Colorado Ballet

Ariel Breitman

Ariel Breitman

Ariel Breitman of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, began his dance training at the age of eight with the Boys Scholarship Program of Metropolitan Ballet Academy directed by Lisa Collins. At sixteen, Ariel moved to New York City to train with Edward Ellison, director of Ellison Ballet-Professional Training Program. While in New York, Ariel performed roles such as Jerome from Flames of Paris, Basilio’s Variation from Don Quixote, the Poet’s Variation from Chopiniana, James’ Variation from La Sylphide, and Cavalier from The Nutcracker. In 2012 and 2013, Ariel earned three gold medals from the Youth America Grand Prix competition and one silver medal in 2013 from the Tanzolymp International Ballet Competition in Berlin. After graduating from Ellison Ballet, Ariel joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company for one season, performing roles such as Liza in George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and John Darling in Septime Webre’s Peter Pan. His repertory also includes the Grand Pas de Deux from La Esmeralda, Flames of Paris, and The Nutcracker, as well as the Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux from La Esmeralda, the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake, the Pas de Quatre from Raymonda, and the Grand Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire.  Ariel was invited to compete in the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, where he performed with his partner in the final round and galas.  Since joining Colorado Ballet in 2014, Ariel has danced roles such as Puck in Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Bulldog Sailor in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Joker in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), and Nutcracker Prince in Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

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