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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


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.

Register today for Winter Break Master Classes

Monday, January 04, 2016

The Colorado Ballet Academy will host technique and pointe master classes during the winter break on January 7, 8, 14 and 15.  The classes are taught by Colorado Ballet Company Members Dana Benton, Tracy Jones, Maria Mosina, Yosvani Ramos and Sharon Wehner.  Classes are open to Intermediate/Advanced students who are already on pointe (Levels 5 and up).  Intermediate and Advanced Open program students are also welcome.  Please register ahead of time online or in person, space is limited.  Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the class.

Come experience technique and pointe classes taught by some of Colorado Ballet’s finest performers and master teachers to keep you in shape over the break and prepare of summer intensive auditions!


  • Thursday, January 7 with Tracy Jones - click here to register
    • Technique from 4:30-6 p.m.
    • Pointe from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 8 with Maria Mosina - click here to register
    • Technique from 4:30-6 p.m.
    • Pointe from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 14 with Dana Benton - click here to register
    • Technique from 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Pointe from 7:45-8:45 p.m.
  • Friday, January 15 with Yosvani Ramos for Technique and Sharon Wehner for Pointe - click here to register
    • Technique from 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Pointe from 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Technique only - $20 - to register for the technique only, click on the class and select that option in the dropdown menu
Technique and Pointe $30*
4 class series of Technique and Pointe $100 - to register for the series, click here and select the series from the dropdown menu
*Pointe classes are only available to students who have taken the corresponding technique class.

Colorado Ballet principal dancer Maria Mosina in rehearsal

Summer Intensive Auditions begin January 3

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Colorado Ballet Academy under the direction of Valerie Madonia, offers a Summer Intensive program for the serious intermediate dancer through to pre-professional levels ages 11-21 who are on pointe, June 13-July 22, 2016 at Colorado Ballet's home at the Armstrong Center for Dance.  With internationally renowned master teachers and the Academy's 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. * Please note not all class are available for the entire program.

About Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive:

  • Students dance in one of eight studios housed in our state-of-the-art studios in the heart of Denver's Art District on Santa Fe near Downtown Denver.
  • Two, four, and six week sessions are offered to accommodate summer schedules. Students wishing to perform at the conclusion of the Program must attend the four or six week session.
  • Students will be considered for our year-long Pre-professional division as well as the opportunity to join Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company.
  • Physical therapy is available to students from the company’s in-house provider.
  • Students must be 11 by the start of the Summer Intensive to audition and must be on pointe by the time of the audition.
  • Admission is by audition only, the Academy gives first preference to students who audition in person.
  • Housing is available at the University of Denver's beautiful campus.  Activities are also available for students staying in the dorms. 
  • The Academy has a history of transitioning students into the Colorado Ballet Company and into other companies worldwide.

The highly experienced teaching faculty includes former dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet as well as current Colorado Ballet professionals. Guest faculty members include Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner, Judy Rice, Daniel Baudendistel and Erica Fischbach.  Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive is dedicated to providing superior training to students in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The first audition will take place on January 3!  Students must be on pointe by the time of the audition and be 11 by the time of the start of the intensive.  Auditions are available both in person and via video.  Here are the audition dates and locations:

  • January 3, 2016 in Denver, CO
  • January 10, 2016 in Chicago, IL
  • January 17 , 2016 in Phoenix, AZ
  • January 31, 2016 in Denver, CO
  • February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV
  • February 7, 2016 in Denver, CO
  • February 14, 2016 in Santa Monica, CA
  • February 15, 2016 in San Francisco, CA
  • April 3, 2016 in Yokohama, Japan
Click here for more information on in-person and video auditions.

Summer Young Dancer Workshop auditions begin January 3

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Young Dancer Workshop is an introduction to more serious dance training for students ages 9-12 who are not yet on pointe at Colorado Ballet's home at the Armstrong Center for Dance.  There are two sessions available: June 13-24, 2016 and June 27-July 8, 2016.  Students have the option of attending one or both of the workshops.

Students will receive a daily ballet class along with additional classes in character, modern, choreography and pre-pointe.  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 near Downtown Denver.  Classes run Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a showing in our Black Box Theater on the final day of each session. 

Admission is by audition only (auditions will take place at Colorado Ballet).  Audition Dates:

  • January 3 at 4 p.m.
  • January 31 at 12 p.m.
  • February 28 at 12 p.m.

Applicants must have previous ballet experience and must audition.  Click here for more information about the Summer Young Dancer Workshop.

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography

I Love Colorado Ballet because of our Academy

Monday, December 14, 2015

At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be a part of ANYONE’S life. One of those being our exceptional Colorado Ballet Academy which is the PREMIER TRAINING GROUND for young dancers in Colorado from the young dancer all the way up to our Pre-Professional Division comprised of over twenty students preparing to join professional companies. Your gift will help Colorado Ballet’s vision to be recognized as the BEST BALLET COMPANY between the coasts, known especially for EXCELLENT & EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and a WORLD-CLASS ACADEMY.


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Photos: Pre-Ballet student Gabriella Fatovic and Pre-Professional Division student Ellie Bresler

Colorado Ballet Academy 2015-2016 Session

Thursday, July 09, 2015

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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

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.


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