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Colorado Ballet promotes two Corps de Ballet dancers to Soloists and two Studio Company dancers to Apprentices

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs promoted Corps de Ballet dancers Morgan Buchanan and Kevin Gaël Thomas to Soloists.  In addition, Boggs promoted two Studio Company dancers to Apprentices, for a total of 30 professional Company dancers for the 2016-2017 season.

“I couldn’t be more proud of all our Colorado Ballet dancers and I’m also excited about the roster changes for this coming season,” said Boggs.

About Morgan Buchanan
Originally from Houston, Texas, Morgan Buchanan trained at the Ballet Center of Houston and at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy. She also attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet and Houston Ballet.  She joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company in 2009, was promoted into the Company in 2011 and promoted to Soloist in 2016.  Her notable roles with Colorado Ballet include Wendy in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan, Vitality Fairy and Jewels in The Sleeping Beauty, Moyna in Giselle, Autumn Fairy and Fairy Godmother in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, First Passerby in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, and Effie in La Sylphide.

Morgan Buchanan by Allen Birnbach

About Kevin Gaël Thomas
Kevin Gaël Thomas is from France and studied at Rosella Hightower’s International Ballet Center and at Canada’s National Ballet School.  After graduation, he danced for a year with Houston Ballet II, joined Colorado Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Soloist in 2016.  His notable roles at Colorado Ballet include Fritz, Russian and the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Blue Bird and Jewels in The Sleeping Beauty, the Whip Boy in Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring, Jester in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Peter in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan, Puck in Christopher Wheeldon's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the title role in Michael Smuin’s Peter and the Wolf, the first sailor in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, and Gurn in La Sylphide

Kevin Gaël Thomas by Allen Birnbach

Boggs also promoted Regan Kucera and Tyler Rhoads to Apprentices in the Company.  Kucera and Rhoads had both danced with the Studio Company for the last two seasons.  Kucera studied at International Ballet Academy in Cary, NC and at summer programs at American Ballet Theatre New York, Orlando Ballet and Saratoga Springs.  Rhoads is from Midland, TX and trained at Midland Festival Ballet, the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL, and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Regan Kucera by Francisco Estevez Photography
Tyler Rhoads by Francisco Estevez Photography

In addition to the new Company dancers, 22 Studio Company dancers will join the professional Company dancers this season for the productions at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Colorado Ballet's Studio Company is a pre-professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers.

Colorado Ballet’s Company dancers will perform at An Evening under the Stars on August 20 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The Company will officially open the 2016-2017 season with Swan Lake on October 7 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

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. 

Click here to purchase matinee tickets.
Click here to purchase evening tickets

Interview with Sharon Wehner about ALICE (in wonderland)

Thursday, February 11, 2016


This is an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Sharon Wehner about ALICE (in wonderland). Wehner is in her 20th season with Colorado Ballet and is dancing the main role of Alice in the production. The video includes rehearsal footage of Sharon Wehner, Domenico Luciano and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)

February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
http://coloradoballet.org

Interview with Yosvani Ramos about ALICE (in wonderland)

Monday, February 08, 2016

This is an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Yosvani Ramos about ALICE (in wonderland). The video includes rehearsal footage of Yosvani Ramos, Dana Benton and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

PwC Presents
ALICE (in wonderland)

February 19-28, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Matthew Pierce
http://coloradoballet.org

I Love Colorado Ballet because of our ballet company

Monday, December 21, 2015

At Colorado Ballet, dance is accessible to EVERYONE and ballet can be a part of ANYONE’S life. Donations make so many things possible at Colorado Ballet and that includes are our professional company.

In August, Colorado Ballet earned RAVE REVIEWS at the Vail International Dance Festival performing alongside some of the best dancers in the world. Your donations make these kind of opportunities possible. 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.

 

Click here to give.

Photo: Colorado Ballet dancers Maria Mosina & Kevin Gael Thomas

Interview with Yosvani Ramos about The Nutcracker

Monday, November 23, 2015


This is an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Yosvani Ramos about dancing the Nutcracker Prince and the Cavalier in The Nutcracker.  The video includes rehearsal footage of Yosvani Ramos, Dana Benton and Sharon Wehner.
 
KeyBank Presents Colorado Ballet's 55th annual
The Nutcracker
November 28-December 27, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Sharon Wehner celebrates 20th season at Colorado Ballet

Friday, October 02, 2015

Principal dancer Sharon Wehner is interviewed about her 20th season with Colorado Ballet.

Photos courtesy of Sharon Wehner.

Interview with Yosvani Ramos about La Sylphide

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This is an interview with Colorado Ballet principal dancer Yosvani Ramos about La Sylphide. Photos and video provided by Yosvani Ramos.

La Sylphide
October 2-11, 2015
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
With live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra
http://coloradoballet.org

Maria Mosina celebrates 20th season at Colorado Ballet

Monday, September 21, 2015

Principal dancer Maria Mosina is interviewed about her 20th season with Colorado Ballet.

Photos courtesy of Maria Mosina.

Getting to know the new dancers: Sarah Tryon

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

 Get to know Colorado Ballet's new corps de ballet dancer Sarah Tryon:

  1. Where are you from?
    Sudbury, Ontario. (Canada)
     
  2. Where did you train/dance before coming to Colorado Ballet?
    I trained at Canada’s National Ballet School from age 12, and upon graduating, trained briefly in Zurich Switzerland at Tanz Akademie Zurich. Afterwards, I moved to New York City to train with Edward Ellison. I was hired from school as a corps de ballet member for the Sarasota Ballet, in which I spent two seasons before joining Colorado Ballet.
     
  3. What did you do with your summer break?
    I packed up my car and drove from Sarasota to Denver!
     
  4. What age did you first start dancing? What do you remember from your first class?
    I was 12 years old when I started dancing, and I honestly do not remember my first class. I do remember begging my parents to let me audition for Canada’s National Ballet School. I had been taking ballet class for maybe three weeks at that point…they thought I was crazy!
     
  5. What was your first ballet you remember attending?
    The first ballet I attended was Giselle, performed by the National Ballet of Canada.
     
  6. Who are your ballet role models? Dancers that inspire you.
    Maria Kochetvoka.
     
  7. Favorite ballets to dance? Which are favorite to watch?
    I don’t have any specific ballets that I like to dance, but anything that I feel is a challenge and helps me grow as dancer, usually becomes a favorite for me.  The most recent ballet I’ve felt that challenge with would have to be Paul Taylor’s Company B.
     
    Favorite to watch:  John Cranko’s Onegin, Hans Van Manen’s Les Trois Gnossiennes, Jerome Robbin’s Glass Pieces, Christopher Wheeldon’s Chroma, and Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels and Vespers.
     
  8. What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
    I love to read, I am a total bookworm. I also like handiwork, I am always painting something or changing things around in my apartment.  An old friend of mine taught me how to make leotards, so sometimes I will get inspiration and create myself a new leotard for work. A good cup of coffee and conversations with friends is also a favorite.
     
  9. What are some of your indulgences?
    A good beer. Ramen noodles. Tarantino Movies. Travel, and Home décor blogs. Attempting to learn new languages (I am working on German and Japanese right now)
     
  10. Do you have any pre-performance routines/rituals?
    Actually, I don't! I prepare myself according to how I feel that day.
Sarah Tryon by Allen Birnbach

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