Colorado Ballet Academy Presents Spring Showcase

Colorado Ballet Academy Presents Spring Showcase

Sanya Andersen-Vie - April 10, 2013

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 18 and 19 at South High School, 1700 East Louisiana Ave., in Denver, CO.  These performances will feature ballet, modern, tap, jazz and contemporary dance from a variety of different ages and skill levels.  

One of Central Academy’s lead faculty members Igor Vassine will feature Colorado Ballet Academy’s upper level students in Coppelia, a charming, funny ballet full of humor.  This piece follows the story of a boy named Franz who falls deeply in love with a quiet girl, even though he’s already engaged to Swanhilda.  Hilarity and chaos ensue when Swanhilda finds out that the girl Franz is in love with is actually a doll.

South Academy’s Principal Teacher, Giana Jigarhan, will feature Colorado Ballet Academy’s upper level students in Trio, which depicts three ballerinas dancing with scarves in a romantic style. Jigarhan’s students will also present two dances from The Sleeping Beauty, “Dance of Friends,” which celebrates princess Aurora’s 16th birthday as her friends and maids of honor greet the guests and “The Jewels,” who open Aurora and Prince Desire’s wedding, presenting the newlyweds with gold, silver and diamonds.

Roberto Munoz, Director of Academy Ballet Program choreographed “Promenade,” set to the Polka on Shostakovich's "Suite de Ballet" Number 2. The work depicts a group of young ladies strolling through the park on a sunny summer afternoon and showcases the technical achievements of his South Academy level 5 students.

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.

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 100 Colorado Ballet Academy students performed in The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker during the 2012-2013 season.

Tickets for Spring Showcase are $15/adults, $10/children (ages 10 and younger) and are available at www.coloradoballet.org/academy.

About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 52 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.

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