Sanya Andersen-Vie - April 10, 2012
DENVER – Colorado Ballet Academy students in Pre-Ballet 1 Levels and up will perform in the Academy Spring Showcase at 4 p.m. on May 19 and 20 at South High School, 1700 East Louisiana Ave., in Denver, CO.
“Showcase is our students' opportunity to show their hard work over the course of the year,” said Anne O’Connor, Director of Education. “And Showcase gives our youngest students the chance to see the progression of what they can achieve.”
Dance styles featured in the performances include ballet, modern, tap, jazz and contemporary for a variety of different levels and ages. In addition to academy students, Dmitry Trubchanov, Colorado Ballet principal will perform alongside students from the South Academy in the May 20 show. Among other variations and pieces, Central Academy’s lead faculty Igor Vassine and Heather Prokhnitski, will feature Colorado Ballet Academy’s upper level students in variations including: “Odalisques” from Le Corsaire, “Pizzicato” from Sylvia, and Italian Caprice. Studio Company member Jeremy Studinski will be a guest performer in Heather Prokhnitski’s levels 3 through 5 Italian Caprice variations. South Academy’s Principal Teacher, Giana Jigarhan, will feature Colorado Ballet Academy’s upper level students in “Grand Tarantella” variations, choreographed by Jigarhan, and “Grand Pas De Deux” variations from Don Quixote.
The Spring Showcase will also feature students from Colorado Ballet’s outreach program, Be Beautiful Be Yourself, a class partnership with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Students will dance in a piece choreographed by Colorado Ballet’s faculty member Rebecca Jacobson entitled, “Fancy Free.”
Bi-annual Showcases are two of many performance opportunities for Colorado Ballet Academy students, who are also eligible to perform on stage with the professional company in Colorado Ballet productions. More than 70 Colorado Ballet Academy students performed in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Peter Pan during the 2011-2012 season.
Tickets for Spring Showcase are $15/adults, $10/children (ages 10 and younger) and are available at 303-339-1637.
About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 51 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs.