Colorado Ballet

Summer Intensive Program

Summer Intensive 2014 at Colorado Ballet

Photo by Francisco Estevez Photography

Summer Intensive: June 16 - July 25, 2014

Special guest instructors: Stella AbreraDana BentonGil Boggs, Erica Fischbach, John Gardner, Domenico LucianoValerie MadoniaAmanda McKerrow, Sascha RadetskyJudy Rice, Igor Vassine, Dominic Walsh, and Sharon Wehner 

SIP 2014 program

Colorado Ballet Academy offers a Summer Intensive program for the young dancer through pre-professional levels. The Academy has a history of transitioning students into the Colorado Ballet Company along with other companies worldwide. With internationally renowned master teachers and our own highly regarded school faculty, our program provides  appropriate ballet technique classes designed to provide far reaching improvement for each student.

Students can choose a residential or day program from June 16-July 25, with the option of attending two, four, five or six weeks. Students wishing to perform at the conclusion of the program must attend the 4, 5 or 6 week option.

Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in ballet technique, pre-pointe, pointe, men's class,variations, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, character, pilates, body conditioning as well as lectures on injury prevention, nutrition and dance history. For more information regarding tuition for the summer intensive please click here

* All students attending our Summer Intensive will be considered for our year-long pre-professional program as well as the opportunity to join the Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company.

Application Process

Summer Intensive Program Audition Application

Admission to the Summer Intensive Program is by audition only. Applicants may audition in person or submit a high-quality DVD video or YouTube link (may be set to private by shared link). There is a $25 application fee if paid in advance, $30 if paid at time of audition, and $35 if applying by DVD/YouTube; please make checks payable to Colorado Ballet Academy. Upon receipt of your acceptance letter please fill out an acceptance packet to secure your spot in the program. 

Audition Dates

For more details please visit our Audition Page

Denver CO - January 5, January 26, and February 16, 2014 
Kansas City, KS - February 2, 2014 
Bozeman, MT - February 8, 2014
Atlanta, GA - February 22, 2014
Chicago, Il - February 23, 2014
Grand Junction, CO - March 14, 2014 
Telluride, CO - March 15, 2014
Yokohama, Japan - March 25-29, 2014

Video Audition Instructions  

Colorado Ballet Academy gives first preference to students who audition in person. However, we do accept videos (non returnable) if circumstances prevent you from attending a live audition. There is a $35 video audition fee, which may be paid by check or money order made out to "Colorado Ballet Academy".  The video must be recorded within 3 months prior to submission and video must be received no later than March 17, 2014. The video must be in a DVD format ready to view on American DVD players or as YouTube link. Please enclose an audition registration form. Results will be communicated in April. Please mail your application with your photo (1st arabesque, 5x7 inches), DVD, $35 audition fee, and dance resume (optional) to:

Julia Patterson
Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln Street 
Denver, CO 80203

You may also send a YouTube video link to  If you do not want to post a video on YouTube for the public, the video can be private between shared links. Please note: we will not view any YouTube auditions without an accompanying application and audition fee. 

The videotape for an individual or class should include the following:

Barre Work one side

  • Plies
  • Battements
  • Tondus
  • Ronde Jambe a Terre
  • Adagio
  • Grand Battements
  • Stretch
Center floor work       
  • Adagio
  • Pirouette Combination
  • Petit Allegro
  • Grand Allegro 
Pointe work   
  • Echappés
  • Pique Arabesque
  • Pirouettes en Pointe
  • Waltz Combination 
 The video should not exceed 15 minutes in length. 
* Please wear only leotards, tights and appropriate shoes in the video.


Student housing is available for participants of all ages at Johnson-McFarlane Hall at the University of Denver, located at 1901 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO. Students under the age of 18 participating in our housing will be supervised at all times.

All students may check-in the night before the start of the program on June 16, 2012 from 3pm-5pm. There will be a Welcome Meeting at 5:30pm and will have an optional group dinner following the meeting. Please visit our Summer Housing page for more information.

Special Guest Instructors

More to come soon!

Stella AbreraStella Abrera

Stella Abrera was born in Manila and grew up in California, where began her ballet training with Philip and Charles Fuller and Cynthia Young. She continued her studies with Lorna Diamond and Patricia Hoffman in San Diego, and then trained in the Royal Academy of Dancing method with Joan and Monica Halliday in Sydney, Australia. In 1995, Abrera received the Gold Medal at the R.A.D.’s Adeline Genee Awards in London. 

Ms. Abrera joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and was appointed to soloist in 2001. Her repertoire with ABT includes Cinderella in Cinderella, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Myrta and the Peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, the Ballerina in The Bright Stream, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, the Violin ballerina in Symphonie Concertante, the Girl in Afternoon of a Faun, Calliope in Apollo, the central ballerina in Birthday Offering, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the Ballerina in Petrouchka, Driad Queen and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, the central pas de deux in The Leaves are Fading, the pas de deux in Meadow, the pas de deux in Jabula, the Woman in White in Diversion of Angels, the First Passerby in Fancy Free, Emilia in Othello, His Friend's Wife in The Moor's Pavane, Hermia in The Dream, and the pas de trois in Swan Lake.  She has performed leading roles in Les Sylphides, Ballet Imperial, Bach Partita, In the Upper Room, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Symphonic Variations, Seven Sonatas, Symphony No. 9, Thirteen Diversions, Without Words, C to C (Close to Chuck), Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, workwithinwork, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, and many others. She has danced the works of choreographers such as Ashton, Balanchine, DeMille, Duato, Elo, Fokine, Forsythe, Graham, Kylian, Limon, Lubovitch, Macmillan, Millepied, Morris, Ratmansky, Robbins, Taylor, Tharp, Tudor and Wheeldon. 

Ms. Abrera has performed as a guest artist across the United States and abroad, including at the Royal New Zealand Ballet. She has toured with troupes such as Ethan Stiefel's "Stiefel and Stars," Angel Corella's "Angel Corella and Stars of the American Ballet," Benjamin Millepied's "Danses Concertantes," and Daniel Ulbricht's "Stars of American Ballet," and frequently performs in international galas with her husband and partner, Sascha Radetsky. She danced featured roles in the film, "Ballet's Greatest Hits-YAGP Gala (Youth America Grand Prix)," and in the PBS Dance in America national broadcasts of American Ballet Theatre's productions of The Dream and Swan Lake. She has been profiled in publications such as Pointe and Dance Magazine, where she appeared on the covers of the January 2004 and April 2010 issues.

Dana Benton

Dana Benton Dana Benton was born in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada, where she began her training with Lou and Pauline Zamprogna at The Dance Centre. At the age of 9, Benton was accepted to the National Ballet School in Toronto where she trained for eight years. Benton graduated from the National Ballet School with Honors in Academics and was awarded the Peter Dwyer Award for Excellence in Dance. Upon graduating in 2000, Benton received a contract with the Alberta Ballet Company in Alberta, Canada. She spent one year with the company as an apprentice. In 2001, Benton joined Colorado Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member and in 2007, Benton was promoted to Soloist. With Colorado Ballet, Benton has worked with many well-known choreographers and repetiteurs including Val Caniparoli, Bronwen Curry, Judith Fugate, John Gardner, Thierry Michel, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jessica Lang, Edwaard Liang, Donald Mahler, Amanda McKerrow, Michael Pink, Brian Reeder, Domy Reiter-Soffer, Dwight Rhoden, Amy Seiwert, Paul Sutherland, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Doug Varone, Shelly Washington, Septime Webre, Christopher Wheeldon and Lila York. 

Since joining Colorado Ballet, Benton has performed many Soloist and Principal roles. Her notable roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Swanilda in Coppélia, Cow Girl in Rodeo, Ave Maria Pas de Deux, Clara in The Nutcracker, Gulnara inLe Corsaire, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, Pink and Aqua in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Red Girl in Celts, Lucy in Dracula, Princess Florine and Diamond Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Peasant Pas in Giselle, Flower Girl and Cupid inDon Quixote, Hermia and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, Bomb Squad in In The Upper Room, and Lead Souvenir Lady in the Great Galloping Gottschalk, and the featured role in Amy Seiwert’s Traveling Alone. This is Dana's 13th season with Colorado Ballet.

Gil Boggs

Gil Boggs Gil Boggs began his dance career with the Atlanta Ballet. He joined American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1982 and was promoted to soloist dancer in 1984 and principal dancer in 1991. Boggs was a member of the company for 17 years. Boggs also performed with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Baryshnikov and Company, Nureyev and Friends, and made several guest appearances around the world. During his career with ABT, he was recognized as both an accomplished virtuoso and one of the company’s most popular performers. Boggs has worked with numerous noted choreographers, including Agnes de Mille, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jerome Robbins and Merce Cunningham and has an extensive performance repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. 

Boggs accepted the position of Artistic Director with Colorado Ballet in the Spring of 2006. In Boggs’ tenure with Colorado Ballet he has restaged full-length productions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote and Coppelia along with adding new full-length productions of Romeo & Juliet, Le Corsaire, Beauty and the Beastand Peter Pan. Boggs has also presented 14 world premieres and 12 Colorado Ballet premieres by such renowned choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Anthony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Dwight Rhoden and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.

Erica Fischbach

Erica Fishbach Erica Fischbach began her training in ballet and Highland Dance with Theresa Bullard’s Kalamazoo Ballet Company at the age of seven. When she was 12, her family moved to Milwaukee, where she studied at the Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Ted Kivett and Basil Thompson.  She also trained privately with former Israeli Ballet principal, Mariana Laufer, before heading off to North Carolina School of the Arts for three years.  There she studied primarily with one of Balanchine’s most important muses, Melissa Hayden, as well as former NYCB principal Mimi Paul, ABT’s Fanchon Cordell, and Ballet Russe’s Duncan Noble.

During her first months as a professional dancer, Ms. Fischbach had the privilege of dancing Balanchine ballets as a principal under the direction of Edward Villella.  She then moved to Pacific Northwest Ballet where she quickly rose to soloist rank.  While there, Ms. Fischbach performed principal roles in many Balanchine ballets as well as in works by the world’s foremost choreographers including Anthony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Jose Limon, and Lynn Taylor-Corbett.

After nine years with PNB, Ms. Fischbach took two years away from company life to freelance as a guest artist, as well as teach ballet, pilates, and Gyrotonic based classes.  In 1996 she was invited to join the American Ballet Theatre, where she danced until 2005. There she danced many soloist and principal roles in ballets by Balanchine, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, Twyla Tharp, Agnes DeMille, Paul Taylor, and Anthony Tudor.  Ms. Fischbach had roles created for her in world premier ballets by Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, and director Kevin McKenzie.  She also enjoyed featured roles in the full classical repertoire including Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Giselle, Coppelia, Raymonda, and Le Corsaire.  On September 8, 2001, Ms. Fischbach was featured as a principal guest artist for Twyla Tharp performing Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite” at the World Trade Center in New York City. Ms. Fischbach has been featured in several “Dance in America” films, the PNB “Nutcracker”, and “Center Stage”.

Ms. Fischbach began working as the Artistic Director of  Southold Ballet in Indiana  in 2008. She has been praised for her choreography and adaptations of the famous Classic Ballets to incorporate dancers of all ages for Southold. In 2013, YAGP honored Ms. Fischbach with the “Outstanding Teacher” award. She is an American Ballet Theatre Curriculum certified teacher as well as a certified Gyrotonic instructor. Her graduating students have been accepted into the top collegiate dance programs in the country, Complexions Contemporary Dance, and Paul Taylor. 

John Gardner

John Gardner John Gardner was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he began his ballet training with Gwen Ashton. He subsequently trained at the National Academy of Dance in Champaign, Illinois, under the direction of Michael Maule. He received a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre School summer program in 1977, and was invited to join the second company thereafter. In 1978 Mr. Gardner joined the main company of American Ballet Theatre, and was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1984. Mr. Gardner’s diverse repertoire included many Soloist and Principal roles, represented an extensive range of styles, and afforded him the opportunity to work with many of the master choreographers of the twentieth century, including Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, and Twyla Tharp.

In 1991 Mr. Gardner was invited to dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. He danced with the company for five years, and worked closely with many acclaimed modern dance choreographers, most notably Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, and David Gordan. Mr. Gardner created numerous roles during his time with White Oak Dance Project, and toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. He returned to American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 1996, and continued to perform with the company  until 2002. 

After retiring from the stage Mr. Gardner began to pursue a career as a teacher and coach. He taught the graded level program at Ballet Academy East in New York City for three years. During this time he also taught at various dance studios around the city, including Broadway Dance, where he had the privilege of working as a substitute teacher for the Master Teacher David Howard upon his request. Mr. Gardner has enjoyed his development as a teacher, coach, ballet master, and choreographer over the years, and has worked extensively at both the professional and student levels. He is a sanctioned repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust, and also stages the ballets of Agnes DeMille and Benjamin Millepied. He has been invited to work in these many capacities for ballet companies and schools around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, Houston Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Washington Ballet. Mr. Gardner is married to fellow dancer and repetiteur Amanda McKerrow.

Domenico LucianoDomenico Luciano

        Domenico Luciano was born in Naples, Italy and graduated from Royal Teatro di San Carlo Ballet School in Naples in 1999.  In the same year, Mr. Luciano was invited to join the Deutsche Open am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany.  After dancing with several companies in Europe including Europadance in France, Maggio Danza in Florence, Teatro Dell’Opera in Rome and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, in 2004 Mr. Luciano joined Tulsa Ballet as a Demi-Soloist.  In 2005, he joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston as Principal Dancer.  His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads such as Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in both Sir Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko's Romeo & Juliet; Romeo and Paris in Amedeo Amodio’s Romeo & Juliet with Eleonora Abbagnato, Etoile with Paris Opera Ballet; Solor in La Bayadere, The Prince in The Nutcracker, and Albrecht in Giselle, all by Derek Dean; In the Night by Jerome Robbins; Onegin in John Cranko’s Onegin; Roland Petit's Ma Pavlova with international ballerina Lucia Lacarra; and Don Jose with the National Ballet of China in Carmen. Mr. Luciano also excels in his contemporary repertoire, which includes George Balanchine’s La Valse; Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat and Without Words; and Orfeo in Carole Armitage’s Orfeo and Eurydice.  With Dominic Walsh Dance Theater he performed Matz Ek’s Pas de Dans, Jirí Kylián’s Double You and 27’52’’, and the role of the White Swan in the White Swan pas de deux from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Le Spectre de la Rose, Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, The Firebird with Paris Opera Ballet Étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot.  As an international Principal Guest Artist, Mr. Luciano danced in production with Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Quad Cities, The Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, National Ballet of China and The New National Theater in Tokyo.  Mr. Luciano is also invited to various national and International Galas and Dance Festivals.  In 2003, he received the Leonide Massine award in Positano, Italy as Best Male Dancer of the Year.  In October 2008, the Houston Press named Luciano as “Best Dancer.”  He was also named in Pointe Magazine “Standouts: Our 12 favorite performances of 2009” and in 2010 he received the "Young Talent Award" in Florence, Italy at DANZAINFIERA.  This is his first season with Colorado Ballet.

Valerie Madonia

Valerie Madonia Valerie Madonia started her training with Maris Battaglia at the American Academy of Ballet in Buffalo, NY and then trained at the National Ballet School of Canada from 1975-1979. She danced professionally for more than 20 years with the National Ballet of Canada from1979-1981 (under the direction of Alexander Grant), at American Ballet Theatre 1981-1986 (under Mikhail Baryshnikov) and at the Joffrey Ballet 1987-1997 (under Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino).  She began her career as a member of the corps de ballet and eventually established herself as a leading ballerina with the Joffrey.  Madonia had the honor of dancing with Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, Complexions Dance, Inc., Alaska Dance Theatre, Russian Ballet Theatre, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Configuration Ballet and at Le Gala des Etoiles numerous times in Montreal and Greece.  She performed the role of the Princess in Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in 2001 and with the New York Philharmonic in 2005, conducted by Alan Gilbert and accompanied by Pinkus Zuckerman.  In 1995, Madonia began organizing performances with other professional dancers to tour Southwestern Colorado and established her own company, Alpine Dance, Inc. from 1998-2001. Madonia appeared in six PBS Dance in America Specials and is featured in four dance books including Classical Ballet Technique by G.W. Warren. 

She has been teaching for 17 years, served on the faculty at the New School University in NYC from 2000-2003, taught for the Joffrey Ballet School since 1996 and directed the Joffrey School South Workshop in Georgia from 2003-2010.  She teaches biannually in Yokohama, Japan and teaches master classes at The Four Corners Dance Experience and for the Regional Ballet Association Festivals.  She is also an adjudicator and master teacher for the Youth American Grand Prix. Madonia has been a guest teacher for: The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Alaska Dance Theatre, Louisiana Delta Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Boulder Ballet.  During her tenure as Artistic Director of the Telluride Society for the Performing Arts from 1998-2002, she helped found the Telluride Dance Academy.  She served as the Artistic Director and a teacher at the Telluride Dance Academy from 2006-2010.  Since the fall of 2011, she has been teaching and directing for Palm Arts Dance in Telluride, CO. Her choreographic credits include a full lengthCinderella, The Nutcracker, Polar Express, Appalachian Spring, solo works for the NYC Dance Now Festival, and for dancers in Colorado Ballet, Ballet West and Dayton Ballet.  Critics and audiences alike enthusiastically received her newest work,Shapeshift, commissioned for Boulder Ballet in 2012.

Amanda McKerrow

Amanda McKerrow Amanda McKerrow has enjoyed a career as one of America’s acclaimed ballerinas. She has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. Since then, she has been the recipient of numerous other awards, among them the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship and the New York Woman Award for Dance.

Ms. McKerrow was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began her ballet training at the Twinbrook School of Ballet in Rockville, Maryland, where she completed the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance. She then spent two years at the Metropolitan Academy of Dance where she studied the acclaimed Vaganova syllabus. She then studied at the Washington School of Ballet, under the direction of Mary Day,  where  she danced with the company for two years, touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

Ms. McKerrow joined American Ballet Theatre in 1982 under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was appointed Soloist in 1983, and became a Principal Dancer in 1987. Her repertoire included  the leading roles in Cinderella, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, La Bayadere, Coppelia, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, and The Nutcracker. She has received acclaim for her performances in shorter works by Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, and Juri Killian. Ms. McKerrow has created roles in ballets by choreographers such as Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Clark Tippet, Choo San Goh, and James Kudelka. She has also appeared extensively as a guest artist with ballet companies around the world.

In 2000, after having worked closely with him during his lifetime, Ms. McKerrow began staging the works of Antony Tudor for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust. She also stages the ballets of Agnes DeMille and Benjamin Millepied, as well as the full length classics such as, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Don Quixote. After retiring from performing in 2006, she devotes the majority of her time to teaching, coaching, and staging ballets for professional companies around the world. Among  them, American Ballet Theatre, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Colorado Ballet. She is married to fellow dancer and repetiteur, John Gardner.

Sascha RadetskySascha Radetsky

Biography coming soon!

Judy Rice

Judy Rice 

Judy Rice is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and has performed extensively across the U.S. and Canada including the Joffrey Ballet, the National Tap Dance Company of Canada and American Ballet Comedy.  She has 20 years experience teaching for regional companies and festivals as well as Company Dance, DMA, DEA, CNADM, SADM, 3D Dance Network, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet, Steps and the Dance Teacher Magazine Summer Conference.  Rice has been a judge for ADA, HEADLINERS and has been on the faculty for Dance Masters Teacher Training School and CNADM training school.  She was a contributing writer to GOLDRUSH magazine.  

In May of 2000, Rice co-founded Behind Barres with pianist Paul Lewis and producer Rob Martens and to date they have produced 11 albums of ballet class music, which was featured on ABC’s hit show Lost, and have released 7 educational DVD’s.  Rice’s television credits include Fame, All My Children, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Great American Dance Challenge.  Since 1990 she has been an associate professor of performing arts at the University of Michigan and has been on the faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Pace University and Peridance in NYC.  Rice has also been an ambassador for lululemon athletica.  Most recently she has served as private ballet coach for Katie Holmes and Amy Adams and as collaborator to Tyce Diorio for his choreography for Fox television's So You Think You Can Dance.

Igor Vassine

Igor Vassine

Igor Vassine was born in Tallinn, Estonia. He retired as a principal dancer with Colorado Ballet in 2011, after completing his 17th year with the Company. He graduated from the Tallinn Ballet School of Estonian National Ballet, where he was also a principal dancer and was a finalist in the Helsinki International Competition in Finland in 1990. He has performed as a guest artist in Japan and also appeared on the cover of Dance Magazine in 1997. He has performed all major classical roles including those in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and La Sylphide, and was seen as Oberon in Christopher Wheeldon's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Basilio in Don Quixote, Franz in Coppelia, Prince Charming in Cinderella and danced in Colorado Ballet's performance of Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs.

Dominic Walsh

Dominic Walsh

Bio coming soon.



Sharon Wehner

Sharon Wehner Sharon Wehner is originally from San Jose, California. She trained with Jody White and David Roxander, San Jose Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and San Jose/Cleveland Ballet. Ms. Wehner joined Colorado Ballet in 1995 and was promoted to Principal in 1999, and in the last 18 years, has performed many lead roles with the Company. These include Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Medora in Le Corsaire, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppelia, Mina in Dracula, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, the Principal couple in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Rubies,  and Theme and Variations, Antony Tudor’s Leaves are Fading, and Twyla Tharpe’s In The Upper Room. 

She has been honored to have solos and pas de deauxs created on her by choreographers Val Caniparoli, Edwaard Liang, Mathew Neenan, Christopher Wheeldon, Darrel Grand Moultrie, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Brian Reeder and Toru Shimazaki.  In addition to Colorado Ballet, Ms. Wehner has also performed with The Washington Ballet, Oakland Ballet and Amy Seiwert’s Imagery. She has also been a guest artist at the Vail International Dance Festival, and in Japan in the Aoyama Ballet Festival, and the National Ballet of Japan’s Golden Ballet Co-star.


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