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Colorado Ballet Academy

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Summer Open Program

Children's Ballet Program



Come take class in our new state-of-the-art Academy studios at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204!  Please note that the main entrance to Colorado Ballet's new home is through the parking lot on the 11th Street side of the building.  

The Colorado Ballet Academy has honed the dance skills of thousands of students and started the careers of many professional dancers, providing the highest quality of dance training available in the state. The Academy has a history of transitioning students into the Colorado Ballet Company as well as other companies worldwide. Students train in the same building alongside the professional Company dancers and have the opportunity to audition for roles in the Colorado Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker and in other productions.

Pre-professional Trainee ProgramColorado Ballet’s Pre-professional Trainee Program provides a necessary base to ease the transition from student to professional dancer in a focused, nurturing environment.  In a small and personal setting of up to 15 dancers, students participate in 29 hours of class per week, Monday-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.  Housing and billeting options are available on request.  Click here for more information about the program.

Stage Experience

Photo by Francisco Estevez PhotographyColorado Ballet Academy offers the unique opportunity to gain stage experience at a young age with our acclaimed professional ballet company and through student showcase performances and outreach programs. Students learn through coaching and observation the discipline imperative to preparing for performance, stage etiquette, confidence, and decorum which are inherent in performance environments.

The Nutcracker
Each year more than 60 students are selected to dance with Colorado Ballet in its celebrated production of The Nutcracker. Participation is only open to our students committed to our ballet program for the entire academic year, students are chosen by audition only, for ages 8 and up.

Spring Performance
The School produces an annual student showcase, it is open to a paying public. Our students and teaching faculty present age appropriate pieces to demonstrate student progress for each level of training.

Additional Opportunities
Students may audition for other ballets that provide stage opportunities for students including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Cinderella. Our Pre-professional students may be selected to perform with the Company and the Studio Company in some of Colorado Ballet’s largest productions.

In the fall of 2015, Academy students will have the opportunity to audition for roles in Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker and Alice (in Wonderland)Click here for more information on auditions for these productions.

2015 Summer Classes

Please take a moment to look at our Summer Programs, registration is open now!

2015-2016 Session

Registration for Children's Ballet Program classes and Adult and Teen Open Program classes will open soon.

Student Evaluations 

Every student in Levels 1 through Pre-professional trainees receive written evaluations at the end of each year.  The evaluations will include information on the student’s technical proficiency and demeanor. Parent, teacher and student conferences can be scheduled through the school office.

Contact Us

(p) 303-339-1623 | (f) (303) 861-7174
New location: Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204 - click here to learn more about our new home.
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Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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