 production of The Nutcracker and 2016 production Alice (in Wonderland).  Auditions for The Nutcracker will take place on September 13 and auditions for Alice (in Wonderland) will take place on October 18.

In addition to the ballet program and Pre-professional Division, the Academy offers an adult and teen open program with classes for various skill levels in ballet.

All classes will take place at Colorado Ballet’s studios at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204.

“This is the second year we have been able to offer classes in our new building,” said Madonia.  “Our location in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe gives our Academy more visibility in the community and more opportunities to perform during First Fridays and other special events.”

For more information about fall classes or auditions, visit www.coloradoballet.org/academy.

Dtown - 8 Great Things for Kids! Featuring Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Camps

Friday, June 12, 2015

This show features Colorado Ballet Academy Summer Camps starting 10 minutes into the program.

Gala and Academy performance photos available

Friday, May 22, 2015

Photos from Colorado Ballet's Arts with Altitude Gala on May 16 are now available to view and purchase through Custom Creations Photography:
http://creationize.smugmug.com/Other/CO-Ballet-Event-Coverage-2015/49396924_3W96bW#!i=4072725036&k=qskBdNH

Buckstein plays for Arts with Altitude patrons
Photo by Custom Creations Photography

 

Photos from Colorado Ballet Academy's Spring Performance on May 16 are now available to view and purchase through Francisco Estevez Photography:
http://franciscoestevezphotography.zenfolio.com/showcase2015

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography

 

Colorado Ballet Academy students will perform on First Friday

Monday, April 27, 2015
Colorado Ballet Academy's Youth Company and Pre-professional students will perform a collection of works during a free First Friday performance from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday, May 1 in Colorado Ballet's Black Box Theater at The Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive.

The Academy will also have refreshments in Studio 4 (Posner Salon) across the hall from the theater.

Don't miss this exciting performance at our home in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe!  Stay tuned for our other First Friday performances coming up this year.

About First Fridays:
Within Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, you can enjoy over 60 participating galleries, artist studios and restaurants joining the First Friday Art Walk (6-9 p.m.) every first Friday of the month.  Free guided shuttle coaches pick you up at the light rail station at 10th Avenue and Osage Street and ferry you around the Art District on First Fridays between 5:30-10 p.m.  Visit www.artdistrictonsantafe.com for more information.

Colorado Ballet's Black Box Theater

Summer Young Dancer Workshop

Friday, March 13, 2015

This summer, the Colorado Ballet will offer two sessions of the Young Dancer Workshop, which is an introduction to more serious summer dance training. Students will receive a daily ballet class along with additional classes in character, modern, choreography and pre-pointe/jumping for boys. Each day will wind down with a lecture series, stretch and conditioning class or dance film.

Classes are held in our gorgeous new state-of-the-art facilities at The Armstrong Center for Dance. Each session will conclude with a showing in our Black Box Theater. No audition is required for the Young Dancer Workshop, but students ages 9-10 must have a minimum of 2 years of ballet training and students 11-12 must have at least 3 years of prior ballet training to be eligible for the program.

Session 1 runs from June 15 to July 3, 2015.
Session 2 runs from July 6 to July 23, 2015.

Click here for more information on the Young Dancer Workshop.

Tracy Jones and students

 

Colorado Ballet Academy summer camps and classes

Monday, March 09, 2015

This summer, the Colorado Ballet Academy will offer a variety of summer day camps and classes for children ages three to eight.  The classes and camps will be offered during three different weeks this summer: June 8-12, August 3-7 and August 10-14.  The times vary for each of the classes.  Many of these classes sold out last year, so register by May 1 to ensure your spot!  Classes and camps include:

Creative Dance
Ages 3-4
This very popular program for young children explores various forms of movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns as well as encourages taking turns and direction from the teacher. Students are also led in dance inspired crafts, and story time.

Ballet Princess Camp
Ages 4-5
The classic princesses featured prominently in the world of ballet come to life in this camp. Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Beauty and the Beast are some of the ballets that we will explore. We’ll listen to music, create pre-ballet level dances and make crafts inspired by these different princesses. 

Sleeping Beauty Fairy Camp
Ages 5-6
There are 11 fairies in The Sleeping Beauty ballet! We’ll read about them, listen to some of their music, create a pre-ballet level and make a craft inspired by them.

Level 1 Dancing Camp
Ages 6-7
Our Level 1 Dancing Camp is designed to allow our young dancers to start honing their ballet education during their summer break. Through a variety of classes including ballet, modern, dance history, improvisation and introduction to jazz.  Students will get to explore dance while improving their focus and basic skills.

Level 2 Dancing Camp
Ages 7-8
Ballet, modern, jazz, dance history and related film will provide a balanced day of dance for students who are hoping to further their dancing during the summer break. This program is designed to prepare students for more rigorous programs in the upcoming years by focusing on refining their technique and exposing them to additional classes which will help round out their dance education.

Click here to learn more about the summer children's programs.

Creative Dance class

Academy to offer Young Dancer Workshop this summer

Friday, January 02, 2015
Tracy Jones and students
by Francisco Estevez Photograpahy

The Young Dancer Workshop is an introduction to more serious summer dance training for students ages 9 to 12. Students will receive a daily ballet class along with additional classes in character, modern, choreography and pre-pointe/jumping for boys. Each day will wind down with a lecture series, stretch and conditioning class or dance film. Classes are held in our gorgeous new state-of-the-art facilities on Santa Fe Drive in Downtown Denver. Each session will conclude with a showing in our Black Box Theater. No audition is required for the Young Dancer Workshop, but students ages 9-10 must have a minimum of 2 years of ballet training and students 11-12 must have at least 3 years of prior ballet training to be eligible for the program. 

  • Session 1 runs from June 15 to July 3, 2015.
  • Session 2 runs from July 6 to July 23, 2015.

Students have the option of attending one or both of the workshops.

Classes will run Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Registration is open until May 1, 2015.

Faculty will include: Dana Benton, Carolina Pahde, Jayne Persch, Igor Vassine and Sharon Wehner.  Visiting guest faculty will include: John Gardner, Amanda McKerrow and Judy Rice.

Sample Daily Schedule:

Ballet - 10-11:45 a.m.
Character, Pre Pointe, or Batterie - 12-1 p.m.
Lunch - 1-1:30 p.m.
Choreography or Modern - 1:30-3 p.m.
Lecture Series, Anatomy, or Pilates - 3-4 p.m.

*Please note: schedule will vary

Registration Process

Applicants must have previous ballet experience.  To register for the young dancers workshop, please fill out our registration form and send it to julia.patterson@coloradoballet.org along with a 5" x 7" photo in 1st Arabesque in tondue derriere. 

Click here for more information or to register.

Student Impressions of Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive

Monday, December 29, 2014

What is it like at Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive? Listen to interviews with students from the 2014 Summer Intensive.

Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the young dancer through pre-professional levels. Students can choose a residential or day program from June 15- July 24, 2015, with the option of attending two, four, five, or six weeks.

Admission to the Summer Intensive Program is by audition only. For audition locations and dates, visit http://coloradoballet.org/academy/summer.

Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the young dancer through pre-professional levels. Students can choose a residential or day program from June 15- July 24, 2015, with the option of attending two, four, five, or six weeks.

Admission to the Summer Intensive Program is by audition only. For audition locations and dates, visit http://coloradoballet.org/academy/summer.

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 and dance history.

* All students attending our Summer Intensive will be considered for our year-long pre-professional program as well as the opportunity to join the Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company.

All classes will take place in Colorado Ballet's brand new state-of-the-art studios at The Armstrong Center for Dance in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe.

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